DCLG announce review of Energy Assessor Accreditation Scheme Operations

The DCLG have today issued a consultation document which could result in important changes to the EPBD accreditation scheme, and the Scheme Operating Rules that support it.

After a quick read, Elmhurst welcomes the consultation as it appears to be introducing some aspects, such as smart auditing, that we have been campaigning for. It is also good news as it gives Elmhurst Members an opportunity to input. However the "devil may well be in the detail" and we will give a fuller breakdown of the proposal when we have had the opportunity to consider all the implications.

In summary

  • Quality Assurance – proposed introduction of Smart Auditing
  • Defective Energy Certificates - proposal to tighten the margin of error that defines a defective certificate
  • Energy Assessor Number - a proposal to create a unique assessor number that applies across all accreditation schemes
  • Disciplinary - proposal to clarify when it is appropriate to strike off energy assessors
  • Independent appeals - proposal to clarify who should pay for the appeals process
  • Access to data - proposal that accreditation schemes, and other stakeholders, should have greater access to EPC data

To read the consultation please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-energy-assessor-accreditation-scheme-operations

The consultation closes on 6th July 2016, giving 6 weeks to consider your views and respond. Elmhurst will, of course be responding, and be sharing our views with members.

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