Becoming An Energy Performance Assessor

By: Rick Skew

In view of the incontrovertible fact that Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are compulsory by law, there will probably be a need to generate such certificates. Energy Performance Assessors are people mandated by law and endorsed by related schemes to issue these types of certificates.

If you ever plan to become an Energy Performance Assessor, you will have to have a recognized certificate qualification and become an associate of an authorized accreditation scheme. But before you pursue any related training, make sure you check further to see if there are ample prospects, because slowdowns in the property market could potentially decrease the requirement for EPCs.

How To Get A Recognised Qualification:
If you are new to energy performance assessment, you will have to enroll in an energy assessor’s course and choose the correct kind of energy assessment you intend to conduct later. A quantity of universities along with private organizations are offering such courses to people who want to become energy assessors.

An Energy Performance Assessor course normally takes around 1 ˝ - 2 ˝ months to finish. It includes theoretical studies as well as real-life projects. Below are some of the topics included in the course:

Working effectively and professionally
Ensuring the protection of humans and properties
Planning to carry out energy assessments
Carrying out energy inspections
Issuing and clarifying Energy Performance Certificates

Becoming A Member Of An Authorised Accreditation Scheme:
Various types of accreditation can be found and are given according to the kind of energy assessment to be performed. Accreditation schemes are the ones issuing them but before they do so, they ensure that the applicant has the integrity and most of all, the competency to undertake the job.

So that you can become an associate of a particular accreditation scheme you need to do the following:

Present a recognized certification or diploma qualification, or an approved experience comparable to the related national standard requisite
Follow the rules and advice of the scheme
Maintain proper professional guarantee to work done
Regularly attend seminars and further trainings to upgrade your skills
Participate in the scheme’s quality assurance course of actions

Once accredited, energy assessors can work as:
Commercial energy assessor - make and issue EPCs for buildings used commercially
Domestic energy assessor - make and issue EPCs for existing homes
On-construction energy assessor - conduct assessment of houses under construction
Air conditioning scheme energy assessor - examine the energy efficiency of HVAC systems currently used in homes and commercial buildings
Operational ratings assessor - proprietors of large public buildings such as museums and libraries must exhibit a Display Energy Certificate which contains the operational rating of the building.

Functions Of An Energy Assessor:
Collect data of private and commercial buildings. The data to be collected includes the style of building, age, number and size of rooms, windows, hallways and fireplaces. Included also are data concerning cooling and heating systems, and installed insulations if there are any
Input the data collected into the online software designed to produce EPCs and energy efficiency ratings
Explain the contents of EPCs to recipients
Provide advice to property owners and residents about ways to boost their property’s energy efficiency.

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