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Study reveals top 10 tips to reduce carbon footprint – and most include your house!

26 May 2020

A study led by Dr Diana Ivanova from Leeds University has highlighted the top ten ways to for people to reduce their carbon footprints - and nearly half involve improving your house.   Current household emissions in the UK are around 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which Dr Ivanova argues can be reduced by a staggering 9 tonnes by implementing the highlighted measures. Top of the list is living car free at a

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Five ways to improve your SAP score

01 May 2020

There's no two ways about it, in order to gain compliance you must ensure your SAP score meets the Target Emissions Rate for your property. So what are the best ways to improve your SAP score? Our technical consultant Jacob Dimes provides five key things to consider:   1. Use a professionally accredited assessor: ensure that you employ the services of a professionally accredited assessor, like the staff at Elmhurst Energy Consultancy, who ensure they

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Covid-19 Update

31 March 2020

The health and well-being of our clients, colleagues and the wider community remains our top priority in the midst of this global pandemic.  As such, we have successfully implemented our working from home policy, allowing for the smooth continuation of our services. It’s certainly an interesting time at the moment, but many in the industry are seeing this as an opportunity to push ahead with the planning stages of projects to ensure their compliance and to

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Deadline extended for Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) Scheme

31 March 2020

The government has released a press release stating that businesses will be given an additional three months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19. This means that companies whose financial year ends in March 2020, will be given additional time to prepare their SECR submission for inclusion in the Directors' Report.   Speak with the experts  Elmhurst Energy Consultancy has been established for

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When are SAP calculations required?

19 March 2020

If you are beginning a new construction project for a residential property, you may be required to complete SAP calculations. What is a SAP calculation? A SAP calculation measures how energy efficient a property is and is the base calculation for an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate).   Building Regulations require a SAP calculation to be carried out for all new residential developments – otherwise the project may not be approved.   So, when are SAP calculations required? SAP calculations for

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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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