How to become an Energy Assessor

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues?
  • What are the key trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Energy assessors produce mandatory energy performance certificates (EPCs) for residential, commercial and public buildings, which are a legal requirement in the UK under the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007, the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008 and the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 (as amended).

In order to produce EPCs, assessors are legally required to belong to a recognised accreditation scheme. EPCs, which are valid for ten years, include information about a property's energy usage and costs, together with recommendations for improvements in energy efficiency, and are required whenever a property is built, sold or rented out. Most energy assessors also provide air conditioning reports (ACRs), which are a legal requirement under the Regulations for air conditioning systems with an output higher than 12 kW.

Many assessors also advise homeowners about renewable energy options and provide consultancy services to business and public sector organisations that require guidance on environmental policy and compliance.

Typical clients include larger firms of energy assessors, construction firms and property developers, estate agents, solicitors, landlords, local authorities and residential and commercial property owners.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as an energy assessor. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also identifies the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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