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Green Book Live BREEAM Assessor listings

by mel starrs on January 28, 2009


I was just about to draft a blog post which pointed out one of the advantages of LEED over BREEAM was that the assessors were listed on the LEED Accredited Professional Directory at the gbci website here.

Historically, you have only been able to see which companies offer BREEAM with no way of knowing who in each office is qualified to do which scheme. I say historically, as Martin Townsend has launched Green Book Live, where you can now search for BREEAM assessors on a geographical basis, and under each company listing you can find who is registered for each scheme. This is a brilliant addition – the only thing I would ask is to be able to search for individuals as a variable, but I have ways round that (using google search term ” name site: ” would work).

There is also a database of “Building CO2 emission rate calculation – Competent Persons Scheme” people too. From the description:

The current scope of this scheme is for non-Domestic buildings using the user interface for the Simplified Building Energy Model (iSBEM) and the Hevacomp Design Database Package (Non domestic).

There are currently 139 people listed. Of course, this does not include anyone who is qualified via CIBSE under IES software packages. For these, you would have to go to the CIBSE LCEA database here. CIBSE obviously believe their accreditation to be superior:

CIBSE Certification does not offer a qualification in ‘energy assessment’. All LCEAs have considerable professional experience in offering services with a direct link to energy certification, rather than having qualified after only a short period of desk study, so you can be sure that their recommendations will be based on sound knowledge and practical experience of what actually works in real life.

Another thing to remember with the Green Book list is that the competent persons are unlikely to be level 5. The definitions from the CLG website:

Level 5 – uses dynamic simulation modeling (DSM) software to produce EPCs for very complex buildings, including those with large amounts of glass and those which are curved

Level 4 – uses SBEM (Simplified Building Energy Model) software to produce EPCs for complex buildings without those special features listed above.

Level 3 – uses SBEM (Simplified Building Energy Model) software to produce EPCs for simple buildings

To further add to confusion, in addition to BRE and CIBSE running accreditation schemes, a further 5 companies are listed under APEL as offering non-domestic accreditation. I’ve not checked to see if each of these have databases too.

Is it too much to wish for a concerted effort which pulls everyone into one place?

Baby steps – I’m still happy to see further transparency happening over at BREEAM.