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More info on secret contracts between Landmark & CLG released

By MikeC (Admin) on 19-Apr-11 13:21. Remarks (1)

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.

EPCs lodged continue free-fall decline

By MikeC (Admin) on 04-Sep-10 14:18. Remarks (4)

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.

EPCs lodged in May slide 15pc

By MikeC (Admin) on 10-Jun-10 16:21. Remarks (4)

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

Secret contracts to run EPC register revealed between Landmark and CLG

By MikeC (Admin) on 08-Apr-10 18:13. Remarks (7)

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.

Home Energy Advice: HEMS overview part 2

By MikeC (Admin) on 02-Mar-10 18:50. Remarks (2)

Focusing on the supposedly clarified role of Home Energy Advisors, as described in DECC's Household Energy Management Strategy (HEMS) published today.

Overview: Household Energy Management Strategy (HEMS)

By MikeC (Admin) on 02-Mar-10 15:19. Remarks (1)

A condensed overview of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's Household Energy Management Strategy (HEMS), lating the foundations for the next decade.

Consultation: Making better use of Energy Performance Certificates and data

By MikeC (Admin) on 02-Mar-10 11:49. Remarks (0)

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

Twitter for energy assessors: Survey results on business effectiveness

By MikeC (Admin) on 01-Mar-10 15:06. Remarks (6)

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.

Think Domestic Energy Assessors have it bad?

By MikeC (Admin) on 17-Feb-10 19:50. Remarks (2)

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

HIP report may recommend security and fire assessment

By MikeC (Admin) on 09-Feb-10 14:38. Remarks (0)

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 in administration energy assessor training company

By MikeC (Admin) on 05-Feb-10 16:28. Remarks (29)

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.

Home Energy Advisor trials “not promising”

By MikeC (Admin) on 02-Feb-10 14:46. Remarks (0)

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 announce free lodgement February

By MikeC (Admin) on 30-Jan-10 14:20. Remarks (0)

Quidos free lodgement February; more on EPC v Passivhaus and AHIPP memberships continue to decline.

EPC v Passivhaus: The Clash of Standards

By MikeC (Admin) on 29-Jan-10 18:00. Remarks (0)

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.

Home Information Pack debate in Parliament

By MikeC (Admin) on 27-Jan-10 16:03. Remarks (0)

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.

HoL debate on EPCs & EPCs on all non-dom proposals by 2017

By MikeC (Admin) on 26-Jan-10 13:51. Remarks (1)

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.

UK Carbon Census, LPG/Bottled gas & unaffordable fuel bills

By MikeC (Admin) on 25-Jan-10 15:34. Remarks (0)

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.

Newsblast: Elmhurst commercial non-compliance & SAVABX £30 EPCs

By MikeC (Admin) on 22-Jan-10 12:48. Remarks (0)

Five minute video newsblast: Elmhurst non-compliance study; Aircon opp; Grant Shapps letter; SAVABX £30 EPCs; EU concerns over resource crunch thwarting green technologies, including solar power.

VID: EPC news in five minutes

By MikeC (Admin) on 21-Jan-10 14:12. Remarks (3)

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.

Why Home Information Packs are wrong

By MikeC (Admin) on 18-Jan-10 08:58. Remarks (3)

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.

Home Condition Reports not the right product, says Healey

By MikeC (Admin) on 14-Jan-10 15:36. Remarks (4)

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.

Accreditation schemes and industry react to new CLG rules

By MikeC (Admin) on 08-Jan-10 14:40. Remarks (2)

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.

Accreditation schemes put on notice for “unacceptable practices”, CLG letter reveals

By MikeC (Admin) on 07-Jan-10 15:09. Remarks (7)

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.

CLG impose new standards and procedures on accreditation schemes

By MikeC (Admin) on 06-Jan-10 13:29. Remarks (0)

New standards and procedures have been imposed on accreditation schemes by the CLG - more to follow.

Stimulating innovation with EPBD – web event

By MikeC (Admin) on 06-Jan-10 12:53. Remarks (0)

Free ASIEPI webinar on the pros and cons of national approaches to the EPBD plus more.

Consultations alert

By MikeC (Admin) on 06-Jan-10 12:12. Remarks (0)

Extending CERT, the Code for Sustainable Homes and one for Northern Ireland.

Top 3 Accreditation Schemes 2009

By MikeC (Admin) on 23-Dec-09 14:06. Remarks (3)

Which accreditation scheme has worked in the best interests of the Energy Performance Certificate industry in 2009? My three picks inside - do you agree?

So, what about that infamous climate-change hockey-stick graph then?

By MikeC (Admin) on 19-Dec-09 17:23. Remarks (0)

The climate change hockey stick graph doesn't show C02 induced temperature rises, quite the reverse. Let's take a closer look.

Climate-change balance: Lord Monckton v Greenpeace - video

By MikeC (Admin) on 17-Dec-09 13:46. Remarks (5)

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.

CLG relations with energy assessor groups hit buffers

By MikeC (Admin) on 10-Dec-09 18:24. Remarks (0)

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 report does not threaten Pay As You Save scheme, says Scannell

By MikeC (Admin) on 09-Dec-09 18:02. Remarks (0)

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.

Zero-carbon home for £2500!

By MikeC (Admin) on 09-Dec-09 16:46. Remarks (0)

Lord Dixon Smith says that £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 £38,000 to retrofit the least energy efficient homes.

Greening-up homes: The untold cost of Labour and Tory policy

By MikeC (Admin) on 03-Dec-09 16:11. Remarks (0)

Pay As You Bend Over (PAYBO) - How much will we really pay under the so-called “Pay as you Save” (PAYS) scheme proposed by both Labour and the Tories?

EPC numbers: Analysing the huge discrepancy

By MikeC (Admin) on 27-Nov-09 16:45. Remarks (1)

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.

EPCs lodged: monthly breakdown from August 2007 released

By MikeC (Admin) on 26-Nov-09 16:19. Remarks (2)

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.

EPBD: EU dilutes Recast proposals to reach agreement

By MikeC (Admin) on 18-Nov-09 15:50. Remarks (2)

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 recognise Energy Assessors for membership

By MikeC (Admin) on 13-Nov-09 18:00. Remarks (0)

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.

NHER Conference 09: British Gas offers sales commission to HEAs

By MikeC (Admin) on 12-Nov-09 19:21. Remarks (0)

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

Recast of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

By MikeC (Admin) on 11-Nov-09 16:12. Remarks (0)

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.

World Energy Outlook: should we trust it?

By MikeC (Admin) on 10-Nov-09 20:49. Remarks (0)

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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