The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) believes old buildings have a future. From cottages to castles and from churches to cathedrals, they are available to help buildings and the people who care for them. Through unique training schemes, courses, advice and research the society help people put expertise into practice.
Founded by William Morris in 1877, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) was established in response to the work of Victorian architects whose enthusiasm for harmful restoration caused irreparable damage. Today the SPAB encourages excellence in new design to enrich and complement the built historic environment. They train new generations of architectural professionals and building craftspeople to shape this landscape with sensitivity and skill, and we play a statutory role as adviser to local planning authorities. In their casework they campaign actively to protect old buildings at risk.
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The Standard Assessment Procedure, commonly abbreviated to SAP, is used to assess the energy performance of new dwellings in the United Kingdom.
For existing dwellings the Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure is used (RdSAP). This is based around essentially the same model but requires less data about the building to be available. The assessment is therefore based on the data obtained by an accredited assessor during a visual survey conducted during a site visit.
Both methodologies were originally based on research undertaken by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). In particular, they developed a Domestic Energy Model known as BREDEM which was used to develop the government approved methodologies.
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Sterling Accreditation is well respected by both members and clients for being a scheme that delivers a high level of quality service, support and advice. Since 2009 Sterling Accreditation has been accrediting Energy Assessors so that they can undertake Energy Assessments on all types of buildings throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Being a pro-active scheme, they have developed close working relationships with Governments, Councils and Trading Standards Authorities to ensure that they are able to provide technical information on compliance, legislation and regulatory requirements to assessors, clients and members of the public.
From the outset Sterling Accreditation’s mission has been to set a ‘new standard’ for independence, quality and service; something which they believe sets them apart from other Accreditation Schemes and we would tend to agree. Sterling Accreditation is purely an accreditation scheme. They do not sell assessment services in competition with their members. As such, they avoid many of the conflicts of interest found elswhere.
Quality Assurance is an integral part of being an Energy Assessor, and Sterling Accreditation has practices and procedure manuals to ensure that assessors get the right level of guidance and support, throughout the auditing process. Post audit, they provide comprehensive audit feedback reports that provide a valuable insight into understanding even the smallest of errors, ensuring that assessors produce accurate reports now and in the future.
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