ECO to require PAS 2035 and reward early adoption with a 20% uplift

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now issued their response to the ECO3 consultation proposal that PAS 2035 should be mandated for ECO energy efficiency installations.

BEIS received 110 responses to the consultation and, broadly, the responses were supportive of the Government’s main proposals. The essence of the response confirms Government has decided to incorporate TrustMark and the new and updated PAS standards into ECO3. The new regulations will;

  • come into force on 1 January 2020 with a transition period until 30th June 2021
  • apply a 20% uplift to all measures which are completed during the transition period by projects delivered through PAS 2035 and with measures installed  by installers compliant with the new PAS 2030:2019 standard
  • require guarantees for all ECO measures, with a minimum length of two years. Guarantees for underfloor and room-in-roof insulation measures to be accompanied by a guarantee of 25 years
  • retain an uplift for replacement broken boilers delivered outside the broken heating system cap but will reduce the uplift to 200% where they are not renewable heating measures.
  • Change the way first time central heating (FTCH) measures are treated under the scheme by increasing the lifetime for certain FTCH measures and allow FTCH to be installed in PRS EPC Band F&G rated properties.

Elmhurst’s Managing Director, Martyn Reed, said “Elmhurst has been involved in the design of the new PAS 2035 with the wider industry and has done its best to keep the requirements pragmatic and realistic. Whilst originally conceived as being a process for all retrofit projects, including the “able to pay” market, we are delighted that BEIS have agreed to make PAS 2035 a requirement of future ECO policy meaning that the process could be applied to up to 150,000 homes per annum. The concept of deep retrofit, which maximises the energy efficiency of a dwelling, is essential if the UK is to achieve its net zero emission target by 2050”

The Retrofit Assessor and Retrofit Coordinator are two new retrofit roles introduced within the PAS 2035 framework. Both roles are key for the end-to-end delivery of retrofit projects compliant with PAS 2035. Elmhurst launched its new TrustMark Approved Retrofit Assessor and Coordinator schemes in July 2019 and have run regular training courses to upskill energy professionals ever since. If you would like further information please visit our Retrofit Assessor and Retrofit Coordinator webpages for details on how to become involved.


To read the full consultation response click here 


Article published 29th October 2019

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