PAS 2035 Consultation Response

Following the release of the consultation on ECO3: Improving Consumer Protection consultation, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now released their response. The final policy decisions set out in this document reflect the responses to the consultation as well as Government’s wider strategic aims and the rate of current ECO3 delivery.

The Government has decided to incorporate TrustMark and the new and updated PAS standards into ECO3. Government intends to bring the amending regulations into force on 1 January 2020 to allow more time for businesses to register with TrustMark and will introduce the following:

  • an extended transition period for certification and compliance with the updated PAS standards, ending 30th June 2021;
  • a 20% uplift applying to all measures which are completed during the extended transition period by installers certified to and compliant with the PAS 2019 standards; and
  • TrustMark also plans to amend its updated Framework to require guarantees in place for all ECO measures, with a minimum length of two years.

Government have also now laid regulations in Parliament which will come into force on 1 January 2020. Ofgem intends to issue supplementary scheme guidance ahead of the regulations coming into force.

Andrew Parkin, Director of Energy Certification said; "Stroma welcomes this consultation response and new legislation, as it now provides clarity on the pathway ahead for Domestic Retrofit, initially under ECO, and allows a standards framework for all retrofit to be measured against. By creating robust standards, retrofit projects will be covered by high standards of assessment, design, installation and monitoring, and backed by warrantees and guarantees. This should encourage private finance to the market by ensuring that consumer protection and trust is at the heart of Retrofit.

I am excited by this development and hope that upgrading the efficiency of properties in the UK, irrespective of circumstance becomes as normal as redecorating your house. Stroma Accredited Energy Assessors now have complete reassurance that the assessment of buildings is at the heart of the future of retrofit via PAS 2035."

You can find the full consultation document ECO3: Improving Consumer Protection here.

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