ATTMA Registered Testers Scheme has replaced BINDT’s CPS scheme, Barry Cope, ATTMA Registered Testers Scheme Manager along with David Pickavance, Chair of the ATTMA Board of Directors explain.
ATTMA has successfully taken the reigns from BINDT to run the authorised testers scheme in the UK. Barry Cope, ATTMA Registered Testers Scheme Manager along with David Pickavance, Chair of the ATTMA Board of Directors, have explained to us the impact that the changes will have on the industry.
“It’s not just the same scheme with different branding”, Barry Cope said.
“ATTMA is a completely new scheme from the ground up, run by its members, for its members. The scheme has a completely new independent management structure, governed by members from English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish Government, LABC, NHBC & BCA, CIBSE, ANC, NEF, BINDT, UKAS and many more.
ATTMA are part of the Qualicheck Forum, dedicated to bringing design and as-built performance closer together.
“There is no point building a super energy efficient building if the air test result is incorrect, it just won’t work”, Barry said. “ATTMA is actively enforcing the regulations and standards to improve the quality and accuracy of air tightness testing. This will ensure that energy efficient homes are exactly that, energy efficient”.
Barry went on to say:
“We have taken the good work that BINDT has done and taken it a step further. For example, ATTMA has a new board of Directors, consisting of previously active members of the ATA and older hands of the ATTMA Trade Association. The industry has really pulled together to create a scheme that doesn’t just ‘allow’ members to test, but helps develop its member companies to test different building types and helps further their technical knowledge of air tightness testing, improving the industry as a whole”.
David Pickavance added.
“We have spent a lot of time working with Building Control to make the scheme as robust as possible. We’ve listened to Building Control bodies and Approved Inspectors and created a lodgement scheme, similar to that of the EPC landmark scheme. Every test that is carried out will have a certificate produced by the database, ensuring that there is consistency in the industry. The lodgement scheme will be smart enough that it will only produce a certificate where that company or tester holds the training & competence to do so, taking the worry of rogue testers away. We truly believe that ATTMA stands for quality and encourage industry professionals to check that they are using an ATTMA member company”.David Pickavance, Chair of the ATTMA Board of Directors