The Building Energy Audit Training (BEAT) is a EWSETA accredited SAQA registered unit standard to equip candidates with the skills, knowledge and understanding of conducting an energy audit.

The context of the course refers to energy performance in South African buildings, climatic conditions, and good practice with regard to building operations, a systems approach, the definition of audit types, the planning and implementation process, condition survey, mandate and scope, audit steps, the final implementation and business case. In addition some background is covered relating to standards and legislation, as well as data analysis, metering, tariffs, the fundamental electrical, mechanical and thermal concepts relating to energy, the applicable units and calculations, energy efficiency within a building envelope, and some technical aspects relating to lighting, motors, HVAC, compressed air, heat transfer, piping, energy management, etc.

The course runs over 5 days, and encompasses class-based lecturing and facilitation, practical workbook exercises, and the completion of in-class and homework assignments. Candidates have the option to complete a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) to be submitted for assessment and EWSETA recognition – a choice of PoE topics are available, and/or to undertake further training in the Measurement and Verification (M&V) of energy savings (the MVST-sa training course), and the possibility to undertake the international training programme of Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) with the opportunity to apply for international Certification with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) subject to meeting the AEE eligibility requirements.

Climate change, global warming, benefits of energy efficiency, legislation and standards, incentive schemes, funding and support for energy efficiency

Energy and its various forms:
Energy, chemical energy, thermal energy, mechanical energy, electrical energy, units of energy, energy in buildings

Electrical energy:
Electrical power, definitions and units, alternating current, power factor and related topics, energy consumption, energy efficiency, electrical equipment efficiency, co-efficient of performance

Thermal energy:
Useful thermal energy, units of measure, sensible and latent heat, evaporation, condensation, steam, moist air, humidity, heating and cooling degree days

Heat transfer:
Conduction, convection, thermal radiation, co-efficient, radiation loss, insulation and materials, heat losses from pipes, heat transfer, energy flow calculations, conductive heat flow, heat flow in building envelopes, heat loss calculations, fluids, refrigeration, steam leaks, vents and flow

Energy management:
Standards and specifications, the aim of an energy management system, what an energy management system should look like, quality control of audits and energy management

Data analysis:
Collect and measure energy consumption data, data sources, energy consumption systems, historical data analysis, analyse energy consumption and costs, tariffs, bill verification, purchased energy sources and data, load factor and utilisation factor, metering and types as well as equipment, energy use inventory, measuring for energy auditing, measuring accuracy, metering checks, metering terminology, data communications, load management, graphical analysis of historical data, energy density calculations, correlation of energy consumption to drivers, demand analysis, electrical load inventories

Building envelopes:
Types of buildings, savings potential, benchmarking building management, green building materials, energy sources, health and productivity, building as energy systems, infiltration loads, building heat losses, loads within buildings, energy management opportunities in buildings, control systems

Energy auditing:
Relevant standards and legislation, context for building energy audits, defining energy audits, systems approach, audit steps, audit plan, client meetings, walkthrough audits, energy management opportunity assessments, audit reports, engineering study and report, alternative approaches, energy auditing instruments

Lighting systems:
Light sources, lamp types, standards, lighting system analysis and controls, lighting energy management opportunities

Plug loads:
Reducing plug loads, energy star, green IT, benchmarks

Motors, drives and driven equipment:
Electric motors, energy management opportunities in motors, motor replacement, fans and pumps, variable speed drives, compressed air systems

Heating, ventilation and aircon systems, causes of excessive use, steam and hot water distribution, energy management opportunities matching requirements

Water and energy efficiency:
Water heating, reducing consumption, temperature, piping, inventories, solar water heating, insulation

Renewable energy:
Options for alternative generation, solar potential, solar water heating, PV and wind turbine systems

The business case:
Energy management opportunity identification, assessing costs and benefits, interpret a business case for an energy audit, investment appraisal, investment criteria, simple payback, cash flow, net project value, net present value, internal rate of return, risk and sensitivity analysis, business case structure

A Certificate of Attendance to all delegates in attendance

EWSETA recognition requirements:

Submission of a Portfolio of Evidence

5.8 AEE credits for CEM and CEA renewal requirements

10 EWSETA Level 6 credits if the option is selected to submit a Portfolio of Evidence upon competence declaration by the assessor and approval by the EWSETA. Additional EWSETA credits are also available on this course, on request, for the sub-modules included in the instruction manual.

The following knowledge, skills attitude or equivalent is required:

  • Communication at NQF level 5
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 5

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Training Costs*

Five-day BEAT course with training manual:

R10,700.00 (excl VAT)

Submission of Portfolio of Evidence for assessment:

R2,000.00 (excl VAT) per assessment

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Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)

5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for ECSA requirements.

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

4 credits for Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) demonstration to re-certify on another AEE certification program.

International certification with the AEE

International AEE certification may be applied for as a CEM® on attaining a 70% pass-mark for the examination.

Terms and conditions

1. First paid first served policy applies for booking security.

2. Booking security requires the following to be received six (6) working days prior to the commencement of the course:

A. Full payment with proof of payment supplied.

B. A deposit of 25% with proof of payment supplied.

C. A purchase order for the full amount of the invoice.

3. Fees include coffee/tea/juice on arrival, mid-morning coffee/tea with pastries, mid-afternoon coffee/tea with biscuits, and lunch. For training the fee includes the text books and course fee. For examinations the fee includes the examination fee, marking fee, certification application fee, and 1 year membership of AEE for successful candidates.

4. It is the responsibility of the candidate attending the course to arrange their own travel, accommodation, breakfast and dinner.

5. Policy on international candidates

A. Invoices exclude withholding and country-specific taxes. Should these be leveraged by your country government, we reserve the right to invoice the responsible entity/person to recoup the costs.

B. VAT is payable for candidates attending training in South African borders, this may be claimed on departure from South Africa using the tax invoice.

6. Policy on cancellations

A. Cancellations received within five (5) working days prior to the first day of training will carry a 25% cancellation fee. No course material will be supplied.

B. Cancellations received six (6) working days prior to the first day of training will receive a full refund.

7. Policy on accounts not in good standing

A. The candidate in attendance at the course ultimately remains responsible for payment of the outstanding account and providing the proof of payment thereof.

B. In the event that a candidate, or the candidate’s organisation is not in good standing with us we reserve the right to withhold:

– Certificates of Attendance
– Course Attendance Registers
– Issuing of ECSA CPD credits
– Examination Results
– AEE Certification Application and/or Renewal Submissions
– AEE Certification Certificates
– Listing on the AEE website

8. The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) is a division of Energy Cybernetics (Pty) Ltd and the invoice will be made out by Energy Cybernetics.

9. Right of Admission Reserved.