Control Energy Consumption with New Building Controls Qualification
Leading Awarding Organisation EAL (EMTA Awards Limited) has developed the Building Management Systems (BMS) NVQ Level 3. Filling the qualification gap that has arisen following the energy efficiency drive, the new NVQ adds to EAL’s growing portfolio of Building Services qualifications.
Designed to benefit both apprentices and those already working in the field, but who wish to grow their skills-set, EAL’s BMS NVQ Level 3 is assessed through a portfolio of work-based evidence with a final competency assessment. The qualification is a product of a two year consultation between The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) and EAL, highlighting the important role that building controls will take in meeting the UK’s low carbon agenda.
BMS are used to control, monitor and optimise the environment within buildings. Often delivered as fully integrated services, they can be used to coordinate heating, ventilation, lighting and a range of other elements. BMS are an excellent means of managing energy demand to reduce operating costs and improve maintenance, comfort and productivity.
Ann Watson, Managing Director of EAL, says: “EAL is committed to working hand-in-hand with industry to deliver qualifications that provide the skills which have been identified as most in need now and in the future. As technology increases the pace of change, professionals need to ensure they possess the relevant skills to keep abreast of developments. The importance of control systems is only going to grow and with a specific qualification such as this, electrical professionals should be well placed to drive this forward.”
Watson continues: “I am confident this qualification will play a definitive role in helping to up-skill those working within the sector. The Government has set ambitious carbon reduction targets and this provides huge opportunity for the building services industry. With 24 million UK homes requiring retrofitting over the next 40 years and all new builds set to be zero-carbon by 2016, this paves the way for contractors seeking employment opportunities, but to take advantage they must ensure they are qualified to advise consumers on reducing energy consumption.”
The President of BCIA, Ian Ellis, comments: “Building controls play a crucial role in reducing energy waste in buildings. The introduction of an NVQ in BMS means that we can ensure well trained engineers are able to help reduce the carbon footprint of UK buildings”.
Ian goes on to say: “More clients are looking to building controls to help monitor and manage energy use in their buildings. The Carbon Reduction Commitment will also drive energy in building up the business agenda – and our industry needs to ensure that it has well trained professional who can deliver the results clients need”.