Retrofit in Social Housing (PAS 2035)
The Journey to net zero
Social housing providers will be a leading light in the country’s journey to net zero carbon. Housing currently accounts for almost 20% of all CO₂ emissions in the UK, which is why the government continues to release and consult on funding opportunities to improve the energy performance of the UK’s 5 million social homes.
The government has already earmarked £3.8 billion of funding for energy efficiency upgrades through a Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, with a £60 million pilot scheme currently running, and a further £60 million pledged by the chancellor for release this year.
In addition to this, the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme is set to provide a further £300 million in its second phase to regional energy hubs in late 2021.
The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund
Social Housing Provides can apply to Wave 1 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) which will provide up to £160 million to help improve England’s social housing stock Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of C. The project opened on 23rd August 2021.
This follows the SHDF demonstrator which awarded £62 million to 17 Local Authorities, and improved over 2,300 homes to EPC Band C.
Wave 1 projects will follow a worst first, fabric first, lowest regrets approach to improving the energy performance of social housing by 31 January 2023.
All projects delivered within SHDF must be compliant with the standards of PAS 2035:2019.FIND OUT MORE >
The Green Homes Grant Local Authority Deliver Scheme
The Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme, has already delivered £200 million worth of funding to over 100 local authorities. This funding aims to deliver improvements to 25,000 low income homes by September 2021.
In September 2021, the scheme will enter its 2nd phase where a further £300 million worth of funding will be allocated to regional energy hubs (who will work with local authorities). The latest funding is to include properties that are an EPC rating D to G (Phase 1 was only for E, F and G ratings) and will also require the use of PAS 2035, and PAS 2030:2019.FIND OUT MORE >
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO3)
ECO is a Government programme where major Energy Companies are required to fund domestic energy saving measures. As a part of ECO3 all social housing that fall within an E, F or G EPC rating can apply to have heating and insulation measures installed through ECO funding.
From the 1st July 2021, ECO3 will be adopting new PAS standards which means that ECO funded energy efficiency measures will need to be delivered through PAS 2035 using TrustMark approved retrofit professionals.FIND OUT MORE >
The Sustainable Warmth Competition
A new Sustainable Warmth Competition will make £350 million worth of funding available to England's Local Authorities, to upgrade energy inefficient (prioritising EPC Bands E-G), low-income households through to 31 March 2023. The competition combines two existing schemes: the Local Authority Delivery scheme Phase 3 (LAD3) and the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 1 (HUG1)
All projects must be compliant with PAS 2035. This means that Local Authorities will need to use the services of TrustMark Approved Retrofit Coordinators to lodge information to the TrustMark Data Warehouse and must also use PAS 2030:2019 certified installers or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified installers for eligible measures.FIND OUT MORE >
Achieving success with Government funded competitions
The scope of government funded retrofit competitions is due to change. In future, Social Housing providers will likely be required to comply with PAS 2035 on all retrofit projects which delivers a whole building/quality approach to the domestic retrofit process (This has already been adopted within the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator).
What is PAS 2035?
PAS 2035 is the new overarching document in the retrofit standards framework. Rather than retrofit work being considered in isolation (which can unintentionally damage the overall building performance), PAS 2035 introduces a whole house approach to retrofit, which considers the home, environment, occupancy and the homeowners' improvement objectives when determining suitable measures to install.
The PAS 2035 process also involves a number of competent retrofit professionals, who can deliver quality through, in depth assessment, trusted advice, and quality installation.
What does this mean for Social Housing Providers?
When undertaking or bidding for government funded retrofit programmes Social Housing Providers will need to appoint TrustMark Approved Retrofit Coordinators (as well as other TrustMark approved retrofit professionals) to oversee the assessment, strategy, design, installation, commissioning and handover of retrofit projects.
Social Housing Providers have two options for guaranteeing success within future competitions
OPTION 1: Develop competencies in house
Social Housing Providers can gain PAS 2035 competencies in house without having to work with third parties
OPTION 2: Search for Expert Retrofit Professionals
Elmhurst has the largest membership of TrustMark Approved Retrofit Assessors and Coordinators which Installers can work with.
IRT Surveys working with Aberdeen City Council
Read how IRT Surveys, and its partners, are helping Aberdeen City Council to deliver a major decarbonisation retrofit scheme across 100 social housing properties, as part of the Social Housing Deacarbonisation Fund pilot.READ MORE >