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Energy assessors

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Energy performance certificates must be issued by an accredited energy assessor.

An energy assessor must be a member of an accreditation scheme approved by the Secretary of State.[1]

The terms of approval of a scheme may be limited in relation to the categories of building for which members may produce energy performance certificates (EPCs). Energy assessors have a duty to carry out all energy assessments with reasonable care and skill. This duty of care is enforceable by the owner and any prospective or actual buyer or tenant during the period in which the certificate is valid.[2]

An energy assessment is the preparation and issuing of EPCs and recommendation reports. In the event that an assessment is not competed with reasonable care and skill, it is deemed not to be an action founded on tort for the purposes of the Limitation Act 1980. Before approving an accreditation scheme, the Secretary of State must be satisfied that the scheme ensures that:[3]

  • all members of a scheme carry out independent, consistent and accurate energy assessments
  • all members of the scheme are fit and proper persons who are qualified to carry out energy assessments
  • all members use the standard forms to prepare EPCs and recommendation reports
  • a code is produced and published regarding the conduct of members of the scheme
  • indemnity arrangements are in place there is a complaints procedure for resolution of complaints against members of the scheme
  • all data for EPCs and recommendation reports prepared by members is entered on the relevant register
  • that there is adequate provision for the keeping of a register of the members of the scheme.

[1] reg 22 Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 SI 2012/3118.

[2] reg 24 Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 SI 2012/3118.

[3] reg 22(3) Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 SI 2012/3118.

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