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What are the benefits of domestic energy assessor training?

19 March 2020

If you are considering becoming a domestic energy assessor (DEA), you will need to complete and Elmhurst training course . Completing DEA training is an investment in your future, but you must feel confident that a DEA career is right for you to make the investment worthwhile. Below we list some of the main benefits of becoming a DEA, to help you decide whether it is the right choice for you.  1. Flexible working hours  Unlike 9-5


Elmhurst issues response to Welsh Part L and F Review

10 March 2020

On 19th December 2019 the Welsh Government published its Building Regulations Part L and F Review consultation which proposed, amongst other things, an 80% reduction in carbon emissions from new dwellings by 2025. This was accompanied by a proposed interim step in 2020 which established two options: a reduction of either 37% or 56% in carbon emissions.  The deadline for responding to the Consultation is Thursday 12th March 2020. ELMHURST'S RESPONSE > Elmhurst widely communicated its


World Book Day and Energy Efficiency

05 March 2020

In recognition of world book day, Stuart Fairlie, Technical & Operations Director at Elmhurst reflects on the famous opening paragraph in Charles Dickens novel ‘A Tale of Two Cities’: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season


PEPA conference slides now available

04 March 2020

The slides from the 2020 PEPA conference are now available to download.  Last week Elmhurst attended PEPA'S 2020 conference in Derby, where the team thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone and discussing industry events.  The conference was well-attended and featured a number of insightful talks that provided a positive outlook for the industry. Click here to access the presentations.   Elmhurst's Technical and Operations Director Stuart Fairlie gave a presentation on Domestic On Construction L1 which covered the


Two thirds of UK homes 'fail on energy efficiency targets'

02 March 2020

The BBC has reported that two thirds of UK homes fail to meet long-term energy efficiency targets.  The findings suggest that more than 12 million homes fall below a grade 'C' Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).  This means householders spend more on energy bills and contribute more to CO2 emissions than other homes with appropriately installed energy efficiency measures.  Experts say retrofit measures are needed because of the number of homes built before 1990.  Dr Tim


Elmhurst responds to growing energy efficiency debate

28 February 2020

Elmhurst welcomes the increase in debate around buildings, their impact on climate change and the need to improve their 'energy efficiency' (something we have advocated for for over 25 years). Elmhurst's Technical and Operations Director, Stuart Fairlie, comments: "It is fantastic to see many people including MPs and the Lords debating about the necessary steps required for decarbonising the UK's building stock, and we applaud them for putting energy efficiency at the heart of debate.


New energy regulations for Scotland to be released

27 February 2020

The Scottish Government is expected to introduce new minimum energy efficiency regulations for the private rented sector in April 2020.  What are the proposed regulations for the private rented sector?  The minimum energy efficiency regulations (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 set out the minimum level of energy efficiency for properties in the private rented property (PRS) in Scotland and use Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) as a means to measure this standard. Although it is


What skills do I need to become a Domestic Energy Assessor?

25 February 2020

If you like the idea of being out and about, meeting lots of new people and working independently, then a career as a Domestic Energy Assessor could be for you. An interest in buildings is a must, as is  the ability to perform simple calculations. You will be in the homes of clients for much of the day, so communication skills are key. But what other skills do you require to be an energy assessor?  There


New Secretary of State for BEIS after Boris’ reshuffle

14 February 2020

Alok Sharma has been appointed as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Minister for COP26, following the sacking of Andrea Leadsom and Claire Perry respectively. Sharma was elected Conservative MP for Reading West in 2010, and previously worked as a Minister of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (June 2017 – January 2018). Prior to his role as International Development Secretary he was Minister of State for


Elmhurst supports Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill

10 February 2020

Last week Elmhurst were asked to back a private members bill by Lord Foster of Bath. Elmhurst always advocates and promotes its members work in producing energy assessments and energy certificates for the nation’s homes and commercial buildings and so were very willing to back the Bill which demands legislation to enforce some energy efficiency commitments already made by Government. Lord Foster in the debate in the House of Lords on Friday 7th Feb, opened


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