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Domestic Energy Assessment Training Course
Welcome and Qualification Structure
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Stroma’s Co-ordinated approach to
Building Sustainability & Compliance
Stroma’s Co-ordinated approach to
Building Sustainability & Compliance
"Stroma’s ultimate objective is to ensure that all buildings,
new and existing, reach their full energy performance
potential and comply with legislation without sacrificing
client satisfaction or occupier comfort”
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
Stroma Limited is committed to equal opportunities in the work place. The purpose of this policy is to ensure equal opportunities for all employees and members of the public who come into contact with Stroma Limited.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY CONTINUED
This policy extends to all those associated with Stroma Limited including employees, job applicants, clients and customers, irrespective of age, disability, gender re-assignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
We value a diverse client base and the individuality and creativity that every employee can potentially bring to the workforce.
Delegates please provide:
The course will consist of:
Domestic Energy Assessors are required to competently demonstrate a mixture of:
There are personal attributes that enhance an individuals job performance through interaction
The full portfolio requirements will be covered at the end of the course, the portfolio is broken down into four key units
One file is the online portal where all your portfolio of evidence is entered to be assessed and verified.
Whilst completing your portfolio you are required to fully meet all the property types and age bands in the below matrix
In addition to the matrix there are a number of features to include, such as specific wall constructions, insulation types and heating systems.
All of the property features, heating systems and potential issues in this table should be covered, and referenced with your EPC, or additional learner statements provided.
The UK has passed legislation that introduces the world’s first long-term legally binding framework to tackle the dangers of climate change.
The Climate Change Act created a new approach to managing and responding to climate change in the UK, by:
Display Energy Certificates
Energy Performance Certificates
Introduced through EU Directive 2002
Example of an Energy Performance Certificate for a Home
EPC for Non-Domestic Building?
Only accredited energy assessors are able to carry out assessments and produce EPC’s and DEC’s
To be accredited you must:
Levels of EPC Assessors
Buildings Requiring DEC’s
Exempt from EPCs/DECs
Used for new dwellings.
Used for buildings which have undergone a ‘change of use’.
Report produced off plan. Property is not visited.
Uses a more comprehensive methodology.
Assessor must hold Dip OCDEA qualification.
Report based on U-values.
Uses SAP software.
Used for existing dwellings.
Assessment conducted at the dwelling.
Uses a reduced methodology taken from SAP.
Assessor must hold DipDEA qualification.
Report based on assumptions.
Uses RdSAP Software.
The methodology list all the data collection fields and their explanations
The list of all the improvement measures and their triggers
The conventions give clear guidance on how assessment criteria is determined and clarify grey areas of the methodology that could lead to variation in interpretation
As a DEA all you will need a working knowledge of all 3 documents, and you should understand how, and when to apply the information contained within them.
Over time there has been changes to RdSAP they have been made to make the calculation more consistent and accurate
We have moved from:
Any calculation using newer methodology will be different from a calculation using an earlier methodology.
The revisions of the methodology is to better model the energy performance of the property
Health & Safety issues for the Energy Assessor
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends
5 steps to Risk Assessment:-
• Step 1. Identify the hazards
• Step 2. Decide who might be harmed and how
• Step 3. Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
• Step 4. Record your findings and implement them
• Step 5. Review risk assessments and update
Dress suitably - durable, warm and waterproof clothing.
Mobile phone fully charged and switched on;
Carry personal alarm;
Park close by and put valuables in the boot, park in a legal and safe position;
Do not inspect at dusk or after dark;
Do not carry unnecessary valuables into the property;
Take all appropriate tools/equipment,
Let your office know when you are starting and finishing the inspection
General health and safety issues affecting DEAs;
If you are being accompanied by the agent or owner during the inspection, check the person’s credentials
When entering the empty building, carry out a cursory inspection of all rooms whilst loudly announcing your presence
If you are on your own, lock the external doors when you are inside and keep the keys with you;
If you discover an unauthorized person(s), briefly and calmly explain who you are, why you are there and that you are leaving right away.
If you discover signs of unauthorized occupation and/or the property is unsecured, leave the property immediately and notify the person responsible.
When inspecting roof spaces:
• Do not site your ladder near any potential hazard
• Put ladder up properly and extend min. 1.0m above
back of ceiling joists;
• Wear face mask, check for animal/bird life/wasp nests
• Use a strong, bright torch;
• Only go in if it is essential and step on the rear of visible ceiling joists.
• Watch out for any poorly fixed walking boards;
• Look out for low beams/purlins, protruding nails, etc.
Check ladders every time they are used. Refer to the leaflet
“HSE Safe use of Ladders & Stepladders An Employers Guide”
For their correct use.
Ladders that should not be used
Roof space inspections
Would you inspect the following lofts?
As a group discussions what would you do in the following situations? Then check your answers
The occupant becomes very aggressive and uses
threatening language as you carry out your inspection?
A 2 storey property with ceiling height of 2.7m, the
loft hatch is located at the top of the staircase.
Would you inspect the loft?
No, there is a risk of falling a considerable height. Inform the homeowner/occupier that there is too greater risk to access the loft due to it’s location.
The owner shows you into the house and points out their 2 massive dogs, but says, ‘Don’t worry, they wouldn’t hurt a fly’.
Would you inspect this cellar?
Asbestos can be found in a wide variety of products
Asbestos insulation board
Textured coatings (Artex)
Asbestos cement soffit
A key text to read is “Surveying Safely” this is available as a free pdf download from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (www.rics.org), which is focused on the risks associated with property inspections
Comprehensive publications on all aspects of health and safety are also available from the Health and Safety Executive (www.hse.gov.uk)