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...but not British Gas!

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 30-Jan-08 03:20:16 PM

This one quietly slipped under the radar: On 9th January 2008, Telford-based company, Stroma Technology Ltd, was approved by the CLG to operate an accreditation scheme for domestic dwellings, newly constructed dwellings, public buildings and non-dwellings.

They're certainly steaming into this new multi-million pound market; only a couple of weeks ago, BRE awarded its first sub-licence to Stroma Accreditation Ltd for the training and accreditation of assessors for the Code of Sustainable Homes.  

British Gas not approved

The CLG website has gone to the trouble of highlighting that British Gas is not an approved accreditation scheme:

British Gas has not been approved by the Secretary of State as an accreditation scheme.  Therefore, its Energy Assessors are unable to issue Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).  Only EPCs that have been produced by an Energy Assessor accredited with one of the approved schemes are valid for inclusion in the Home Information Pack. 

(Emphasis theirs, not mine)

Domestic Energy Assessor accreditation scheme *

Not quite sure what prompted that statement but clearly serious enough to warrant specific clarification.

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steve wilmott
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Reply #1 on : Wed January 30, 2008, 21:33:29
now that i am accredited, where would you suggest that i offer my service to get work....
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Re: ...but not British Gas!
Reply #2 on : Wed January 30, 2008, 21:50:52
I would suggest trying to get yourself on as many panels as possible, Steve.

That's if you can find any that are still accepting DEAs onto their books!

There are too many stories of late payment, non payment, little to no work, bankruptcies etc... The only "responsible" advice I could give from the heart would be to spread your risk.

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Reply #3 on : Mon February 04, 2008, 18:51:05
i would spread the word that there is no work out there, and stop people wasting there £3000 to get trained with the promise of earning 40-60k, you will be lucky to earn 40-60 pounds per week.

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Stroma Accreditation
Reply #4 on : Wed February 06, 2008, 22:02:17
They are a great outfit, currently offering Code for Sustainable Homes training along with fantastic software and technical back-up. I have previous experience of BRE’s software which does not compare! Would strongly recommend Stroma over the other schemes I have looked at.
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Re: ...but not British Gas!
Reply #5 on : Wed February 06, 2008, 22:10:23
If I were more sceptical, I'd almost be tempted to believe you were Stroma's MD ;)

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Stroma Accreditation
Reply #6 on : Mon February 25, 2008, 21:00:16
To Admin,
Unfortunately I have no connection to Stroma, but if you’re offering me the job, ill certainly consider it, mind you I’d have to give up my illustrious career as a DEA (which as I’m sure you are aware has great holidays but crap pay!)
But seriously its great to see some real competition (and improvement) to the established providers.

Matt J

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DEA accreditation
Reply #7 on : Wed October 22, 2008, 13:11:55
I am a DEA and accredited to BRE, who at the moment are more than happy to charge DEA`s for what ever they can, like charges for non lodgements in a month £25, £300 plus for membership, CPD courses etc.
Im looking for a fair accreditation body has anyone any suggestions ?

Posts: 6
Re: ...but not British Gas!
Reply #8 on : Wed July 22, 2009, 08:57:14
Does anyone out there know if a DEA is able to be accredited through two schemes at the same time, thus meaning they can do work for their employer, as well as their carrying out their own private work?
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Re: ...but not British Gas!
Reply #9 on : Wed July 22, 2009, 13:57:36
Dean, yes, you can dual accredit.

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Reply #10 on : Tue December 21, 2010, 15:45:17
I think they are a very professional outfit with an excellent support team. My company will only use assessors who are accreddited through Stroma.

So far, we have had a great year and look forward to working alongside Stroma in the future.

Sam @ Greenhouse Energy EPC's

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