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Improving Non-Domestic EPC Ratings (CPD)

This 6.5 hour CPD day will provide practising non-domestic energy assessors with hints and tips for improving non-domestic EPC ratings calculated for both existing and new-build structures.  Focusing on little nuggets that can make a big difference, this course will help you understand the key data inputs which, when collected, can make a significant difference to the final rating calculated for a commercial, industrial or agricultural building.

This CPD day is very practical in its outlook and SBEM will be used to show how collecting the right extra data can help gain those few extra points required to make an important difference to your EPCs.  In addition to understanding the key factors involved, you will uncover the circumstances in which the effects may be positive or negative.

During the session delegates are encouraged to share any queries they have or difficulties they have encountered.  There is also an opportunity for questions and discussions formally during the day and informally over lunch.

Programme Outline

During the day you will cover:

  1. Buildings types
  2. Weather locations
  3. Modular building date (new build)
  4. Heavy / light internal partitions
  5. Kappa values
  6. Floor corrected U-values
  7. Solar gain
  8. Thermal bridges including roof lights
  9. Zone activities
  10. Metering
  11. Power factor correction
  12. Specific fans powers (SFPs)
  13. Standing losses for hot water systems including secondary circulation
  14. Lighting including display lighting, output characteristics and associated controls

Prerequisites

This programme is intended for practising Non-Domestic Energy Assessors providing EPCs.

Expected Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme delegates will have updated their knowledge and practice to reflect new developments in the field.

Price: £150 exc VAT (£180 inc)

Our price includes training, buffet lunch and a CPD certificate.

Discounted rate for members of Sterling Accreditation - discounted price: £120 exc VAT (£144 inc)

Further Information

For details of upcoming course dates and venues visit our course listing - click here.

If you require additional information then please contact our team.

Non-Domestic Conventions for EPCs (CPD)

This 6.5 hour CPD day will provide practising non-domestic energy assessors with an introduction to and update on the latest Non-Domestic Conventions for Energy Performance Certificates (Issue 7).  This new version has only recently been released and continues to apply in Scotland as well as England & Wales.  With a large number of alterations and new conventions, this is your opportunity to ensure you are up-to-date.

During the session delegates are encouraged to share any queries they have or difficulties they have encountered.  There is also an opportunity for questions and discussions formally during the day and informally over lunch.

Programme Outline

During the day you will cover:

  1. The New Non-Domestic Conventions (Version 6)

Prerequisites

This programme is intended for practising Non-Domestic Energy Assessors providing EPCs.

Expected Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme delegates will have updated their knowledge and practice to reflect new developments in the field.

Price: £120 exc VAT (£144 inc)

Our price includes training, buffet lunch and a CPD certificate.

Discounted rate for members of Sterling Accreditation - discounted price: £100 exc VAT (£120 inc)

Further Information

For details of upcoming course dates and venues visit our course listing - click here.

If you require additional information then please contact our team.

Level 3 Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment (CertDEA)

Those wishing to produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for existing houses will need to gain the Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment (CertDEA). This will allow you to be accredited as a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). All domestic properties require an EPC when sold, rented or let.

EPC's are also required to enable owners to claim the higher rate feed in tariff (FIT), where the EPC achieves a minimum D band rating.

The course includes full training in the RdSAP methodology used to assess existing domestic properties and in the use of government approved software to produce the EPC.

Candidates must also assemble a portfolio of evidence of their competence, including EPCs for five real domestic properties. Each candidate is assigned to an assessor to guide them through this process. The assessor will verify that the candidate's evdience meets the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for a DEA.

Programme Outline

The programme begins with a face-to-face induction course covering the legislative background, an introduction to the RdSAP methodology and details of how to assemble the portfolio of evidence.  This continues with RdSAP training covering the conventions for collecting data and how to enter data into government-approved software. Additionally methods determining the age of a dwelling, recognising the construction and insulation of the main elements and identifying the heating and hot water systems together with the heating controls are covered.

Practical work carrying out assessments and producing EPCs is then completed independently by the candidate.  This usually takes three to five weeks working remotely with guidance from their assessor.

Finally assessment of the evidence portfolio is completed followed by internal and external verification to confirm the required standards have been met.

Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for this course.  However, candidates are most likely to be successful if they have:

  • A good working knowledge of mathematics;
  • A good level of literacy with proficiency in the English Language;
  • A sound working knowledge of computers including familiarity with Windows 7 or later, an internet browser and an office package; and
  • Some familiarity with the construction of buildings and building services.

Expected Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme candidates will have demonstrated their competency in meeting the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).

Price: £1200 exc VAT (£1440 inc)

Our price includes training, ABBE registration, assessment and verification of your evidence portfolio with full professional support to guide you through the process.

Further Information

For details of upcoming course dates and venues visit our course listing - click here.

If you require additional information then please contact our team.

FAQ: Level 3 Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment (CertDEA)

No, there are no examinations required to complete this programme.

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Level 4 Diploma in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment (DipNDEA)

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ABBE Level 4 Diploma in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment

Energy Assessors wishing to produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for newly-constructed and more complex existing commercial buildings will need to gain this qualification. This will allow you to be accredited as a Level 4 Non-Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA). All buildings now require an EPC when built, sold or let to a new tenant.

A Level 4 NDEA is able to assess new buildings from plans for Building Control purposes, including producing Building Regulation Compliance Checks for Part L (BRUKL) and EPC’s of new buildings on completion. It should be noted that all new buildings, irrespective of their heating systems, are deemed to be Level 4 complexity.

In addition a Level 4 NDEA is able to assess existing buildings with more complex heating systems including Single Duct and Dual Duct VAV Systems, Indoor Packaged Cabinet, Fan Coil and Induction Systems, Constant Volume, Multizone, Terminal Reheat and Dual Duct Constant Volume, Chilled Ceilings, Passive and Active Chilled Beams and Water Loop Systems.

Course format

Option A – 5 days for new entrants cost £1950 + VAT (£2340 inc VAT)
Option B – 2 days for existing Level 3 Non Domestic Energy Assessors cost £1200 + VAT (£1440 inc VAT)

Induction covering the legislative background, and details of how to assemble the Portfolio of Evidence.

Training on building construction and services, to enable Assessors to recognise the construction types and building services found in typical commercial buildings.

Non Domestic Energy Assessment training covering the conventions for collecting data and how to enter data into government-approved iSBEM 4.1e software. Software training includes selecting appropriate building types, entering construction types, creation of zones, selecting and entering Building Services Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Hot Water Systems (HWS), entering renewable systems including Photovoltaic Systems (PVS), Solar Energy Systems (SES) and Wind Turbines, Lighting Systems and controls, editing Recommendations and Calculating EPC Ratings

The ABBE Level 4 Diploma in Non Domestic Energy Assessment requires you to carry out Non Domestic Energy Assessment surveys on Two existing buildings and to produce One BRUKL and EPC for a new build from given plans and specifications, to include:-

  • High Street or other retail
  • Low Rise Shallow, Deep Plan or Other Industrial
  • Medium or High Rise (3+ storeys)

Note: The above list is typical and other building types may be acceptable by agreement prior to production of portfolio evidence.

Within the three types of building above the following HVAC systems must be covered at least once:-

  • Substantially Air Conditioned (all air or air/water) (e.g. Constant Volume Systems, Fan Coil Systems, Roof packaged Units)
  • Substantially Air Conditioned (DX/other) (e.g. VRF/VRV systems with centralised ventilation)
  • Mixed Mode (designed) (e.g. with operable mixed mode ventilation systems – this will be incorporated into the off plan project)
  • Centralised Heating System with MTHW/HTHW (e.g. 121oC + operating temperature)

Note: examples of each type of system are only given for indicative purposes, other systems will also be applicable

Four to eight weeks working remotely with the guidance of a Qualification Assessor to assemble the Portfolio of Evidence.

Final assessment of the Portfolio.

There are no examinations with these programmes

Level 3 Certificate in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment (CertNDEA)

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Cost: £1350:00 Plus VAT (£1620:00 Inclusive of VAT)

Energy Assessors wishing to produce Energy Performance Certificates, (EPCs), for simple, existing commercial buildings, will need to gain the ABBE Level 3 Certificate in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment to allow you to be accredited as a Level 3 Non-Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA). All buildings now require an EPC when sold or let to a new tenant.

A Level 3 NDEA is able to assess existing buildings with simple heating systems including Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW) boilers, Radiant Tube Heaters, Air Heaters, Room Heaters and Split or Multi-Split and VRF/VRV Air Conditioning Systems, and “typical” construction and lighting systems.

In practice this includes the majority of the high street small retail shops, small restaurants, cafes, public houses, offices, doctors surgeries, community centres, small schools, workshops and storage facilities, which make up the vast majority of commercial buildings.

Existing buildings with more complex heating or cooling systems, or more unusual construction and newly-constructed commercial buildings require a Level 4 or 5 NDEA to produce the EPC.

Course Format – (3 Days)

Induction covering the legislative background, and details of how to assemble the Portfolio of Evidence.

Training on building construction and services, to enable Assessors to recognise the construction types and building services found in typical commercial buildings.

Non Domestic Energy Assessment training covering the conventions for collecting data and how to enter data into government-approved iSBEM 4.1e software, Software trainig includes selecting appropriate buildingtypes, entering construction types, creation of zones, selecting and entering Building Services Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Hot Water Systems (HWS), entering renewable systems including Photovoltaic Systems (PVS), Solar Energy Systems (SES) and Wind Turbines, Lighting Systems and controls, editing Recommendations and Calculating EPC Ratings.

The ABBE Level 3 Certificate in Non Domestic Energy Assessment requires you to carry out Non Domestic Energy Assessment surveys on Three existing buildings to include:-

  • Traditional Construction (e.g. small high street shop or office unit)
  • Portal Frame Construction (e.g. warehouse, workshop, industrial unit, retail warehouse units)
  • Minimum 3 Storey building (e.g. small office block, high street retail store sometimes with integral living accommodation above, dentists surgery or solicitors in old Victorian house)

Note: examples are only given for indicative purposes of typical situations which are common occurrences but other uses of buildings will also apply to the building types.

Within the three types of building above the following three type HVAC systems must be covered at least once:-

  • LTHW Boiler system (e.g. maximum operating temperature 121°C)
  • Split or Multi-split (e.g. Air source heat pumps)
  • Non Boiler system (e.g. Radiant Tube Heater, Air Heaters)

Note: Examples of each type of system are only given for indicative purposes, other systems will also be applicable but use of room heaters such as storage heaters and the like is not usually sufficient on their own to demonstrate coverage.

Three to six weeks working remotely with the guidance of a Qualification Assessor to assemble the Portfolio of Evidence.

Final assessment of the Portfolio

There are no examinations with this programme

Level 3 Diploma in Operational Ratings (DipOR)

The ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Operational Ratings allows those wishing to produce Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Advisory Reports (ARs) for public buildings to register with an Accreditation Scheme. This will allow them to be accredited as Display Energy Certificate Assessors (DECAs).

Buildings that require a DEC by law have a total floor area greater than 250m2, be occupied in whole or part by public authorities or by institutions providing a service to the public, and frequently visited by the public. These buildings need to display a current Display Energy Certfifcate (DEC) and have available a current Advisory Report (AR).  Other buildings can have a DEC voluntarily and there are often significant benefits for the organisation of having these.

Unlike Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), DECs and ARs are produced using an Operational Rating (OR) based on energy usage in the preceding year.  The reflect the way energy is actually being used and the management processes in place to maintain energy efficiency by the organisation occupying the building.

Here at Northern Energy Training, we also offer this qualification in combination with other non-domestic qualifications including those for Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Air Conditioning Energy Inspections.  Please contact our team for further information.

Programme Outline

The Level 3 Diploma in Operational Ratings course includes full training in the operational ratings (OR) methodology and in the use of the government approved ORCalc software.  This software is free to use (subject to licence conditions) and is used to produce Display Energy Certifcate (DECs) and Advisory Reports (AR) which can be lodged on the National Register.

All candidates must also assemble a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their competence in the role of DEC Assessor.  This portfolio needs to include DECs for at least two real buildings in addition to the simulation provided during the course.  Each candidate is assigned to an assessor to guide them through this process and evaluate their competence against the National Occupancy Standards (NOS).

Course format:

  • One day induction covering the legislative background, an introduction to the OR methodology and details of how to assemble the Portfolio of Evidence, along with ORCalc software training including the conventions of data collection and entry.
  • One day training on construction of buildings and the services within them. This will enable DEC assessors to recognise the construction types and building services found in commercial buildings.
  • Three to five weeks working remotely with the guidance of an assessor to assemble the portfolio of evidence.
  • Final assessment of the portfolio.

Prerequisits

There are no formal prerequisites for this course.  However, candidates are most likely to be successful if they have:

  • A good working knowledge of mathematics;
  • A good level of literacy with proficiency in the English Language;
  • A sound working knowledge of computers including familiarity with Windows 7 or later, an internet browser and an office package; and
  • Some familiarity with the construction of buildings and building services.

Expected Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme candidates will have demonstrated their competency in meeting the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for producing Display Energy Certificates and Advisory Reports.

Price: £1430 exc VAT (£1716 inc)

Our price includes training, ABBE registration, assessment and verification of your evidence portfolio with full professional support to guide you through the process.

Further Information

For details of upcoming course dates and venues visit our course listing - click here.

If you require additional information then please contact our team.

FAQ: Level 3 Diploma in Operational Ratings (DipOR)

No, there are no examinations required to complete this programme.

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Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

An Energy Performance Certificate or EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.  It also provides an assessment of the impact the property has upon the environment using a similar scale for emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2).

EPCs are available for both domestic and non-domestic properties but they are both different.  The process involved in producing a non-domestic EPC is more complex and both certificates are formatted differently.  In both cases the certificate comes with recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of the building.  For domestic properties these are included on the certificate whilst for non-domestic premises they are provided in a separate report.

To find out more about getting an Energy Performance Certificate for a domestic property – click here.

To find out more about getting an Energy Performance Certificate for a non-domestic property – click here.

To find out how you can qualify to provide Energy Performance Certificates – click here.

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