henno wrote:sinnerboy... have you done a BER assessment course???
if you have you would know that the system is designed to be completely transparent and standardised.
The client has to provide the information, therefore the 3 assessors should have negliable differences if any....
if any assessor is consistantly giving out good ratings, then they WILL be assessed and all the paperwork, that they are duty bound to keep, will be thoroughly assessed......
The assessor are under license from the government, they DO NOT work for the client, unless the client engages them seperately in an advisory capacity which is seperate from the BER assessment.
Oh, and the BER is and never will be designed to 'predict actual fuel spend'... why are you under this illusion??? where did you hear that one???
I am too young to be cynical and not old enough to be wise , but I believe will time will prove me correct .
No I confess i have not yet done the BER course and maybe I am being prejudiced . But my prejudice is based on experience .
My point is that I believe the public post 2009 , who will have to obtain a cert when selling or sub letting their home will regard the cert as another tax / red tape procedure and will feel ripped off to learn that it is not a fuel cost predictor . Subtle but very real pressures will corrupt the process as I have outlined .
The draft L regs ( changing tack a little now ) make no provision to regulate WHO does air pressure testing .
Call me cynical but I believe that "soft" assessors and "soft" air testers will be quickly obtained and favored by developers . this is a serious weak link in the chain as rigorous testing will be required to ensure compliance with Thermal Continuity and Air Tightness requirements
Both should be the function of Local Authorities . I have seen the system wok so well in London - the DS ( district surveyor ) is well respected and his word is accepted by clients , contractors and architects as "the last word" .
To be frank the experience here is that the architect faces constant attrition
" are you SURE the regs say that " - polite device to kill time and build over suspect construction
"the architect on our other site is not making us do this" - no translation needed I presume
So the current regime gives us pyritic hardcore , intimate knowledge of our neighbors via crappy party walls ,
and god knows how many disingenuous "Storage / Bedroom" ( wink wink ) attic conversions all across the country....
I don't share your good faith in the regime proposed to implement the necessary changes required to improve how we build in Ireland . I attended "Stage A" of the BER assessor course this week where in a nutshell we talked through in detail the features of the SEI software programme , which is
1. NOT commonly available to architect generally but only to those who sign up for the full BER course . ( The rest of us can have the EXcell download thanks very much ) And the best part .....
2. it is about to be obsolete pretty quickly when the new regs kick in .
So with Brian Cowen signaling the end of good times we can look back on ten years of economic growth which have failed to deliver a functioning health care , public transport , water supply , drainage , education or police service and wonder ..... what delivery ( of anything ) can we expect now that the arse is gone from our trousers ?:mad: