Stroma Certification Leading PAS 2035 Working Group

Stroma Certification’s Director of Energy Certification, Andy Parkin is leading the PAS 2035 Working Group, as it works towards the full implementation of the new standard for retrofit measures.

Andy heads up the PAS 2035 meetings for Property Energy Professionals Association (PEPA) and will be working closely with other PEPA members to develop standardised framework for PAS 2035 moving forward.

Stroma Certification will be delivering a range of courses, roadshows and events based around the implementation of the PAS 2035 standard, following the initial implementation period. PAS 2035 is set to change the way domestic retrofitting is carried out in the UK.

Stroma Leading PAS 2035 Working Group

Initial PAS 2035 CPD

Stroma will be offering a series of upcoming PAS 2035 CPD events in the near future. Since the PAS 2035 standard is still in its infancy, and the government is still to sign off on its addition to ECO, we are developing formal training and certification to offer to energy assessors.

That is why we are encouraging members to keep their eyes on their emails and our communications channels, as we’ll be keeping everyone updated on all the latest PAS 2035 developments as they happen. Stroma will be at the forefront of the PAS 2035 development cycle, we are well placed to offer the very latest updates and developments from this vastly exciting change to the energy industry.

What is PAS 2035?

PAS 2035 is the over-arching document in the retrofit standards framework. Within this framework, TrustMark holders will be required to comply with this standard when carrying out any domestic retrofit work. All the other standards referred to in this PAS are also part of the retrofit standards framework.

Statutory national targets suggest that to combat the threat of climate change, a substantial reduction of greenhouse gas emissions needs to be made. To ensure this happens, significant improvements must be made to the energy efficiency of the UK’s building stock, specifically the vast majority of its 27 million domestic buildings.

PAS 2035 supports work towards achieving this and the Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) target in-line with new EU objectives.

To achieve this, this PAS works towards objective by championing technically sound and responsible domestic retrofit work such as improved functionality and durability of buildings, improved energy efficiency, reduced environmental impacts of buildings, and by minimalizing the performance gap that occurs due to the shortfall of perceived reductions in fuel use, fuel cost and carbon dioxide emissions.

PAS 2035 Software

Our in-house software development team is monitoring the software requirements for retrofit assessments. The PAS 2035 software offer from Stroma will utilise our existing award-winning platforms, RSAP+ and FSAP to support compliant collection of EPC and OA data.

Retrofit Assessor Scheme

Stroma Certification’s Retrofit Assessor Scheme will operate in-line with PAS 2035. The scheme will ultimately deliver training and CPD geared towards a fully-fledged Retrofit Assessor Role, in which a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) will be authorized to carry out a retrofit assessment.

A retrofit assessment will enable a non-intrusive on-site assessment to take place which will allow a retrofit coordinator to carry out a Medium Term Improvement Plan, based on evidence gathered from the assessment, within the requirements of PAS 2035.

Andy Parkin, Stroma Director of Certification: "Stroma are currently developing our Retrofit Assessor training and are doing so in-line with the standards that are being set by the working group. As these standards are subject to change, Stroma feels that it is too soon to offer a training course to the industry. Coupled with the fact that the PAS2035 standard is currently subject to a consultation, which will dictate how it is to be used by ECO 3.1, it seems sensible to wait until the key processes have been concluded before inviting the industry to upskill."

New Consultation on ECO3 Released

Part of the Government's strategy following the Each Home Counts review has been to support and implement a new Retrofit Assessment standard - PAS 2035. This week BEIS has released a formal consultation into ECO3, with a view to including PAS 2035 and re-introducing a sustained funding stream to support retrofit energy efficiency measures. Stroma Certification is analysing the consultation documents with a view to submitting a response and we would encourage our members to do the same.

Members can view the consultation documents on the BEIS website. The consultation is titled 'Improving Consumer Protection'. The deadlline for consultation responses is 11:45pm on 6th August 2019.

Training from Stroma Certification

As we continue to develop the PAS 2035 Assessor Scheme, we encourage members to sign up to further training to build the necessary skills for retrofit work. We are currently offering DEA training and OCDEA training full courses. For energy assessors already qualified in either strand we are also delivering shorter SAP Refresher courses and Approved Document Part L1b training.

For course dates please check our Course Calendar or read our regular member emails.

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