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Retrofit assessments to improve energy performance in Sussex

Summit Environmental are accredited by TrustMark for our Retrofit assessments. TrustMark is a government endorsed quality scheme for trades in and around the home. 

What are retrofit assessments? What is PAS 2035?

From 1st July 2021, all ECO3 funded Retro-fit work will have to adhere to PAS 2035 standards, which will require fully trained and TrustMark approved retro-fit professionals such as Summit Environmental.

A Retro-fit assessor will complete more than just an EPC, which we all know is needed for the sale or rent of existing UK housing stock. The role of the retrofit assessor will complete an occupancy assessment, a condition report and to convert Rd SAP assessments to SAP assessments to comply with the requirements of a retrofit assessment.

The Process of Retrofit assessments

Part 1) The Occupancy Assessment.

The Occupancy Assessment will be used to generate a professional report which outlines how the occupant uses the energy of the property. With this assessment you can use the Rd SAP data and create an accurate report based on the household’s overall energy usage.

This is achieved by entering information such as the number of occupants in the property, the actual water usage per week, which rooms are heated by which heating systems etc. as well as the use of white goods within the property and information provided from household bills.

Part 2) The Condition Report.

This flexible reporting process will allow a create a room- by- room report of a house, entries may be multiple ‘items’ within a room and can provide a brief description of their condition. A star rating will be attached to each room to represent its overall condition. In addition to this, pictures will be taken and attached as evidence for each part of the report. With the information the Condition Report Survey will generate a PDF file with all the information entered in a clear and professional format. 

Part 3) Rd SAP to SAP Converter.

This conversion tool allows users to Rd SAP data, to create a Design SAP input file which can be passed to Retrofit Coordinator, who will be the project manager for the conversion project.

The history of the Retro fit process is covered by the following paragraphs which is driven by the countries target to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Government Targets.

This relates to the governments targets which were originally set, based upon the greenhouse emissions as of 1990. The initial figures have been changed, and the target is now for the UK to be carbon neutral by 2050. To meet this goal by 2050, there needs to be significant improvements to the UK’s 27million domestic dwellings. Domestic dwellings account for a substantial proportion of our greenhouse emissions, considered to be around 25% of the problem.

Each Home Counts.

The Each Home Counts report was published in 2016 and outlined 27 recommendations, including the establishment of a quality mark, now known as TrustMark, for domestic retrofit supported by a framework of technical standards.

The aim of the report was to restore confidence of consumers and the government in the retrofit industry, to facilitate new central and local government policies whilst promoting a national programme of domestic retrofit.

What is PAS 2035?

PAS 2035 is the specification for the energy retrofit of domestic buildings and was developed as part of the Each Home Counts process. The Retrofit Standards Framework is the standard that any holders of the Trustmark Standard, is required to comply with when carrying out domestic retrofit work.

When considering the government’s target to not only reduce carbon emissions, but to also end fuel poverty, it became evident that more needed to be done to improve the UK’s housing stock. The Each Home Counts introduces a better process for the retrofit of energy efficiency and renewable energy. As a result of this review the introduction of the Pas2035 framework document was introduced for the end- to -end delivery of the domestic retrofit work.

When does PAS 2035 apply?

The government have made it clear that any funding they provide for energy efficiency measures will need to go through the PAS 2035 process.

Where does PAS 2035 apply?

PAS 2035 requires that every dwelling that is to be subjected to energy retrofit work is to be firstly assessed by a retrofit assessor who will provide information about the dwelling for use by a retrofit coordinator.

PAS 2035 may be applied to all domestic retrofit activity that is covered in the following categories:

  • Funded by national or local government schemes,
  • Retrofit promoted/funded by landlords, including RSL’s and private landlords,
  • Individual buildings by their owners or occupants.
  • Retrofit that is integrated with and forms part of a broader repair.

Have questions on improving your energy performance, retrofit assessments and EPC’s contact us https://summitenvironmental.co.uk/contact/

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