New standard gives confidence

BSI has launched a new standard in support of the government’s Green Deal initiative which will enable commercial properties and households to improve their energy efficiency.

The Green Deal financial mechanism involves identifying opportunities for energy improvements using qualified advisors, energy efficient products and approved installers.

Developed by industry and sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), ‘PAS 2030 – Improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings – Specification for installation process, process management and service provision’ will give property owners confidence in the competence of Green Deal installers and the quality of their work. The standard will also enable installers to take advantage of the major commercial opportunity created by the scheme which is expected to create 65,000 jobs and £15 billion worth of business opportunities.

PAS 2030 will provide a framework against which Green Deal installer services can be assessed and audited and compliance to the standard will be a requirement for all Green Deal installers whatever their affiliation, background or size.

The evolution of PAS 2030 brings together the views of an expert working group including government, trade associations from the construction, building, energy and manufacturing sectors, business and consumers. The document specifies requirements for installation methods, equipment, tools, product and material suitability, skills and competence of the people undertaking such installation.

Dr Scott Steedman, Director (Designate) of Standards at BSI said: “BSI’s Green Deal Installation Standard, PAS 2030 not only provides installers with the ability to demonstrate their competence but is designed to provide assurance for the public that the quality of work will be at the appropriate level. We were delighted to have worked with DECC in delivering the first Green Deal standard which will help encourage adoption of the scheme and the best possible result for the UK with this energy efficiency initiative.”

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