Just as SAP2009 is being applied to RDSAP, the next round of changes, namely SAP2012 are being planned, ready for rollout for the next change in Building Regs, in 2013. We at NES are getting involved in this, so we will be in the best position to give developers the best advice about their designs.
The new EPC format and changes to the RDSAP methodology are now being rolled out through training. This has now been completed, with just the exams to do when they get released. The changes will result in more accurate EPCs, especially if the assessors are qualified to calculate U values as we are.
Brian Scannell has confirmed to us that the CPD modules that all assessors will be required to take for the next RDSAP changes are expected to be free. However, there maybe 3rd party costs, such as exam fees which would apply across all schemes. NHER are looking at both classroom and online versions.
As most assessors will know, RDSAP is being radically reformed for next April, in preperation for the Green Deal. This will require major re-training from assessors, but who is going to pay for that. Quidos have announced they won’t charge their members, lets see if the other schemes do the same.