EPCs

Home Energy Audit / Assessment, Retrofit Design Services, Energy Performance Certificate; which one do you really need and how do you see through the jargon?

With the amount of organisations out there offering ‘energy audits’ or ‘energy assessments’ these days, particularly since the demise of the Government’s Green Deal scheme, it can be difficult to know where to start looking if you’re a homeowner. While we are yet to come across a service that offers the value of our own […]

Smarter investment for housing associations – CROHM vs EPC recommendations

If you are looking for a way to improve the energy efficiency of your worst performing stock then you might turn to your EPC certificate for recommendations. However, Parity have shown impressive savings can be made by using the minimum SAP analysis as part of the CROHM (Carbon Reduction Options for Housing Managers) stock assessment […]

A review of ‘Solid Wall Insulation: Unlocking Demand and Driving up Standards’ , Peter Hansford, Chief Construction Adviser to the UK Government.

One key area of retrofit that we are repeatedly asked about by Home Energy Masterplan clients is solid wall insulation (SWI). This isn’t surprising when you consider that there are over 8 million homes in the UK with solid, uninsulated walls. It’s also one of the retrofit measures with the greatest potential savings. It was […]

Some thoughts on low energy retrofit this autumn

Now that we’re officially into autumn, it’s fast approaching that time of year again when many of us (myself included) start thinking about how soon is ‘too soon’ to stick the heating on. Having spent most of last week working in the Lake District I can tell you that for some that time is already […]

Evolution

One Million Homes CROHMed

Over the last couple of days we’ve finally had the chance to tally up the number of houses we’ve analysed through our CROHM stock assessment service for social housing, local authorities and private landlords, and it turns out that without realising we’ve passed the one million homes milestone! To mark that achievement, we’ve interviewed our Technical […]

Retrofit decisions: the role of EPCs & Green Deal Assessments

When looking to choose the right option from many available, whatever the setting, it’s a good approach to look at the extremities of choice and work in towards your favoured position. Some choices are easier to make than others of course; a new toaster – 2 or 4 slots, colour, energy rating, price. I personally […]

Assessment of School Buildings and other Non-Domestic Properties

Here at Parity we like a challenge, so we have recently been looking at what services we can offer to the owners/managers of different types of non-domestic buildings. Whilst we’ve been looking at all sorts of buildings; places of worship, community centres, offices to name but a few, the idea of providing consultancy services to […]

CROHM stock assessment featured in new NHF briefing

Our CROHM stock assessment service has been featured in the National Housing Federation‘s new briefing for social housing providers “Business Planning for Energy Efficiency and Renewables”. The briefing – developed in collaboration with us, Sustainable Homes and the Carbon Savings Alliance – is intended to help registered providers build retrofit programmes that are deliverable even […]

Why the DECC’s new RHI ‘calculator’ doesn’t quite tell you all you need to know……

This week the DECC launched their RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) ‘calculator’, with an aim of giving homeowners “a clear idea of the payments they could receive if they install a renewable heating system”.  So…. does it do this? Well, yes it does, albeit with some assumptions about your property and how you’re using it, but […]