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TRAINING, SOFTWARE & CERTIFICATION SCHEMES Building Sustainability & Compliance

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Š Stroma March 2012 Issue 6

CONTENTS 03 Introduction to Stroma Certification

26 Thermal Modelling Training

04 Domestic Energy Assessment (DEA) Training and Certification

28 Electrical Wiring Training and Part P CPS 30 Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Training

06 RdSAP Software (RSAP) 32 Solar Thermal Training 08 Domestic On Construction Energy Assessment (DOCEA) Training and Certification 10 SAP Software (FSAP)

34 Heat Pump Training 36 Microgeneration Certification Scheme Membership (MCS)

12 Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Training and Certification

38 Competent Person Scheme Membership (CPS)

14 Code Reporting Software (CORE) 16 Air-Tightness Testing Training 18 Non-Domestic Energy Assessment (NDEA) Training and Certification 20 Public Building Assessment (DEC) Training and Certification 21 OR Toolkit Software 22 Air-Conditioning Energy Assessment Training (ACEA) 24 Fire Risk Assessment Training

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TRAINING COURSES Stroma Certification delivers a variety of training courses relating to building, sustainability and compliance within the following categories:  Code for Sustainable Homes

 Energy Assessment

 Renewables

 Electrical

The courses are delivered by experts, adhering to construction industry approved bodies including; Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE), City & Guilds (C&G), British Plumbers Employers Council (BPEC) and British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), each meeting the National Occupational Standards (NOS). Offering training that meets the industry standards ensures that access onto associated certification schemes is efficiently processed. Training is regularly delivered nationwide and often organised at convenient locations to suit clients with groups of four or more.

SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS Stroma Certification’s software development team creates software solutions for the myriad of energy and code assessment membership schemes. Additionally creating various platforms that streamline the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) lodgement process and providing clients with workflow management tools. Our developers are based in-house, which not only benefits our members with accurate and immediate technical support but keeps the team involved with new legislative developments, therefore being able to offer timely software responses in line with energy efficiency policies.

CERTIFICATION SCHEMES Stroma Certification provides a combination of certification schemes tailored to energy performance, renewable technology installation and sustainability, catering for the built environment in the domestic and non-domestic sectors. Code for Sustainable Homes Certification Approved by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to provide the certification required to practice as a Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) assessor. (Examination Accredited under UKAS ISO 17024:2003) Energy Assessment Certification Approved by the DCLG to provide certification membership schemes for:  Air-Conditioning Energy Assessors  Domestic Energy Assessors  Non-Domestic Energy Assessors  Domestic On Construction Energy Assessors  Public Building DEC Assessors

Microgeneration Certification Schemes (MCS) Licensed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to run MCS for:  Solar Photovoltaics (PV)  Solar Thermal  Heat Pumps (Accredited under UKAS BS EN 45011:1998) Competent Person Scheme (CPS) Licensed by the DCLG to run CPS for:  Installation of Microgeneration and Renewable Technologies  Heating and Hot Water Systems  Part P - Installation of Fixed Low or Extra Low Voltage Electrical Installations

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DOMESTIC ENERGY ASSESSMENT DEA TRAINING, SOFTWARE & CERTIFICATION

Housing is responsible for approximately 27% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. * Source: Energy Saving Trust (2007 figures).

Stroma Certification provides the training, software and certification required to become a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) for existing dwellings.

Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) are trained and licensed to collect data about an existing domestic property such as dimensions, construction and services, in order to generate an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) using Government approved RdSAP (Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure) software. Stroma Certification supply RSAP, which is an approved RdSAP software free of charge, to allow DEAs lodge reports on a national database. Stroma Certification offer the updated training and software required to prepare DEAs for major changes to the content and format of the new domestic EPC launch in April 2012. Following consumer research, the current EPC format is undergoing various updates. Feedback suggests the EPC is not readily understood by the public and information relating to energy efficiency improvements is not forthcoming. Moreover, the redesigned EPC will effectively support the Green Deal, when it is introduced in October 2012. Training for Carrying out the Revised Domestic EPC In January 2012, National Occupational Standards (NOS) were revised for the DEA training course so that the course could adapt and include the Green Deal EPC. This is in line with Governmental policy for improving the energy performance of existing buildings and the developing EPC, plus the underlying RdSAP methodology.

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Existing DEAs who wish to continue practicing and maintain their certification after the 6th April 2012 will need to undertake top up training and successfully pass a further examination. Stroma Certification provides a free of charge on line computer based training (CBT) DEA top up course to cater for this. The course presentation offers learning modules containing the required eight-hours learning time, with additional pre-course reading material available in manageable sections. Stroma Certification additionally offers face-to-face training regionally, presented in lecture style, or can arrange private courses for thirty or more candidates. The DEA top-up training leads to a further examination, by the Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE). The top up applies to Northern Ireland also, however, is not a current requirement for Scottish EPCs, even though the format of the EPC will change to include the Green Deal Advice. Examination is in the format of a supervised multiple-choice assessment, consisting of forty questions typically lasting sixty minutes. Bookings for the exam can be placed via Stroma Certification, where you will be issued a voucher to attend a examination.

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NEW MEMBERS LOOKING TO TRAIN AS A DOMESTIC ENERGY ASSESSOR (DEA)

BENEFITS OF STROMA CERTIFICATION MEMBERSHIP SCHEME

Stroma Certification delivers a refreshed three-day DEA course, to include the newly required elements of a DEAs role plus the practical experience of property surveying and producing EPCs using Stroma Certification’s user-friendly RdSAP software, RSAP.

 Free to join an award winning membership body

Day One Covers  The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), discovering the targets and Governmental initiatives behind the EPC and existing residential property energy performance  How to work as a Domestic Energy Assessor, in a safe, effective and professional manner  How to prepare a domestic energy assessment in order to produce an EPC  Property construction types and system build properties for example, timber frame or in-situ concrete  RdSAP software RSAP overview

 No membership renewal fees or the requirement to purchase lodgement credits in advance  Competitively priced lodgement fees

 Dedicated telephone and email technical support, staffed by qualified, experienced energy assessors  Members' resource area with online access to: - Technical bulletins, CPD information and news - Free of charge software downloads - RdSAP methodology manual and data sheets - Upload functions and storage of technical data for audit and safekeeping  Flexible insurance cover, if required: - Choice of Professional Indemnity cover of either £250,000 or 1,000,000, cover includes inventory and floor plan insurance  Excellent software solutions - Stroma Certification's free of charge RSAP software - Available in web, desktop and smartphone vesions - Workflow management software developments

Day Two Covers  Heating systems  Domestic hot water

 Improving insulation techniques  Renewable energy technologies overview  Ageing properties

 Surveying and measuring properties – including best practise

Day Three Covers  RSAP (RdSAP) software training (the new RSAP is available for training purposes, however the final version will be released in April 2012 in line with Government approval)  Top up elements to meet the new Green Deal EPC implementation

Training Course

Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) Including DEA top-up (April 2012)

Duration

3 days

Price

£750

ABBE Exam Fee

£290

Top-up Exam Fee (ABBE)

£90

RdSAP Software

Free of charge

Please note a stand alone Green Deal Advisor (GDA) training course shall be available - please contact Stroma Certification on 0845 621 11 11 or email info@stroma.com for more information

 Mock exam evaluation To be eligible to lodge EPCs a Domestic Energy Assessor would join Stroma Certification’s Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) approved certification scheme. To join the scheme, assessors submit a portfolio of evidence of business skills and a sample of EPCs, plus evidence of their examination certification.

Certification

DEA

Annual Membership

Free of charge

Lodgement Fee

£4.10

Landmark

£1.15

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STROMA CERTIFICATION’S RSAP RdSAP SOFTWARE

To compliment the development of the new EPC, Stroma Certification have increased the flexibility and access to the RSAP software - providing multiple platforms for the users,offering bespoke solutions for:  iPad and iPhone

 Android (Tablet and Smartphone)  Windows Phone

 Windows and OSX  Web

RSAP SOFTWARE Reduced data Standard Assessment Procedure (RdSAP) has been developed by the Government as a national calculation methodology for use in existing dwellings. RdSAP is based on a site survey of the property, when the complete data set for a SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) calculation is not available. RdSAP consists of a system of data collection together with defaults and inference procedures, which generate a complete set of input data for the SAP calculation. Stroma Certification’s internally based software developers build the RdSAP software (RSAP) for Domestic Energy Assessors and pursue Governmental approval prior to software release. A new version of RSAP 9.91 is set for release in April 2012, inline with the new Green Deal EPC developments. All the required property survey tools are built in, to make using the software and connecting to product databases easily accessible and hassle free. What’s more, the software is completely free of charge.

Assessor Management Software (SAMS) Stroma Certification’s Assessor Management Software (SAMS) provides clients with a workflow management tool. This flexible software allows you to observe assessors' lodged EPCs in a simple data format. Online Secure Archive (OSA 15) It is a Governmental requirement for energy assessors to keep their archived data, such as photos, site notes and floor plans for 15 years from the date of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) issue. OSA 15 performs secure and remote data storage for assessors to maintain the required documents for the necessary time period. Stroma Certification offers OSA 15 free of charge and encourage members to utilise the service as this also assists energy assessors in submitting appropriate documents to Stroma Certification for auditing purposes. Stroma Certification does not access data stored within OSA 15 directly, audit requests will be conducted and information will only be retrieved upon assessor authorisation. Unique username and passwords protect access to information folders. Features and Benefits of OSA 15  The data is available 24/7

 Information is safe and secure for the full 15-year period, as required by DCLG

 OSA 15 removes the potential of a virus wiping out all of your computer's files  Easily accessible - all information is stored in one place, with full back up and disaster recovery plans

 Free up space on your own computer, as photos with vast file sizes will be stored elsewhere  Simple, safe and secure  Free of charge

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RSAP = FAST, FLEXIBLE AND FREE OF CHARGE FAST - No waiting time for web pages to load, the software is as fast as your PC. You can save either locally or online, allowing you to continue working, should you lose your Internet connection FLEXIBLE - Navigate around the property survey the way you prefer, moving from section to section whenever you want FREE - No charges for download and use

SUMMARY OF RdSAP 9.91 NEW FEATURES  Draught proofing details

FURTHER KEY RSAP FEATURES INCLUDE:  Batch lodgements

 Wall thickness measurements

 A locally stored Product Characteristic Data File (PCDF) database, including the SEDBUK Boiler database, which allows assessors to search by boiler type.

 Number of rooms with bath and/or shower (for waste water heat recovery)

 An ‘add address’ feature, allows all address requests to be processed within the software.

 Internal dry lining (yes or no option)

 A convenient form pre-populated with your assessor details, all of which adds to the simplicity of the software.

 External door count/insulated door count

 Solar water heating - now giving the option to enter details such as the heat loss coefficient and aperture  Photovoltaics now has the provision for three separate PV systems  Partially Insulated roof rooms - software now accommodates gable and stud walls, as well as flat ceiling and the sloping parts areas  Areas and U-values can now be specified, if known for walls, floors, roofs, doors and windows  Window data extended - orientation, U and g-values taken into account  Wind turbine date extended

 Flue gas heat recovery - software contains a new database to provide this data  Waste water heat recovery - software contains a new data base to provide this data

 Asset rating graphs can be generated independently of the EPC by RSAP in a side-by-side format, ready to be sent to the client.  Completed and ‘in progress’ surveys can easily be sorted, with the ability to re-order jobs by postcode or street name. RSAP has the facility to copy a lodged or ‘in progress’ survey with just a click, so assessors can lodge the entire day’s EPCs via the software’s batch lodgement feature, significantly reducing the time spent during the lodgement process. Stroma Certification’s RSAP software additionally integrates with SMART EPC, eTech’s handheld PDA solution. SMART EPC is a combined hardware and software package, which enables DEAs to generate EPCs with a supporting Record of Inspection using the latest handheld PDA technology. Address searches, adjustments to recommendations and EPC lodgement can also be undertaken using the software on the PDA, allowing the client to receive an instant EPC if required.

Previous EPC recommendations were separated into lower and higher cost measures. In the earlier format, there was no correlation between the measure and its relevance to the homeowner. New Green Deal EPCs using RSAP 9.91 software calculates improvement measures in the order they should be considered. The rating after improvement is a cumulative rating. The calculation will also determine if the measure is eligible for Green Deal finance. RSAP provides you with various export formats, such as Microsoft Excel, PDF and text only exporting the RdSAP entries and calculation results, ready to import into many asset management software solutions, used by councils and housing associations.

Stroma Certificationʼs RdSAP software on Windows phone 7® is available to download online

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DOMESTIC ON CONSTRUCTION ENERGY ASSESSMENT DOCEA TRAINING, SOFTWARE & CERTIFICATION

This course includes a practical introduction to the FREE Google Sketch UpTM modelling program.

Stroma Certification provides the required training and certification to become a Domestic On Construction Energy Assessor (DOCEA).

The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) for energy rating of dwellings is the Government’s methodology for calculating the energy performance of dwellings within the UK and is compliant with the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). In accordance with Building Regulations, SAP energy assessments are produced to demonstrate compliance. In addition, all new homes require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) upon sale or let. Only qualified Domestic On Construction Energy Assessors can produce both SAP calculations and EPCs. DOCEAs produce calculations that are based on a range of factors, such as:  Building materials

 Main and secondary heating systems  Heating controls  Ventilation

 Renewable technologies Which contributes to the energy efficiency of a building using approved software (e.g. FSAP). A DOCEA will fully understand these factors within the calculation, which will enable them to consult and assist with the design of the development.

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CERTIFICATION Once qualified, assessors are invited to join Stroma Certification’s scheme. Our experienced technical support team is available to offer assistance and advice on all aspects of SAP assessment and the lodgement of EPCs.

DOMESTIC ON CONSTRUCTION ENERGY ASSESSMENT (DOCEA) TRAINING This three-day training course provides full instructions on how to produce SAP assessments and EPCs. Candidates are guided through the assessment process, from receiving clients’ instructions and gathering and inputting the data, to generating the SAP report and lodging the EPC.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) Experienced practitioners can apply to become certified through the APEL route. Please contact our APEL team for further information on 0845 621 11 11 or email info@stroma.com

Day one explores the role of a DOCEA, along with the related theory and legislation. Days Two and Three provide two full days of practical, guided workshops which cover:  Analysing plans, specifications and constructions  Taking measurements from architectural plans  Building U-values

 Basic model building using free Google SketchUp™ software to identify building element areas  Inputting data into approved software

 Exploring different options and design strategies to improve the energy performance of dwellings  Producing accurate SAP energy assessment reports and EPCs

The training and certification membership package is as follows:

“On completion of the training, candidates are required to submit a structured portfolio of evidence (to include five SAP assessments) and to pass a thirty minute, multiple choice examination, set by the awarding body (ABBE) in order to become qualified”.

Training Course

Level 3 DOCEA

Duration

3 days

Price

£1,250

ABBE Exam Fee

£290 (Free re-sit)

FSAP Software

Free of charge

Certification

Level 3 DOCEA

Annual Membership

Free of charge

Lodgement Fee

£5.00

Landmark

£1.15

FSAP Software

Free of charge

Accreditation of Prior

DOCEA

Experiential Learning (APEL)

£450

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STROMA CERTIFICATION’S FSAP SAP SOFTWARE

FSAP SOFTWARE Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is the Government’s methodology for comparing and assessing energy and environmental performance of dwellings. The purpose of SAP is to provide reliable, accurate assessments of domestic energy performance required to underpin Governmental energy and environmental policy initiatives. The SAP methodology is also compliant with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The indicators of energy performance are; energy consumption per unit floor area, an energy cost rating i.e. the SAP rating, an Environmental Impact rating based on CO2 emissions and a Dwelling Emission Rate (DER). Which means the SAP rating is based upon energy costs associated with space heating, water heating, ventilation and lighting, less cost savings from energy generation technologies.

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Stroma Certification’s in-house software developers created the full SAP 9.90 software (FSAP) for Domestic On Construction Energy Assessors (DOCEA) and pursue Governmental approval prior to software version release. FSAP 2009 is the industry's most advanced multi-faceted SAP software tool, uniting the methodologies of SAP, the Code for Sustainable Homes and Microgeneration solutions. Basing calculations on the energy balance, whilst taking into account factors that contribute to energy efficiency for the new build housing sector.

Best Energy Assessor Technology The scope of what FSAP can achieve was acknowledged during a ‘dragons den’ style pitch to a recognised panel of industry experts in 2011, whereby the FSAP software development team received recognition for the market leading SAP software solution and Stroma Certification was awarded Best Energy Assessor Technology at the Property Professional awards event. Essentially, FSAP presents a continuous real-time display, which allows the assessor to flexibly analyse the effect that alternative data inputs make on the overall DER/TER. For example you can switch calculation factors around to determine if Building Regulation compliance is achievable prior to submission of a design stage EPC. The EPC lodgement process is simplified with FSAP by several features, for example, incorporating address matching to a lodgement management facility for increased speed and good housekeeping of EPC calculations. A batch lodgement feature is also available for multiple dwellings in a single click. Visit www.stroma.com/request/fsap2009 to download the FSAP software free of charge

Best Energy Assessor Technology at the Property Professional awards

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Stroma Certification’s in-house software developers created the full SAP 9.90 software (FSAP) for Domestic On Construction Energy Assessors and pursue Governmental approval prior to software version release.

KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF THE FSAP (SAP) SOFTWARE INCLUDE:  User-friendly

More information about the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP)

 Quick save facility

SAP is adopted by Government as the UK methodology for calculating the energy performance of dwellings.The calculation is based on the energy balance taking into account a range of factors that contribute to energy efficiency:

 Batch lodgement facility

 Materials used for construction of the dwelling

 Comprehensive technical support and software training

 Ventilation characteristics of the dwelling and ventilation equipment

 Site wide analysis

 Automatic software updates  Free of charge

 Import/export function; that allows the cloning of template assessments U-value calculator  Apply an individual element change across all plots, at the touch of a button  Visual real-time display indicates the impact of each new data entry on the DER/TER  Multiple PDF report production including Building Regulation checklist

 Thermal insulation of the building fabric

 Efficiency and control of the heating system(s)  Solar gains through openings of the dwelling

 The fuel used to provide space and water heating, ventilation and lighting  Energy for space cooling, if applicable  Renewable energy technologies

 Automatically updated and integrated Appendix Q database, including flue gas heat recovery and waste water heat recovery systems

The energy performance calculation is independent of factors related to the individual characteristics of the household occupying the dwelling when the rating is calculated, for example:

 Converts FSAP 2005 to FSAP 2009 with easy export function

 Ownership and efficiency of particular domestic electrical appliances;

 Code for Sustainable Homes compatibility

The latest version of FSAP 1.4.0.X was released in October 2011, in line with the revised Building Regulations and for amendments for new dwellings from April 2011. FSAP is approved for use in England and Wales and Scotland, for Building Regulations (TER & DER) and EPC. For Northern Ireland Assessors, FSAP 2005 is the approved version.

 Household size and composition;

 Individual heating patterns and temperatures. The present edition is SAP 2009 in which:

 Space and water heating are calculated monthly, instead of on an annual basis  Space cooling is included

 Thermal mass of construction elements is explicit rather than implicit  Energy used for domestic hot water has been revised  Weather data has been updated

 CO2 emissions factors have been updated using the latest available data

 The calculation of boiler efficiency from test data has been amended

 The performance of heat pumps can be based on test data

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CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES CSH TRAINING, SOFTWARE & CERTIFICATION

Stroma Certification examination is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service under ISO 17024:2003.

Stroma Certification is approved by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to provide certification required to become a Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) assessor. The Code for Sustainable Homes is driving improvement in building practice by providing a comprehensive measure of housing sustainability. The aim of the CSH is to limit the environmental impact of new build dwellings, by ensuring real improvements in key areas such as carbon dioxide emissions, waste, water usage and environmental impact. The role of a CSH assessor is to accurately evaluate new build dwellings against a range of criteria in order to generate a Code rating and report. Stroma certified CSH assessors will be able to use the free Code Report Writer software CORE. This software will produce a well presented report, which demonstrates compliance within the Code level achieved, whilst displaying the credits in each category.

TRAINING COURSES Stroma Certification offers DCLG approved CSH assessor training and CSH designer awareness training:

CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES DESIGNER AWARENESS A two-day training course only. This two-day course provides candidates with a detailed overview of the requirements of the Code for sustainable homes and its technical guide. This knowledge can be applied throughout the design process to assist in the achievement of the required rating. The designer awareness course does not include an examination and candidates will not be qualified to conduct CSH assessments. To become a qualified assessor you will need to sit the UKAS accredited ISO 17024:2003 CSH examination and become a certified member of a Code Service Provider scheme, such as Stroma Certification’s.

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STROMA CERTIFICATION CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES SOFTWARE - CORE Available to download FREE of charge from www.stroma.com/core-2010download Lodgement is available to certified assessors only. CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES ASSESSOR TRAINING

FREE CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES REPORTING SOFTWARE - CORE

A three-day course, including training and examination.

Stroma Certification has developed Core, a user-friendly code reporting software package which simplifies assesssment, calculations, input and the report submission process.

This three-day training course covers the requirements of the CSH in detail, exploring each section of the technical guidance and instructing candidates on how to produce a Code assessment using our free user-friendly software. Stroma Certification provides candidates with the opportunity to take the required examination to be awarded with the UKAS accredited ISO 17024:2003 competent person certificate issued by Stroma Certification for CSH. This is a pre-requisite to join as a licensed assessor of a Code Service Provider scheme.

“CORE IS AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE TO ALL REGISTERED STROMA CERTIFIIED ASSESSORS AND INTEGRATES FULLY INTO FSAP”.

QUALITY AND SPEED OF SERVICE  Unrivalled turnaround times for reports - feedback and certification issued within seven working days (subject to submission status)  Experienced, dedicated technical support team

CSH EXAMINATION PACKAGE

 Free, full technical support telephone helpline

This one-day course includes the examination only. The course provides candidates with the opportunity to take the examination required to be awarded with the UKAS accredited ISO 17024:2003 competent person certificate, issued by Stroma Certification for CSH.

 Rapid response to email enquiries

 Free, dedicated and user-friendly software, requiring no permanent internet connection

This is a pre-requisite to join as a Certified member of a Code Service Provider scheme. The training and certification membership package is as follows:

TRAINING/EXAMINATION PROCESS Applicants are free to choose whether to take our training and/or examination packages independently of each other.

Stroma Certification offers UKAS accredited ISO 17024:2003 examinations. Completion of an approved CSH training course does not guarantee a pass at the examination process, but having a valid examination pass is pre-requisite to join a licensed assessor of a Code Service Provider scheme, such as Stroma Certification.

Training Course

CSH Assessor Training

Duration

3 days

Price

£995

Exam Fee

Included

Training Course

CSH Designer Awareness

Duration

2 days

Price

£695

Exam Fee

N/A

Examination Only

£225 ( First re-sit is free of charge)

Candidates who have undertaken an approved CSH Assessor training course can only take the examination.

Core CSH Software

Free of charge

Certification

CSH Assesor

Annual Membership

£345

Lodgement Fee

£35

Sites over 300 units lodgement fee = £30 per dwelling. Minimum site fee £145 per site.

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CORE - STROMA CERTIFICATION’S CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES SOFTWARE

CORE - STROMA CERTIFICATION’S CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES SOFTWARE Stroma Certification’s Code Reporting Software – Core, has been developed in-house to cater for Code for Sustainable Homes Assessors. It is not only user-friendly, but also provides innovative functions, which simplify assessment, calculations, input and the report submission process. Stroma Certification is approved by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to provide the certification required to become a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor. Core was released in conjunction with the DCLGs release of the revised Code for Sustainable Homes Technical Guide on the 11th November 2010.

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF CORE SOFTWARE

The aim of the CSH is to limit the environmental impact of new-build dwellings, by ensuring real improvements in key areas such as carbon dioxide emissions, waste, water usage and environmental impact. Core has been developed for the membership scheme and can also integrate with other CSH related software programmes to make creating a Code for Sustainable Homes report efficient.

 Intuitive and user-friendly file-based system interface

 Straightforward assessment and report generation, including pre-assessment reports for planning submission

 Allows assessment data to be imported between the three phases: pre-assessment, design and post-construction  Integrated calculation tools, including a water, energy and materials calculator  Description and guidance display for credits sought  Company logo import facility

 A manageable database of contacts

 Ability to add ‘free text’ assessor notes

 The ability to create templates for dwellings for repeat use in subsequent assessments  ENE 2 – Fabric Energy Efficiency (FEE) calculation that replaces Heat Loss Parameter

 A site registration facility, linked directly from the software  Free of charge assistance from Stroma Certification’s technical support team  Free of charge, plus free of charge FSAP 2009

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Stroma Certification’s examination is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) for the Code for Sustainable Homes scheme under ISO 17024:2003

CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES TECHNICAL GUIDE SUMMARY OF THE MAJOR CHANGES. ENE 1 – DER/TER Calculation Amended

HEA 4 – Lifetime Homes An exemption has been provided to some of the criterion where selected pathways are subject to a steep sloping plot, therefore not all 4 credits can be sought in this instance, but 3 credits can be achieved.

Achieving a compliant DER/TER in line with 2010 Building Regulations will result in Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Level 3 for ENE 1. No credits will be awarded for level 3. A significant improvement would be required to achieve credits within this mandatory section of the CSH - As a result, fewer credits can be sought within this section.

MAN 2 – Considerate Constructor Scheme

ENE 2 – Fabric Energy Efficiency (FEE)

MAN 4 – Security

This is a new calculation that replaces the Heat Loss Parameter and it is based upon the energy demand for heating and cooling. Further credits can be achieved in the section, which means the total number of credits sought in Energy is the same as the previous versions of the CSH.

The credits available have been split, whilst 2 credits can still be sought, 1 credit is now available by providing certified external doors.

ENE 3 – Energy Display Devices

When looking to achieve 2 credits (significantly beyond best practice) a minimum score of 4 must be achieved in each section. This has replaced 3, which was specified in the previous technical guide.

To download the Core software simply go to: www.stroma.com/core-2010download

Low Energy Light Fitting have been removed from CSH 2010 and replaced with Energy Display Devices. The device needs to be correctly specified in order to gain credits.

WAS 2 – Construction Site Waste Management An additional credit may be gained in WAS 2; however the weighting factor may worsen. The extra credit is for diverting additional non-hazardous construction waste from landfill.

SUR 1 – Surface Water Run-Off There is an additional mandatory requirement that refers to ‘designing for local drainage system failure’.

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AIR-TIGHTNESS TESTING TRAINING

Stroma Certification is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to provide air-tightness testing training and calibration services.

Stroma Certification is approved by the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (BINDT) to provide training and assessment for domestic air leakage testing required under Part L of the Building Regulations.

AIR-TIGHTNESS TESTING

COURSE INFORMATION

Air-tightness signifies the extent to which the building fabric enables either inward or outward air permeation. Through approved document Part L (England and Wales), Section 6 (Scotland) and Technical Booklet (Northern Ireland), the Government is improving energy efficiency in the built environment by stipulating, amongst other things, that specific levels of air-tightness for new buildings are both achieved and verified via air-tightness testing.

Stroma Certification provides a four-day course with theory and practical hands on training, combined with pre-course reading to pass the final day examinations and commence the BINDT registration process.

Pre-course Knowledge To pass this course, it is recommended that delegates:

CONDUCTING AN AIR-TIGHTNESS TEST Air-tightness testing must be carried out by a fully qualified and registered air-tightness tester. To conduct the test, blower door fans are taken to the relevant site then positioned and sealed into external doorways. Calibrated instruments are used to take various readings before the blower door fans induce pressure differentials at measured air flow rates. A series of readings for fan flow rate versus building differential pressure are taken and entered, together with the other readings, into a laptop with specialist software to determine an on site result. A full report is then compiled and, providing the test is valid, a certificate is then issued by the registered tester.

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 Be familiar with envelope area and volume calculations including trigonometry and Pythagoras

 Have a sound understanding of ATTMA TS1 and TSL1, which can be downloaded from the ATTMA website www.attma.org  Have a sound understanding of the BINDT Air-Tightness Tester Approval and Quality Procedures, which can be obtained from [BINDT] on 01604 630124, or can be provided on request

 Have a sound understanding of the Door Fan 3 demo software from the Stroma website  Ideally have received and used the test equipment of their choice or have witnessed a test

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REGISTRATION Having completed the training and report submission, candidates can apply for BINDT registration as a domestic air-tester. Only when the registration process has been successfully completed are candidates registered to carry out domestic air-tightness tests. Days One, Two and Three – Classroom:

The British Institute of Non Destructive Testing Registration Process (BINDT)

 Introductions and training objectives

 The British Institute of NDT and the registration process  What is air-leakage theory and the benefits of reducing it?  Building Regulations:

 Part L (England and Wales)

 Technical Booklet F (Northern Ireland)  Section 6 (Scotland)

After attending the training course and passing all 3 exam modules, candidates are required to carry out 3 unpaid air-tightness tests, produce full test reports and calculations, and present these for review. The training body will confirm acceptance of these reports and refer you to British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (BINDT) for registration, upon successfully passing the review process. Candidates must prove to BINDT that they have adequate Professional Indemnity insurance, have access to equipment with valid UKAS calibrations and have signed and returned any other relevant forms. Fees do apply and the registration is renewed each year. For more information on the initial and ongoing procedures, please contact BINDT.

 Air-leakage theory and ATTMA Technical Standard TS1 and TSL1  Test equipment demo

 Practical lessons on air-tightness testing

 Theoretical test and reporting procedure  Envelope area calculations

Equipment

 3D Modelling of building envelopes

Delegates should be equipped with the following items:

 Health and Safety

 A laptop with Door Fan 3 software demo installed  Scientific Calculator

Assessments/Examinations The examinations are split into 3 modules - 2 written theory examinations and 1 practical. To successfully qualify on this course delegates must pass ALL 3 module examinations on day three. Delegates who have been unsuccessful in one or more examinations will be required to retake the relevant module(s) at the next available date after the required further learning and/or practical experience has been completed. The fee to retake examinations is £125 per module.

 Scale rule, Tape measure, Personal Protective Equipment including hard hat, high-vis vest/jacket and safety boots.

The training and registration package is as follows: Training Course

Air-tightness Testing

Duration

3 days

Price

£1,200

Assessment

£400

Software

Free of charge

BINDT Registration Fee

£100

Once trained, annual fees for certification and assessment will be payable to BINDT

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NON-DOMESTIC ENERGY ASSESSMENT NDEA TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

Stroma Certification was the first to lodge a commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in the UK on the 26th March 2008.

As the leading certification body for non-domestic energy assessment (NDEA), Stroma Certification provides training, certification and the calculation software required to produce commercial EPCs.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are mandatory upon construction, sale or rental of any non-domestic building, whether new or existing. An assessment must be carried out by a certified assessor and an EPC generated, which gives the building a rating of A to G (where ‘A’ is the most energy efficient). The EPC is also accompanied by an Advisory Report (AR), which outlines ways in which energy can be saved and provides recommendations that include the short, medium and long term paybacks of various green technologies. The implementation of these recommendations would reduce the building’s CO2 emissions as well as fuel costs. Approved Document Part L2A-2010 of the Building Regulations stipulates a full building energy calculation for all newly constructed buildings. The Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) software used to perform this calculation is then used to create the EPC, which is required prior to the building being occupied.

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NON-DOMESTIC ENERGY ASSESSMENT TRAINING LEVEL 3 (NDEA) Candidates attend a four-day training course where they are taught the practical skills of building surveying and data entry into the approved Government software. A Level 3 Non-Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA) can model simple heating, cooling and ventilation systems within existing buildings. After completing the training, candidates sit a multiple choice examination and produce a portfolio of three EPCs and supporting documentation to demonstrate their ability to carry out non-domestic energy assessments.

CERTIFICATION Once qualified, assessors are invited to join Stroma Certification’s certification scheme. Our experienced NDEA technical team are available to offer support to all assessors. Stroma certified assessors will gain access to the Stroma members’ area online, receive regular technical bulletins and regular invitations to CPD events and workshops.

LEVEL 4 (NDEA) For candidates who wish to assess and produce EPCs for buildings containing more complex heating, cooling and ventilation installations, in both existing and newly constructed buildings, Stroma Certification offers the NDEA Level 4 training course. The syllabus is offered as a two-day (top-up) course which builds on the knowledge acquired for the Level 3.

The training and certification membership package is as follows: Training Course

Combined Level 3 & 4

Duration

5 days

Price

£1,950

Similar to Level 3, candidates will become qualified once they have passed the multiple choice exam and produced a portfolio of three EPCs. In addition to the Level 4 training course, candidates have the option to attend a one day follow-on course for Display Energy Certificates (DEC).

ABBE Exam Fee

£410 + (Free re-sit)

Training Course

Level 3 NDEA

Duration

4 days

Price

£1,450

LEVEL 5 (NDEA)

ABBE Exam Fee

£290 + (Free re-sit)

Training Course

Level 4 NDEA

Duration

3 days (top-up from level 3)

Price

£975

ABBE Exam Fee

£410 + (Free re-sit)

Training Course

Level 4 NDEA + DEC

Level 5 assessors are qualified to undertake assessments on both existing and newly constructed non-domestic buildings using dynamic simulation modelling (DSM). Certification to this level can only be gained through the APEL route.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) For experienced candidates possessing the skills required to use SBEM and DSM, there is a fast track option: APEL. Candidates may apply to be assessed for APEL to Level 3, 4 or 5. To satisfactorily complete this application, supporting information is required to demonstrate competence against the National Occupational Standard (NOS) framework in conjunction with the submission of relevant projects for technical appraisal.

Duration

5 days (top-up from level 3)

Price

£1,450

ABBE Exam Fee

£410 + (Free re-sit)

Certification

Levels 3, 4 & 5 NDEA

Annual Membership

Free of charge

Lodgement Fee

£24.64

SCOTTISH EPCS

Landmark

£5.36

All certified NDEAs may gain the ability to lodge Scottish EPCs, by carrying out some a free CPD. Stroma Certification is an approved protocol organisation in Scotland, offering a step-by-step route to certification, which includes a free of charge introductory module on Scottish Building Regulations.

Accreditation of Prior

Levels 3, 4 & 5 NDEA

Experiential Learning (APEL)

£450

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PUBLIC BUILDING ASSESSMENT DISPLAY ENERGY CERTIFICATE (DEC) TRAINING, SOFTWARE & CERTIFICATION

Stroma Certification lodged the first ever DEC in the UK on the 28th May 2008.

Stroma Certification provides the training, certification and calculation software required to become a public building energy assessor. Display Energy Certificates (DECs) raise public awareness of energy use in public buildings, rating the building from A-G, where A is very efficient. The Operational Rating (OR) for a DEC is based on the actual amount of metered energy use over a period of 12-months, compared to a hypothetical building with benchmarked performance.

DECs must be lodged by an accredited energy assessor and are identified by a unique reference number. A lodged DEC becomes legal when the accompanying AR has been lodged.

A DEC and Advisory Report (AR) are required for public buildings with a useable floor area over 1,000m2 that are occupied in whole, or in part, by public authorities and by institutions providing public services to a large number of persons, and are therefore frequently visited by members of the public.

All public authorities must display a DEC in a prominent location, clearly visible to the public and have in their possession a valid AR.

Factors that contribute to the operational rating include; building category, location, energy consumption, building area, separable energy uses and occupancy.

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The AR contains recommendations for improving the energy performance of the building.

DISPLAY ENERGY CERTIFICATES (DEC) PUBLIC BUILDING ASSESSMENT TRAINING Candidates have the option to either participate in the DEC as a standalone qualification or as a top-up to the NDEA Level 4 course: The two-day training course covers:  National Occupational Standards (NOS) criteria

 Mechanical and electrical building services associated with the production of DECs  Use of the Government-approved software tool, including entry of actual building data “On completion of the training, candidates sit an exam and submit a portfolio of three DECs with all supporting information for assessment�.

New requirements dictate that by 2013, any building with up to 50m2 of ground space must have a DEC. This is expected to change to 250m2 by 2015

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EASY AUTOMATIC LODGEMENT By using OR Toolkit software, the certified energy assessor can link directly to Stroma Certification’s lodgement process, removing the need for manual data upload and benefiting from improved speed and accuracy of DEC data processing.

APPROVED TRAINER

ABOUT OPERATIONAL RATING TOOLKIT (OR TOOLKIT) OR Toolkit is a powerful software tool for the production of DECs and ARs. As standalone DEC software, OR Toolkit allows assessors multiple benefits over conventional DEC packages for example:  Site, building and project databases, allowing ease of navigation through existing records and the storage of existing building information, all of which assists in second year DECs being produced more easily  User profiles can be created that store the certified DEC assessors information  Visual progress bars show which sections are completed

In exclusive partnership with SystemsLink, Stroma Certification integrates OR Toolkit - DEC software that forms part of a fully featured energy manager software package that monitors and targets energy use on multiple properties. By using the OR Toolkit software or SystemsLink’s energy manager software package, the certified DEC assessor can link directly to Stroma Certification's lodgement process removing the need for manual data upload. This improves the speed and accuracy of DEC data processing. Independent research has shown that monitoring and targeting the use of utilities can help achieve savings between 5% and 10% of annual costs. In some cases, savings of 25% can be expected through the continued application of these techniques.

 Customised portfolio analysis, including carbon foot printing and performance league tables

 A comprehensive on-line help system is provided with the software. The package has been designed to make the whole process of monitoring and targeting as easy as possible.  Automated lodgement process

 Operational Rating (OR) Toolkit has been tested to meet all of the technical requirements to be compatible with Windows® 7  Technical support from experienced DEC assessors and software developers

The training and certification membership package is as follows: Training Course

Level 3 DEC

Duration

2 days

Price

£975

Exam Fee

£290 (Free re-sit)

Software

Free of charge

*SystemsLink Operational Rating Toolkit (OR Toolkit) or ORCalc

 Free of charge

Certification

DEC

Annual Membership

Free of charge

Lodgement Fee

£10.00

Landmark

£5.36

Accreditation of Prior

DEC

Experiential Learning (APEL)

£450

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AIR-CONDITIONING ENERGY ASSESSMENT ACEA TRAINING

Reports generated contain building specific advice for building owners and operators, highlighting any opportunities to reduce energy consumption.

Stroma Certification provides the training, APEL guidance and certification required to become an air-conditioning system inspector. Air-conditioning systems account for a large proportion of a building’s energy usage. Having regular inspections carried out by a qualified assessor can improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption, which in turn reduces capital operating costs and carbon emissions. Building owners and managers who operate air-conditioning systems have statutory obligations under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) to ensure that air-conditioning inspections are conducted by qualified and certified air-conditioning inspectors. All air-conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kW must be regularly inspected by an energy assessor every five years, since the 4th January 2011. Stroma Certification can offer two routes to qualification and certification: the Awarding Body for the Build Environment (ABBE) courses in Air-Conditioning Energy Assessment or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

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CERTIFICATION Once qualified as an air-conditioning inspector, candidates are invited to join Stroma Certification’s certification scheme. Our experienced air-conditioning inspection technical team are available to support assessors with all types of queries. All Stroma certified assessors gain access to the Stroma website members’ area where regular technical bulletins and links to CPD are available. AIR-CONDITIONING ENERGY ASSESSMENT TRAINING LEVEL 3 (ACEA) The Level 3 training is offered as a three-day course, during which the candidate learns both the practical survey inspection skills and the relevant software skills to inspect and produce reports for simple unitary and split air-conditioning units. To ensure that candidates are competent and able to produce the inspection reports, the course contains both classroom-based theory modules and site-based inspection elements.

LEVEL 4 (ACEA) The ABBE Level 4 training qualifies candidates to undertake assessments on complex air-conditioning systems, including all the associated plant machinery and controls.

“Stroma Certification offers the Level 4 training as a two-day top-up to the Level 3 syllabus, which incorporates both taught theory modules and hands-on site experience of air-conditioning inspection”.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) Candidates with existing experience of air-conditioning inspections may qualify for the APEL route to certification. This involves the candidate submitting details of relevant training and experience for assessment against the National Occupational Standard (NOS) framework. Once the assessor’s experience is deemed suitable, provisional certification is granted and the first three completed assessments are submitted to be awarded for competence. On completion of this, the assessor is granted full certification status.

The training and certification membership package is as follows: Training Course

Level 3+4 ACEA

Duration

5 days

Price

£1,995

Exam Fee

£410 (Free re-sit)

Training Course

Level 3 ACEA

Duration

3 days

Price

£1,750

Exam Fee

£290 (Free re-sit)

Training Course

Level 4 ACEA

Duration

2 days

Price

£995

Exam Fee

£410 (Free re-sit)

Certification

Levels 3 & 4 ACEA

Annual Membership

Free of charge

Lodgement Fee

£24.64

Landmark

£5.36

Accreditation of Prior

Levels 3 & 4 ACEA

Experiential Learning (APEL)

£450

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FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS (FRA) TRAINING & CERTIFICATION

Stroma Certification offer the Level 3 certificate in Fire Risk Assessment, certified by the Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE).

Stroma Certification delivers the Level 3 Fire Risk Assessment certificate, certified by the Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE).

FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE (FRA) The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into effect in October 2006, it’s the current fire safety law in England and Wales. The FSO replaces previous fire safety legislation, such as fire certificates and requires those responsible for premises to carry out a fire risk assessment. The certificate is aimed at those who intend to carry out fire risk assessments as competent persons as required by the FSO. The qualification is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate their ability to undertake FRAs and is suitable for both in-house assessors and independent consultants. On completion of the ABBE Level 3 certificate in FRA, candidates will be qualified to undertake fire risk assessments on premises meeting the following criteria:  Non-domestic

 Straightforward building layouts up to 5 storeys in height

 Premises with less than 60 staff and less than 300 persons if it is a public-access building.  Low risk single or multiple occupancy.

 Routine, but not excessive public access.

 Buildings for which appropriate action plans can be largely developed using Publicly Available Specification 79 (PAS 79), British Standards and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) guidance.

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Responsibility for complying with the FSO rests with a “responsible person”. In a workplace, this is the employer and any other person who may have control of any part of the premises, for example an occupier or the owner. In all other premises the person or people in control of the premises will be responsible. FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT COURSE CONTENT Stroma Certification offers the Level 3 FRA certificate as a five-day course, which combines theory modules with practical sessions and exercises. Upon completion of the training, candidates enter a period of guided learning, self study and assessment, during which they must demonstrate their ability to practice competently as a fire risk assessor and meet the performance and evidence requirements of the qualification. Completed assessments will be submitted to Stroma Certification for formal evaluation; this is necessary to confirm that candidates are in line with the current National Occupational Standards (NOS).

The FSO covers general fire precautions and duties, which are necessary to protect “relevant people” in and around most premises. The FSO requires fire precautions to be put in place where necessary, and to the extent that is reasonable and practicable Considering the circumstances at the premises, this requires judgement by the fire risk assessor who should be competent and feel confident with the role. The FSO applies to most premises, with few exceptions and requires a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment to be carried and kept current by regular review.

During the five-day course candidates will receive input covering:  Fire Risk Assessment using the PAS 79  DCLG guide for offices and shops

 DCLG guide for factories and warehouses  Fire safety management and evacuation  Means of escape

 Fire behaviour and smoke travel in buildings

 British Standard 9999 – code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings Practical involvement and discussion in assessing the suitability of:  Fire fighting equipment

 Arson prevention/reduction  Emergency lighting  Signage

The training package is as follows: Training Course

Level 3 Fire Risk Assessment

Duration

5 days

Price

£1,350

Exam Fee

£290

ABBE is an awarding body that provides nationally recognised qualifications, which reside in the Built Environment industry sector. The minimum age limit is 18 years to be registered with ABBE for the examination.

 Fire alarms  Fire doors

Exercises using:  PAS 79

 DCLG guidance for offices and shops  BS 9999

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THERMAL MODELLING TRAINING

THERMAL MODELLING Thermal modelling training is available as a four-day course and is highly beneficial for energy assessors when calculating Standard Assessment Procedures (SAP) and Simplified Building Energy Models (SBEM) reports. Training will enable thermal modellers to conduct calculations of thermal performance to recognised standards and conventions. Moreover, it will teach candidates to understand the procedure for calculating thermal transmittance values (Ψ Values), temperature factors (f), and elemental U-values.

The training will enable modellers to create detailed models for calculations of thermal performance to recognised standards and conventions.

Upon completion of the Thermal Modelling training course and subsequent portfolio submission, candidates will be able to demonstrate competence in modelling construction details in commonly occurring and complex thermal bridges located in all types of buildings.

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The training will enable modellers to create detailed models for calculations of thermal performance to recognised standards and conventions.

THERMAL MODELLING TRAINING COURSE CONTENT Day One An overview of the Building Regulations, in particular thermal performance, leading onto a detailed analysis of the theory and conventions governing the quantification of linear thermal bridging.

HEAT THERMAL MODELLING SOFTWARE HEAT is a PC-program for three-dimensional transient and steady-state heat transfer. The program, along with the two-dimensional version HEAT2 is validated to conform to the requirements of EN ISO 10211, allowing onward calculation of psi values (Ψ) for linear thermal bridging.

Software Features

An in-depth study of the core content described in the BR497 Conventions for calculating linear thermal transmittance and temperature factors’, document and Information Paper 1/06. Discussion into the specific aspects of the process, outlined in the relevant British Standard technical documents BS EN ISO 10211, 6946 and 13370 to provide a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the subject.

User friendly, rapid input due to an integrated pre-processor with automatic mesh generation both steady-state and dynamic analysis can be conducted seamlessly.

Day Two

 Numerical mesh

Introduction to the HEAT 2D modelling software used to calculate the fundamental outputs of thermal bridging, linear thermal transmittance values, and temperature factors. Simpler examples are used to build up experience with the software interface and to develop the skills required in applying the conventions taught during day one.

Day Three Details of increasing complexity are constructed within the HEAT 2D package, culminating in the modelling of several realistic building details. Demonstrations and an introduction to the scope of Heat 3D software used for calculating three-dimensional thermal bridges follows. Examples are offered to familiarise users with the software package.

Extensive graphical outputs of 2D and 3D of geometrical models including information:  Material properties  Boundary conditions  Temperature field

 Heat flow arrays and isotherms

 Boundary conditions may be a given heat flow, or a temperature with a surface resistance  Material properties may easily be edited and added to the Library Several material lists that are available. The default list contains about 200 common building materials, with an expanded list available with over 1200 materials

Day Four The basics of three-dimensional modelling obtained in day three are further enhanced through the modelling of penetration and corner details, again resulting in the analysis, understanding and calculation of day-to-day scenarios. Stroma Certification are the U.K distributor of the HEAT software, and as such can provide assistance with purchase and distribution requirements.

The training package is as follows: Training Course

Thermal Modelling

Duration

4 days

Price

£1495

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ELECTRICAL TRAINING

Upon completion, installers can register with Stroma Certification’s Government approved Part P competent person scheme, enabling them to self-certify work.

Stroma Certification delivers electrical installation training to approved Building Regulation Part P standards as awarded by BPEC and is designed for candidates who are looking to carry out both defined scope and full scope electrical installation works in domestic premises. As a result of changes to Part P of the Building Regulations, local Building Control must now be notified of a significant proportion of electrical works carried out on domestic properties throughout England and Wales and a certificate of compliance must be issued to the homeowner to support the electrical installation training. Stroma Certification run the related Part P Competent Person scheme approved by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). With purpose built training centres and mobile rigs Stroma Certification cater for both the hands-on and classroom based training required, additionally offering renewable installation related courses and Competent Person Schemes (CPS). The following table outlines the electrical installation training courses available, the fee and how long the training takes.

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION FULL SCOPE TRAINING COURSE (BPEC PART P) Stroma Certification’s full scope electrical installation six-day training course is for installers wishing to carry out, both defined scope and full scope electrical installation work in domestic premises. The course does not presume any previous electrical training/ qualifications on the part of the installer. The full scope electrical installation training covers levels A, B, and C of electrical work and allows installers to undertake most electrical additions/alterations associated with domestic premises, including consumer units, completely new wiring installations and outside cabling (SWA).

Additionally, discover the Competent Person Schemes available for Part P Installation of fixed low or extra low voltage electrical installations

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ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION DEFINED SCOPE TRAINING COURSE (BPEC PART P) The defined scope five-day electrical installation training course covers levels B and C. The training covers safety for both the installer and the customer to ensure that safe and simple installation practices are established from the start and maintained throughout the duration of the installation.

As a result of changes to Part P of the Building Regulations, local Building Control must now be notified of a significant proportion of electrical works carried out on residential property throughout England and Wales, and a certificate of compliance must be issued to the homeowner. Successful candidates will be issued with a certificate, which serves as proof that they are fully conversant with the format, content and application of the 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations (BS 7671: 2008).

Training and assessment covers the following elements:  Basic principles

 Electrical safety

 Legislation/Building Regulations  Installation theory

 Testing and documentation

 Practical electrical installation Assessment is conducted throughout the course covering, installation techniques, testing and inspection. A series of written tests are additionally required to demonstrate the candidate’s knowledge of underpinning information and legislation under the requirements of BS 7671.

CITY & GUILDS 17TH EDITION WIRING REGULATIONS COURSE The 17th edition wiring training course is aimed at practising electricians, electrical engineers, contracts managers, maintenance staff, designers and surveyors, or any professional requiring sound knowledge of the most up-to-date IEE Wiring Regulations.

Upon completion, installers can register with Stroma Certification’s Government-approved Part P competent person scheme, enabling installers/operatives to carry out design, installation and issue self-certification for fixed, low or extra low voltage electrical installations work in compliance with the Building Regulations Part P. Registration to the CPS scheme will necessitate an on-site inspection of wiring and testing work to ensure competence. During the inspection the installer must produce reference manuals, a BPEC Part P full scope certificate and a multi-function electrical tester, which is compliant with the requirements of the 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations. Please note: Installations carried out by a non-registered person will have no evidence of compliance. As a result, a building notice or full plans application must be submitted incurring additional Building Control fees for inspection and approval.

The training packages are as follows: The course does not assume previous knowledge of the regulations, however, familiarity with electrical theory and terminology, along with a basic understanding of electrical installation circuits is expected. The three-day training is delivered by fully certified Stroma Certification assessors as classroom-based course and is limited to four candidates. Over the three days, candidates cover the scope, object and fundamental principles of the appendices of BS 7671:2008, as well as the eight units relating to Parts 1-7  Definitions

 Assessment of general characteristics  Protection for safety

 Selection and erection of equipment  Inspection and testing

 Special installations or locations  Appendices

Training Course

BPEC Part P Defined Scope

Duration

5 days

Price

£625

Certification Fee

£45 (VAT Exempt)

Training Course

BPEC Part P Full Scope

Duration

6 days

Price

£800

Certification Fee

£45 (VAT Exempt)

Training Course

BPEC Part P Full Scope Top up

Duration

1 day

Price

£225

Certification Fee

£45 (VAT Exempt)

Training Course

17th Edition Wiring C&G 2382

Duration

3 days

Price

£400

Certification Fee

Included

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RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES SOLAR PV TRAINING

Stroma offers a range of courses in the renewable sector, in response to legislative developments and Government targets.

Stroma Certification offers a range of courses in the renewable sector, in response to legislative developments and Government targets. The proposed changes to Building Regulations Part L, will mean more stringent compliance requirements to achieve a further 25% reduction in C02 emissions.

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS TRAINING (CITY & GUILDS 2399 - 01. LEVEL 2 AWARD)

This will also signify an increase in the consideration for the use of renewable technologies, supporting the UK’s ambition for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016.

The environmental technology system one-day training is the foundation course to understand the fundamental principles and requirements of environmental technology systems and the first step in qualifying in the design, installation and handover of renewable technologies.

Summit Skills revised the required National Occupational Standards (NOS) in 2011 for renewable training courses for qualification for the Microgeneration Certification Schemes. Having been instrumental in the development of this NOS, City and Guilds are currently the only awarding body whose courses fully fulfill these standards. As such, training backed by any other awarding body will require some form of top up in the future so as to maintain MCS certification.

The one-day training course allows candidates to develop the knowledge required to be able to communicate with others in relation to the fundamental working principles, potential to install and the regulatory requirements for micro-renewable and water conservation technologies. It also prepares eligible candidates for progression to the specialist knowledge and competence units for the installation, commissioning, handover, inspection and service of micro renewable energy and water conservation technologies. Undertaking the C&G awarded foundation course can springboard candidates into specialist professional areas such as: solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal and heat pumps. It is possible to undertake this course if you are not an established professional, however supplementary training for competence as an electrician or a plumber may be required to complete the further qualification.

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Stroma Certification is licensed to run Microgeneration Certification Schemes (MCS), supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for the certification of microgeneration installers, accredited under UKAS BS EN 45011:1998. This foundation training module is connected with the below City & Guilds 2399 courses. Applicants taking multiple 2399 training courses are not required to retake the foundation module per renewable technology.

SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PV SYSTEMS DESIGN AND INSTALLATION TRAINING (CITY & GUILDS 2399 – 12 LEVEL 3 AWARD)

 Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Design (City & Guilds 2399 11)

This course offers a solid base in environmental technologies and experience of installing PV technology. The qualification is recognised for MCS accreditation in solar PV installation and therefore suited to qualified electricians and installers with one of the following courses:

 Solar Thermal (City & Guilds 2399 21)  Heat Pump (City & Guilds 2399 31)

 N/SVQ 3 in Electrical Installation (Buildings and Structures) or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence.

PLEASE NOTE: Evidence of C&G 2399 training and certification is required to apply for Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) applications

SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PV SYSTEMS INSTALLATION TRAINING (CITY & GUILDS 2399 - 11 LEVEL 3 AWARD) The solar photovoltaic (PV) system installation training course awarded by City & Guilds 2399-11, covers the knowledge required to plan and prepare for installation including testing and commissioning and handover of grid connected solar PV systems that are within the scope of Engineering Recommendation G83/1; with an electrical output of up to 5 kilowatt peak (kWp) connected to both single and three–phase installations. Fundamentals of design awareness and component selection outcomes are also covered.

 In addition, if not included in the above current certification, BS 7671: 2008 Requirements for Electrical Installations (17th Edition) Certification Once the solar PV training is complete, candidates are able to design, install and handover solar photovoltaic systems and will be qualified to apply to Stroma Certification for Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certification. The MCS scheme is accredited under UKAS BS EN 45011:1998 Training packages: Training Course C&G

2399 -01 Environmental Technology Systems.

Duration

1 day

Price

£275

C&G Certification Fee

£40 (exam taken during course)

Training Course C&G

2399 - 11 PV Installation

Duration

5 days (+ 1 day assessment)

Price

£795

C&G Certification Fee

£67 (£15 per re-test)

Training Course C&G

2399 - 11/12 PV Installation Design & Handover

Duration

5 days (+ 1 day assessment)

Price

£795

C&G Certification Fee

£84 (£15 per re-test)

For installation of microgeneration and renewable technologies competent person schemes. Please refer to page 38

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RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES SOLAR THERMAL TRAINING

Once the training is complete, candidates are able to design, install and maintain Solar Thermal systems and will be qualified to apply to Stroma Certification for Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certification.

Stroma Certification has a purpose built training centre to cater for hands-on and classroom training, with additional mobile rigs created for training on-the-move.  N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Heating and Ventilating (Domestic Installation)

SOLAR THERMAL SYSTEM INSTALLATION TRAINING (CITY & GUILDS 2399 - 21 LEVEL 3 AWARD) The solar thermal system installation training course awarded by City & Guilds 2399-21 for solar thermal hot water training course covers the knowledge required to plan and prepare for; solar thermal installation (including testing and commissioning) and handover of fully-filled and drainback solar thermal hot water systems. The emphasis is upon 'active' systems but the unit also includes some content relating to 'passive' systems. The 2399 - 21 units also cover fundamental design techniques for solar thermal systems for domestic hot water production only, with up to 20m2 of collector area. The course covers the installation, commissioning and handover of solar thermal hot water systems. The course offers a solid base in environmental technologies and experience of installing solar thermal hot water technology, the qualification is recognised by the MCS accreditation in solar thermal installation and is suited to qualified Installers with one of the following prerequisites:

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 N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Heating and Ventilating (Industrial and Commercial Installation)  N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Oil-Fired Technical Services

 N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Gas Installation and Maintenance

 or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence. In addition, if not included in the above current certification in relation to:  Water Regulations/Water Byelaws (WRAS or equivalent)  Unvented Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems  Energy Efficiency for Domestic Heating (C&G 6084 or equivalent) Once the solar thermal training is complete, candidates are able to design, install and maintain solar thermal systems and will be qualified to apply to Stroma Certification for Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certification. The MCS scheme is accredited under UKAS BS EN 45011:1998

Contact Stroma Certification on the following 0845 621 11 11 alternatively email info@stroma.com


Stroma Certification is licensed to run Microgeneration Certification Schemes (MCS) supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for the certification of microgeneration installers, accredited under UKAS BS EN 45011:1998.

SOLAR THERMAL SYSTEM INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE TRAINING (CITY & GUILDS 2399 – 22 LEVEL 3 AWARD) For a more comprehensive training course the 2399 - 22 training course covers the installation, commissioning and handover of solar thermal hot water systems.

The training is delivered as a two day course, which combines both practical and classroom-based theory elements; candidates learn about the selection, design, installation and maintenance of domestic solar hot water systems. Practical sessions take place on purpose-built roof rigs and include live demonstrations of solar equipment.

UNVENTED HOT WATER SYSTEMS CERTIFICATE (BPEC) This unvented hot water systems certificate is intended for heating engineers, plumbers and other professionals who wish to legally install, service or commission domestic hot water systems in the UK. Stroma Certification delivers the qualification as a one-day course, preceded by self-study manuals. After undertaking the preparation and attending the course, candidates must successfully complete an open-book, multiple choice theory examination and practical fault-finding session before the certificate is issued. The certificate is a prerequisite to attending the BPEC awarded Domestic Solar Hot Water Installer Training and Heat Pump Installer Training

DOMESTIC SOLAR HOT WATER INSTALLER TRAINING (BPEC) The BPEC Domestic Solar Hot Water Installer course is aimed at those with practical experience in the plumbing/conventional heating engineering industry and a recognised qualification such as the BPEC Unvented Hot Water Systems Certificate or a Level 3 NVQ in plumbing or heating engineering. It is also open to those currently working towards one of these qualifications. Upon completion, candidates have both the practical skills and knowledge to provide a full solar hot water installation and consultancy service.

Training packages: Training Course C&G

2399 -01 Environmental Technology Systems.

Duration

1 day

Price

£275

C&G Certification Fee

£40 (exam taken during course)

Training Course C&G

2399 - 21 Solar Thermal

Duration

5 days (+ 1 day assessment)

Price

£795

C&G Certification Fee

£67 (£15 per re-test)

Training Course C&G

2399 - 22 Solar Thermal Installation, design & Handover

Duration

5 days (+ 1 day assessment)

Price

£795

C&G Certification Fee

£84 (£15 per re-test)

Training Course BPEC

Unvented Hot water Systems Certification

Duration

1 days

Price

£225

Training Course BPEC

Solar Hot Water Installer (BPEC)

Duration

2 days

Price

£375

For installation of microgeneration and renewable technologies competent person schemes. Please refer to page 38

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RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES HEAT PUMPS TRAINING

Once the training is complete, candidates are able to design, install and maintain heat pump systems

Stroma Certification is offering a full two-day training course for members wishing to become environmental technology surveyors; facilitating solar photovoltaics (PV) installations nationwide. HEAT PUMPS SYSTEM INSTALLATION TRAINING (CITY & GUILDS 2399 - 31 LEVEL 3 AWARD) The heat pump system installation-training course awarded by City & Guilds, offers a solid base in environmental technologies and experience of installing heat pump technology. The qualification is recognised by the MCS accreditation in heat pump installation and is suited to qualified Installers with one of the following prerequisites:  N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Plumbing

 N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Heating and Ventilating (Domestic Installation)  N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Heating and Ventilating (Industrial and Commercial Installation)

HEAT PUMPS SYSTEM INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE TRAINING (CITY & GUILDS 2399 – 32 LEVEL 3 AWARD) For a more comprehensive training course the 2399-32 module additionally covers the installation, commissioning and handover of heat pump systems (non-refrigerant circuits). Once the training is complete, candidates are able to design, install and maintain heat pump systems and will be qualified to apply to Stroma Certification for Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certification. The MCS scheme is accredited under UKAS BS EN 45011:1998

 N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Oil-Fired Technical Services

 N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Gas Installation and Maintenance or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence of any of the above.

 Water Regulations/Water Byelaws (WRAS or equivalent)

 Energy Efficiency for Domestic Heating (C&G 6084 or equivalent) The 2399-31 heat pump systems training course covers the knowledge required to plan and prepare for, install (including testing and commissioning) and handover of Heat Pump system installations. The focus is on systems up to 45kW load and include air source, water source and ground source systems. Fundamentals of heat pump system design awareness and component selection is covered along with connection to collector loops and the fundamental requirements of collector loop design and installation.

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BPEC HEAT PUMP INSTALLER TRAINING The BPEC Heat Pump Installer course is aimed at providing installers with knowledge of correctly installing heat pumps, both air and ground source. The training units cover introductions to the methodologies Air Source Heat Pumps and Ground Source Heat Pumps (ASHP and GSHP), how the collectors are installed and design considerations, additionally the controls, maintenance and fault finding. Upon completion, candidates have both the practical skills and knowledge to provide a full solar hot water installation and consultancy service. The training is delivered as a two-day course, which combines both practical and classroom-based theory elements; candidates learn about the selection, design, installation and maintenance of domestic solar hot water systems. Practical sessions take place on purpose-built roof rigs and include live demonstrations of solar equipment. Candidates without the formal qualification, which is a mandatory pre-requisite, must attend an additional day.

DOMESTIC SOLAR HOT WATER INSTALLER TRAINING (BPEC) The BPEC Domestic Solar Hot Water Installer course is aimed at those with practical experience in the plumbing/conventional heating engineering industry and a recognised qualification such as the BPEC Unvented Hot Water Systems Certificate or a Level 3 NVQ in plumbing or heating engineering. It is also open to those currently working towards one of these qualifications. Upon completion, candidates have both the practical skills and knowledge to provide a full solar hot water installation and consultancy service. The training is delivered as a two-day course, which combines both practical and classroom-based theory elements. Candidates learn about the selection, design, installation and maintenance of domestic solar hot water systems. Practical sessions take place on purpose-built roof rigs and include live demonstrations of solar equipment.

UNVENTED HOT WATER SYSTEMS CERTIFICATE (BPEC) This unvented hot water systems certificate is intended for heating engineers, plumbers and other professionals who wish to legally install, service or commission domestic hot water systems in the UK. Stroma Certification delivers the qualification as a one-day course, preceded by self-study manuals. After undertaking the preparation and attending the course, candidates must successfully complete an open-book, multiple choice theory examination and practical fault-finding session before the certificate is issued. The certificate is a prerequisite to attending the BPEC awarded Domestic Solar Hot Water Installer Training and Heat Pump Installer Training.

Training packages: Training Course C&G

2399 - 01 Environmental Technology Systems.

Duration

1 day

Price

£275

C&G Certification Fee

£40 (exam taken during course)

Training Course C&G

2399 - 31 Heat Pumps

Duration

4 days + 1 assessment day

Price

£795

C&G Exam Fee

£67 (£15 per re-test)

Training Course C&G

2399 - 32 Installation, design & handover

Duration

5 days + 1 assessment day

Price

£795

C&G Exam Fee

£84 (£15 per re-test)

Training Course BPEC

Heat Pump Installer

Duration

2 days

Price

£425

Training Course BPEC

Unvented Hot Water Systems

Duration

1 day

Price

£225

Training Course BPEC

Solar Hot Water Installer

Duration

2 day

Price

£375

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MICROGENERATION CERTIFICATION SCHEME MCS

Accredited Certification bodies must be accredited by UKAS under BS EN 45011:1998 to undertake certification assessments under MCS.

Stroma Certification is licensed to run Microgeneration Certification Schemes (MCS), supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for the certification of microgeneration installers, accredited under UKAS BS EN 45011:1998. Stroma Certification’s scheme ensures that all members notifications, inspections and installations of: Solar Photovoltaics (PV), Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps are produced to consistently high standards - ensuring that members are:  Competent to undertake inspections and installations

 Qualified to the National Occupation Standard qualification(s) required  Adequately insured Professional Indemnity (PI) and Public Liability (PL) plus have obtained Insurance Backed Warranty where appropriate  Adopting operational procedures maintaining quality assurance (QA) consistency and accuracy of installations  Recording appropriate details and paperwork for auditing  Fully informed of legislative developments and incentives, undertaking a minimum level of continuing professional development (CPD)  Maintaining a high standard of operational integrity, whilst undertaking both the on-site and off-site activity associated with the notifiable works  Hold membership with the Renewable Energy Association (REA) Installer certification entails assessing the supply, design, and installation, set-to-work and commissioning of renewable microgeneration technologies.

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Stroma Certification have made the process of joining the Microgeneration Certification Schemes straightforward and offer technical support throughout the journey.

ASSESSMENT VISITS

Membership Application Stroma Certification’s Microgeneration Certification Scheme

Assessment visits determine installer’s technical competency for undertaking activities in accordance with required standard(s). During the assessment visit Stroma Certification will question and observe methods that determine the competent levels of members of staff and sub-contractors that are involved in the company’s MCS activities.

New Entrant

Scheme Transferral

Initial Application Assessment

Initial Application Assessment

Applications assessed within 24 hours Upon payment pre-visit questionnaire issued

INITIAL ASSESSMENT An opening meeting will be conducted at the installer’s office to outline the purpose and discussion points, thereafter the company’s Quality Management System (QMS) will be reviewed against clause criterion detailed in the MCS 001 standard, which reviews the processes and procedures in place for;  Documenting suitable competency of the design, commissioning and physical installation works

Site visit confirmed on submission of pre-visit questionnaire

Stroma Certification undertake site visit

Non-conformities satisfied and certification approved

 Recording employee training

Annual surveillance visit conducted by Stroma Certification

 Documenting evidence of and procedures of conformity

Stroma Certification is accredited by UKAS under BS EN 45011:1998 to undertake certification assessments under MCS.

INSTALLATION ASSESSMENT MCS applications require an installation site quality and associated documentation inspection, to ensure compliance with the required standards. Where feasible, additional technology assessments shall be carried out on the same installation assessment, however, details shall be determined upon application. At all stages of the assessment visits, non-conformities and observations identified will be discussed and documented with the installer’s approval. Should non-conformities be identified, installers have up to forty days to correct, which can be satisfied through correspondence and photographic evidence, unless an additional partial or full site assessment visit is required.

ANNUAL SURVEILLANCE VISITS Installers will be subject to an annual surveillance visit to maintain certification.

 Solar Photovoltaic (PV)  Solar Thermal  Heat Pumps The certification membership package is as follows: Application Fee

£50

Annual Membership Fee 1 x MCS Technology

£385

Annual Membership Fee 2 x MCS Technologies

£550

Annual Membership Fee 3 x MCS Technologies

£730

Notification Submission - Per Installation ∆

£15

Gemserv Registration Fee*

£110

Initial Visit for Awarding Certification

Free of charge

Additional Assessment Site Visits - Half Day

£200

Additional Assessment Site Visits - Full Day

£340

Technical Support

Free of charge

∆ Notification fee is paid per installation direct to Gemserv. * Gemserv is awarded the role of Licensee for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The MCS independently certifies microgeneration products and services against approved standards, with the aim of increasing consumer confidence, and therefore demand, within a rapidly expanding market that will also play an important role in meeting UK carbon emission reduction targets.

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COMPETENT PERSON SCHEMES CPS

Save both time and money once authorised with Stroma Certification Competent Person Scheme to self-certify work without further obstacles from Local Authority Building Control.

Stroma Certification’s Competent Person Schemes offer you the optimal approved membership scheme.

COMPETENT PERSON SCHEMES (CPS)

Stroma Certification’s CPS offers you the optimal approved certification scheme run for the members’ benefit, for example:

Stroma Certification is licensed by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to run Competent Person Schemes (CPS) that ensure certified operatives can perform to a reputable high standard, provide appropriate warranties and can carry out design, installation and issue self-certification for compliance with the Building Regulations for:

 Straightforward application process

 Installation of Microgeneration and Renewable Technologies

 Free of charge software solutions that streamline and automate the self-certification and archiving process  Training development and technical research based on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) principle  Access to a free of charge technical support helpline, manned by competent experts

 Heating and Hot Water Systems  Part P Installation of fixed low or extra low voltage electrical installations

 Access to a dedicated members’ website

Installations carried out by a non-registered person will have no evidence of compliance. As a result, a building notice or full plans application must be submitted incurring additional Building Control fees for inspection and approval.

 All members’ details shall be advertised openly to promote their services  All scheme profit shall be re-invested for the benefit of scheme members  Scheme annual accounts are provided to all members to ensure transparency  Competitively priced membership fees, warranty and assessment provision

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INSTALLATION OF MICROGENERATION AND RENEWABLES TECHNOLOGIES CPS SCHEME The UK is committed to meeting EU targets of producing 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Achieving these targets could provide £100 billion worth of investment opportunities and up to half a million jobs in the renewable energy sector by 2020. The UK's renewable energy strategy, driven by legislation aims for 12% of the heat/energy supply to come from renewable sources such as:  Ground source heat pumps

Joining Stroma Certification’s CPS is straightforward Stroma Certification evaluate that applicants hold relevant industry qualifications and can adhere to the code of practice standards in order to carry out the correct level of competency for self certifying works. Applicants undergo an evaluation to determine that relevant industry qualifications and standards are met, or further training is suggested. Followed by a series of site audits to authorise that the correct level of competency to self-certify works can be demonstrated. Key Criteria for Joining the CPS

 Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels

 Can demonstrate relevant technical and safety standards

 Solar thermal panels  Absorption cooling

 Can demonstrate high standards of codes of practice and professionalism

 Ground cooling

 Adheres to regular checks and standards set out by Stroma Certification’s approved CPS scheme

 Micro-CHP

 Wind turbines

To maintain membership installers will be subject to an annual re-assessment, which ensures the ongoing standards and adherence to the Building Regulations are being met.

 Biomass combustion appliances Stroma Certification run a DCLG approved CPS scheme for the above microgeneration technologies, along with a correlating and UKAS approved Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

INSTALLATION OF HEATING AND HOT WATER SYSTEMS CPS SCHEME  Connected to a heat producing gas appliance

Stroma Certification is licensed by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to run;  Heating and hot water systems

 Microgeneration and renewable technologies  Part P Electrical Installations

 Connected to an oil-fired combustion appliance  Connected to a solid fuel appliance

 Connected a an electric heat source  Electric heating system in dwellings

 Electric heating system on buildings other than dwellings Stroma run a DCLG approved CPS scheme for the above heating and hot water system definitions, along with a correlating and UKAS approved Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

PART P INSTALLATION OF FIXED LOW OR EXTRA LOW VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS CPS SCHEME

The certification membership package is as follows: Application Assessment

Free of charge

Annual CPS Membership Fee

£245 (1 operative inclusive)

Additional Operative Assessment

£50

Additional Assessment Site Visits

Half Day* £200

Additional Assessment Site Visits

Full Day* £340

(* applicable as a result of non-compliance or complaint)

As a result of changes to Part P of the Building Regulations, local Building Control must now be notified of a significant proportion of electrical works carried out on residential property throughout England and Wales, and a certificate of compliance must be issued to the homeowner. Once Part P qualified, electrical installers can join Stroma’s Government approved Part P competent persons scheme. Registration will necessitate an on-site inspection of wiring and testing work to ensure competence. During the inspection, the installer must produce reference manuals, a BPEC Part P full scope certificate and a multi-function electrical tester, which is compliant with the requirements of the 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations. Stroma run a DCLG approved Competent Person Schemes, within residential and non-residential properties for the Installation of fixed low or extra low voltage electrical installations.

Scheme Transfer Fee

Free of charge

(on provision of valid membership evidence - FOC for the remaining period)

Additional Scheme Membership (awarded via a single assessment visit)

£195

Notification Submission - Electronic

£1.50

Notification Submission - Written

£2.50

Warranty

£1.50

Software

Free of charge

Technical Support

Free of charge

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TESTIMONIALS "From our first free CPD with Stroma and the first glimpse of the new SAP software; so new it was as yet, not released, I was very happy with the added extras in the program. Each and every suggestion from the development team has been mulled over and either taken on board or given a full reason why it would be impractical. FSAP has now surpassed expectations and with the many new features in the program, it has eased the way we [GDF] produce well presented SAP assessments to our clients. One of the biggest plus points I have found whilst dealing with Stroma is the fact that every message/e-mail and query is answered and were not left wondering if we exist or not." Matthew Turner GDF Home Energy Assessors Ltd. “Many thanks for your continual brilliant work with issuing certificates. It really is excellent that we are able to firstly talk to people who know what they’re doing, plus when needed you can pull the stoppers out to assist us. Thanks very much. It is very much appreciated.” Dave Tilbury BSc (Hons) Bespoke Builder Services Ltd “Can I [Gary Nicholls] just say that I thought your teaching was excellent and extremely well put across, bearing in mind I started life as a teacher I know how difficult it can be. I came away understanding something that is reasonably complicated, and that’s down to you, so well done and thanks very much!” Gary Nicholls Briary Energy Consultants “I [Tony Dempsey] would like to take this opportunity to thank you for inviting us to the morning session in Manchester and also to compliment your staff on an excellent presentation. Michael McGraths explanation of FITs and RHIs was the best I have heard to date, his presentation of the whole event was great and “he really knew his stuff” to quote one my colleagues. Thanks from Tony & all the EPC team at RBH.” Tony Dempsey ICIOB MBEng MIDEA Dip DEA Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

"I've been an accredited energy assessor with yourselves for only a few weeks now but I just wanted to send you a short email to compliment your technical department. Ensuring the professional integrity of EPCs and using the software correctly is obviously paramount to obtaining an accurate assessment. Your technical department has been very helpful with my queries to date and are always willing to resolve any issues that I come up against. I'm sure these will reduce over time but during these early stages, it has been second to none. I just wanted to emphasise the usefulness and efficiency of this department and I will certainly be recommending Stroma within this industry." Mark Leckey Associate Director - CEA Lambert Smith Hampton “I [Sarah Trotter] would like to say I am very impressed by Stroma’s service overall. The technical team have always been extremely helpful, especially in the first few months of me being accredited as a DEA. My calls were always answered efficiently and my queries resolved within the phone call. On the occasion that there was a need to call me back this was done within ten minutes or so of my call ending. On occasions where I have emailed for support again, the response was very quick and answered all my queries thoroughly. The help I have received has always been well explained and easy to understand. During the first few weeks of being accredited, the support I received from Stroma technical was invaluable. I would not hesitate in recommending Stroma to others.” Sarah Trotter Alan Batt Estate Agents

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