CIBSE Certification Ltd, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is among the first to be approved by the Environment Agency to operate a register of Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Lead Assessors. ESOS, an important government initiative to encourage improvements in the energy performance of buildings, introduces mandatory energy audits for non-SMEs.
The ESOS Lead Assessor Register has been approved as a subset of the CIBSE Low Carbon Consultants Register. Building services professionals who are already CIBSE Low Carbon Consultants, can apply to become a CIBSE ESOS Lead Assessors.
Offering the industry new opportunities to focus on energy performance, the ESOS is estimated to apply to almost 10,000 businesses and up to 200,000 buildings.
Low Carbon Consultant
To become a CIBSE ESOS Lead Assessor you must first apply to become a CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant (LCC). LCCs can then apply to be assessed for addition to the ESOS Lead Assessors Register.
A CIBSE spokesman said: “Clients can be confident using CIBSE registered ESOS Lead Assessors, who will need to have demonstrated at least two, and typically more than four years, relevant experience in addition to any qualifications they hold, and are also trained to provide high quality information.
To qualify for ESOS, organisations in the UK must employ at least 250 people or have a turnover of more than €50 million and a balance sheet of more than €43 million. This will include a number of organisations who may not recognise themselves as traditional businesses, so it is important to consult the DECC criteria, advises CIBSE.
Qualifying organisations are required to comply with ESOS and carry out energy audits to quantify their energy use and identify cost effective improvements on a four year cycle, with the first reporting date being December 5, 2015. The ESOS assessment must be signed off by an ESOS Lead Assessor, unless the organisation has third party ISO 50001 certification covering all of their energy use.
For information on how to apply to become a CIBSE ESOS Lead Assessor visit www.cibseenergycentre.co.uk/esos.