Assessor Newsletter

December 2020

We’re at the end of a difficult year and it’s fair to say that COVID has limited our progress as an industry.

Having said that, the past 4 or 5 months have been our busiest for a long time so there’s reasons to be positive. Thank you for supporting Stroma Certification and for your understanding – we’ve all been in this together and 2021 promises some exciting new developments.

We have major software developments ongoing to integrate PlanUp and SketchUp into our RSAP+ and FSAP software. Retrofit is showing strong growth in membership as ECO starts using PAS 2035, and we also look forward to the PAS 2038 commercial standard. Finally, our new partnership with Ace Wizard is great news for the Air Conditioning industry and big things can be expected next year.

Whilst it will be a lower overall year for lodgements, our final figure will remain positive in spite of 2 months without trading. You can read our end of year report in January.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all face-to-face in 2021 once the restrictions lift. In the meantime may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2021.

Andrew Parkin, Director of Energy Certification

In the News

Boris Johnson announces plans for 'Green Industrial Revolution'
Government releases new consultation on ecodesign and energy labelling requirements
Green Homes Grant Scheme gets extension
RSAP+ (v3.0.33) update released

Reminder on CPD logs

As we approach the end of the year, make sure your CPD logs are updated for 2020 (CPD year runs from 1st Jan to 31st December). You are required to do 10 hours CPD for primary strand, plus 5 hours for each additional strand of membership. Deadline to complete CPD log is 15th January. If you have not completed enough CPD for the year, it’s a good time to get on and do it now! You can book onto one of our popular CPD courses by clicking the button below.

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Festive Opening Hours

Date Opening Times Support Available
21-23rd December 2020 Normal Office Hours Phone and Email
24th December 2020 8.30am - 12.00pm Phone and Email
25th - 28th December 2020 Closed N/A
29th - 31st December 2020 Closed Email
1st January - 3rd January 2021 Closed N/A
4th January 2021 Normal Office Hours Phone and Email

Exciting Plans for 2021

PlanUp Integration with RSAP+

We’re delighted to announce that we’re working with leading Floor Plan software provider – PlanUp – on a new integration with our DEA RSAP+ software. It allows energy assessors to draw accurate plans, calculate data for the EPC and generate an EPC report for an estate agent.
Find out more about PlanUp

FSAP integration with SketchUp

As part of our development plan for FSAP, we are also integrating SketchUp, which will allow our members to model dwellings in 3D and benefit from automatic calculation of dimensions, thermal junction lengths and thermal mass; which will improve data entry speed and accuracy, saving you time and money. This will also improve the audit process.

SketchUp has a licence fee, but we are exploring Stroma’s buying power and would like to gauge the interest of members in this opportunity.
Please give us your feedback

Is 2021 the year of Air Conditioning?

Ahead of our brand new partnership with software provider, AceWizard, Stroma Certification and the Property Energy Professionals Association (PEPA) have successfully lobbied government against proposed changes to UK air conditioning legislation. Andrew Parkin summarises why this is good news for the industry.
Read more

New partnerships for Retrofit

Stroma Certification is at the forefront of supporting compliance in Retrofit Coordination for PAS 2035. There is a growing momentum behind retrofit in the energy industry and our membership numbers are rising month on month. We are delighted to announce two new quality assurance partnerships with Trade Engine and Ecosurv.
Find out how they can help Retrofit Coordinators.

SAP Conventions 8.2 live in January

SAP 2012 conventions 8.2 have been documented and are waiting for MHCLG approval. These are due to be implemented on 2 January 2021. Please read a copy of the new conventions document.
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Book your Training for 2021!

Congratulations to DEA Member Oliver Lind who won our Christmas competition and £250 towards a training course of his choice in 2021.

Oliver plans to take our Legionella Risk Assessment course. Well done to members who won our training course discount code as runners-up prizes.

Latest Training Dates

DEA (Online)

  • Mon 4 Jan to Wed 6 Jan
  • Mon 18 Jan to Wed 20 Jan

Retrofit Assessor (Online)

  • Thu 7 Jan & Fri 8 Jan
  • Thu 14 Jan & Fri 15 Jan
  • Thu 21 Jan & Fri 22 Jan
  • Mon 25 Jan & Tue 26 Jan
  • Thu 28 Jan & Fri 29 Jan

SAP (Online)

  • Mon 11 Jan to Thu 14 Jan

Legionella Risk Assessment (Online)

  • Fri 8 Jan

PAS 2035 Refresher

  • Mon 11 Jan

DEA Portfolio Workshop

  • Tues 12 Jan

NDEA L3/L4 Combined

  • Mon - Fri 25th - 29th Jan

SAP refresher CPD

  • Wed 20th Jan

SAP Room in Roof CPD

  • Wed 27th Jan 9-12:30

SAP Extensions CPD

  • Wed 27th Jan 1-5pm

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50% off PAS 2035/2030:2019 licence

We’re pleased to announce that BSI is offering a 50% discount for the PAS 2035/2030:2019 Online standards. PAS is a key document in a framework of new and existing standards for conducting effective energy retrofits of existing buildings. Buy your copy of the standards by using the promo code TM50 for the following: PAS 2030/17, PAS 2030/19 ,PAS 2035/19. Use the promo code from 13th October 2020 until 13th January 2021 for a 50% discount.