CIBSE to certify competence of GDAs based on demonstration of APEL
Posted: 23 April 2013
CIBSE Certification Ltd is pleased to announce that it is now offering assessment of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for certifying competence as a Green Deal Advisor* (GDA).
The APEL route to certification, which is accredited by UKAS and already used by CIBSE to certify Energy Assessors, will now allow experienced practitioners who can demonstrate that they already have all the required skills and knowledge to become Green Deal Advisors.
Andrew Geens, Head of Certification at CIBSE, said: "CIBSE is welcoming the Green Deal initiative as a tool to help make buildings more energy efficient. However it is critical for this initiative to work that all Green Deal Advisors provide the best informed advice on where energy performance improvements can be made."
Richard Hipkiss, CEO of digitalenergy, the first company to be certified by CIBSE and to put its employees through the APEL route said: "The complexity of building services in commercial property is immense - heating, cooling, ventilation. These were all designed to match the specific building fabric elements and activity profiles, either at time of construction or refurbishment. Therefore the amount of knowledge and experience needed to be an effective Non-Domestic Advisor is significant."
For experienced energy assessors and advisors, particularly those who work within the area of non-domestic energy and advice, the APEL route offers the opportunity to build on their existing experience and expertise, and to quickly build into this the required framework to become a Green Deal Advisor.**
By offering certification to building engineers and surveyors with proven skills and competence over a minimum of two years - rather than those who have simply completed a short training course and assessment - CIBSE can be confident that businesses and organisations will receive the best possible advice.
The Green Deal enables a route for non-domestic property owners to consider upgrading their building stock, as well as homeowners. Energy minister Greg Barker said on Thursday 11th April that the Green Deal market was "gathering real momentum". In the non-domestic sector the Green Deal covers lighting, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery, along with the insulation, heating and hot water, glazing and micro-generation options that the domestic sector focuses on. So it touches much of what CIBSE's members are already very involved with.
The first Non-Domestic Green Deal Report from a CIBSE certified company has already been lodged.
Both in the UK and globally, CIBSE members are working to meet the challenge of encouraging better building performance. Buildings use almost 50% of the UK's energy for example, and it is recognised that 20% of the energy used in buildings is needlessly wasted.
CIBSE asserts the need for appropriate experience and training to help mitigate the risk of faulty advice or installations from the outset, is critical for the Green Deal scheme's success.
In January 2013, the executive director of the consumers' association Which? Richard Lloyd, warned domestic Green Deal consumers of the danger of "cowboys."
* An application has been made to UKAS for an extension of scope to the current ISO 17024 accreditation to cover this activity to demonstrate that we are working to the same standards that have underpinned our EPBD certification of competence activities (EPCs and DECS).
** Assessments which deal with the specifics of the Green Deal and the required software must also be completed.