Easier EPCs? Housing minister launches new ‘environmental MOT’ style service

first_imgHousing minister Christopher Pincher has launched an online service to improve the energy efficiency of people’s homes as the government bids to achieve its ‘net zero emissions’ target by 2050.The new website is in effect a ‘environmental MOT’ for homes and will make it much easier for sales and letting agents to find out if a property has a valid EPC, and generate one if it does not including sourcing an approved assessor.Like other government s­­ervices including MOT certificates and Road Tax, the energy certificates will now exist as a web page making it easier for EPC assessors to share a certificate with estate agents simply by emailing a web page instead of a file.“This makes it far easier for citizens and property professionals to store, view and share this vital information,” says Pincher.Timothy Douglas, Policy and Campaigns Manager at ARLA Propertymark, says: “On the face of it these proposals simply do not take into account the state of the UK’s housing stock.“We all want to see more energy efficient homes, but the new rules and requirements must be realistic and achievable.“Landlords and their letting agents are already taking the brunt of tax changes and many are providing support to tenants with Covid related arrears.“A simplified exemptions regime and additional financial support must be made available otherwise the measures in their current form, will not be achievable and that would mean further reductions in the supply of rented accommodation available.”Visit the website.environmental MOT Policy and Campaigns Manager ARLA Timothy Douglas christopher pincher Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) EPC October 1, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew McCausland, Hamilton Square Estates Ltd Hamilton Square Estates Ltd 3rd October 2020 at 10:27 amI know it is Saturday morning, but have I missed something here? There already is an easy way to find an EPC (the national database) so what is the new online service really about? It is not about how to find an EPC on a property.There is a lot of discussion about PAS2030 and PAS2035 for retrofitting of energy efficiency measures. The transition period from PAS2030 to PAS2035 ends in June 2021 and this is certainly worth the minister’s time discussing as few people seem to be aware of the implications of this.The new system will introduce a medium term roadmap for retrofit of energy efficiency measures. PAS 2035 requires there to be an holistic review of each property undergoing retrofit, a plan for the fitting of the recommended measures by tradesmen who are both trained and registered for the measure and the checking of the measures on completion.There is the introduction of a new “overseer” of the process; the retrofit coordinator. They have responsibility for bringing together the various elements of design, tender, fitting and inspection of the measures to ensure high standards are achieved – unlike the previous ECO or Green Deal bun fights where the installation failure rate was 10%+.Lets hear from the minister about that – not EPC lists.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Easier EPCs? Housing minister launches new ‘environmental MOT’ style service previous nextRegulation & LawEasier EPCs? Housing minister launches new ‘environmental MOT’ style serviceChristopher Pincher says service will enable property professionals to check if a property has a valid EPC much more easily, and also order a new one if it does not.Nigel Lewis1st October 20201 Comment2,531 Viewslast_img read more

For whom Josh Bell tolls

As a boy, poet Josh Bell says he was “quiet, timid, nervous … the same as I am now.”So it’s a tad surprising that Bell, the new Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on English, has been inspired by bad boy and Mötley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil for the past few years, turning the onetime god of late ’80s hair metal — eponymously bedecked in studded leather and a rotating assortment of women and bandanas — into a poetic vehicle to explore, well, Josh Bell.“All the poems I write are autobiographical,” he admits, “but I can’t get interested in a poem if I start talking about anything actually happening in my life verbatim. So I always have to create a distance in order to be able to write at all. It’s easier for me to get interested in myself if I see it from the outside somehow.”The Vince Neil poems make up Bell’s as-yet-untitled second book, which he’ll likely publish during his five-year stint at Harvard. His first collection, “No Planets Strike,” has become a sort of cult classic, composed, in part, of  “a series of poems that were sort of an epic sequence, but an epic in reverse,” Bell explains. “So instead of the hero going down to the underworld to speak to the dead, I had one of the dead come to the over-world to speak to the living.” In addition to the zombie poems, Julia Roberts has a poem dedicated to her, and a character named Ramona appears again and again.Soundbytes: Josh BellJosh Bell, Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on English, talks poetry and reads some of his work for the Gazette in his Barker Center office. Hear and read the full poems: “Hidden Lake” and “While Josh Sleeps”The affable Neil continues Bell’s affinity for winding sagas as the rocker rants his way through Chinese dinners and flights to writers’ conferences and, in one poem, accompanies Josh (a character who “is me, but also isn’t”) to a dinner with poets where he “starts speaking strangely.”“I wanted Vince Neil because Mötley Crüe peaked at a certain time, and Vince Neil is still out there kicking, and I like that idea of a hero, post-heroic,” Bell says. “So I wanted to borrow him. I like him for the idea of potential creepiness; I like him for the leatheriness. I don’t speak easily. In social situations, I get a little nervous or anxious or off to the side, and I wanted this figure who would walk into those situations and speak ridiculously but confidently. He has a license I feel like I don’t have a lot of the time.”Poetic footing Growing up in Terre Haute, Ind., Bell had aspirations in the literary world. But before meeting the poet Rodney Jones, Bell envisioned himself behind the scenes as a professor or literary critic.Bell attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where Jones has taught since 1985. “I’d always written, but up until meeting Rodney, for some reason, I realized at some point that people actually sit down and write the things that you see — poems, stories, movies, that kind of thing. That happened to me a little too late. And with Rodney, I realized there are actually living poets who existed,” recalls Bell.“Rodney used to take us fishing all the time. And to see him, at the back of the boat, fishing, and knowing he was famous to some people was a big moment for me. A few years later he won the Kingsley Tufts Award, and I was like, ‘Whoa, that guy’s just like sitting in his boat in southern Illinois right now.’ ”During college, Bell followed a girlfriend along on her fellowship to Italy, where he randomly discovered a book of Frank O’Hara’s poems that another student had left behind.“It was the first time I’d read O’Hara. So with Rodney’s example, and O’Hara, and my exile from America, I just started writing pretty well, and I wrote the poems then that I included in my application to get into Iowa.”At the prestigious Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, Bell worked with Jorie Graham, now the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric at Harvard. “I was Jorie’s student at Iowa, and it’s great to be working with her again,” he says.Before arriving at Harvard, Bell taught at Columbia University, where he worked with former Briggs-Copeland poet Lucie Brock-Broido. “Lucie was the one who talked me into applying for the Briggs-Copeland,” he says, “and I owe her a lot.”Settling inIn his new office at the Barker Center, Bell can be found some afternoons reading by lamplight, preparing for the two creative writing workshops he is teaching this semester.Bell is glad to have left New York, which he calls “a hard city for me to live in.”“You feel like you have to put on armor and do battle to go get groceries. Cambridge is quieter, and I like it a lot,” he says.He began teaching at Columbia during the third year of a Ph.D. program at the University of Cincinnati, where he is still enrolled. His dissertation will be the Vince Neil poems, but he’s in the midst of completing a few last credits.“When I took the Columbia job, I learned that I’d thought of teaching as a means to an end, or just a way to be able to be a poet and survive. But at Columbia and at Harvard so far, I’ve really come to love teaching,” he says. “It’s a lot of fun. Creative writing classes create an atmosphere where people feel like they can try anything out, and they can experiment, and they won’t get hit for it. I think that the best thing that you can do is create that kind of an atmosphere. And teaching helps me put words to some of the things that I think about poems that I never would’ve allowed myself to think about before.”Bell is even looking forward to murderous Boston winters, the solitude of which may aid him in his writing.Sometimes, in New York, when Bell felt like his tiny apartment was trying to strangle him, he’d head to the movies, which doubled as entertainment and an office.“I love movies, and I tend to have a cinematic conception of the poem anyway,” he says. “A poem is a really great place for a director who’s not inclined to be a director. As a poet, you’re producing and giving direction and creating this visual feel, and it’s very similar to making movies.”Bell used to require whole days of nothing on the docket to begin writing. “My process was getting a little too precious,” he says.He’d watch some TV, have a meal, get bored, and then start writing. Now that he has an office, he comes in before class, giving himself an hour or two to write. “I’m writing a lot more. It might be a lot worse though — I’m not sure yet — but I’m writing a lot more.”Maybe it’s that Vince Neil influence. “I’m trying to be more spontaneous now,” Bell says. read more

Syracuse sits at No. 8 in Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Top 20

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 17, 2019 at 1:29 pm Contact Mitchell: [email protected] With just over a month before its season-opener, Syracuse opened at No. 8 in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook Top 20 rankings released Tuesday morning. The Orange are ahead of Atlantic Coast Conference opponent North Carolina (No. 11) and behind three conference foes in Notre Dame (No. 7), Duke (No. 6) and Virginia (No. 1). The Orange will also travel to face No. 13 Johns Hopkins and play No. 15 Army at home this season.In the rankings, Inside Lacrosse noted that the Orange will be “bolstered by a healthy Tucker Dordevic,” who missed all of 2019 with a foot injury. Last season, Syracuse ranked 11th in Inside Lacrosse’s 2019 preseason rankings and finished the year at 10th. The Orange lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season, losing 15-13 to Loyola after compiling a 9-3 regular season record.Syracuse also boosted its offense by picking up transfer Chase Scanlan from Loyola, and also hired former Princeton offensive coordinator Pat March at the same position in September. Scanlan joins a SU offense led by Dordevic and complemented by Jacob Buttermore, Jamie Trimboli and Brendan Curry, among others.The Orange open their 2020 season at home against unranked Colgate on Feb. 7, a team Syracuse fell 12-9 against in their season’s opener last season. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more