RPSA (Residential Property Surveyors Association)
Andrew McColl is currently a vice chairmen on the National Council of the RPSA, representing members in the South East of England.
"The RPSA is a representative body for independent specialist residential surveyors who are accredited by the internationally recognised Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Surveyor And Valuer Accreditation (SAVA), which is part of National Energy Services (NES).
The RPSA is dedicated to working for its members to deliver a range of surveying products of the highest possible quality to serve the needs of consumers. The Home Condition Survey (HCS) is the first of these products, which is now being distributed nationally through a specially created panel working with homebuyers' conveyancers.
The RPSA is pleased to offer consumers the opportunity to purchase the HCS online at very competitive rates.
The RPSA is a representative body for independent specialist residential surveyors. We are dedicated to working for our members to deliver a range of surveying products of the highest possible quality to serve the needs of consumers, and to raise overall standards of residential surveying for both home sellers and home buyers."
SPAB (Society For The Protection Of Ancient Buildings)
Andrew McColl is a corporate member of the SPAB and is active within the region, attending functions, meeting and events.
"The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage.
We advise. We educate. We campaign. We offer help when it's wanted and informed resistance when we are alarmed. We encourage excellence in new design to enrich and complement the historic environment.
We represent the practical and positive side of conservation. We have a firm set of principles about how old buildings should be repaired and the practical knowledge to show how these can be put into effect.
We are training the next generation to do the job with discernment and care and we are helping many others, who own or live in old buildings, to understand them better.
Our membership includes many of the leading conservation practitioners as well as home owners, living in houses spanning all historical periods, and those who simply care about old buildings.
Our successes are visible across the country. Thousands of historic buildings survive which would have been lost, mutilated or badly repaired without our intervention.
Today, the Society has a statutory role as adviser to local planning authorities. We must be notified of listed building applications that involve total or partial demolition. We are also informed by those religious bodies, that have an exemption from the secular system, of certain types of proposal for listed places of worship. In addition, our Casework includes campaigning to protect historic buildings at risk."
NES, NHER & SAVA
"National Energy Services Ltd (NES) is the UK’s home for independent energy assessors and low carbon building professionals.
For more than 30 years NES has championed the benefits of energy certificates for buildings. They will help us to cut our energy use and turn wasteful carbon-emitting buildings into ones with lower running costs and reduced environmental impact.
We are passionate about promoting the highest standards. That way people can have confidence in the energy certificates our members produce and confidence to act on the recommendations they provide – whether for the smallest house or largest office block."
NES owns and operates the NHER scheme and SAVA:
"NHER provides technical and business support for individuals and organisations involved in Energy Performance Certificates for domestic, commercial and public buildings."
"SAVA is heavily involved in the promotion of better surveys for people buying and selling homes."
Sava strives to make buildings better. They do this by providing education, technology, and compliance services to building owners, surveyors and the wider property industry. Previously known as National Energy Services (NES), they were established in 1983, and their roots are within energy assessment and home condition surveying.
Whether you already work in the property industry and want to develop your skills, or are looking for a completely new career with flexibility, variety and a good salary, training with Sava could be ideal for you, with courses including the Diploma in Residential Surveying & Valuation, Diploma in Building Surveying & Housing Management, the Certificate in Residential Valuation and various One Day Training & CPD courses.
Once you have completed the appropriate course, you’ll be able to undertake RICS HomeBuyer Reports for clients, as well as the Sava Home Condition Survey, and in Scotland the Single Survey. You can undertake property valuations, not only for banks, but also for probate, divorce and investment purposes.
Andrew McColl has a close association with Sava and takes trainee surveyors on accompanied inspections in order for them to eventually achieve their associated RICS status. Get in touch with Andrew, or directly with Sava at https://sava.co.uk/contact-us/ to find out more.