Institution one of the the first to launch a scheme to train energy assessors for rollout of certificates for commercial buildings this year

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has approved CIBSE's application to provide an energy assessors scheme. CIBSE is one of the first organisations to be given the all clear to accredit a new breed of examiners.

Accredited energy assessors will be allowed to issue Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Display Energy Certificates (DECs) to both non-domestic buildings when the requirment for appraisal begins on April 1.

CIBSE president, John Armstrong, said: We are delighted to receive confirmation of approval for our Low Carbon Energy Assessors scheme. It is a significant step in ensuring that CIBSE Certification continues to provied energy professionals and the wider industry with the training and tools necessary to improve a building's energy performance."

CIBSE has more than 700 consultants registered on its Low Carbon Consultant's scheme and expects a large number of these to take the top-up training which will allow them to become Low Carbon Energy Assessors. The top up training course for assessors will begin in March. Separate arrangements will be announced very shortly for Scotland.

For further information visit CIBSE Certification