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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Implement energy efficiency in building systems 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
263917  Implement energy efficiency in building systems 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Engineering 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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  20 
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:
  • Explain buildings as an energy system.
  • Assess energy efficiency in the building envelope.
  • Determine energy efficient lighting requirements.
  • Identify and select energy efficient equipment.
  • Determine requirements for the efficient use of motor drives and driven equipment.
  • Analyse efficiency in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
  • Implement efficient building control systems.
  • Determine the potential for energy saving through the efficient use of water. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 5.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 5.
  • A working knowledge of the South African Building Code. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Building systems include but is not limited to:
  • Services, appliances, environment conditioning apparatus, lighting and controls. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain buildings as an energy system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The building systems are explained in terms of their energy interactions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The impact of measures are explained and quantified in terms of power quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of measures are explained and quantified in terms of IAQ. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact of measures are explained and quantified in terms of Green House Gas emissions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assess energy efficiency in the building envelope. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Windows are assessed for energy efficiency in terms of orientation, solar protection, fit, weather stripping and type. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Walls are assessed for energy efficiency in terms of the materials used, insulation, condition and services openings. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Services openings refers to entry holes for water pipes, cables and air-conditioners.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Decks are assessed for energy efficiency in terms of condition, insulation and sealant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Insulation is assessed for energy efficiency in terms of condition and type. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Determine energy efficient lighting requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Lighting requirements are assessed in terms of specified lighting levels for specific areas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Alternative luminaries are identified and selected in terms of efficiency and quality of light. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Switching timers and motion sensors are identified, selected and applied in terms of potential energy savings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of maintenance is explained in terms of energy efficient use of lights. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify and select energy efficient equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Energy use patterns are explained in terms of the impact of using computers and peripheral equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use of appliances, power tools and cleaning equipment is described in terms of the impact on energy use patterns. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Energy efficient equipment is identified and selected in accordance with performance requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of maintenance is explained in terms of energy efficient use of equipment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Determine requirements for efficient use of motor drives and driven equipment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The efficient operation of motors is explained in terms of loading. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of adequate maintenance of motors is described in terms of efficient operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Fan and pump efficiency is explained in terms of speed and design criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Variable speed drives are contrasted with throttle valves and dampers in terms of efficient use of ventilation systems. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Analyse efficiency in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Boiler plant operation is analysed in terms of efficiency in achieving the required results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Steam distribution systems are explained and analysed in terms of efficiency, system design and maintenance requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Cooling plant/chillers are analysed in terms of efficiency in achieving the required results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Air distribution systems are analysed in terms of efficiency and operating conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Domestic hot water systems are analysed in terms of efficiency in achieving the required results. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Implement efficient building control systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The basic principles of building control systems are explained in terms of their application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Building control systems are identified, selected and their function explained in terms of air flow, cooling and humidity control. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Building control systems are explained in terms of the efficient use of energy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Building control systems are implemented that meet energy efficiency requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
    Determine the potential for energy saving through the efficient use of water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Water use is analysed in terms of the consumption data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A water use inventory is carried out in terms of areas of water consumption. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A water consumption break down is done in terms of areas of water consumption. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The efficient use of water is explained and quantified in terms of its energy impact. 


    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 
    Knowledge that will help me understand and that I will be able to explain:
  • Efficient use of energy.
  • Energy efficient lights, appliances and equipment.
  • Implementation of technology for energy savings. 

  • 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.
  • The South African Building Regulations.
  • IES Lighting Standards.
  • ASHRAE Standards.
  • User manuals supplied by manufacturers.
  • Specifications, agreements, policies and procedures of the relevant organisation.
  • Good Practise in South Africa. 

  • 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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