E-newsletter July 2022


E-newsletter July 2022

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the July edition of the CIBSE Certification newsletter.

Site visit requirements for re-lodgements of EPC initial lodged with Part L 2013 software before the 15th June 2022 and re-issued after the 15th June 2022 with the Part L 2021 software

There are many situations where assessors have issued EPCs before the 15th of June 2022 using the Part L 2013 software and are now considering re-lodging these with the Part L 2021 software to reflect the changes in the new Part L 2021 software and the updated carbon factors for different fuels. There have been questions on the requirement to revisit the property to re-lodge these EPCs - we now have instruction from the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) on the matter.

They would like to remind all Accreditation Schemes and assessors that in order to re-lodge an EPC produced under the previous methodology with the new methodology, assessors must attend site to validate the data, ensuring the EPC is accurate. They also clarified that non-domestic EPCs that are required to be re-lodged within three calendar months of the initial lodgement due to technical errors would not require another site visit prior to the re-lodgement.

BEIS Operational Rating System Survey

In 2021, the Government consulted on introducing an operational energy rating for large commercial and industrial buildings in the UK. Following this, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) commenced a project to consider what a digital service for such a rating scheme could look like should the Government decide to progress with its development.

As part of this project, BEIS and Deloitte are conducting research with registered energy assessors. BEIS would be very grateful for your participation in a short survey which will enable BEIS to understand the specific needs and preferences assessors have when carrying out their work. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Complete survey

Renewals 2022 / 2023

Renewals are due on 1 September and to make sure that your information is correct and up-to-date please let us know if there are any changes we need to make to your records before we process your renewal. This might include:

  • Changes to home or work details, including postal address, telephone number and email address
  • Removal from a particular register

Please send any updates to epc@cibsecertification.org by 23 July.

White listing e-mail addresses

As everybody has increased security to protect against malicious emails we have noticed an increase in the number of ‘bounce-backs’ to our attempts to email you important competence and compliance related notifications and news.

To ensure you receive the aforementioned emails please check that our email address epc@cibsecertification.org is allowed through to your required inbox and also info@mail.cibse.org which is a bulk email system used for sending these emails.

Part L 2021 update

As you are all now aware there has been an update to Part L and as a CIBSE Certification registrant you will be required to prove your competence in the update in the way of an assessment.  

You can complete any training courses on the update if you wish and CIBSE Training are offering an online assessment that we can accept as demonstrating your knowledge and understanding of the changes. They are also offering training but there is the option to just take the assessment. If your chosen training provider is also offering an assessment we can, on request, determine whether that is an acceptable alternative to the assessment offered by CIBSE Training.  

The software update training that is being offered by software vendors is useful CPD which we encourage, but it is not a substitute for the assessment that is required for ongoing registration.

As with previous changes to the Building Regulations, we are requiring all our registrants to demonstrate their ongoing knowledge and understanding. We have been asked by a few people why Air Conditioning inspectors or Heat Networks Consultants are being assessed for their knowledge of the new Building Regulations, and it is simply that in the case of:

  • Air Conditioning inspectors, to make sure that any recommendations that they make in their reports are made in the knowledge of minimum requirements for air conditioning kit
  • Heat Networks Consultants, that they understand their interaction with the wider design team in the context of the Regulations

A good knowledge of Building Regulations relating to energy performance is a reasonable expectation of anyone associated with a CIBSE Certification Register.

Kind regards,

Professor Andrew Geens
BEng (Hons) PhD CEng FCIBSE
Head of CIBSE Certification