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The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Accreditation schemes

19.—(1) An energy assessor shall be a member of an accreditation scheme approved by the Department.

(2) The terms of approval of any accreditation scheme may be limited in relation to—

(a)the categories of building for which members may produce certificates; and

(b)the types of air-conditioning systems members may inspect.

(3) Before approving an accreditation scheme, the Department shall be satisfied that the scheme contains adequate provision—

(a)for ensuring that members of the scheme carry out consistent and accurate energy assessments in an independent manner;

(b)for ensuring that members of the scheme are fit and proper persons who are qualified (by their education, training and experience) to carry out energy assessments;

(c)for requiring members of the scheme to prepare—

(i)energy performance certificates and recommendation reports; and

(ii)display energy certificates and advisory reports using a standard format for each type of document;

(d)for ensuring that it produces and publishes a code with regard to the conduct required of its members;

(e)for indemnity arrangements in relation to relevant persons and prospective or actual buyers or tenants;

(f)for facilitating the resolution of complaints against members of the scheme;

(g)for requiring energy performance certificates, recommendation reports, display energy certificates and advisory reports produced by members of the scheme to be entered on the relevant register maintained pursuant to Part 6; and

(h)for the keeping of a register of the members of the scheme.

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