12th Feb 2014

It has been just over a year since we first launched NHER Plan Assessor 5.5.1, which was the first version of Plan Assessor to use SQL to store your records rather than Microsoft Access.

We think there are many benefits of switching to an SQL version of Plan Assessor, such as: the improved records screen making updating multiple files or producing batch reports really easy; the new Select Database screen which makes it much more straight forward to manage your databases; and Groups which helps you to organise the records within your database. A full list of the new features can be found here.

10th Feb 2014

We have received updated guidance from BRE to advise that as of 3 February 2014, RDSAP data for Park Homes can be lodged as an EPC to the Central Register. 

An addendum has been introduced for Park Homes (number 13) and this will add the text ‘this dwelling is a Park Home’ at the end of the EPC.

Please note, although EPCs are still not required for Park Homes under EPBD, if you do choose to lodge the report to the Register, the addendum must be selected and the methodology for using RDSAP to assess Park Homes must be followed. 

10th Feb 2014

The UK is lagging behind other European nations by not using the £60bn it is expected to collect from European carbon taxes over the next fifteen years to insulate homes, a report has concluded.

The government collects two major carbon taxes, the European Emissions Trading Scheme - whereby companies buy allowances from the government for the carbon they emit - and the Carbon Floor Price, which is a tax on carbon intensive industries.

6th Feb 2014

Building 1The house in this photo is thought to have been built in the 1850s. Is this one of the oldest examples of cavity brick walls or, is the wall thickness disguising something more extraordinary? We’re going to keep you hanging on—you will have to wait for the next issue of the SAVA Bulletin for the full case study. Meanwhile, we are going to set you a challenge.

5th Feb 2014

It can be a real challenge to become a residential surveyor and member of RICS. Although routes to membership exist, they are usually designed for people with university degrees. If you want to further your career but a university degree is not an option, the SAVA School of Surveying is offering a new qualification to address this problem.

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