PAS 2035 - a new PAS for specifying energy efficient improvements in existing homes
As Members will know Elmhurst has been well represented on many of the working groups that spun out of Each Home Counts (AKA the Bonfield Review), as well as the PAS 2030 and PAS 2035 working groups which implemented the recommendations.
We are therefore delighted to advise that drafts of:
- the first edition of PAS 2035 Retrofitting Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency: Specification and Guidance, and
- a revision to PAS 2030 - Specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures (EEM) in existing buildings and insulation in residential park homes have now been issued for public comment, with a closing date of 19th September 2019.
PAS 2035 is the over-arching document in the retrofit standards framework, with which holders of the Quality Mark will be required to comply when carrying out domestic retrofit work. All the other standards referred to in this PAS (such as PAS 2030) are part of the retrofit standards framework.
It is expected that in time ECO, and all other government supported retrofit projects, will require compliance with PAS 2035.
Elmhurst is delighted that the standard embraces a 'fabric first' philosophy to energy efficiency improvement, and that EPCs are to be the start of improvement plans. We are however concerned about the number of new functions that the PAS introduces, and the complexity of the process, particularly concerning pre 1919 homes, and want to be sure that nothing detracts from making improvements to homes that need it most. On a positive note this standard creates real opportunity for members to contribute to each stage of the process.
We will now start work on our detailed analysis of the draft specifications and, of course, share our views with members before they are submitted. If you have any observations or comments to make then we would very much like to hear them.