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Grand Designs: Behind the scenes of building your dream home

20 September 2018

Last night cult classic Grand Designs hit our screens again, showing a fantastic collection of ambitious building projects and calamitous events that host Kevin McCloud tries not to revel in. The opportunity to build your own home is the dream for many; ideas that started out as conversations around a dinner table, little drawings, doodles and ideas can be turned into reality - albeit several headaches later. But what really goes into building your own

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Barclays and UK government announce £1 billion of funding for house builders

13 September 2018

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government has partnered with Barclays Bank to make £1 billion of funding available for small and medium-sized house builders. The aim is to encourage more house building from smaller set ups after it was announced that two thirds of homes are built by just 10 companies. It is hoped the fund will level the playing field for smaller entities in an effort to deliver more new homes, social

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Things To Consider In Hiring An Energy Consultant

28 August 2018

When constructing a residential or commercial property, seeking assistance from a professional energy consultant is a must. An energy consultant who works within construction projects will aim to ensure that design standards and construction quality meet the requirements of UK Building Regulations (which establishes the energy efficiency standards of new buildings). We have listed a number of advantages in hiring an energy consultant for building regulation compliance below. License/Certification To ensure consistent standards and quality

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Government announces £22m fund to boost construction skills

28 August 2018

A multi million pound fund to help tackle the skills shortage in the construction industry has been launched by Skills Minister Anne Milton. Last week teenagers up and down the country received their GCSE and A Level results, many hoping to get the required grades to go to university of choice. But the construction industry has long been overlooked as a viable career path and has suffered as a result. The scheme will focus on

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Communities with Character: MHCLG plans to increase garden towns

15 August 2018

The Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, has announced his vision for councils to build more garden communities as part of the government’s housing plan. A prospectus detailing the main aims of the plan, invites bids for locally-led housing proposals of scale in return for tailored assistance in regards to design and environmental compliance. To be considered, submitted proposals must contain local character, good employment opportunities, strong services, integrated and accessible transport,

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Benefits of Hiring A Professional Energy Consultant

10 August 2018

Some energy consultancy can simply focus on reducing energy consumption, however much of the consultancy work that Elmhurst Energy provides focuses on meeting compliance with building regulations/building standards for both domestic and commercial new build properties. This encompasses everything from building design and materials to energy use. Energy consultants can give you professional advice Professional energy consultants can give you peace of mind knowing you are putting your trust in an expert’s hands. Their specialist

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How will Brexit impact ESOS

09 August 2018

With Brexit on the horizon, many people are asking how the UK’s exit from the European Union will impact the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). In light of this, many companies are stalling when it comes to complying with Phase 2 of the scheme, under the illusion that it will be scrapped. ESOS is the implementation of Article 8 of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive, which aims to reduce EU energy consumption by 20% by

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BEIS publishes the next version of SAP

30 July 2018

In 2017 the department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a consultation on proposed changes to the SAP methodology to be included in the next SAP version. On 24th July 2018 BEIS published the next version of SAP, known to industry as ‘SAP 10’. A copy of SAP 10 can be downloaded from here. SAP 2012 will continue to be used for building regulation compliance and production of EPCs until further notice. However, by

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Updates to document L1B and the Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide

20 July 2018

Approved Document L1B and the Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide were both updated on 6 April 2018. The updated documents deliver guidance on compliance for building work carried out in England. Approved Document L1B is a building regulation for England, regarding the standard for energy performance of new and existing buildings. The Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide is a document which supports Approved Documents L1A and L1B The changes apply in respect of: Building notices given, full plans

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Safe as Houses: Scottish government launches consultation on building safety

06 July 2018

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on making Scotland’s buildings safer for people. The consultation, which opened on 4th July and closes 26th September, seeks to gain views from stakeholders regarding fire safety in buildings and ensuring the safety of those who use them.   The consultation focuses on two main areas: The roles and responsibilities of those verifying, inspecting and certifying building work and the enforcement of compliance with building regulations. Fire safety

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