PAS 2030: Revised standard for building energy efficiency published

A standard specifying requirements for the installation of energy efficiency measures in an existing building has been updated by BSI.

The British standards company has expanded PAS 2030 to include details on design aspects that require installer validation, as well as specific methods, processes and procedures to be employed in commissioning installation and the handover of projects.

The commissioning of installed measures and the training, skills and competence of the people undertaking installation are also covered. 

The new version of PAS 2030 is applicable for both commercial and residential buildings, BSI said. 

The revision 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, which is currently being updated. 

PAS 2030 was also recognised in a government-commissioned review on delivering domestic energy retrofit after the Green Deal scheme was scrapped in 2015. The Each Home Counts review included a recommendation for development of a quality mark in the domestic retrofit sector. 

Ant Burd, head of market development for built environment at BSI, 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-bed apartment built in the 1990s.’

The revised PAS does not include requirements relating to certification by independent third parties. That is covered by PAS 2031, which was developed in conjunction with PAS 2030 and is scheduled to launch next month.

Meanwhile, the government has launched guidance on the minimum energy efficiency standard that will come into force in the privately rented commercial buildings from April 2018.

John Alker, campaign and policy director at the UK Green Building Council, said the guidance provided vital clarity to commercial landlords about compliance and enforcement.

‘The regulations have already had a galvanising effect on the commercial property industry, which has been working hard for the last few years to prepare,’ he said.

Author: 

Catherine Early is a freelance journalist.

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