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Twitter for energy assessors: Survey results on business effectiveness

By MikeC (Admin) on 01-Mar-10 15:06. Remarks (6)

Most energy assessors using Twitter don't make money but most find it useful for business intelligence, according to a survey conducted by this website. Plus, mistakes to avoid.

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Newsblast: Elmhurst commercial non-compliance & SAVABX £30 EPCs

By MikeC (Admin) on 22-Jan-10 12:48. Remarks (0)

Five minute video newsblast: Elmhurst non-compliance study; Aircon opp; Grant Shapps letter; SAVABX £30 EPCs; EU concerns over resource crunch thwarting green technologies, including solar power.

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Why Home Information Packs are wrong

By MikeC (Admin) on 18-Jan-10 08:58. Remarks (3)

HIP reformers take note: the Home Information Pack is failing the people and your industry has ignored Domestic Energy Assessors. In short, HIP reform from the industry itself cannot be trusted by neither parties.

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Accreditation schemes put on notice for “unacceptable practices”, CLG letter reveals

By MikeC (Admin) on 07-Jan-10 15:09. Remarks (7)

The CLG has put dodgy Energy Assessors and accreditation schemes on notice in a pre-christmas letter to schemes which list a catalogue of "unacceptable practices" and shortcomings, this site can reveal. A new regime is implemented with immediate effect.

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CLG relations with energy assessor groups hit buffers

By MikeC (Admin) on 10-Dec-09 18:24. Remarks (0)

The Institute of Home Inspection has pulled out of consultation talks with the CLG in protest at the un-representative make-up of panelists officials at the department want. Other groups, including accreditation schemes, are also angry it would seem.

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Northern Ireland Law Society Issues EPC Warning

By MikeC (Admin) on 04-Aug-09 14:46. Remarks (0)

The Northern Ireland Law SOciety is warning members of DEAs issuing on-construction EPCs and / or vice versa: OCEAs issuing EPCs for dwellings - bit of scaremongering?

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Some accreditation schemes are ‘little more than software merchants’

By MikeC (Admin) on 24-Jul-09 13:14. Remarks (0)

Andrew Warren, director of Association for the Conservation of Energy has launched a damning attack on the UK's accreditation and training regime and calls for the Energy Performance Certificate to be upgraded.

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Green Homes Service: Consultation Responses

By MikeC (Admin) on 21-Jul-09 16:07. Remarks (0)

Concerns are expressed that Domestic Energy Assessors will abuse proposed expanded access to EPC register. Carbon Trust will not gain access to non-domestic register this time round and which accred schemes and representative organisations responded? Plus more

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Accreditation Schemes vs Trade Bodies and Institutes

By MikeC (Admin) on 14-Jul-09 15:44. Remarks (0)

Who do you think should represent Domestic Energy Assessors: your accreditation scheme or one of the numerous trade bodies or institutes? A poll so far puts the accred schemes up there with the so-called institutes!

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Association of Property and Energy Professionals (APEP) Threaten Judicial Review on HEA Role

By MikeC (Admin) on 04-Jul-09 15:55. Remarks (7)

Believe it or not, there is yet another so-called representative body speaking the "collective voice" of industry. On its second day of existence it has already managed to "speak" on its, er, members behalf, threatening to force a judicial review on the Govt's implementation of the Home Energy Advisor role

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Home Energy Adviser NOS Dropped, Apparently

By MikeC (Admin) on 23-May-09 17:55. Remarks (0)

News leaked on Thursday that ABBE has been instructed by the CLG to drop the NOS for Home Energy Advisors, it is claimed. And further research by this site reveals how stakeholders really feel about who should provide this advice - DEAs, look away!

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Landmark’s HCR Register Postcode Coverage B0rked

By MikeC (Admin) on 11-May-09 14:50. Remarks (2)

The all new "find nearest energy assessor" by postcode upgrade to the HCR Register, operated and run on behalf of the Government by the Landmark Information Group, is not working, at all.

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Confirmed: Domestic Energy Assessor Sued

By MikeC (Admin) on 02-Apr-09 16:12. Remarks (1)

NHER have been in touch to confirm that both a DEA and surveyor had successful claims made against them for mis-describing windows in their reports.

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Domestic Energy Assessor Sued, Allegedly

By MikeC (Admin) on 02-Apr-09 13:51. Remarks (2)

Apparently a Domestic Energy Assessor has been sued for marking-down a single-glazed window as double-glazed.

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DEAs Authorise Boiler Replacements Under New CERT Rules

By MikeC (Admin) on 21-Feb-09 17:25. Remarks (3)

Only 'independent assessors' and EPCs can identify old G-rated boilers for replacement under new CERT rules announced last week. But Energy Performance Certificates don't publish boiler ratings.

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DIY Landlord EPCs £40

By MikeC (Admin) on 20-Feb-09 14:47. Remarks (6)

That's right, 'We can produce EPCs for £40 from Landlord's own data. We email you our simple questionaire, you complete it and we produce your EPC. All done electronically. No site visit necessary. Simple, efficient and great value.'

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CESP, The Energy Utils and Home Energy Audits

By MikeC (Admin) on 18-Feb-09 17:13. Remarks (0)

Here we look at how the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) consultation, running alongside the Heat and Energy Saving Strategy, impacts upon Domestic Energy Assessors, Home Energy Advisers and Community Energy Advisers

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Heat and Energy Saving Strategy - Explored

By MikeC (Admin) on 14-Feb-09 16:21. Remarks (0)

The Government's Heat and Energy Saving Strategy, announced Thursday, directly impacts Domestic Energy Assessors. Here are the main proposals you should be aware of if you're wanting to influence and stay ahead of the crowd.

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DECC & CLG: Big energy announcement tomorrow

By MikeC (Admin) on 11-Feb-09 16:32. Remarks (10)

Domestic Energy Assessors may need to upgrade their qualifications to partake in a major initiative expected to be announced tomorrow in a joint statement by the CLG and DECC. Both departments are set to declare a massive program of works to improve the energy efficiency (and reduce carbon emissions) of existing homes, according to The Guardian. But my digging suggests that the two new qualifications currently undergoing refinement - that of Housing Energy Adviser and Community Energy Adviser - may be where it's at for DEAs wishing to find more work.

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Community Energy Adviser - CLG seeks your feedback

By MikeC (Admin) on 05-Feb-09 20:49. Remarks (0)

Asset Skills has today launched a one-off forum to canvass feedback on the NOS for two new qualifications: Community Energy Adviser, and; Housing Energy Adviser. But you better hurry - apparently the consultation closes end Feb!

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£40 EPC 'barely covering costs'

By MikeC (Admin) on 14-Jan-09 17:11. Remarks (3)

An independent report from the prestigious UK Energy Research Centre confirms what many Domestic Energy Assessors have been saying since the EPC's inception: they're being ignored; they are way too cheap; and the RdSAP methodology is too weak

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DEA Directory Upgrade for Mobile Phones

By MikeC (Admin) on 10-Dec-08 14:57. Remarks (0)

Bringing Domestic Energy Assessors even closer to clients! This incredible website, once again, walks nonchalantly through the walls of bleeding-edge technology to place its directory listing of DEAs literally one touch away from business.

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Accreditation Schemes Get Tough With DEAs

By MikeC (Admin) on 26-Nov-08 11:37. Remarks (3)

It seems accreditation schemes may at last be getting the message after pressure from Govt., Domestic Energy Assessors, IHI and this site to strike-off corner-cutting lazy DEAs


DEA: Sorry it's my birthday, not coming!

By MikeC (Admin) on 14-Nov-08 00:43. Remarks (1)

Letting agent, Paul Endacott of, is switched on to the Energy Performance Certificate. Unfortunately, most of the Domestic Energy Assessors he's used, aren't!

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EPBD Helpline Closes 31st October 2008

By MikeC (Admin) on 24-Oct-08 16:29. Remarks (0)

The EPBD helpline will be reduced to email-only for six months from November 1st 2008, after which, it will be down to Domestic Energy Assessors, accreditation schemes and the CLG guidelines. If your question still can not be answered, it's down to you and your lawyer mate!

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Payable on Demand - A Lesson From The Past

By MikeC (Admin) on 26-Sep-08 12:35. Remarks (0)

Companies and indie energy assessors with payable on demand loans and overdrafts should protect themselves if past experiences are anything to go by.


ProDEA is Launched

By MikeC (Admin) on 24-Sep-08 19:15. Remarks (7)

ProDEA, a new national organisation for energy assessors, has today announced its official launch. But is it ready? And what is it?

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Brick-maker Closes UK Factories

By MikeC (Admin) on 20-Aug-08 09:57. Remarks (0)

More bad data dumped on the shoulders of property professionals this week - when brick-makers close, you know that is not a good omen for on-construction domestic energy assessors. Also fewer new domestic homesellers... we know the rest

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EPC Data-Gatherers Allowed for Domestic Rentals - CLG

By MikeC (Admin) on 30-Jun-08 16:09. Remarks (4)

In what will be a blow to Domestic Energy Assessors, the CLG has today published an Energy Performance Certificate guide for landlords which reveals that data-gatherers is acceptable

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Landmark Northern Ireland EPC Register v England - Duped & Seeded?

By MikeC (Admin) on 28-Jun-08 14:32. Remarks (3)

Northern Ireland Domestic Energy Assessors fear an English invasion of DEAs because the Energy Performance Certificate Register for N.I. is littered with DEA addresses in England. But all might not be as it appears!

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CLG: Data-Sharing EPCs to Green Homes Service & Others

By MikeC (Admin) on 25-Jun-08 14:45. Remarks (0)

The CLG today published proposals on how it would share Energy Performance Certificate data with the Green Homes Service and Carbon Trust. It also wants to loosen restrictions on Domestic Energy Assessors and prospective commercial property buyers and tenants too. It seeks your views, but do they really matter when the Green Homes Service was announced last November anyway?

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NHER / SAVA Seek Group Hugs With DEAs & HIs

By MikeC (Admin) on 18-Jun-08 17:35. Remarks (1)

NHER / SAVA are looking for regional groups of Domestic Energy Assessors or Home Inspectors to help promote and support. If you are involved with, or run, such a regional rabble, you better read on

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Existing Domestic and New-Build Property Outlook: Bleak

By MikeC (Admin) on 17-Jun-08 12:21. Remarks (0)

Figures released over the last 24 hours will not be welcome if you are an On-Construction Domestic Energy Assessor (OCDEA), or DEA... or anyone scratching a living in the property sector for that matter

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Domestic Energy Assessor Suspended by Accreditation Scheme

By MikeC (Admin) on 16-Jun-08 11:27. Remarks (0)

An employed Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) had their licence suspended by their accreditation scheme because EPC lodgement fees were not paid by their employer. If DEAs are ultimately liable for this fee, can they actually be employed at all?

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Institute of Home Inspection Target DEA Training Companies

By MikeC (Admin) on 14-Jun-08 02:44. Remarks (0)

The Institute of Home Inspection is seeking names of dodgy Domestic Energy Assessor training companies to pass on to the Housing Minister, Caroline Flint, as part of an enquiry her Dept, the CLG, launched in April.

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Home Information Pack threatens Govt targets and energy security

By MikeC (Admin) on 12-Jun-08 03:16. Remarks (1)

The Energy Performance Certificate must be released from the Home Information Pack to effect urgent wholesale change to our existing housing stock - not to mention meet the Government's own targets.

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Quidos Announce Free CPD for Members

By MikeC (Admin) on 05-Jun-08 11:15. Remarks (5)

Quidos is to make all CPD courses free to all Domestic Energy Assessors accredited with its accreditation scheme, this site can reveal.

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Scottish and Southern Energy to Recruit 500 DEAs

By MikeC (Admin) on 02-Jun-08 18:02. Remarks (3)

Several early Domestic Energy Assessors have long believed a major energy company would begin supplying Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). A report claims Southern and Scottish Energy plan to do just that, nationally.

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Remember this?

By MikeC (Admin) on 19-May-08 22:17. Remarks (0)

Domestic Energy Assessors and Home Inspectors may want to look away.

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EPC Forces Home off Property Market

By MikeC (Admin) on 28-Apr-08 16:57. Remarks (7)

Mr Graham Glen withdrew his carbon neutral home from sale because of poor Energy Performance Certificate, he claims. His story reveals failings in his Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA), the EPC provider and the RdSAP methodology. It also signals a change in the EPCs influence on property values.

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