A Home Energy Assessor plays an important role, especially now that the dust has settled a bit on HIPS (Home Information Packs). We spoke to Daniel Nixon, Pure Plumbing, who recently had energy efficiency training to become an Energy Efficiency Assessor.
What ‘s an Energy Efficiency rating?
Daniel tells us “As part of the new Home Information Packs, heating systems now receive an energy efficiency rating from a Home Energy Assessor, much like a fridge or dishwasher’s appliance energy rating. As a CIBT member I have completed my energy efficiency training which permits me to rate or band a property, but more importantly identify the areas which require attention.
“Certainly anyone who’s home is on the market would wish to ensure that their property has a Band A Energy Efficiency rating, as a worse home energy rating would reduce not only the value of the property, it would also make it less desirable due to its higher running costs.”
Energy Performance Certificate
In a similar way that ‘white goods’ are graded A to G for energy performance, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) now provide a measure of the energy performance and environmental impact for the home; allowing a homeowner or potential buyer to easily see the energy efficiency of the property.
The most energy efficient homes (Grade As), have the lowest fuel bills.
EPCs include recommendations on ways to improve the home’s energy efficiency to save you money and help the environment, ranging from thicker loft insulation through to solar panels.
The certificate also tells you, on a scale of A-G, about the impact the home has on the environment. Better-rated homes (Grade As) have less impact through carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The majority of properties in the UK are currently in bands D and E for both ratings.
Calculating home energy efficiency
The calculations for home energy are based on what is known as Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure (RdSAP), depicting the Energy Cost Factor which is the annual energy cost per mý floor space. This allows comparison between properties regardless of their size.
Remember… The EPC can only be prepared by a qualified and accredited Home Inspector or Domestic Energy Efficiency Assessor.
Become a Home Energy Assessor
To qualify as a Home Energy Assessor you need the Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Energy Assessment (Dip DEA). This involves completing at least five assessed EPCs and taking a multiple choice exam for your energy efficiency training.
The amount of energy efficiency training you need before taking the diploma will depend on the skills you already have. If you have experience in a related field, for example in property surveying or construction, you will need less training than if you are new to this type of work.
The Dip DEA for a Home Energy Assessor is provided by three awarding bodies:
- Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE)
– Tel: 0121 331 5174 | www.abbeqa.co.uk
- City & Guilds – Tel: 020 7294 2800 | www.cityandguilds.com
- National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) – www.naea.co.uk
As a Home Energy Assessor you would:
- inspect properties to collect info on age, size, building type, heating and hot water systems
- note number and size of corridors, windows and fireplaces
- submit date to produce an energy efficiency rating and an EPC
- explain efficiency ratings to homeowners
- give practical advice on how to improve energy efficiency
What home energy improvements can we make
Home Energy Assessor Daniel says “Improvements to a property include high efficiency condensing boilers, zoning, programmable room stats and TRV’s fitted to radiators. Identifying the areas which require attention can reduce energy bills up to 60%, even more with solar.
“Much is being done by the Government to make the population aware of reducing CO2, however we all carry this responsibility, although far few plumbers recognise the ‘added value’ that such awareness can add to their business or reputation.”
Improvement in the energy efficiency of our homes is an important part of reducing our overall emissions, helping to reduce the effects of global warming. You can find out more:
- Asset Skills Home Energy Assessors – www.energy-assessors.org.uk
- Home Information Packs – www.homeinformationpacks.gov.uk
- Asset Skills – www.assetskills.org
If you need a Home Energy Assessor to visit your home then please search in the green box under the Eco Solutions section.