HM Government of Gibraltar continues to contribute to the fulfilment of Europe's energy efficiency commitments to combat the threat of climate change. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is aimed at reducing the amount of energy consumed by buildings in order to reduce carbon emissions and was transposed by the Environment (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations of October 2012. These Regulations set the minimum energy performance requiremets for new and existing buildings and the provisions for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).
The Simplified Building Energy Model Gibraltar (SBEM-GI) was developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), as part of Gibraltar's obligations under the EPBD. This is the official Government approved methodology used to calculate the energy performance of dwellings and non-domestic buildings, as well as to carry out building regulations complaince checks.
The Department of the Environment and Climate Change will once again be offering a training course on the SBEM-GI as an opportunity for new individuals to join the list of Government accredited energy assessors for the production of EPC's.
The Building Research Establishment will be delivering a three day course on the use of the SBEM-GI model from the 7th to the 9th June 2016 at the University of Gibraltar from 9am to 5pm. The course is open only to those who have the relevant qualifications, and a minimum of 5 years' experience within the construction industry (Architects, engineers, energy consultants, etc).
The course cost is £599.
In addition, the ISBEM software is currently being upgraded and the new version will shortly be launched, along with revisions to the Building Rules Part F and associated Approved Documents. All current assessors must undertake the refresher course in order to comprehend these changed and maintain assessor status. The course will take place on Friday 10th June 2016 at the University of Gibraltar from 9am to 4pm.
The cost for the refresher training is £199.
Please note places are limited and applications must be in by no later than Friday 6th May 2016.