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Commercial Energy Assessor Careers

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Work Environment:

Being a Commercial Energy Assessor (CEA), you'd examine the energy effectiveness of commercial buildings and generate EPCs: Energy Performance Certificates. EPCs are statements demonstrating energy effectiveness and carbon-dioxide ratings and suggestions on how these can be upgraded.

You'd execute thorough investigation of properties comprising:

  • calculating every room
  • gathering particulars of windows
  • gathering data regarding their age, no of building and storey

  • classifying particulars of heating systems
  • adding the data into a computer-software program, which will generate an EPC and energy effectiveness rating
The Commercial Energy Assessor position was formed by the need for an EPC at the sale, rent or construction of all commercial buildings.

Qualification, Education and Experience:

To function as a Commercial Energy Assessor you should be a member of an acknowledged accreditation program. These programs monitor the quality of energy evaluations and reports by ensuring that assessors have suitable skills.

You can get accreditation with 2 methods:

  • by APEL, if you previously encompass non domestic building-experience (accreditation of previous empirical learning)
  • by qualification (if you're new to the commercial-building field)

Qualification route

If you're new to this kind of job you'd require the Third level Diploma into Non-Domestic Energy Assessment. This includes accomplishing minimum 5 evaluated EPCs and attaining a multiple option examination.

All the skills and knowledge you'd necessitate to get the qualification are specified into the National Occupational-Standards for Commercial Energy Assessors at the website of Asset Skills-Energy Assessors.

Presently the Diploma into Commercial Energy Assessment is offered by the City and Guilds, and the ABBE: Awarding Body for the Built-Environment. They can counsel you on getting appropriate training in order that you can accomplish the Diploma.

It's essential that you evaluate the business chances within your sector prior to making commitments to a vocation in this area.

When you have achieved the Diploma you'll be capable to appeal for certification to work as a third level CEA, eligible to perform assessments on smaller commercial buildings. You'll not be eligible to assess newer buildings.

Third and Fourth Level Diplomas into Air Conditioning-Inspection are presently being formulated. Check the website of CLG: Communities and Local Government for information.

APEL route

You might be capable to get qualified by the APEL method if you:

  • are previously an experienced professional like a energy rating specialist, building services engineer or surveyor
  • can demonstrate that you fulfill the National-Occupational Standards for Commercial Energy Assessors
  • have knowledge of generating reports utilizing SBEM software (Simplified Building-Energy Model)
Based on the degree of your experience, you can be certified as a Third level CEA for evaluating plain buildings or Fourth level for performing assessments on newer buildings and on complex bigger buildings with extensive air conditioning-systems.

If you have considerable experience and previously utilize DSM software (Dynamic-Simulation Modeling), you may be capable to be accredited at Fifth level, executing EPCs for extremely complex buildings, comprising those with huge quantity of glass.

You must confirm with the accreditation programs for advice given as below.


Check the website of CLG for particulars regarding acknowledged accreditation programs.

Being a CEA you'd generally require a driving license as your job would engross voyaging to various sites to execute assessments.

Training Details:

Being a certified CEA, you'll be anticipated to maintain your knowledge and abilities updated by learning for a set no of hours.

And as a Third level CEA you can get additional training to achieve the Fourth Level Diploma into Commercial Energy Assessment and be a Fourth level CEA, capable to execute assessments on complex bigger buildings with extensive air conditioning-systems. Visit the website of City and Guilds, and the ABBE for information.

Then again you can teach to generate EPCs for different kinds of property. Check the website of CLG for information.

Skills and knowledge:

  • understanding of construction techniques, heating systems and materials
  • a reliable, systematic and logical manner
  • IT proficiency for utilizing computer software to generate the EPC
  • the capability to acquire correct measurements
  • fine time-management abilities
  • the capability to build fine working relations with different people
  • the aptitude to clarify the EPC contents to customers
  • a familiarity with the regulations encompassing this post
  • the capability to maintain full, precise and readable records
  • outstanding observational abilities

Salary and Other Benefits:

Because this is a new position, there are no obtainable statistics for earnings.

Cost for EPCs will rely on the complexity and size of the possessions.

Working Conditions:

You can decide to work on part or full time basis. You may be required to execute assessments in weekends or evenings to go well with your customers. Being a freelance CEA you'd be capable to organize your hours of working as per your work assignments.

Different Opportunities:

Since 2008, EPCs have been necessary for every commercial building on sale, rent or construction.

It's essential that you evaluate the business chances within your sector prior to making commitment to a vocation in this area.


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