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Full legal name of scheme: Benchmark Certification Limited
Acronym: BENCHMARK
Contact Details: Benchmark Certification, International House, George Curl Way, Southampton, Hampshire, SO18 2RZ
Tel: 02380 517 069
Email: info@benchmark-cert.co.uk
Web Address: www.benchmark-cert.co.uk

Scheme Information

Benchmark Certificated businesses are part of the Government backed Competent Persons Scheme. Benchmark was formed to recognise reputable, robust trades-people and deliver service at an affordable price for installation businesses working within the fields of renewables, domestic electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation work. All Benchmark Members also agree to the Benchmark consumer code, demonstrating a commitment to consumer service and providing guaranteed, high quality workmanship to their customers.

Benchmark delivers technical support and industry updates to it’s members to ensure they have everything they need to deliver a quality product to their customers.

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Full legal name of scheme: Building Engineering Services Competence Assessment Limited
Acronym: BESCA
Contact Details: BESCA, Old Mansion House, Eamont Bridge, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2BX
Tel: 0800 652 5533
Fax: 01768 860401
Email: info@besca.org.uk
Web Address: www.besca.org.uk

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Building Engineering Services Competence Assessment Limited (BESCA) is the building services industry’s competent person’s scheme for the notification of commercial and domestic hvacr work under the Building Regulations in England and Wales.

Established by the B&ES and authorised by The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the scheme provides for any companies that need to self-certify ‘controlled services’ work under the Building Regulations.

The scheme covers:

• Parts G, J, F and L1, covering respectively plumbing, heating and energy efficiency in dwellings
• Parts F and L2, covering ventilation and energy efficiency in buildings other than dwellings
• Part P Installation of electrical systems
• Renewable Technologies

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Full legal name of scheme: BM TRADA Competent Persons Scheme – Replacement Windows and Doorsets in Dwellings
Acronym: BM TRADA
Contact Details: Simon Beer
sbeer@bmtrada.com
01494 569821
Web Address: www.bmtrada.com

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If you are having your windows or doors replaced, it is a legal requirement that the work undertaken complies with the Building Regulations and is notified to Local Authority Building Control (LABC).This scheme is designed to ensure that the work carried out by its members meets these requirements. We conduct initial checks on installers before they join, as well as regular inspections of their installation work.

The scheme is operated by BM TRADA Certification, part of the BM TRADA Group, which has over 75 years experience in the building industry and operates worldwide.

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Full legal name of scheme: British Standards Institution
Acronym: BSI
Contact Details: Tel: 08450 080 9000
Email: testing.services@bsigroup.com
Web Address: www.kitemark.com

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BSI is an independent, private, non-profit distributing company which helps organisations improve their quality and performance, reduce their risk, manage and protect their reputations, and help them to be more sustainable.

BSI own the prestigious Kitemark®, recognised worldwide as a symbol of trust, integrity and quality. The Kitemark® symbol reassures consumers that vital safety and performance requirements have been met on an incredibly wide range of products and services.

Consumers can identify electrical and window installation contractors that have demonstrated their commitment to quality and safety, by looking for Kitemark® approved installers.

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Full legal name of scheme: CERTASS Limited
Acronym: CERTASS
Contact Details: Certass Ltd, 37 Carrick Street, Ayr, KA7 1NS
Tel: 0845 094 8025
Fax: 0845 094 8024
E-mail: info@certass.co.uk
Web Address: www.certass.co.uk

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Certass is a not for profit organisation dedicated to raising standards in the glazing industry. Established in 2006, Certass operates a glazing Competent Person Scheme under government licence. The Thermal Rating Register, also managed by Certass, ensures thermal compliance of replacement windows and doors.

This means Certass financially and technically assesses its members to ensure they meet current UK Building Regulations. Certass notifies the local authority of completed member installations and the Building Regulation Compliance Certificate is issued to the householder.

Certass prides itself on delivering a fair, friendly and cost effective service to both the industry and consumers.

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Full legal name of scheme: ECA Certification Limited
Acronym: ELECSA
Contact Name: ECA Certification Ltd , Mansfield Business Centre, Ashfield Avenue,
MANSFIELD, NG18 2AE
Tel: 0845 634 9043
Fax: 0845 634 9039
E-mail: enquiries@elecsa.co.uk
Web Address: www.elecsa.co.uk

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ELECSA provides inspection, assessment and certification services to contractors working with electrical and renewable energy installations in private dwellings. Owned by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the industry’s leading trade association that has represented the needs of the industry for over 110 years. Independent assessment of its schemes through UKAS means that ELECSA offers proven consistency, quality and impartiality. Consumers looking for an approved contractor can have confidence in the assessment and support provided to ELECSA contractors.

For further information about ELECSA and its Part P and Microgeneration schemes, please go to www.elecsa.co.uk or call us on 0845 634 9043.

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Full legal name of scheme: FENSA Limited
Acronym: FENSA
Contact Details: FENSA Ltd, 54 Ayres Street, London SE1 1EU
Email: enquiries@fensa.org.uk
Web Address: www.fensa.org.uk

Scheme Information

Why greater consumer protection from FENSA companies for your windows and doors?

• An independent report (clicks through to http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/planningandbuilding/reportcompetent ) commissioned by Government (clicks through to www.communities.gov.uk ) reports FENSA to be the most successful scheme.
• Only reputable, professional and trustworthy companies can join FENSA which include many Local Authorities, housing associations, national companies and double glazing companies.
• FENSA companies are regularly vetted by an independent inspections body for greater homeowner protection/fairness.
• FENSA companies consistently win industry awards for their outstanding work.
• Homeowners receive a FENSA Building Regulations Certificate, 5-10 year insurance-backed guarantees, written contracts and deposit protection.
• FENSA is industry-led and is non-profit making.

Address: FENSA Ltd, 54 Ayres Street, London SE1 1EU

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Full legal name of scheme: HETAS limited
Acronym: HETAS
Contact Details: HETAS Limited, Severn House,Unit 5, Newtown Trading Estate,
Green Lane,Tewkesbury GL20 8HD.
Telephone: 01684 278170
Fax: 01684 273929
Email: info@hetas.co.uk
Web Address: www.hetas.co.uk

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HETAS operates a government approved training and registration scheme for solid fuel and biomass installers. Knowing that installers have been trained and assessed to meet minimum standards offers householders peace of mind. Consumers can be assured of wood fuel quality by choosing a supplier approved by the HETAS Solid Biomass Assurance Scheme (SBAS). HETAS also approves solid fuel and biomass heating appliances to meet minimum efficiency and safety standards, with a full list available in the HETAS Guide and online.

HETAS represents the solid fuel and biomass industry at government level, and is involved with building regulations and setting standards both in the UK and Europe.

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Full legal name of scheme: NAPIT Registration Limited
Acronym: NAPIT
Contact Details: NAPIT, 4th Floor, Mill 3, Pleasley Vale Business Park, Mansfield,
Nottinghamshire
NG19 8RL
Tel: 0845 543 0330
Fax: 0845 543 0332
Web Address: www.napit.org.uk

Scheme Information

NAPIT are a Government approved Competent Person Scheme operator for trades-people working within the fields of domestic electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation work.

Reputable, registered NAPIT members are fully committed to consumer safety and provide guaranteed, high quality workmanship to all householders whilst maintaining excellence as standard.

NAPIT have been setting standards within the electrical industry for over 20 years and through expansion and evolution have gained additional Government approvals including a Microgeneration Certification Scheme for renewable technologies.

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Full legal name of scheme: Network VEKA Limited
Acronym: Network VEKA
Contact Details: John Ogilvie - 01282 473170
jogilvie@networkveka.com
Web Address: www.networkveka.co.uk

Scheme Information

Network VEKA is a not-for-profit organisation made up of some of the UK's most professional window, door and conservatory companies throughout Britain and Ireland, who are all committed to raising standards in the industry.

Companies cannot become members of Network VEKA without undergoing rigorous vetting and must agree to remain under continuous scrutiny to ensure the highest standards.

This means that when you look for the Network VEKA logo - you are guaranteed to find a craftsman, not a cowboy.

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Full legal name of scheme: National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited
Acronym: NFRC / Competent Roofer
Contact Name: Roofing House, 31 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2DY
Direct Dial: 020 7448 3187
Direct Fax: 020 7448 3847
Tel: 020 7638 7663 (ROOF)
Fax: 020 7256 2125
Web Address: www.competentroofer.co.uk

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The CompetentRoofer scheme is for roofing refurbishment for over 50% of the roof for all roofing disciplines and for all property types, domestic, commercial and industrial.

As part of CompetentRoofer, our members are regularly inspected and updated on Building Regulations to keep them compliant. They also have a ‘hot-line’ number which allows them to report non-compliance by property owners or other companies.

Domestic property owners will automatically receive a 10 year insurance-backed guarantee which includes breach of Building Regulations and contractor insolvency as part of the compliance certificate, supplied on completion of work. For more information please see our website for more details at www.competentroofer.co.uk

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Full legal name of scheme: Ascertiva Group Limited
Acronym: NICEIC
Contact Details: NICEIC Head Office, Warwick House, Houghton Hall Park, Houghton Regis,
Dunstable
LU5 5ZX
Customer Services - Tel: 0870 013 0382
Email: enquiries@niceic.com
NICEIC Sales Centre - Tel: 0870 013 0458
Email: salesenquiries@niceic.com
Web Address: www.ascertiva.com

Scheme Information

NICEIC is the UK electrical contracting industry's leading independent voluntary body.

We offer leading certification services, Building Regulations Schemes, products and support to electrical contractors and many other trades within the construction industry.

More than 26,000 contractors are registered with us and take advantage of our products and services.

NICEIC promotes the use of its registered contractors to householders, landlords, industry and specifiers more than any other scheme provider. It also talks to Government and other stakeholders on wider issues, such as better regulation and skills.

NICEIC registration not only demonstrates to customers and specifiers your skills and professionalism, it also gives you peace of mind that our products and services are the best in the industry.

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Full legal name of scheme: Oil Firing Technical Association Limited
Acronym: OFTEC
Contact Details: OFTEC, Foxwood House, Dobbs Lane, Kesgrave, Ipswich, IP5 2QQ
Tel 0845 65 85 080
Fax 0845 65 85 181
Web Address: www.oftec.org

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OFTEC is the Oil Firing Technical Association and is the Trade Association for the oil firing industry in the UK and the Republic of Ireland based in Ipswich, Suffolk.

OFTEC Registration Services provides Competent Person Schemes under licence to the Department of Communities & Local Government for technicians in the oil heating and cooking industry and associated trades.

The Oil Firing Technical Association was founded in 1991 to construct a framework within which oil firing in the UK and Republic of Ireland could operate with a greater degree of technical expertise and efficiency.

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Full legal name of scheme: Stroma Certification Limited
Acronym: STROMA
Contact Name: Stroma Head Office, Pioneer Way, Castleford,
West Yorkshire, WF10 5QU Tel: 0845 621 11 11
Web Address: www.stroma.com

Scheme Information

Stroma’s CPS offers the optimal in membership schemes run for the members’ benefit:

  • All members’ details are openly advertised
  • All scheme profits are re-invested

Ensuring operatives can carry out design, installation and issue self-certification for compliance with the Building Regulations for the installation of heating and hot water systems, microgeneration and renewable technologies. Consequently demonstrating a reputable high standard and warranty backed installation

  • Competitively priced fees, warranty and assessment
  • Straightforward application process
  • Free of charge software to automate self-certification
  • Training and technical research
  • Free of charge technical support
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Full legal name of scheme: The British Board of Agrément Solid Wall Insulation Competent Person Scheme
Acronym: BBA
Contact: British Board of Agrément
Bucknalls Lane,
Watford, Herts WD25 9BA
Tel: 01923 665300
Email: cps@bba.star.co.uk
Web Address: www.bbacerts.co.uk

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The British Board of Agrément (BBA) is the UK's major authority offering approval and inspection services to manufacturers and installers supplying the construction industry. Originally set up in 1966 by Government, but now an independent non- profit distributing organisation, the BBA's certification and inspection services are recognised by building control, local authorities, industry insurers and key trade associations in the construction industry.

Installers of solid wall systems can now join the BBA's Competent Person Scheme (CPS) to self-certify their solid wall insulation work. The BBA will issue a certificate to the installer's customer and advise the relevant Local Authority that the work has taken place.


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