To produce and lodge EPCs Energy Assessors must sign up with an Accredited Scheme. Some of these schemes require the assessor to demonstrate competence in the software they intend to use by passing an approved examination. The main accreditation schemes supporting DesignBuilder are:
The BRE Global Accreditation Scheme for Non Domestic Energy Assessors has been designed to provide Assessors with the high quality and integrity you would expect from BRE Global combined with competitive fees and a comprehensive membership package to help provide Assessors with all the support they need to operate and succeed in an open market.
Membership with BRE Global provides some clear benefits and advantages for scheme members that include: FREE annual membership, FREE Insurance, FREE listing in the www.greenbooklive.com, access to technical support from BRE specialists, discounts on training and access to numerous other BRE products, such as BREEAM In-Use, to help scheme members develop a diverse range of skills and enable them to maintain a competitive advantage.
Membership of the BRE Global Accreditation Scheme allows Assessors to demonstrate that they are working to the highest levels of technical competence within a system of quality assurance operating to best practice professional standards. Leading clients and specifiers value this association with the Scheme as it gives them confidence that the work of the Assessors they employ matches their own professional standards and protects their brand value in the marketplace.
This BRE Global scheme is accredited by UKAS.
CIBSE Certification Ltd offers Commercial Energy Assessor accreditation via the APEL and the qualification routes. Depending upon the level(s) of accreditation held, energy assessors can lodge Energy Performance Certificates, Display Energy Certificates or inspect complex Air Conditioning systems. To become an accredited Low Carbon Energy Assessor with CIBSE Certification Ltd please visit our website www.cibsecertification.co.uk and follow the links to “how to become and energy assessor”. Demand is high… check here for available training dates near you!
Elmhurst operates an Approved Accreditation Scheme which enables Non Domestic EPCs and DECs to be produced by appropriately qualified, insured Energy Assessors who are subject to strict independent quality standards. Accreditation can be offered via either APEL or qualification route.
If you are accredited with another Accreditation Scheme and are looking to switch to Elmhurst Energy then we would be delighted to hear from you. If you have completed the APEL route with another accreditation scheme or hold a qualification from one of the awarding bodies (NFOP, City or Guilds & ABBE), please contact our professional accreditation team who are available to talk through the process and options available to you.
The benefits of joining the Elmhurst Scheme are: No joining fees, access to our highly skilled Energy Assessor Technical Support Team, monthly Technical Bulletins and Newsletters, Free CPD, Only Award Winning Accreditation Scheme, Largest Energy Assessor Scheme provider in the UK, Insurance included (excluding OCDEAs) and discounts available on all in-house CPD and training courses.
NDEA lodgements are the most competitive in the industry being £12.50* for Level 3 and 4 and £7.50* for DECs (*excluding Landmark charge and vat).
RICS accredited scheme members can lodge commercial EPCs using DesignBuilder. Members should log on at www.ricsregister.com using their normal Lifespan user name and password and follow the instruction on screen. RICS is pleased to be able to provide its members more choice when lodging Commercial EPC's, and lower costs in the current market. The cost of lodgement via www.ricsregister.com of an EPC produced using DesignBuilder is £23.11, excluding VAT. DesignBuilder does not charge a lodgement fee, however, users require a DesignBuilder SBEM licence costing £450 annually (10% discount for early renewal) excluding VAT in order to use the software.
Together with the productivity gains offered by DesignBuilder, this represents an excellent opportunity for RICS members to reduce their costs while improving their competiveness in the EPC market. RICS accepts the DesignBuilder SBEM training course as evidence of competence to produce EPCs using DesignBuilder SBEM and does not require members to sit the DesignBuilder exam.
Sterling has been specifically set up to provide a quality Accreditation Scheme in the commercial sector and is pleased to be working with DesignBuilder to ensure that we have an integrated and quality approach to lodging commercial EPCs.
Energy Assessors wanting to become Sterling Accreditation members should visit www.sterlingaccreditation.com/membership.html and choose which application path to apply for; additional guidance is available to help with the application process.
Sterling offers Accreditation through both the National Occupation Standard (NOS) Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) route and the Qualification route. Applicants can expect a fast and efficient response whichever route is followed.
Sterling accepts the DesignBuilder SBEM training course as evidence of competence to produce EPCs using DesignBuilder SBEM.
Stroma offers Accreditation through both National Occupation Standard (NOS) Qualification and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
For experienced energy assessors, Stroma can accredit candidates via the APEL route, which takes into account prior experience in energy assessment. For those new to the industry or with limited knowledge, Stroma offer training courses covering the National Occupational Standard diploma (NOS). Once qualified you are invited to join the Stroma Accreditation scheme.
Stroma are also a Scottish Protocol organisation.
The APEL route to Accreditation costs £450, there is no charge for applying and applicants can expect a fast and efficient response!
All the above schemes recognise that the software providers are most able to provide software training and have set up training partnerships with providers of approved software including DesignBuilder.
The full list of Accreditation schemes supported by DesignBuilder is: