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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop a plan to enable energy savings 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263898  Develop a plan to enable energy savings 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Engineering 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  15 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons in the Engineering, Construction and Energy Sectors. This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the engineering, construction and energy environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Physical Planning and Construction. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the engineering, construction and energy environment.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Define the project and its scope.
  • Conduct a project feasibility study.
  • Develop an energy balance.
  • Conduct an energy audit.
  • Implement project and monitor energy savings.

    Range:
  • Design and document a project.
  • Develop the necessary documentation for project approval.
  • Develop the necessary documentation for securing financing.
  • Select contract types and contractors.
  • Monitor project implementation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent:
  • Communication at NQF Level 5.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 5.
  • Knowledge of operations maintenance and generic building systems.
  • A working knowledge of the South African Building Code.
  • A working knowledge of energy audits up to the implementation phase. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Define the project and its scope. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Projects are explained in terms of internal identification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Projects are explained in terms of external identification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Project screening is explained in terms of rank-order opportunities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Project screening is carried out in terms of rank-order opportunities. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Conduct a project feasibility study. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A feasibility study is carried out in terms of the proposed new technologies, process modifications, equipment replacements and other measures included in the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A feasibility study is carried out in terms of product/technology/material supply chain. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Locally available, imported, reliability of supply.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A feasibility study is carried out in terms of the commercial viability of the complete package of measures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Internal rate of return, net present value, cash flow, and average payback.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A feasibility study is carried out in terms of any special technical complexities and associated skills required. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Technical complexities include installation, maintenance and repair.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A feasibility study is carried out in terms of preliminary designs, including schematics, for all major equipment needed, along with design requirements, manufacturer's name and contact details, and capital cost estimate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A feasibility study is carried out in terms of the organisational and management plan for implementation, including timetable, personnel requirements, staff training, project engineering, and other logistical issues. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop an energy balance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Energy management in buildings is described in terms of the definition, the objectives, the processes and the accountability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Energy consuming systems are explained in terms their structure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The basis for the energy balance is understood and explained in terms of the "Law of conservation of energy". 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A systems boundary is defined in terms of a building and the energy consumed therein. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Conduct an energy audit. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The audit includes all aspects from the Condition Survey to the Investment Grade Audit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Historical data is identified and requested in terms of its relevance to the energy audit. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Historical data refers to but is not limited to: load profiles, energy consumption, energy use patterns and energy bills.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Historical data is tabulated and/or represented in graphical format for analysis in terms of potential opportunities for energy reductions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The practical audit methodology is defined in terms of acceptable audit procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Audit procedures refer to:
  • The walk through, the audit mandate, the audit scope, the energy consumption costs analysis, the comparative analysis, the energy consumption profile, the energy loads inventory, the energy management opportunities identification, the costs and benefits assessments and the action report.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Energy management opportunities are defined and explained in terms of the cost and benefit. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Implement project and monitor energy savings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Lead times take into account possible delays caused by government procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Efforts are focussed in order to manage "out-of-pocket" development costs in terms of project implementation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The construction is carefully managed in terms of risks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Post implementation energy usage monitoring is carried out in terms of projected energy savings. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Energy auditing principles.
  • Load profiles, energy use profiles and maximum demand.
  • Building services.
  • Project management.
  • Financial management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify potential barriers and practical problems and solve them to enable the energy audit to be carried out. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Understand and manage the energy audit process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Describe how energy management opportunities can be carried out. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Identify, design and implement technology solutions for energy efficiency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the global impact of the efficient use of energy in terms emission mitigation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information:

    Specified Requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • OSH Act.
  • SANS standards and codes.
  • South African Building Code.
  • Specifications, agreements, policies and procedures of the relevant organisation.
  • User manuals supplied by manufacturers. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  63209   National Certificate: Energy Regulation  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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