The need for this qualification has been brought about by the Government’s need to implement Articles 7 and 10 of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), are energy ratings for buildings, which are similar to consumer-friendly ‘fridge ratings’, have been implemented via a gradual rollout programme since April 2008 and are required for the sale or rent of buildings other than dwellings. EPCs outline the costs of energy use in buildings, provide an Energy Efficiency Rating and give practical advice on how to cut these costs and reduce emissions together with suggested efficiency measures.
EPCs will be produced by qualified and accredited non domestic energy assessors who hold a licence to practice. This status will be achieved through the ABBE Level 3 Certificate in Non Domestic Energy Assessment and membership of a Government approved accreditation scheme.
This qualification is likely to appeal both to energy assessors with experience as DEAs in the domestic arena and also to those with little or no previous background knowledge or experience of non-domestic systems and who wish to train and qualify in a new discipline.