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CIBSE Certification Newsletter November 2015
Posted by Flavia Saunders on 04 November 2015 04:10 PM



Dear Colleague,


The newsletter is going to be quite short this month and the main item is ESOS.  ESOS has dominated recent communications, so apologies to those of you that have not been involved with ESOS, but with the compliance date only a month away, there is a flurry of information coming from the Environment Agency.



ESOS update

The Environment Agency have issued ESOS newsletter No7, which you can access here.

They have provided details on what you need to do if you are going to be late reporting, or more specifically if any of your clients are going to be late reporting.  There is a website for a company to use to notify the EA that they will be late in notifying.



I am pleased to report that many of you have completed your renewals process so that our registers continue to be a robust resource for clients looking for your energy performance expertise as appropriate going forward into 2016.  For the few that still need to do this, can I ask you to prioritise it as it is always easier to maintain your presence than to lose it and re-instate it later.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to anyone that is waiting for their ID card and certificate having paid their renewals fee.  We have been experiencing technical difficulties in getting complete sets printed so this process is taking longer than usual this year.  If it is critical that you have your new documents straight away please let us know at




Andrew Geens

Head of CIBSE Certification

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ESOS Newsletter Issue 6
Posted by Flavia Saunders on 12 October 2015 11:10 AM

ESOS Newsletter October 2015

Dear Colleague,


Please note the latest news from the Environment Agency.  Not exactly moving the deadline, but allowing people to be late.  Good news for any of you that are overloaded and struggling to get your clients there on time.  Also good news if you think that you clients can use ISO50001 for compliance.  Please let me know if you are thinking of doing this, and would like us to do the certifying.



Andrew Geens

Head of Certification

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CIBSE Certification: Enewsletter October 2015
Posted by Flavia Saunders on 02 October 2015 12:19 PM



Dear Colleague


We have had a good response to our renewal invitations, but there are still a few of you to respond, and in tandem with that there are still a lot of people that have passed the ESOS assessment but not completed their application.  I know that you are busy with ESOS work, according to our recent survey, but you do need to be on the register before the 5th December to report. Full details of our survey result will be published soon.

CIBSE Conference

If any of you are going to be at the CIBSE Building Performance Conference and Exhibition next month we will be on the CIBSE stand in the afternoons if you want to ask us any questions face to face or just say hi, I look forward to seeing you.

Energy Policy consultation

The government have issued a consultation document which you can access here titled reforming the business energy efficiency tax landscape.  It does have a significant bearing on the work that many of you do so you will want to read and respond to the consultation document.  We will be making a response so please also let us know your views for inclusion.

Scotland Building Regulations

For those of you working in Scotland, as you are probably aware, the new versions of several sections of the Building Regulations there came into force on the 1st October including Section 6 Energy.  The new handbooks can be downloaded here.

There has been a slight delay in implementing the associated software changes so for Scotland EPC lodgement SBEM v4.1e tools will continue until a notified go-live date for the new edition.

However, In relation to energy standards within building regs, which changed from 1 October, tools already produced which implement TER compliance checking under SBEM v5.2f remain valid for this purpose.


Finally, and not unconnected with the consultation, in case anyone missed the news last month, we are now UKAS accredited to certify Energy Management Systems (ISO 50001).




Andrew Geens

Head of CIBSE Certification

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CIBSE Certification: September 2015 e-news
Posted by Flavia Saunders on 08 September 2015 04:17 PM



Dear Colleague,

Perhaps expectedly for the holiday period of the year, this is a fairly short issue this month.


You should have received your renewal information since I last wrote, and I am not going to be predictable and tell you all of the good reasons to renew your certification this year. I have been asked to let you know that if you plan to use a direct debit mandate for the associated discount you need to get the form in by 16th September. For the small number of you that still need to complete the Part L 2013 assessment, yes there are one or two still, the assessment is now "offline" and will not be available until about the same date, 16th September.

I hope that you like the new format of the renewal letter and checklist.

ISO 50001

We received notification from UKAS in the last week of August that our application for ISO 50001 accreditation had been successful so we are now UKAS accredited to certify Energy Management Systems. This decision has come a few weeks earlier than we were expecting, so for any of you working on implementing systems particularly with ESOS in mind, we may be able to deal with a few certification applications this side of 5th December, but you would need to contact us fairly quickly for us to be able to help.

All of the details can be found here.

Kind regards

Andrew Geens

Head of CIBSE Certification

CIBSE Certification
CIBSE 222 Balham High Road, London, SW12 9BS
Tel +44 (0)20 8772 3649 
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CIBSE Certification Enewsletter August 2015
Posted by Flavia Saunders on 05 August 2015 01:53 PM


Dear Colleague,


We will be writing to you shortly about your renewal invoices.  I hope that most of you will want to continue to identify yourself as experts in the energy efficiency field, particularly those of you that represent an oasis of expertise in the desert that is the energy certification market.  Please remember that this is an opportunity for us to check that all of your details are in order so we might ask you for missing items such as photographs or up to date PII/PLI details before sending out your ID card and Certificate of Competence.

Please note that although the CIBSE website shows your registration fees and provides you with an option to pay, we will be making the above checks and therefore will not be issuing ID cards and certificates to anyone that has maintenance items missing.  Those who do have maintenance items missing will be suspended.

CPD audit

I am pleased to report that the result of our CPD audit this year revealed that there were fewer people that had not recorded their CPD activity compared to the previous year.  It was disappointing however, that many of you had not recorded your objectives.  It might seem a bit obvious, but when you are conducting CPD activity you should have a reason for doing it that is a bit more meaningful to demonstrate 21 hours.  If the 21 hours that you have done was aimless, it doesn't really demonstrate your commitment to maintaining your competence.  This might seem to be a bit of a technicality, but we want to be able to demonstrate that you are the best, not just say that you are the best.


State of business – I am taking every opportunity to ask people how their strike rate is with ESOS enquiries, and I am getting more and more people telling me that enquiries are turning into instructions.  This is obviously good news.  It is certainly not my role to advise you how to run your businesses, but I would hope that if you are getting to the point that you need help with delivery of ESOS work, that you turn to our ESOS Register to find that help. The Environment Agency have issued newsletter number 4 which you can see here.

ESOS Europe report

I have had a lot of people asking about ESOS across Europe as they have clients with operations in more than one country.  A report has been published summarising how different member states have implemented ESOS. 
Download Report

There is good news and bad news on this.  In Ireland, membership of a UK ESOS register along with a relevant first degree and experience is required, but you need to be on the register in Ireland.  Details can be found here and anapplication form can be downloaded here.

For the rest it looks like individual applications are required with no standard recognition of your UK registration.  It does look as though most countries are recognising ISO 50001, or in some cases appropriate ISO 14001 systems, so this could be the best approach for companies operating in more than one European country.

QA Feedback for DEC Assessors

We have been reviewing audit results and noticed that there is a commonly occurring theme with non-compliant DEC audits. It seems that a lot of you are not remembering to check the DEC Conventions document.  If you are only coming to this once a year this is perhaps understandable and hence this reminder.  There is a short DEC convention document and importantly it described the way that you need to confirm floor areas when your DEC requires you to make a site visit.  Whichever evidence method you use you are always required to make your own check measurements on site to confirm the accuracy of any information that you have been given.  For a quick refresher, you can find the DEC convention document here.


Although as air conditioning inspectors you are not necessarily engaged in f-gas reporting, you are expected to make reference to f-gas requirements in your reports.  The way that thresholds at which leak checks should be made have changed and the information on these requirements and how to apply them are available from a number of sources.  I have included a summary of this below.  Thanks to Andy Hawes, one of our Air Conditioning Inspectors for pulling this together.

According to

The thresholds at which leak check intervals are specified are expressed in terms of CO2 equivalent.

They take into account both the quantity of F gas in the equipment and the 'global warming potential' of the F gas (how much the F gas contributes to global warming).

This table sets out the:

  • F gas thresholds, in tonnes CO2 equivalent, at which leak check intervals are specified
  • maximum allowed interval between leaks checks for equipment that meets each threshold
  • quantities of commonly used HFCs equal to each threshold

Maximium interval between leak checks


HFC 23 (kg)

HFC 227ea (kg)

HFC 404A (kg)

HFC 410a (kg)

HFC 134a (kg)

1 year







6 months







3 months







You calculate the carbon dioxide equivalent of a quantity of F gas by multiplying the mass of the gas (in tonnes), by the gas' global warming potential (GWP).

You'll usually find the mass of an F gas expressed in kilograms (kg) on product labels etc. To convert the mass to tonnes, divide by 1,000.

Global warming potentials for F gases are listed in the table of F gases regulated by the EU.

You can also find global warming potentials for the gases which have record keeping requirements under the EU regulation.

Example calculation

The amount in tonnes of CO2 equivalent is the mass (in tonnes) of F gas multiplied by the GWP of that F gas.

For example, the global warming potential of HFC 404A is 3,922. Therefore the tonnes CO2 equivalent of 10kg of HFC 404a is calculated as follows:

  1. Mass (in tonnes) of F gas multiplied by GWP of F gas
  2. = (10/1,000) * 3,922
  3. = 39.2 tonnes CO2 equivalent

Building Regulations on-line

The number of you that have delayed demonstrating your understanding of the 2013 Building Regulations Part L is now small, perhaps waiting, in vain as it turns out, for the 2016 Regulations.  We will not be able to issue a new Certificate of Competence in September to anyone that hasn't successfully completed this assessment.  The assessment is still available online and costs £40 + VAT, you can book the assessment here.  This assessment is being moved to a new server in September and will not be available between 1st and 14th September.

It is hoped that the previously reported online learning package will be available during August for those of you that would like a bit of help in preparing for the assessment.  Details of how to do this will be posted on the CIBSE Training and Events website as soon as it becomes available.


There have been some minor amendments to the Building Regulations in Scotland. You can view the SI here.


We are getting very close to completing our assessment for accreditation to certify Energy Management Systems.  The number of 50001 certificates issued globally is growing steeply, not quite exponentially, and the report on implementation of ESOS across Europe identified above illustrates why this is happening.  I think that most companies operating across Europe will come to the conclusion that the simplest way to maintain ESOS compliance going forward will be to introduce Energy Management Systems and get them certified.  The benefits of such a system is likely to make ESOS compliance self-funding.  To reflect our move into this area of certification activity I am planning to re-structure our LCC EMS strand to reflect the roles associated with ISO 50001.  Watch this space for further information as this develops.

In the meantime for those of you already engaged with clients to develop Energy Management Systems, we are open to receiving applications for certification now.  Application information can be found here.

Heat Network Consultants Register

CIBSE have launched CP1, Heat Networks: A Code of Practice for the UK.  In support of the strategy to make this the lead document for all Heat Network installations, CIBSE Certification are operating a register for people that have demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of the use of the Code of Practice.  Details of the register can be found here.

And finally, those of you that have been following EPBD related developments this year may be interested in an articleby CIBSE's Technical Director, Hywel Davies, in the August CIBSE Journal.

Kind regards

Andrew Geens

Head of CIBSE Certification

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CIBSE Certification Enews July 2015
Posted by Flavia Saunders on 01 July 2015 03:07 PM

Dear Colleague,


Display Energy Certificates

July 2015 is a significant month for DEC assessors.  Back in 2012 the EPBD regulations specified that on the 9th July 2015, qualifying buildings with a total useful floor area of between 250m² and less than 500m² would require a DEC and Advisory Report.  For those of you producing DECs for your own organisation this will mean more work, unless you are monitoring all of your buildings anyway in which case it won't be much work.  For those of you offering a DEC service this is an opportunity to add to the work you will already be doing this year as many original Advisory Reports will have expired this year.  Of course you have the same challenge as you already have for the over 500m2 buildings in explaining how they can be valid for 10 years.

The answer is of course that they can't.  They are valid for 10 years because that is what it says in the legislation, but for energy management purposes which is the reason for having them, they are only valid until the next 12 month's data becomes available.  If you are producing DECs in-house, the laws of physics may triumph over the law of the land, but if you are selling the service you may find most customers only want to comply with the law of the land.



We will be writing to everyone next month to start the process of renewing your certification.  Please let us know if there have been any changes in your contact details, and also please check that you are up to date with all the maintenance of competence requirements including insurance.   Please contact CIBSE Certification at should you need any assistance.



In feedback that I am getting from some of you on the ESOS register, companies are starting to commit to having ESOS work carried out.  The deadline for completing this work is 5th December, those that miss the deadline will be encouraged to comply as soon as possible afterwards.  This means that it is not too late for those of you on the LCC register to apply to add this to your list of certified competencies.  Details of the ESOS scheme and how to apply can be found here.


Lodgement Portal

For those of you using the lodgement portal, I would like to know how you are finding it.  We are certainly finding that we can spot problems earlier and solve them more readily than we could before, but it would be helpful to have some feedback from both from regular and irregular lodgers.


Kind regards

Andrew Geens

Head of CIBSE Certification


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