CLG proposed changes to Quality Assurance checks

June 16th, 2010

Issues raised by energy industry professionals on the perceived lack of quality checks on EPCs have meant that CLG are considering greater controls on the way Accreditation Schemes operate.

CLG are proposing changes to Accreditation Schemes operational procedures to improve the quality checking on all work completed by commercial energy assessors, which is likely to be far greater than the existing requirement of a 2% random sample for Quality Assurance checks.

The consultation document recently raised by CLG (EPBD Scheme Operating Requirements Associated with Energy Assessors and the Production of Energy Performance Certificates for Non Dwellings) also proposes changes in this area that could be implemented as soon as October this year.

The ramifications of new minimum QA requirements will undoubtedly create tighter controls between the relevant scheme and the assessor. The prescribed higher frequency of random and targeted checks will mean that recommended improvements to process and quality will have to be embraced by all schemes.

Sterling Accreditation’s standards means that our members already exceed the new proposed standards and we have found that providing feedback on our QA to the assessor and the client has lead to a closer working relationship that provides greater benefits for all concerned.

Sterling’s application, membership and lodgement fees mean that we are able to sustain a quality service to our members; we operate under the CLG mandate of an accreditation scheme and believe in supporting our member’s quality.

If you are an Energy professional working within this field, and wish to see enhanced quality, contact Sterling Accreditation today for full details of how our Scheme operates.

Sterling’s first year at the Property Professional Expo

May 24th, 2010

Sterling shine in their first year at the Property Professional Expo. Simon Barnes MD fielded a number of queries on why there was another accreditation scheme in the market. A good question: Simon was clear that he felt there was plenty of room for a scheme that concentrated on quality. By providing its members with a high level of support Sterling will differentiate itself in the market.

Feedback from Energy Assessors who attended the Sterling stand confirmed that they felt accreditation bodies could provide more support to their members and an accreditation body that was willing to lead the market to drive quality would be well received.

Jay Parmar at Personal Touch Surveying confirmed that they were extremely happy with the higher level of quality audits that Sterling were providing- “we have been providing our energy compliance services for over two years and quality has always been at the heart of our service proposition. Working with Sterling Accreditation is therefore a natural fit with our own values and supplements our ISO14001 Quality Management System accreditation.”

Barry Hudson Commercial Sales Director at Sterling, commented that hosting the stand at the expo was a great opportunity for Sterling to formally introduce ourselves to the market and a great platform to communicate our message of quality.  The number of positive enquiries we received over the two day event made it an extremely valuable exercise, one that Sterling undoubtedly would repeat again next year.

CLG update guidelines for Commercial EPCs

May 21st, 2010

The revised guidelines include amongst other issues, a clarification on the Assessment Level required for buildings and the use of default values.

The revised guidelines come into force on the 1st June 2010.

Commercial EPC Conventions Issue 1 1st June 2010

CLG Secretary Eric Pickles

May 20th, 2010

CLG Secretary Eric Pickles and Housing Minister Grant Shapps announce that HIPs are history – full article http://bit.ly/bRt1h9

Come and see Sterling Acc…

May 10th, 2010

Come and see Sterling Accreditation at the Energy Assessors Expo – 17th & 18th May – Stand 74 – Birmingham ICC

Simon Barnes, MD of Sterling Accreditation endorses CLGs push to improve the quality and accuracy of EPCs

March 25th, 2010

From the outset Sterling Accreditation has put quality first; we will ensure that all EPCs and DECs lodged through our system will be of the highest quality available in the marketplace. A brief overview of the report is below with a link to the full document at the bottom of this message.

Quality of energy performance data

In order to realise the potential of EPCs in supporting our carbon reduction objectives, we must first ensure that they are of high quality and contain accurate information. While the vast majority of EPCs prove an accurate assessment of a dwelling’s energy efficiency, there is some evidence, including emerging results from our research of the operation of the EPBD arrangements that the quality of EPCs needs to be improved. We have already taken a number of steps to address early issues; however, we are taking further action to ensure that consumers can have confidence in the quality and accuracy of their EPCs. In particular we are:
• revising, tightening up and consolidating our guidance and standards for the operation of Accreditation Schemes and the process of producing EPCs and DECs to reduce the scope for misinterpretation
• harmonising and making clear the requirements of Accreditation Schemes, including standardising and specifying new reporting arrangement and requirements for auditing the quality of EPCs
• rationalising both the amount of guidance and the way that it is organised and presented on our website
• rationalising the process of updating software to minimise disruption and ensure greater periods of stability
• looking to improve the level of training energy assessors receive.

Full article available here

Introducing Sterling Accreditation, Simon Barnes

March 18th, 2010

Sterling Accreditation is proud to announce it has recently been awarded a licence by the Government to become an Accreditation Scheme for Energy Performance Certificates, Display Energy Certificates and Air Conditioning Inspections in England and Wales.

With an ever increasing number of qualified Energy Assessors in the UK issuing over 150,000 EPC and DEC Certificates, the need for robust quality assured Accreditation Schemes is paramount to the continued success of the Energy Performance Building Directive.