Monday, 29 January 2018

NIA Supports New Government Quality Drive

As part of the Governments Each Home Counts recommendations, British Standards Institution (BSI) has been appointed by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to review and revise the existing PAS2030:2017 (specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures in existing buildings) and develop a new PAS2035 specification for energy efficient retrofit of domestic buildings which will clearly set out the standards for the installation of each energy efficiency measures.  

BSI hosted a stakeholder engagement workshop on 10th January 2018 to brief key organisations on the work involved and seeking their support – I attended the event on behalf of the National Insulation Association (NIA).

This work is extremely important as it will clearly set out the specifications and standards that will apply to the installation of insulation measures.  The existing PAS2030 is a little complicated and there are some aspects that are open to interpretation, however, this project provides the opportunity to simplify matters and remove any ambiguity ensuring that all installers will install to a common, uniform standard.

The NIA will be represented on the PAS2030 and PAS2035 Steering Groups and the Measures Experts Groups and the intention is for these new specifications to be introduced in October 2018 alongside the new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Each Home Counts Quality Mark.

At the NIA we are very supportive of Each Home Counts as it provides a vehicle to ensure quality installations are delivered on a consistent basis and instil confidence in policymakers, specifiers and householders.  In addition to contributing to the development of the new specifications, we will be ensuring that our members are kept up to date and provide advice and guidance to help them comply with the new standards.    

Furthermore, we are also working with the British Electrical Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) in developing new industry guidance which will clearly set out minimum ventilation requirements when installing insulation. We are also advising the Scottish Government on the new quality framework they are currently developing for Government funded schemes.

For more information about all the work above and membership of the NIA please email neil.marshall@nia-uk.org

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