A candid blog on the world of Energy Performance Certificates
The CLG is forced to reveal more details in its contracts to operate both domestic and non-domestic EPC registers with Landmark Information Group following an Freedom of Information appeal.
The number of residential Energy Performance Certificates lodged in August 2010 plummeted 22pc on the same period in 2009, accelerating the downward trend of 2010, figures reveal.
The number of Energy Performance Certificates for homes lodged in May fell nearly 15pc despite a reported surge in homeseller activity prior to the election
Two Government contracts awarded to Landmark Information Group, the company running both domestic and non-domestic Energy Performance Certificate registers, has been released following a protracted Freedom Of Information request.
Focusing on the supposedly clarified role of Home Energy Advisors, as described in DECC's Household Energy Management Strategy (HEMS) published today.
A condensed overview of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's Household Energy Management Strategy (HEMS), lating the foundations for the next decade.
The CLG has published a consultation on the next step forward for the use of Energy Performance Certificate data and the DECC publishes its HEMS (Household Energy Management) strategy
Most energy assessors using Twitter don't make money but most find it useful for business intelligence, according to a survey conducted by this website. Plus, mistakes to avoid.
If you think energy assessors in Britain have it bad, spare a thought for the thousands of Home Sustainability Assessors caught up in Australia's collapsing system. But there are lessons for both sides of the hemispheres here
The Home Information Pack report may include proposals for a fire and security assessment of homes to be included, the Home Affairs Select Committee heard last week. Also, Northgate slashes lodgement fees and Richard Branson warns of oil crunch in 5 years.
Property Professionals has gone into administration (formerly Home Inspector Training). The energy assessor training company fiercely criticised by industry professionals for its misleading adverts and selling tactics, went into administration yesterday afternoon leaving 100s - if not 1000s - of trainees in the lurch.
Early results from trials across the country show a low uptake by residents to approaches by Home Energy Advisors, even when the service is free. Also RICS problems with energy efficiency valuations and Tory proposals for a Green Investment Bank.
Quidos free lodgement February; more on EPC v Passivhaus and AHIPP memberships continue to decline.
An EPC rating scores a Passivhaus down to a C - how will the EPC clashes against homes built to the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) standards? I've also included yesterday's newsblast so there is plenty to catch up on.
The War of Surveys continue to warp parliamentary process and decision-making, as evidenced in the House of Commons debate on Home Information Packs yesterday.
House of Lords debate EPCs; Commercial Energy Assessors' forum hit by spammers; the committee on climate change recommend EPCs on all non-domestic buildings by 2017.
Energy assessors raise concerns over a company that appears to be selling EPCs subsidised by services based on its recommendations. Plus a mini tutorial on LPG and bottled gas and more.
Five minute video newsblast: Elmhurst non-compliance study; Aircon opp; Grant Shapps letter; SAVABX Â£30 EPCs; EU concerns over resource crunch thwarting green technologies, including solar power.
A new experiment to bring you a round-up of EPC news in five minutes or less, using video! Today, CLG statement on non-compliance in commercial; more HIP reform critics; CLG/Accred docs for download; and DECs on non-dom consultation.
HIP reformers take note: the Home Information Pack is failing the people and your industry has ignored Domestic Energy Assessors. In short, HIP reform from the industry itself cannot be trusted by neither parties.
John Healey, housing minister, says Home Condition Report is not seen as right product by consumers or industry, in a signal that may finally kill off the HCR - yet more people are still accrediting.
Three accreditation schemes, an independent Domestic Energy Assessor, and a HIP provider react to new CLG rules on EPC quality standards, from their particular vantage points.
The CLG has put dodgy Energy Assessors and accreditation schemes on notice in a pre-christmas letter to schemes which list a catalogue of "unacceptable practices" and shortcomings, this site can reveal. A new regime is implemented with immediate effect.
New standards and procedures have been imposed on accreditation schemes by the CLG - more to follow.
Free ASIEPI webinar on the pros and cons of national approaches to the EPBD plus more.
Extending CERT, the Code for Sustainable Homes and one for Northern Ireland.
Which accreditation scheme has worked in the best interests of the Energy Performance Certificate industry in 2009? My three picks inside - do you agree?
The climate change hockey stick graph doesn't show C02 induced temperature rises, quite the reverse. Let's take a closer look.
When are we going to hear both sides of the man-made climate warming debate? Greenpeace campaigner meets her match against Lord Monckton in this video.
The Institute of Home Inspection has pulled out of consultation talks with the CLG in protest at the un-representative make-up of panelists officials at the department want. Other groups, including accreditation schemes, are also angry it would seem.
NHER has produced the industry's first in-depth study of more than 300,000 Energy Performance Certificates which concludes that recommendations, if implemented, could achieve carbon and fuel-cost savings of 22pc. Brian Scannell tells me why its findings does not underwhelm Labour and Tory proposals for a Pay As You Save scheme.
Lord Dixon Smith says that Â£2,500 on immersion heaters for hot water, electric cooker and space heaters would make his home zero-carbon. He also says it could cost up to Â£38,000 to retrofit the least energy efficient homes.
Pay As You Bend Over (PAYBO) - How much will we really pay under the so-called â€œPay as you Saveâ€ (PAYS) scheme proposed by both Labour and the Tories?
There is a massive gap between yesterday's reported EPC numbers from John Healey and those made on the HCR Register which reveals a gulf between marketed sales and other areas of EPC provision, possibly.
A detailed monthly breakdown of Energy Performance Certificates lodged for dwellings has been released covering the period of its birth in August 2007 to November 1st 2009.
The EPBD Recast has been agreed but not without being watered down. A brief look at how this may be exploited by a future UK Govt and whether EPCs will be needed before being sold, or when sold.
Energy Institute, the respected energy professionals' member-led organisation with a Royal Charter, has amended its Technical Member grade to welcome competent Energy Assessors within its revered ranks.
Energy Assessor reveals to NHER conference today how British Gas offered him Home Energy Advisor role with sales commissions for products sold, he alleged. Plus, how it was reported live on Twitter
An at a glance guide to the draft proposals of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) Recast, including amendments made in April. 'Bout time I did this, and so I have.
The World Energy Outlook was published today, but can we trust it? A whistleblower thinks not. His warning joins a growing chorus of others urging our Govt. to pull its head from the sand, because we don't have time!
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