As at September 2014
none are properly qualified, despite what is being touted
around the internet, the training courses are not fully set
yet and the TM (Technical Manual) has not been released by
the Environment Agency, so the courses cannot know the
detail of what is required. Talk to Chris Rodgers at ACI
Reports and we will give you facts and proposed dates for
Who’s going to carry out my ESOS audit?
You can either use an external consultant or appoint an
in-house staff member to do the job. At ACI Reports, we do
not mind either way. We are a high volume surveying company
and will happily undertake data gathering using our bespoke
SiteSmart App, undertake Energy Audits on buildings, or our
suggested low cost route, DEC audits for ESOS.
ESOS auditors need to be accredited?
Assessor or Lead Auditor must be accredited through a
professional body, no-one is yet accredited at September
2014, and is unlikely to be accredited until November or
December. This does not stop a company starting preparation
though. Our mantra is to not over complicate what is a
straightforward exercise. If you are caught by ESOS you must
have a Lead Assessor to undertake various roles in relation
to your ESOS Assessment. The exception to this is where a
participant has an ISO50001 certified Energy Management
System meeting the criteria outlined in DECC’s ESOS Guide.
We can send you a copy of the latest guidance, just mail us.
Lead Assessors/Auditors must belong to a register of energy
professionals approved by the Environment Agency. This is
not yet published.
Is it better to go with a
consultant or keep it in-house?
If you have an
energy team, much of the background work can be done in
house, particularly in gathering power consumption and
invoice data, transport consumption etc. There is then the
building surveys, the best way of keeping costs down is to
commission ACI Reports to undertake ESOS DECS, and this can
be started now. CIBSE are suggesting that sampling of
buildings will be allowed, but this is not stated in the
Statutory Instrument which governs the legislation, and is
therefore untested at this time. An answer on sampling with
ESOS will only be forthcoming when the Environment Agency
issue its TM (Technical Manual).
ACI Reports can
supply a Lead Assessor to guide you, yet leave your team to
undertake much of the background work, or simply keep the
Lead Assessor role in house and we will do the building
I just want to comply, our Energy Team are
perfectly capable of dealing with minimising energy use –
what’s the least cost route?
Lots of companies and
consultancies out there are making this whole ESOS
legislation complicated. ACI Reports are all about making
things simple. If you are satisfied that you are doing all
that you can already, talk to us about stripping this
legislation down to managing the process, making the most of
the data which will be gathered, but using ESOS as just
another part of your energy saving strategy.
Reports provide any added value?
Absolutely, we have
multi-discipline qualified surveyors who can undertake TM44
Air Conditioning Assessments, EPCs, F Gas Registers and data
gathering for Energy Assessments whilst they are in a
building doing ESOS DECs, call us for more advice on making
the use of being in a building with a qualified Assessor.