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Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 23-Dec-09 02:06:58 PM

This’ll probably be my last post before xmas so let me wish you all a peaceful/mad break, and hope you can put this year behind you.

Best accreditation scheme 2009

I’m going to go out on a limb here and offer you my opinion – based purely on what’s out there in the public domain – on the top three accreditation schemes that have worked in the wider interests of the EPC industry in 2009.

First: NHER

For its work highlighting non-compliance in the commercial sector; its recent study of 300,000 domestic EPCs (and making the results public); for standing up for the industry in general and promoting best practice; and its overall willingness to be transparent.

Second: Quidos

Following hot on the heels of NHER, for its work highlighting non-compliance and fraudulent EPCs in the commercial sector and working with Trading Standards in this regard; its overall willingness to be transparent and co-operative; and generally standing up for energy assessors.

Third: Northgate

For its impressive engagement in a plethora of Govt. consultations (too numerous to mention), putting the industry’s case forward and responding within very tight deadlines. So numerous and in-depth were they, I couldn’t keep up with them to report here (sorry about that).

(If this was a general award ceremony, I would have to place Linn Rafferty of JTec Services in third place this year simply because of her lone efforts to similarly respond to a multitude of Govt. consultations, but without staff – hat’s off, Linn!)

So there you have it – that’s my take. It would be easy to run a poll but I think we all know that would just result in the scheme with the most members winning.

Agree? Disagree? State your reasons and nominations below.

All the best to you and yours.

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Reply #1 on : Wed December 23, 2009, 17:47:42
Hi Mike, thanks for the mention, and 'almost' third place. You are right, I do try to respond to relevant consultations, although I don't always manage it.. good intentions about responding to the SAP consultation went awry when the response date coincided with a summer trip to France. It was a hard call but the wine won.

I do think it would be in our interests if more DEAs and energy assessors were able to respond to consultations, and to help with this, I try to post links to relevant consultations on my website consultation page.

The next one I'm expecting is from DECC, relating to their thoughts on delivering the UK low carbon transition plan. It should be out in January, and I will post a link to it as soon as I'm able.

Till then, happy new year!
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Reply #2 on : Thu December 24, 2009, 15:14:34
Hi Linn.

I've been hugely impressed with your contributions to the consultations this year. There have been a fair few of them, and several of them on top of each other. I don't know how you digested them all, let alone respond - my brain suffered a buffer overrun and shut down!

Keep up the good work and have a great Christmas.

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Reply #3 on : Sat December 26, 2009, 01:48:53
Quite shocked that you think NHER can do no wrong when it was they who were the first to train up data collectors for domestic epcs undrmining their own members and causing untold damage to the industry, what a short memory you have, makes me wonder whose side you are actually on sir.

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