BSI revises PAS relating to building efficiencies measures

BSI revises PAS relating to building efficiencies measures

BSI, the British standards company, has revised PAS 2030:2017 Specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures in existing buildings. The updated PAS specifies requirements for the installation of energy efficiency measures (EEM) in an existing building, applicable whether the building is used for commercial or residential purposes.  

In response to recommendations from existing users, the specification has been expanded to include definitive requirements for design aspects to be validated by installers, as well as specific methods, processes and procedures to be employed in commissioning installation and handover of projects.

The development of this revised specification was sponsored by BEIS Home Energy and supports the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – the Government’s energy efficiency scheme to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty currently being updated. The revisions in were prompted by changes in UK legislation relating to energy efficiency and to meet the requirements of suppliers and users of energy efficiency measures.

The specification is also recognised in the recently published Each Home Counts Review, which includes a recommendation for development of a Quality Mark in the domestic retrofit sector.

The revised specification includes requirements for installation processes, process management and service provision. It also includes criteria relating to installation methods, equipment, tools, product or system and material suitability. The commissioning of installed measures and the training, skills and competence of the people undertaking such installation, is also covered in PAS 2030.

Ant Burd, Head of Market Development for Built Environment, said: “Older buildings are typically much less energy efficient than newly constructed buildings, increasing costs for home occupiers and business alike. PAS 2030 provides a dedicated specification for anyone who wants to install energy efficiency measures into an existing building, whether that building is a Victorian warehouse or a two-bedroom apartment built in the 1990s.”

As well as installers of energy efficient measures in existing buildings, PAS 2030 is particularly relevant to certification bodies. PAS 2030 – available online and in PDF format – was launched with a dedicated online resource, which includes expert commentary and regular industry updates to keep purchasers of PAS 2030 abreast with developments in their sector.

The revised specification does not include requirements relating to the certification of PAS 2030 compliance by independent third parties, which is covered by PAS 2031. This specification was developed in conjunction with PAS 2030, and is scheduled to launch in March 2017.

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