Certass Limited, The Specialist In Installer Certification For The Building Fabric Refurbishment Industry.
Being a UKAS accredited certification body, Certass Limited operates a Competent Person Scheme. The scheme is under Local Government (DCLG) license, Department of Communities and the Energy Efficient Measures scheme; PAS2030.
In addition, Certass manage the Thermal Ratings Register; a product certification scheme. Through this scheme, we ensure the thermal compliance of replacement windows and doors.
In order to get the Certass certification scheme membership, member companies should comply with the standards of Trustmark, PAS2030, EN17065 and the specific DCLG license requirements. Hence, in order to ensure its members meet the required standards, Certass assesses them both financially and technically.
Each of the members are assessed every year. This is through submission of a sample of work by each one of them, so that Certass inspects scheme compliance of the members. The homeowner where appropriate, then receives a Building Regulation Compliance Certificate from Certass and the local authority is notified by them.
IT IS TO OUR PRIDE THAT WE DELIVER A FAIR, FRIENDLY AND COST EFFECTIVE SERVICE TO BOTH HOMEOWNERS AND THE INDUSTRY.
Within the building refurbishment industry, three separate certification schemes are operated by Certass. It is through Government license or sub-license that all of them operates.
The two key areas; glazing and insulation, are what our three licensed schemes fall in to, for the successful operation of a Competent Person Scheme. All the other trades fall under the Green Deal and TrustMark licenses. Apart from that, there are other certification schemes which are licensed and run directly by Certass. For more information, our Homepage provides details of the scheme scopes for installers.
WHAT IS MEANT BY COMPETENT PERSON SCHEMES?
This is an alternative to submitting a building notice, or an alternative to the use of an approved Local Authority inspector, which is set up by the government in order to improve home and building works.
In order to ensure qualification in carrying out installation work as per the current building regulations, all Certass registered contractors are vetted. After completing an installation, a Building Regulation Compliance and Certificate is issued by Certass for the work done.
At a cost more than 250 pounds, the notification and approval of the work completed, can as well be sought directly from the department of Local Authority’s Building Control.
WHAT ARE BUILDING REGULATIONS?
According to the 2010 building regulation amendments, they are law established mandatory and functional requirements, which are meant to protect the health, welfare, safety and the convenience of building users and those affected by building matters or any other matters that come as a result of the effects from building. Also, the thermal performance of both the building and the building works are defined under the building regulations.
The quality of the installation or aesthetics are not a matter of concern in the building regulations. This applies if the thermal performance, health, safety, welfare and convenience of the users of the building, and the public in general are not affected. Hence, poor installation services such as uneven finishing, and large trims are not covered by the building regulations. They are installer issues that should be dealt with between the owner of the building and the contractor.