Smart Auditing Launched
At Elmhurst we have been working hard to re-launch the auditing process to ensure that the focus remains firmly on Quality and helping our members to be the best in the Industry.
The new Scheme Operating Requirements (SORs) became live in April this year and with it came the ability to adopt new auditing practices within the existing dwellings strand. Elmhurst are delighted to be the first energy assessment scheme to introduce smart auditing, all other Schemes will be introducing this concept over the coming months.
The new practice is designed to focus on the ‘output’ of the energy certificates not the ‘process’ by which they were produced. The concept is straight forward and based on a ‘risk based’ approach, which means that higher risk Energy Certificates are selected for audit. This does not mean that the assessors have produced an incorrect Energy Certificate; it simply means that the focus of auditing will be moved away from being 100% random to a more risk based approach.
Back in 2016 the industry trialled a set of ‘smart rules’ which produced some positive results. In July of this year Elmhurst used these smart rules as a starting point for smart auditing. We will be working on revising these rules, with the rest of the industry, to ensure that the focus remains firmly on what is currently happening, and from August 2018 an updated set of smart rules (v1.1) will be implemented. The current list of smart rules can be found here.
This is great news for Elmhurst members, as using this risked based approach should result in fewer audits for those who produce quality energy assessments, with the focus now returning to 'is the EPC correct?'.
Damien Roberts, Existing Dwellings Team Leader at Elmhurst Energy stated: "We welcome these changes as we believe smart auditing is a positive step towards better quality Energy Certificates. Allowing Industry to pay particular attention to high risk EPCs is something that we have all wanted for some time. We would like to stress to our members auditing is necessary to ensure quality; we add value to our members through great software, great support and great training – all these things ensure that our members give good quality EPCs to homeowners, landlords and tenants."
Article Published: 25th July 2018
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