Becoming a Commercial Energy Assessor

This article was written by Enterprise Insurance Services

The Government will be implementing Articles 7 + 10 of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive which requires energy ratings on all non-domestic buildings, subject to floor area from 6th April 2008, with all buildings to be covered by 1st October 2008. These dates may be reviewed by the Government, as happened for Domestic Energy Assessors, depending on the numbers of Commercial Energy Assessors being qualified in good time before hand.

Thereafter, Energy Performance Certificates will need to be issued for all new non-domestic buildings and upon the sale of non-domestic buildings except for ‘public’ buildings such as museums, libraries, town halls etc which will require annual Display Certificates to be issued.

In addition, all Display Energy Certificates must be accompanied by an ‘advisory report’ which needs to be renewed every 7 years.

Qualification as a Commercial Energy Assessor can be achieved in 2 stages:-

A) At a level 3 Diploma which will enable an Assessor to issue Energy Performance Certificates on non-domestic buildings up to 2,500 sq meters such as shops, offices, restaurant, guest houses, public houses etc.

B) At a level 4 Diploma which will enable an Assessor to issue Energy Performance Certificates on all types of non-domestic buildings such as a level 3 Assessor but also buildings over 10,000 sq meters, office blocks, industrial buildings etc.