Sarah Parmor is originally from North Wales, and after going to University in Cardiff to study dentistry, she worked a...
- Test how energy-efficient commercial buildings are and produce Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates
- Requires a methodical and consistent approach, and the ability to take accurate measurements
- With further training you could carry out low carbon assessments, or move into sustainability consultancy
As a commercial energy assessor you'll test the energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings and produce Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). EPCs are needed whenever non-domestic properties are built, sold or rented in the UK.
- Carry out detailed inspections of properties, including collecting information on their age, number of floors and building type
- Measure the number and size of rooms and windows
- Identify heating systems and entering the information into software to produce an energy efficiency rating and EPC
- Write reports and advise on how to reduce energy use and costs
You'll be self-employed, and can work full or part-time. You may need to carry out inspections in the evenings or at weekends to suit your clients. You'll usually need a driving licence, as your work would involve travelling to different locations to carry out inspections.
Commercial energy assessor is an ideal role for someone with a methodical and consistent approach, and the ability to take accurate measurements.
You'll need the Level 3 Certificate in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment which is accredited by City & Guilds and the Awarding Body for the Built Environment; this will enable you to carry out assessments on existing buildings.
You'll study towards this qualification if you have no experience of working in a relevant setting and are new to energy assessing however, if you have experience in a related field like property surveying or construction you might not have to do as much training.
The Level 4 Diploma in Commercial Energy Assessments qualifies you to carry out assessments on new and existing commercial buildings. You can also get into this job through specialist courses run by private training organisations.
With further training you could carry out low carbon assessments, or move into sustainability consultancy. You could also move into assessor training, teaching the Certificate and Diploma in Non-Domestic Energy Assessments.