BSRIA is its urging members and industry to complete the Review of Energy Assessor Accreditation Scheme Operations Consultation launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Energy Assessor Accreditation Schemes accredit energy assessors and oversee their activities of producing and submitting energy performance certificates, display energy certificates and air conditioning inspection reports (collectively “energy certificates”). Schemes are approved by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/3118). They must operate in line with a set of Scheme Operating Requirements determined by the DCLG.
This consultation seeks views on options to improve the current Scheme Operating Requirements. It sets out the proposals of a recent review undertaken by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Proposals centre on improving quality assurance systems to improve data quality, tackle bad practice and detect and prevent fraud.
DCLG seeks views on these proposals and invites further submissions on how the quality assurance of energy certificates can be improved. The consultation sets out proposals for reforms to the current regime to ensure that improvements are achieved with minimal cost to both the public purse and to industry.
The consultation runs from Wednesday 25th May – Wednesday 6th July 2016: responses should be received by then.
Jo Harris, Head of Sustainable Construction, said: “This consultation is primarily aimed at energy assessors and the accreditation scheme operators but other people with an interest in the energy performance of buildings are encouraged to respond.
The focus on improving data quality, reducing costs and, especially, preventing fraud is good. Energy certificates are a crucial aspect of being able to measure a building’s performance and I urge all those who can respond to do so.”
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Review of Energy Assessor Accreditation Scheme Operations