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Hiring an energy consultant? Here are 7 things to consider.

January 13, 2022

Sustainability and building compliance expert. Specialising in low energy design, SAP, SBEM, BREEAM, and air testing for the construction industry,

Andrew Sadler



You know you want to reduce your energy usage and would like help from a professional energy consultant, but where do you start? Our handy checklist will ease the stress and help you find the perfect consultant for you and your project.

Across all of our screens, the COP26 conference was prominent and making its way into the minds of people across the world. And now, more than ever, people are really paying attention to their environmental impact and thinking of ways to reduce their negative impact on our world. 

In fact, you may be considering hiring an Energy Consultant to help you on your journey to becoming more sustainable, but it can be confusing and many people have no idea where to start. It’s important to choose the right person for the job and of course see return on your investment financially and through reduction to your environmental impact.

That’s why we have put together a step by step guide on hiring an energy consultant and finding the best one for you and your sustainable goals.

What is an energy consultant?

An energy consultant is responsible for helping businesses and homeowners reduce their carbon footprint and energy usage. They will offer advice on how to alter usage and provide knowledge about environmental issues and sustainable sources of energy to help you get the most out of your home sustainably.

Is an energy consultant right for you?

There are many factors to consider as to whether an energy consultant is right for you. For example, smaller businesses or people who rent a home/small space with cut and dry bills are the least likely to benefit from an energy consultant. However, larger builds that have complex energy needs could find that their energy bills are high and an energy consultant can help lower the spend and use. 

So, you know you want to reduce your energy usage and be kinder to the planet. An energy consultant seems like a perfect option, but how do you make your selection when hiring?

7 things to consider when hiring an energy consultant.

1. Do they have the right licenses and equipment?

A reputable energy consultant will be able to provide you proof of the correct licenses and equipment in accordance with the UK’s requirements.  

If they are able to provide you with their qualifications, this will provide you with peace of mind that the consultant is reliable and trained for the job in hand!

2. What experience do they have in your industry?

Anyone can say that they have had success and experience in the industry, but can they prove it? Ask for testimonials by previous customers and Google what others are saying about them to guarantee that you are getting a reliable and successful energy consultant. If they are what they say, they will be happy to show you their success stories!

3. Do they have any case studies?

Who doesn’t want to shout about their achievements? Ask your energy consultant to provide you with case studies if they are able to. This will help to give you that extra reassurance and potentially some inspiration for your own project! Take a look at our case studies to see some examples of what we do as consultants and what you should look out for.

4. Do they offer a personalised service?

However easy it may seem, a one size fits all approach doesn’t work and it will not work for your energy needs. The right consultant will change and adapt their skills to your unique build needs, challenges and will help to bring you the correct short and long term results you require. For example, here at Buildpass, we offer a variety of services for a range of situations such as planning, existing buildings, design and completion. Which service you require will be decided after the energy consultant evaluation.

5. Are they upfront about their costs?

Make sure there are no hidden fees or costs involved when working with an energy consultant. Before you agree to work with an energy consultant, ask for a set of prices and an expectation for what the project should cost. There’s nothing worse than opening up your bill and seeing an extra £500 that you have no clue what is for. If they are reputable, they should be able to provide you with a price list.

6. Do they have any certifications or awards?

Check to see whether they have any certificates or awards to celebrate their successes as an energy consultant. Of course, it’s not essential, but these awards could give you peace of mind that the energy consultant you choose has been awarded for their work. Awards include BREEAM Accredited Professional, AECB Building Knowledge and many more.

7. What is their current workload and lead time?

Are they able to fit you in comfortably in their schedule? You want to make sure that they can give you their full attention and provide you with the best service. If they are balancing you between umpteen other jobs, you may find yourself at the bottom of their to-do list. Ask from the start what their capacity is and the timeframe for your particular project.

RELATED: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BRING IN AN ENERGY CONSULTANT EARLIER IN THE BUILDING PROCESS?

Is Buildpass the right energy consultant for me?

Well… We might be a bit biased, but we think we are the perfect candidate for your energy needs! From certifications to a wide range of experience, we are qualified, reliable energy consultants that are happy to help you with your journey to making your home more sustainable. If you are interested in finding out more, book in for a discovery call today.

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