NEF congratulates Elmhurst and National Energy Services on merging their EPC accreditation schemes

27th September 2016

The National Energy Foundation welcomes the announcement that Elmhurst Energy Systems and National Energy Services (NES) have agreed to merge their EPC accreditation schemes with immediate effect.

Commenting on the development,  Ian Byrne, Deputy Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation, said:

"Although we haven’t controlled the National Home Energy Rating Scheme since 1994, we have watched as NES has continued to develop and innovate around the scheme, and maintain its position as one of the leading EPC accreditation schemes. As one of the people involved with initially setting it up to help homeowners discover the energy efficiency of their properties, I am pleased that it is joining forces with another high-quality scheme from Elmhurst, as part of a necessary consolidation of the number of schemes in the market at a time when Government enthusiasm for domestic energy efficiency appears to be faltering.”







Mrs Thatcher launches the NHER scheme in 1990 by presenting the first certificate to a couple in Islington.

Notes for editors


The National Home Energy Rating Scheme was established by the National Energy Foundation and launched in 1990. Four years later, it was transferred into a joint venture, National Energy Services Ltd (NES), since when it had been operated independently from the Foundation. In 2011, the Foundation sold its interest in NES, ending any formal link with the NHER Scheme.

The Foundation is a registered charity that works to improve the use of energy in buildings through helping occupants understand their energy use; improving new and existing buildings; helping householders save energy and money; providing impartial advice on energy saving; undertaking research and innovation; and tackling fuel poverty. It meets these aims by working with householders, local authorities, housing associations and other organisations. The Foundation already has a joint venture with Elmhurst developing an innovative approach to more efficient air pressure testing.

National Energy Services Ltd will now focus its energies on a number of growing sectors including:

  • The SAVA School of Surveying, which provides a vital role in generating new talent to fulfil the drastic shortage of residential surveyors and valuers.
  • The SAVA Home Condition Survey which provides essential information for new home buyers on the property they are considering purchasing.
  • Optima, a business focused on creating better buildings for owners and occupants.
  • By providing specialist services to social landlords encompassing all aspects of energy efficiency as well as software and consultancy for other parts of the energy efficiency sector, including energy companies.

Elmhurst Energy Systems is totally committed to providing NHER members with:

  • A smooth and painless transition which will result in a combined scheme that has significant benefits for all members including products and services that take the best from both the existing schemes.
  • More resources to develop great software.
  • More staff to deliver the highest levels of technical service.