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Candid chat and your DEA questions answered

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 24-Oct-07 12:34:37 AM

Whoa! This is a bumper podcast split into two parts.

Brian Scannell is managing director of National Energy Services, which owns energy assessor accreditation scheme, NHER, and SAVA, a separate accreditation scheme for Home Inspectors (more on SAVA below).

In part one, Brian and I discuss many aspects of the EPC and HIP industry including: whether the EPC should be "set free" from the confines of the HIP; the background to SAVA's claim that BRE has a conflict-of-interest; why fee's are falling; the frustrations of dealing with different ministers over the last decade, plus much more.  

Many thanks to Brian for his time.

Listen (part one): Brian Scannell - NHER and SAVA MD

In part two I put your DEA questions to Brian.

Listen (part two): Brian Scannell - NHER and SAVA MD part two

Some history

SAVA is an accreditation scheme for Home Inspectors who provide Home Condition Reports (HCR), a residential survey originally intended to be what ultimately became the watered-down Home Information Pack - which has no survey. The Labour Government "suspended" HCRs when it became clear not enough qualified Home Inspectors would be available for work on the launch date, leaving around a thousand qualified Home Inspectors rudderless after spending in excess of £10,000 to qualify.

(2011: The Conservative-led, LibDem coalition Government has proposed formally abolishing HCRs from law).

CPD guide for Domestic Energy AssessorsHear the definitive CPD guide for your accreditation scheme. As told by your accreditation scheme: CPD Guide for DEAs.

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Full Roll Out
Reply #1 on : Fri November 16, 2007, 17:56:53
Dear Minster

As a newly qualified Domestic Energy Assessor I am writing to you in the strongest possible terms to demand that you make clear your intentions regarding the introduction of a full market for HIPs. Every day that passes without a full market reinforces negatives. People are constantly having to defend HIPs when in fact we should just be getting on with the business of making it work.

I, along with 1000’s of others have spent time and a great deal of money to take on this new career. I am now faced with a very grim and uncertain future. At this moment I can make no plans because I can not rely on what is going to happen. I have to consider the very real prospect of not being able to support my family and dependents and these are seriously uncomfortable thoughts.

There is nothing in the way of a full HIP implementation and I urge you to lay the final commencement order now.


Stuart Skelton

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