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On 25th November 2020 the Welsh Government launched a new consultation on Part F and L of the building regulations. Following on from the stage 1 consultation covering Approved Documents (AD) F and L1A for new dwellings last year, the stage 2A consultation focusses on the energy efficiency and ventilation standards for Existing Dwellings (including new conversions and extensions), Non Domestic buildings, Mitigation of Overheating risk in New Dwellings and Transitional Arrangements. The consultation closes
Following conversations between Elmhurst and the Scottish Government, we can confirm that the delayed Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) Regulations are now planned for release in April 2021. Scottish Government has stated: "On 11 March, Parliament approved the affirmative Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, which were due to come into force on 1 April 2020, prohibiting the letting of properties with new tenancies that fall below the minimum energy efficiency
Today Elmhurst responded to a survey being conducted by a consortium on behalf of BEIS on the future of SAP and RdSAP. The survey is considering feedback for the version of SAP and RdSAP to be used from 2025 onwards and can be found here. The deadline for the survey is 5 pm, 1st December. Stuart Fairlie, Technical Director said “Elmhurst always supports improvements to the national calculation methodologies that are RdSAP and SAP to
Elmhurst Energy has concluded a major deal that will see significant investment into the group for its next phase of expansion in 2021. Elmhurst’s holding company, Starpoint Holdings Ltd, has been acquired by Phenna Group, a specialist group of testing, inspection, certification and compliance (TICC) companies which will now provide Elmhurst with additional skills, contacts and funding for further growth. Established 27 years ago, Elmhurst is the UK’s largest Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) accreditation scheme.
What does energy efficient mean? The term “energy efficient” has grown in prevalence in the last few decades or so. Advertisements from energy companies, labels and ratings on the appliances we buy, and even legislature and aims from the government all use the phrase. But what does something being “energy efficient” actually mean, and why is it so important? An appliance or object that is “energy efficient” means that it lasts for longer or performs
Following the release of the Prime Minister's 'Green Revolution – 10 point plan' in which the Green Homes Grant was extended by a year, there was even more good news for Energy Assessors. Government has published a consultation on ‘Improving home energy performance through lenders’. The consultation belongs to a suite of policy proposals that aim to raise the energy efficiency of existing homes and is in line with the Clean Growth Strategy (CGS) commitment
The government has released its outcome to its consultation on 'Changes to the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012', confirming that there will be no change to the current air-conditioning inspection regime. The consultation, initially sought views on increasing the threshold for when an air conditioning inspection would be required to only include air-conditioning systems and combined systems with an effective rated output of more than 70kW. Elmhurst was againt this proposal
Yesterday evening the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, delivered his government's self-styled ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ with a 10 point plan. The intention, to create up to 250,000 jobs and in the process, get the UK back on track for net zero. The proposals have been introduced ahead of the COP26 UN Climate Summit due to be held in Glasgow at the end of next year. Headlines are being made of the ban on new fossil fuel
A new £4.5 million cashback incentive to help people install renewable and energy efficiency measures in their homes has been announced by the Scottish Government. Presumably with similar goals to the Green Homes Grant that is available in England (invigorate the economy, get people working and to save energy) the incentive needs homeowners to act quickly as it will operate on a first-come-first-served basis until the end of March 2021. Homeowners will be able to apply for
In research conducted by the Compare the Market, the price comparison portal, the authors have concluded that energy efficient homes can be worth as much as 13% more. Homes with a rating of E are worth 7% more than those with the lowest rating of G, while those with a rating of A or B are worth 6% more than those rated as D. The report illustrates this in monetary terms by reporting that the