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.