View more on these topics

NHER launches training programme for energy assessors

The National Home Energy Rating scheme has launched a new training and assessment programme to ensure that there will be enough qualified energy assessors in time for June 2007.

The programme will ensure that government plans to introduce Energy Performance Certificates next June will definitely happen.

NHER’s domestic energy assessor programme includes eight days of intensive training on construction, thermal physics and energy efficiency. It also will assess candidate’s knowledge and skills against the draft national occupational standards recently published by Asset Skills.

Austin Baggett, head of the NHER scheme, says: “Only yesterday, the Government confirmed that seven million tonnes of carbon and billions of pounds from fuel bills could be saved each year by simple measures. We need to encourage householders to take action and to reduce carbon emissions.

“However, the introduction of energy performance certificates is in jeopardy if there are insufficient numbers of trained and qualified experts to do the certification and to offer advice to homeowners on cost-effective improvements.

“We simply cannot wait. For those wishing to qualify in time for next June need to start the training now.

“The draft national occupational standards are already available, and we are confident of the skills required to provide high quality certificates and advice to householders on the carbon and fuel cost savings that can be achieved.”

Recommended

PMPA exclusive deals from TMB

The Professional Mortgage Packagers Alliance has launched four exclusive products and one semi- exclusive product from The Mortgage Business. The first two deals are options in TMB’s Self 85 range that allows self-cert to a maximum LTV of 85%. The other two exclusives are in TMB’s house to house range. Both are two-year trackers with […]

Buy-to-let investors to take advantage of fixed rates

Lee Grandin, managing director of Landlord Mortgages, the specialist buy-to-let broker says more investors will be moving onto fixed rate deals, following the interest rate rise to 5%. He says: “The effect of this increase will of course be felt by those who invest in residential property. We have already seen how some lenders have […]

Lawyers call for RSR index to be considered by lenders

Possession lawyers Moore & Blatch are calling for lenders to integrate the Land Registrys new Repeat Sales Regression index into lending decisions to minimise the risk of losing out should the property need to be repossessed.Moore & Blatch believe that, by using the data, lenders can protect themselves from losses if the property has to […]

Investors may leave homes

Nationwide is warning that buoyancy in the equity markets could attract investors’ attention and contribute to a slowdown in the property market. The society’s latest house price index shows prices were up by 0.7% in October, with the price of a typical house being 169,623 – some 12,500 higher than at the same time last […]

Health - thumbnail

Fit for Work: guidance for employers published

On Friday, the Department for Work and Pensions published its guidance for employers on using the new Fit for Work (FfW) service to help ill employees return to the workplace. It also includes more details on the tax exemption for medical interventions that commenced on 1 January 2015.

Newsletter

News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up