E-newsletter June 2018
Welcome to the June edition of our CIBSE Certification Monthly Newsletter.
I hope that you find the content of this newsletter useful.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Update
On 25 May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 was superseded by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). CIBSE Certification Ltd want to assure you that we are committed to protecting your privacy, and take our responsibility regarding the security of your personal data very seriously. Our updated data protection policy explains how we use any personal information that we collect about you and how you can instruct us regarding the processing of your data and procedures that we have in place to safeguard your privacy.
View our GDPR Policy Statement.
The newly awarded UKAS accreditation provides us with the formal recognition to prove to our clients that we are competent to perform ISO 9001 certification in a reliable, credible, and accurate manner.
Interested in ISO 9001 certification? Register your interest now.
The Hackitt Report
The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, undertaken by Dame Judith Hackitt, was published on 17 May 2018. There was also a ministerial statement on the Hackitt Review in the House of Commons, and Dame Judith appeared before the Select Committee.
As expected, the review calls for wide ranging reforms to the system of building regulation in England, and also to the management of higher risk residential buildings during their whole operating life. The report is a once in a generation call for fundamental change in the way that we regulate the construction and operation of buildings, which seeks to address many of the flaws in the system. We will keep all registrants updated on the progress of the expected new regulations or legislation released off the back of this report.
Read more about the Hackitt Report.
New Unique Personal Identifier (UPI)
As part of a consultation on the review of all Scheme Operating Requirements (SORs) by MHCLG, it was concluded that all energy assessors on the Energy Performance of Buildings Registers should be given a Unique Personal Identifier (UPI) number. This will help prevent misuse of Certification Scheme systems. We will keep you up-to-date with this release and provide you with any necessary documentation.
EPC Software Update Reminder
Last week we sent out an email to inform our EPC assessors about an important update in the EPC software that will affect lodgements after Wednesday 30 May 2018. As of 1 June, the ability to create xml files and lodge Non-Domestic EPCs using SBEM version 5.3.a for England and Wales has been switched off by the Register.
For i-SBEM users, the latest version of i-SBEM is available at www.uk-ncm.org.uk, the third-party software users should contact their software providers and ask for instructions on how to update their software packages to the latest version.
Please note that for Northern Ireland, version 4.1.g is still the one to be used for EPCs and compliance with the regulations.
New Watermarks for Expired EPCs
As EPCs are valid for 10 years, and their introduction was back in 2007, many are expired or due to. Landmark have released a new watermark for expired EPCs, 'Expired Report'.
Cancelling Incorrect EPCs
We would like to remind our assessors to cancel any incorrect EPCs they become aware of and replace the certificate on the register with the new one.
To do this you will need to login to the Lodgement Portal, select the RRN for the certificate that needs cancelling and select the 'Cancel' option providing the reason for the cancellation
Professor Andrew Geens
BEng (Hons) PhD CEng FCIBSE
Head of CIBSE Certification