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This Spring, don't forget about completing SAP calculations for your new build!

24 February 2020

As February slowly but surely draws to a close, we will shortly welcome spring and the warmer weather that comes with it. Along with this, the change in temperature is all-round motivating for many people, resulting in more plans being made, more projects agreed to, and more physical activities underway. This is especially the case in the construction industry. With the warmer weather crawling back into our lives, construction projects will begin to quickly make progress.

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ESOS vs SECR: what’s the difference?

06 February 2020

"SECR… didn’t we just do that for ESOS?” We’ve heard this phrase from many of our clients who, understandably, are confused between the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR). They are two separate pieces of legislation, with different aims and timeframes. Let’s take a look: What are they? At the most basic level, the difference between SECR and ESOS is what they measure; SECR focuses on a company's emissions,

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SAP calculations for new builds explained

31 January 2020

As a house builder or developer in the UK, you'll already know that SAP calculations are required for all residential new builds. However, leading consultancy services will often complete SAP calculations on your behalf to produce the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and ensure building compliance. So below, we take a look at the three main stages involved with SAP calculations: As Designed, Build and As Built. 1. As Designed An accredited SAP assessor uses the detailed plans

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Elmhurst Energy Consultancy launches Product Modelling Service

17 January 2020

Elmhurst Energy Consultancy has launched its advanced Product Modelling Service whereby manufacturers can demonstrate the positive impact of their product or innovation on a building’s energy performance. Mitsubishi - Ecodan Air Source Heat Pump Our expert consultants recently worked with Mitsubishi to model the effectiveness of its Ecodan Air Source Heat Pump. Using the government-approved method of assessing and measuring the energy rating of new and existing dwellings (SAP and RdSAP) Elmhurst was able to

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Why is an SBEM calculation important for new builds?

18 December 2019

If you're building a new property either for yourself or for a client, you should always invest in an SBEM calculation. Read on to find what out an SBEM calculation is, and why it could benefit both you and your new build. What are SBEM calculations? An SBEM calculation is an inspection that can be used to calculate the energy usage and efficiency of both new buildings and extensions on an existing building. An SBEM calculation -

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Don't forget to file your ESOS Phase 2 report!

22 November 2019

Every four years, large UK companies are required to submit an energy report to the Environment Agency. This is due to the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, a piece of EU legislation that all companies must comply with, if they meet the qualification criteria.    What is defined as a large company under the ESOS guidelines?  You are required to submit an ESOS Phase 2 energy compliance report if your company:  - Hires 250 employees or more - Has an

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Labour Pledges billions for home energy upgrades

18 November 2019

As the election draws closer the manifesto promises are coming in thick and fast. Most recently Labour has promised to cut home emission by 10% through what is being described as the largest home improvement programme for decades. The ‘Warm Homes for All’ policy would receive £60 billion of funding from a Labour government in order to implement energy saving upgrades such as loft insulation, enhanced double-glazing and new heating systems. Low-income households would receive

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Completing an ESOS Report from start to finish

12 November 2019

There seems to be some mystique as to what goes into compiling an ESOS report. That’s why we’ve put together this express guide to let companies know what to expect and what they need to get ready! Our ESOS Lead Assessor Adrian Leithead explains... Initial stages  Once a company contacts us we send them a form to complete so we have some information regarding what the company does, how big they are and the number

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20,000 homes a week must switch to low-carbon heating to meet UK climate goals, according to report

05 November 2019

A report from the cross-party Policy Connect says gas central heating boilers threatens the UK’ climate and clean air goals. UK homes currently account for 14% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emission which is the same level as emissions from cars. Despite this a recent poll conducted among MPs suggests that most do not view pollution from home heating as a priority, although the government wants low-carbon heat systems to be standard for all new

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Why it's worth hiring an expert energy consultant for your business

16 October 2019

When running your business, it's easy to forget about the energy management aspect of it. So, when push comes to shove and you have to manage your energy sources and intake, it understandably can feel a little overwhelming. But this isn't the only reason why hiring an energy consultant for your business is a worthy investment.They make navigating regulations a breezeWhether you're a fresh start-up or a seasoned business owner, this doesn't mean that you're

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