What is PAS 2030? 

The UK government has agreed to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings to energy rating EPC C or above. This is part of a global pledge to reduce emissions from the built environment by 2050. 

PAS 2030 is a Publicly Available Specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures in existing buildings which was first introduced for government energy efficiency schemes in 2013. 

PAS 2030 is the overarching best practice standard, PAS2035 for residential buildings and PAS2038 for commercial. 

The standards are updated every two years to take in new learning and best practices. 

The PAS2030 standard was introduced to ensure that energy efficient installations were completed to a high quality standard for the end user, ensuring a whole house and whole project approach. 

What this means for installers 

As an installer, it is vital to be certified to an appropriate PAS 2030 standard to take part in government-funded energy efficiency schemes in England, in order to meet the commitment to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 and achieve net zero by 2050. PAS 2030:2023 supersedes PAS 2030:2019+A1:2022 which remains current and will be withdrawn on 30 March 2025.

This is the starting point for the design of any future energy efficiency funding programmes set out by the UK government. 

Current government schemes that require PAS 2030 certification include:

  • Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
  • Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme (GHGVS)
  • Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme (LAD)
  • Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF)
  • Home Upgrade Grant (HUG)

 

What is the current standard and when is it due to change? 

 

Following a public consultation carried out in early 2023, the British Standards Institution (BSI) published the updated PAS 2035/2030:2023 standards on 28th September 2023.

PAS 2030:2023 supersedes PAS 2030:2019+A1:2022 which remains current and will be withdrawn on 30 March 2025.

 

Why do we need PAS2030? 

PAS2035/2030:2023 is the Retrofit Standards Framework. There are 27 million homes in the UK and 17 million of those are below EPC C. This equates to 5 retrofits per minute on average for the next 30 years at a cost of £1 trillion. 

The retrofit standards ensure that any energy efficient installations are done to a high standard, backed by TrustMark which ensures consumer protection. 

What does PAS 2035/2030 cover?

For installers

PAS 2035 specifies requirements for retrofit of dwellings, including assessment of dwellings for retrofit, identification and evaluation of energy efficiency measures, design and specification of energy- efficiency measures and monitoring and evaluation of retrofit projects.

For occupants

PAS 2035 also specifies requirements for advising building occupants about improvement options appropriate to their homes, the efficient and appropriate use and maintenance of their retrofitted homes and monitoring and evaluating retrofit projects when appropriate. 

What does the current PAS2030 standard cover? 

PAS 2030 specifies requirements for the installation of energy-efficiency measures in existing dwellings. It includes requirements on:

  • Installation processes
  • Process management and service provision
  • Installation methods, equipment, tools, product, system and material suitability
  • Commissioning of installed measures
  • Training, skills and vocational qualification of the people undertaking such installation.

PAS 2030 also includes information to assist retrofit installers to fulfil their responsibility to ensure the effective functioning of energy- efficiency measures installed in the same dwelling.

What’s new about PAS 2035/2030:2023?

  • During the transition period of 18 months, any projects initiated before the transition will be allowed to continue under the previous standards, ensuring that work can continue on existing projects. 
  • Guidance has now been updated to include retrofit technical guides as references. 
  • Retrofit co-ordinators now have to move to whole dwelling retrofit and the contents of a medium term improvement plan is now a requirement rather than guidance. 

The stages of PAS2030

The PAS2030 installation process should now follow this format: 

  1. Retrofit assessment
  2. Improvement options evaluation
  3. Medium term improvement plan 
  4. Retrofit design 
  5. Installation 
  6. Testing & Commission

 

Changes to PAS2030 requirements

  • There is now a requirement to produce an airtightness strategy for some fabric projects which include setting an airtightness target and air leakage testing.
  • Further monitoring and evaluation references the BS40101 Building Performance Evaluation, meaning monitoring and evaluation is now considered from inception through to completion. 
  • A process has been included whereby distressed replacement of heating appliances can retrospectively comply with PAS2035. 
  • The guidance and requirements for climate resilience and adaptation in retrofit has been strengthened. 
  • Requirements and guidance around moisture in buildings has been brought in line with the language in BS5250. 

 

There has been clarification of the role of Retrofit Co-ordinator

The role of the Retrofit Co-ordinator is to identify, protect and document both the client’s interest and the public interest, including collecting evidence in-person or as a 3rd party for certain measures, create written records and photographic evidence of inspections and report non-compliance to the Retrofit Installer and Client. 

 

Buildings with historic significance

There has been a simplified BS 7913 assessment brought into PAS2035 for all retrofit assessments with traditional buildings. Results of this assessment should flag any significance and should be considered when selecting appropriate measures.

If measures are likely to have an impact on the significance of the building, then a full BS 7913 heritage assessment should be carried out. 

 

Ventilation

Acceptable ventilation systems in the event of damp and mould are: 

  • Continuous MEV (Mechanical Extract Ventilation) 
  • MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery)
  • Other systems that extract moisture at source, with expert advice. 

 

The transition period

PAS2030:2019 + A1:2022 and PAS 2035:2019 +A1:2022 are to be withdrawn on 30 March 2025. 

 

What this means for installers 

Installers wishing to transfer to the PAS 2030:2023 standards are strongly recommended to contact their relevant certification body to begin the transition process immediately.

How can I check which PAS certification I currently possess?

PAS certification is issued by UKAS accredited Certification Bodies. If you are unsure, please get in touch with your Certification Body.

 

Reasons to change now: 

It’s comprehensive

The updated guidance for PAS2030 is comprehensive. The standard sets out best practice for providing end to end energy efficiency and “whole house” retrofits in domestic dwellings from project inception to completion and evaluation. 

It’s free to download

The document is available to download free of charge.

It’s necessary for funding 

PAS 2035/2030:2023 must be used for publicly funded work delivered under government energy efficiency schemes (e.g. ECO4, SHDF, HUG)

It’s efficient & mitigates risk 

PAS 2035/2030:2023 has been well-thought-through to ensure it details an efficient and effective approach to retrofitting existing homes. It also specifies work that supports the improved functionality, usability, comfort and durability of buildings. It ensures work is carried out to a high standard, minimising the risk of errors, poor workmanship and ineffective retrofits.

It’s vital to meet 2050 net zero targets (and it’s good for your business) 

Nearly all of the UK’s 27 million domestic buildings need to be retrofitted if the UK is going to meet its 2050 net zero target. 

PAS 2035/2030:2023 can contribute to significant and lasting energy savings and reduced carbon emissions as well as more comfortable dwellings, which is good for the UK and good for your business. 

Why do we need ISO standards- and what are they for?

Environmental awareness is at an all time high. In an era marked by growing environmental concerns and heightened awareness of sustainability, businesses worldwide are increasingly turning to standards like ISO 14001 to address their environmental impact.

ISO 14001 provides a framework for organisations to establish and maintain an effective Environmental Management System (EMS).

The 3 main ISO standards/ the 3 ISO standards that Simply Certification certify against are ISO 14001 (Environmental Management), ISO9001 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 45001 (Health and Safety Management).

In this blog, we’ll provide an introduction to ISO 14001, its significance, key principles, implementation process, and the benefits it brings to businesses.

The basics – understanding ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard for Environmental Management Systems developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

It outlines the requirements for organisations to identify, manage, monitor, and improve their environmental performance. ISO 14001 is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle, providing a systematic approach to environmental management.

Businesses, particularly in the built environment recognise the importance of minimising their environmental footprint and complying with environmental regulations. ISO 14001 provides a framework for companies to address environmental challenges, enhance sustainability practices, and demonstrate their commitment to responsible business operations.

What are the key principles of ISO 14001?

These core principles help businesses to maximise environmental performance and meet compliance standards. The six principles are:

  1. Environmental Policy
  2. Planning
  3. Implementation and Operation
  4. Monitoring and Measurement
  5. Evaluation of Compliance
  6. Continuous Improvement

What do these principles mean for my business?

ISO14001 is centred around 6 key principles:

Environmental Policy

Businesses are required to establish a clear environmental policy that reflects their commitment to compliance, pollution prevention, and continual improvement.

Planning

Identifying environmental aspects and impacts, setting objectives and targets, and developing plans to achieve them.

Implementation and Operation

Implementing the EMS, ensuring the availability of resources, competence, and communication processes to achieve environmental objectives.

Monitoring and Measurement

Monitoring environmental performance, conducting regular evaluations, and measuring progress against objectives.

Evaluation of Compliance

Ensuring compliance with applicable legal and other requirements related to environmental aspects.

Continuous Improvement

Continuously improving the EMS through corrective actions, preventive actions, and management reviews.

What is the Implementation Process of ISO 45001?

Implementing ISO 14001 involves several key steps:

#1 Initial Assessment

A business should assess its current environmental performance, identify environmental aspects, and determine legal and regulatory requirements.

#2 Gap Analysis

A gap analysis is a great way to assess your current processes against ISO 14001 requirements to identify areas for improvement. We can help you with this if you need it.

#3 Documentation

Develop documentation including an environmental policy, objectives, procedures, and records required by ISO 14001.

#4 Training and Awareness

Provide training to employees to raise awareness of environmental issues and their roles in achieving environmental objectives.

#5 Implementation

Roll out the EMS across the organisation, ensuring integration with existing processes and systems.

#6 Internal Audit

Conduct internal audits to evaluate the effectiveness of the EMS and identify areas for improvement.

#7 Management Review

Review the EMS regularly with top management to ensure its suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness.

Finally- #8 Certification

Engage a third-party certification body like us to audit the EMS and grant ISO 14001 certification upon successful compliance.

Top Tips for Certification

Many companies fail to get the basics right before they come to us for certification. As a certification body we must remain impartial when assessing the suitability for ISO and that means that we cannot help you with readying for certification.

However, there are several compliance consultancies that can help you do this. A good management system will also help you to carry out the correct procedures and create the right paperwork in readiness for certification.

If you are serious about certification, then get your business ready before you submit for certification. This will save you time and money dealing with any delays due to non-conformances.

Benefits of ISO 14001

This may all sound complicated but a dedication to environmental procedures means that certification is just the icing on the cake of safe, effective and risk-reducing business activities. A business that shows dedication to environmental processes not only protects its people, products and profitability but reduces any environmental risks from business operations, mitigating reputational damage and increasing positive brand associations by customers and its supply chain.

Maintaining certification is the hallmark of quality that your business is continually improving. By gaining and maintaining ISO 14001, your business, your people and your customers will benefit from:

Environmental Compliance

ISO 14001 helps organisations comply with environmental regulations and legal requirements, reducing the risk of fines and penalties.

Reduced Environmental Impact

By identifying and managing environmental aspects and impacts, organisations minimise their environmental footprint and resource consumption.

Cost Savings

Implementing ISO 14001 often leads to improved resource efficiency, reduced waste generation, and lower operating costs.

Access to Markets and Opportunities

ISO 14001 certification may be a prerequisite for doing business with certain customers, suppliers, or government agencies.

Improved Stakeholder Relations

Demonstrating environmental commitment fosters trust and credibility with stakeholders, including employees, investors, and communities.

Better Brand Value

Although brand value is an ‘intangible’ in many ways, the positive associations that a business can foster through good environmental practices is only set to become more important in tomorrow’s world. A business with ISO 14001 certification signals to the world that they value the world in which they operate just as highly as the market in which they make money.

By embracing ISO 14001 principles and practices, you can enhance your reputation as an environmentally responsible entity. ISO 14001 certification not only benefits your business and your people, but also contributes to the overall well-being of the planet, ensuring a more sustainable future for generations to come.

If you are ready for certification you can speak to our friendly team. Or, if you’re not sure where you are currently, contact us today to book a Gap Analysis.

Why do we need ISO standards – and what are they for?

With the rapid advancement of technology, manufacturing practices and chemical processes, ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of employees has become paramount for organisations across all industries.

To address these critical concerns, many businesses are increasingly turning to internationally recognised standards such as ISO 45001.

The 3 most popular ISO standards that companies choose to be certified against are ISO 45001 (Health and Safety Management), ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management).

The basics – an introduction to ISO 45001

ISO 45001 is an international standard developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) that sets out the requirements for an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS).

It provides a framework for organisations to proactively manage occupational health and safety risks, prevent work-related injuries and illnesses, and promote a safe and healthy work environment for employees.

Ensuring the health and safety of workers is governed by a robust legal framework, including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and various regulations enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

ISO 45001 aligns with UK legislation and complements existing health and safety management systems, offering organisations a structured approach to managing occupational health and safety risks.

What are the 6 key principles of ISO 45001?

OHSMS principles offer an essential framework for the implementation of ISO 45001. The core principles help businesses to ensure health, safety and compliance for all stakeholders within and organisation. The key principles are:

  1. Leadership and Commitment
  2. Worker Participation
  3. Risk-Based Approach
  4. Legal Compliance
  5. Continuous Improvement
  6. Emergency Preparedness and Response

What do these principles mean for my business?

Leadership and Commitment

Top management demonstrates leadership and commitment to establishing, implementing, and continually improving the OHSMS.

Worker Participation

Workers are actively involved in health and safety decisions, hazard identification, and the development of safety procedures.

Risk-Based Approach

The organisation identifies and assesses occupational health and safety risks, implements controls to mitigate these risks, and continually monitors and reviews their effectiveness.

Legal Compliance

The organisation ensures compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements related to occupational health and safety.

Continuous Improvement

The OHSMS is continually reviewed and improved to enhance occupational health and safety performance and effectiveness.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Businesses establish procedures for identifying and responding to emergency situations, including incidents and accidents.

What is the Implementation Process of ISO 45001?

Implementing ISO 45001 involves several key steps:

#1 Complete a Gap Analysis

A gap analysis is a great way to assess your current processes against ISO 45001 requirements to identify areas for improvement. We can help you with this if you need it.

#2 Leadership Commitment

Obtain commitment and support from top management to prioritise health and safety, allocate resources, and drive implementation efforts.

#3 Worker Participation

Engage workers at all levels in the development, implementation, and improvement of the OHSMS, fostering a culture of ownership and accountability.

#4 Risk Assessment

Identify and assess occupational health and safety risks associated with work activities, processes, and hazards present in the workplace.

#5 Control Measures

Implement controls to eliminate or minimise identified risks, including engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE).

#6 Training and Awareness

Provide training and awareness programs to ensure that all employees understand their roles and responsibilities in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.

#7 Documentation and Record-Keeping

Develop and maintain documented procedures, policies, and records required by ISO 45001 to demonstrate compliance and facilitate effective management of the OHSMS.

#8 Internal Audits

Conduct internal audits to assess the effectiveness of the OHSMS, identify areas for improvement, and ensure compliance with ISO 45001 requirements.

#9 Management Review

Review the performance of the OHSMS at regular intervals through management reviews, identifying opportunities for improvement and setting objectives for continual enhancement.

Finally – #10 Certification

Engage a third-party certification body to audit the OHSMS against ISO 45001 requirements and obtain certification upon successful compliance.

Top Tips for Certification

Many companies fail to get the basics right before they come to us for certification. As a certification body we must remain impartial when assessing the suitability for ISO and that means that we cannot help you with readying for certification.

However, there are several compliance consultancies that can help you do this. A good management system will also help you to carry out the correct procedures and create the right paperwork in readiness for certification.

If you are serious about certification, then get your business ready before you submit for certification. This will save you time and money dealing with any delays due to non-conformances.

Benefits of ISO 45001

This may seem like a daunting task, but Health and Safety policies are now the responsibility of all businesses in the UK, following the Health and Safety Act 1974.

Depending on the size and complexity of your business and the industry that you operate in, there are mandatory things you must do as a UK-based business.

Holding ISO 45001 signals to your stakeholders that you are willing to go the extra mile to protect your people and customers from harm.

In return you will benefit from:

Reduced Risk of Workplace Incidents

ISO 45001 helps organisations identify and mitigate occupational health and safety risks, reducing the likelihood of work-related accidents, injuries, and illnesses.

Improved Compliance

Compliance with ISO 45001 demonstrates a commitment to meeting legal and regulatory requirements related to occupational health and safety, reducing the risk of penalties and sanctions.

Enhanced Reputation

ISO 45001 certification enhances your reputation as a responsible employer that prioritises the health, safety, and well-being of its employees, customers, and stakeholders.

Increased Employee Engagement (and Productivity)

Involving employees in health and safety decision-making fosters a culture of engagement, empowerment, and ownership, leading to higher morale and productivity.

Cost Savings

Effective management of occupational health and safety risks can lead to cost savings through reduced absenteeism, insurance premiums, compensation claims, and downtime associated with workplace incidents.

Competitive Advantage and Access to Opportunities

ISO 45001 certification can provide a competitive edge in the marketplace, demonstrating to customers, suppliers, and partners that you are committed to excellence in occupational health and safety management. Holding ISO 45001 will also open up new opportunities for supply chains that require more sophisticated business operators.

By aligning with ISO 45001 requirements, you can enhance your health and safety performance, comply with legal and regulatory requirements, and reap numerous benefits, including improved reputation, employee engagement, and cost savings. This in turn leads to increased competitiveness, credibility, and customer satisfaction, sowing the seeds for sustained success in today’s dynamic and global marketplace.

If you are ready for certification you can speak to our friendly team. Or, if you’re not sure where you are currently, contact us today to book a Gap Analysis.

Understanding PAS 2030: The industry standard for insulation

What is PAS 2030?

PAS 2030 is a recognised industry standard (Publicly Available Specification) that sets out the requirements for the installation of energy efficiency measures, including insulation.

It provides a framework for ensuring the quality of installations and helps to establish consumer confidence in the effectiveness of energy efficiency measures.

The standard covers various aspects of the installation process, including technical specifications, quality management, and installer certification.

By adhering to PAS 2030, installers are required to follow best practices and meet specific criteria to ensure that insulation systems are installed correctly and effectively.

PAS 2030 certification is essential for installers as it demonstrates their competence and commitment to delivering high-quality work. It gives homeowners confidence that their insulation project will be carried out by professionals who understand the best techniques and have undergone rigorous training.

To comply with PAS 2030, installers must meet certain requirements, such as having appropriate qualifications, maintaining adequate insurance, and implementing quality control measures. Regular audits and assessments are conducted to ensure ongoing compliance with the standard.

By choosing PAS 2030 certified installers, homeowners can be assured of the highest quality installation and the best return on their investment.

In the next section, we will explore the benefits of complying with PAS 2030.

Benefits of complying with PAS 2030

Complying with PAS 2030 offers numerous benefits for both homeowners and installers.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the advantages:

  1. Quality assurance: PAS 2030 ensures that installations are carried out to the highest standards, guaranteeing the effectiveness and longevity of the insulation. This gives homeowners peace of mind, knowing that their investment will provide long-term benefits.
  2. Access to government incentives: Many government schemes and grants require installers to be PAS 2030 certified. By choosing certified installers, homeowners may be eligible for financial incentives, such as the Green Homes Grant or the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
  3. Increased property value: A well-insulated home with a valid PAS 2030 certification can be more attractive to potential buyers. It demonstrates that the property has been properly upgraded and is energy-efficient, which can positively impact its value in the real estate market.
  4. Consumer protection: PAS 2030 ensures that consumers are protected against substandard installations or fraudulent practices. It sets out guidelines and requirements that installers must follow, reducing the risk of poor workmanship and providing recourse in case of issues.
  5. Environmental impact: By complying with PAS 2030 and installing energy-efficient insulation systems, homeowners contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change. This aligns with global efforts to create a sustainable future.

In summary, complying with PAS 2030 offers a range of benefits, including quality assurance, access to government incentives, increased property value, consumer protection, and environmental impact. Now, let’s explore how installers can become PAS 2030 certified.

How to become PAS 2030 certified

Becoming PAS 2030 certified involves a series of steps and requirements that installers must fulfill. It ensures that installers have the necessary skills, knowledge, and processes in place to deliver high-quality installations. Here’s an overview of the certification process:

  1. Training and qualifications: Installers must undergo relevant training and obtain appropriate qualifications to demonstrate their competence in installing insulation systems. This may include courses on insulation techniques, health and safety, and building regulations.
  2. Insurance and warranty: Installers must have adequate insurance coverage, including liability insurance, to protect homeowners in case of any issues arising from the installation. They should also offer warranties on their workmanship and materials used.
  3. Quality management: Implementing a robust quality management system is crucial for PAS 2030 certification. Installers must have processes in place to monitor and control the quality of their installations, ensuring compliance with the standard.
  4. Certification body assessment: Installers must engage with a certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The certification body will assess the installer’s processes, qualifications, and quality management system to determine compliance with PAS 2030.
  5. Ongoing compliance: Once certified, installers are subject to regular audits and assessments to ensure ongoing compliance with PAS 2030. This helps maintain the standard’s integrity and ensures that certified installers continue to deliver high-quality installations.

By choosing PAS 2030 certified installers, you can be confident that your insulation project will be carried out by professionals who have met stringent requirements and undergone rigorous assessments. In the next section, we will explore common insulation materials and their properties.

Understanding the importance of ISO standards

The benefits of ISO 19650 of huge. ISO standards play a crucial role in various industries, ensuring that organizations adhere to specific guidelines and best practices. In the construction industry, ISO 19650 has emerged as a game-changer, revolutionizing the way information is managed throughout the lifecycle of a built asset. By adopting ISO 19650, organizations can optimize their processes, improve collaboration, and achieve successful project outcomes.

ISO 19650 provides a structured framework for managing information, ensuring accuracy, consistency, and transparency. This standard encompasses the entire lifecycle of a project, from inception to demolition, enabling organizations to effectively manage data and documentation at every stage. By adhering to ISO 19650, construction professionals can streamline their workflows, minimize errors, and deliver projects on time and within budget.

Key benefits of ISO 19650

Implementing ISO 19650 brings numerous benefits to organizations operating in the construction industry. Let’s explore some of the key advantages that this international standard offers:

Streamlining project management with ISO 19650

ISO 19650 promotes efficient project management by providing a standardized approach to information management. The standard emphasizes the importance of clear roles and responsibilities, ensuring that everyone involved in a construction project understands their tasks and obligations. This clarity eliminates confusion and minimizes the risk of miscommunication.

Moreover, ISO 19650 facilitates effective document control. It establishes protocols for naming conventions, version control, and metadata, making it easier for project teams to locate and access relevant information. By streamlining document management processes, ISO 19650 reduces the time and effort spent searching for critical data, enhancing overall project efficiency.

Enhancing collaboration and communication

Collaboration is a crucial aspect of successful construction projects. ISO 19650 enables seamless collaboration between stakeholders by providing a unified platform for information exchange. The standard encourages the use of common data environments (CDEs), where all project-related information is stored and shared. This centralized approach promotes transparency, allowing stakeholders to access the latest information and make informed decisions.

ISO 19650 also facilitates effective communication between project teams. By standardizing communication protocols and documentation formats, the standard ensures that information is clear, consistent, and easily understandable by all parties. This clarity minimizes the risk of misinterpretation and facilitates smoother collaboration, ultimately leading to better project outcomes.

Improving efficiency and reducing errors

One of the most significant advantages of ISO 19650 is its ability to improve efficiency and reduce errors in construction projects. By implementing standardized processes, organizations can eliminate redundant tasks and optimize workflows. This streamlining of operations reduces the likelihood of errors and rework, saving valuable time and resources.

ISO 19650 also emphasizes the importance of data quality and integrity. The standard ensures that information is accurate, up-to-date, and reliable throughout the project lifecycle. By maintaining data integrity, organizations can make informed decisions based on trustworthy information, minimizing the risk of costly mistakes.

Ensuring data integrity and security

Data security is a top priority in today’s digital landscape. ISO 19650 addresses this concern by providing guidelines for data management and security. The standard emphasizes the need for robust cybersecurity measures to protect sensitive project information from unauthorized access, loss, or corruption.

ISO 19650 also promotes data integrity by establishing protocols for data exchange and validation. By ensuring the accuracy and consistency of data, organizations can rely on the information for critical decision-making processes. This data integrity is especially crucial when multiple stakeholders are involved, as it enables effective collaboration based on trustworthy information.

Gaining a competitive advantage with ISO 19650

In a highly competitive industry like construction, gaining a competitive advantage is essential for long-term success. Implementing ISO 19650 can give your organization an edge over competitors by showcasing your commitment to best practices and quality management.

By adhering to ISO 19650, you demonstrate your ability to manage information effectively, collaborate seamlessly, and deliver projects with precision. This reputation for excellence can attract clients who value efficient project management and reliable outcomes. Additionally, organizations that adhere to ISO 19650 may have a higher chance of winning contracts and tenders, as many clients prioritize working with companies that meet international standards.

Implementing ISO 19650 in your organization

Implementing ISO 19650 requires a systematic approach to ensure successful integration within your organization. Here are some key steps to consider when adopting this international standard:

  1. Assess your current processes: Start by evaluating your organization’s existing information management processes and identify areas that need improvement. This assessment will help you understand the gaps between your current practices and the requirements of ISO 19650.
  2. Develop an implementation plan: Based on the assessment, create a comprehensive implementation plan that outlines the necessary steps, timelines, and resources required to adopt ISO 19650. Assign responsibilities to individuals or teams to ensure accountability throughout the implementation process.
  3. Provide training and awareness: Educate your employees about ISO 19650 and its benefits. Conduct training sessions to familiarize them with the standard’s requirements and how it will impact their day-to-day work. This training will ensure that everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in maintaining compliance with ISO 19650.
  4. Establish a common data environment (CDE): Implement a CDE that serves as a centralized repository for all project-related information. The CDE should adhere to the requirements outlined in ISO 19650, including data security measures and access controls. This centralization of information will facilitate collaboration and streamline document management processes.
  5. Monitor and review: Regularly monitor and review your organization’s adherence to ISO 19650. Conduct internal audits to identify any areas that need improvement and take corrective actions as necessary. Continuously evaluate the effectiveness of your implementation plan and make adjustments based on feedback and lessons learned.

By following these steps, your organization can successfully implement ISO 19650 and harness its benefits for long-term success.

Conclusion: Embracing the benefits of ISO 19650 for long-term success

ISO 19650 offers significant advantages to organizations in the construction industry. By adopting this international standard, you can streamline project management, enhance collaboration and communication, improve efficiency, and ensure data integrity and security. Embracing ISO 19650 demonstrates your commitment to best practices and quality management, giving your organization a competitive edge.

To achieve successful implementation, it is essential to assess your current processes, develop a comprehensive plan, provide training and awareness, establish a common data environment, and regularly monitor and review your adherence to ISO 19650.

By embracing the benefits of ISO 19650, your organization can optimize its processes, deliver projects on time and within budget, and set a new standard of excellence in the construction industry. Stay ahead of the competition and embark on the journey towards successful construction projects with ISO 19650 today.

 

What is a gap analysis for the ISO 19650 standard and how can it help your organisation?

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been around for a number of years; however, the formal adoption of meeting the internal ISO 19650 standard is still in its infancy.

Conducting a gap analysis for the ISO 19650 standard is a great way to understand how ready you are – and the best news is that it only takes a day!

Who is it for?

The ISO 19650 gap analysis day is designed for companies that are not sure if they are ready for assessment for ISO 19650 and would like to start their journey to gaining recognised certification.

Why conduct a gap analysis?

It is quite common that the ISO 19650 certification process is delayed due to most organisations being new to the standard. It is not unusual for them to feel overwhelmed about where to start and spend unnecessary time, money and resources trying to figure out what they need in place prior to moving forward for a formal assessment.

What is the gap analysis?

The gap analysis is a remote, shorter, lighter assessment which provides a high-level overview of a company’s readiness for certification and determines if it is ready to progress to a formal assessment.

Once a company has completed the gap analysis, it will have an easy-to-understand traffic light report defining the areas that require improvement to meet the standard. This straightforward report will provide a clear starting point so companies can move confidently on to the ISO 19650 certification process.

What are the benefits of the gap analysis?

Think of the gap analysis as a safety net. If a company that is not ready for certification goes ahead to a stage one assessment and has a number of non-conformances, then the assessor has the right to close off the assessment and rebook when the client is ready.

In short, it saves time and money!

How is the gap analysis delivered?

An ISO 19650 gap analysis is delivered over a remote session using Microsoft Teams. At Simply Certification, we have built up a network of worldwide assessors with the help of our partner, Plannerly, so we will be able to match you with a skilled and competent BIM and ISO 19650 expert who will carry out the gap analysis.

The session will last no longer than 6 hours.

What do I get at the end of the ISO 19650 gap analysis session?

At the end of the session, our assessor will finalise a report offline and send this to you. This will be in the format of an easy-to-understand traffic light system-style document against each of the clauses in the ISO 19650 standard.

It will detail where additional work needs to be done in order to meet the ISO 19650 standard and become assessment-ready.

What happens after the gap analysis?

Once you have addressed the findings in the report, you can then move on to the certification process.

The ISO 19650 certification process is a separate assessment and is carried out under a different scheme. The result of this is a 3-year certificate that will be recognised worldwide.

Where do I start?

It’s straightforward! Simply provide your details on our ISO 19650 gap analysis form and one of our team will be in touch with a quote and the next steps.

What is The Great British Insulation Scheme?

Designed to be complementary to the current ECO scheme, which is known as ECO4, The Great British Insulation Scheme (previously known as ECO Plus) has an anticipated spend of £1 Billion and improve 300,000 homes.

It is designed to deliver improvements to the least energy-efficient dwellings in Great Britain to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce energy bills.

This scheme will mostly deliver single insulation measures.

Which areas does it cover?

The scheme will operated across Great Britain.

Which standards and measures will The Great British Insulation Scheme cover?

The Government have decided that all measures must be delivered under PAS 2035 (meaning installers will need PAS 2030) including the simpler measures:

  • B1 Cavity wall insulation (including party walls)
  • B4 and B8 Solid wall insulation (both external and internal)
  • B5 Flat roof insulation
  • B6 Under floor insulation/Solid floor insulation
  • B9 Loft insulation
  • B10 Pitched roof insulation
  • B12 Room-in-roof insulation
  • B13 Park home insulation

When will it run?

The scheme will launch by Summer 2023 and run until March 2026.

What are the benefits to households?

The government believe the scheme will save households around £310 a year.

Who will qualify?

As well as supporting low-income and vulnerable households, it will also be available to those living in homes with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D-G, and within Council Tax bands A-D in England and A-E in Scotland and Wales.

How do I gain the right certification so I can operate under this scheme?

As an installer you will need to install under PAS 2035 – which means you will need PAS 2030. Contact our team today to find out more.

The need for “Green Compliance” has never been as urgent

With the price of fuel escalating and the urgency to address climate change compliance around green standards has never been in as much demand.

When we launched in 2020 it was our aim to be the certification body of choice within the wider construction sector, with a strong focus around standards that support the drive of decarbonisation and energy efficiency.

Not just a certificate

Gaining compliance and certification is not just about showcasing to stakeholders that your organisation is serious about green strategies – but a real opportunity to:

  • Perform better as an organisation
  • Be more efficient, increasing profit margins
  • Qualify for frameworks, funding and contracts

Which certification is right for your organisation?

 

Who needs this?

Most organisations that are responsible for their own energy use, such as office facilities, hospitals, retail and leisure parks, schools and universities, industrial and manufacturing plants.

What it is

The new ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems can help safeguard our future by making a positive difference in the here and now.

ISO 50001 provides a framework of requirements for organisations to:

  • Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy
  • Fix targets and objectives to meet the policy
  • Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use
  • Measure the results
  • Review how well the policy works, and
  • Continually improve energy management

 

Who needs this?

Contractors who install insulation, windows, gas and electrical measures relating to making a building more energy efficient.

What it is

Contractors are moving quickly to gain PAS 2030 alongside TrustMark registration as more and more framework agreements and contracts are emerging stating the need to have certification for PAS 2030.

 

Who needs this?

Installers, designers, architects and principle contractors who are responsible for the design of the retrofit of energy efficiency measures in domestic buildings.

What it is

PAS 2035 is the requirement around the assessment and design of an energy efficiency retrofit installation. This is interlinked to PAS 2030.

 

Who needs this?

Designers, architects and principle contractors who are responsible for the design of the retrofit of energy efficiency measures in commercial buildings.

What it is

Published in 2021, PAS 2038 this is crucial in driving down the energy use in existing building stock. With commercial buildings being much more complex than domestic, this standard helps on the impact of energy use within hospitals, schools, retail parks, leisure facilities and office space via the retrofit of energy efficiency measures.

 

Who needs this?

Most organisations have an impact on the environment and ISO 14001 is suitable for a wide range of businesses.

What it is

ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides a framework that an organisation can follow to help drive efficiencies across the business.

 

Who needs this?

Architects, designers, contractors and facilities management. It is quickly becoming a recognised standard across the globe for those in the built environment.

What it is

Working within ISO 19650 showcases that your organisation works towards best practice within a construction and facilities management program.

It also enables your business to reduce unnecessary costs through wasted resources and time, also having a positive impact on the environment.

Would you like to find out more?

Book in a free consultation call with us to find out more about our Green Compliance offering.

“I’ll send you my documents and you check it and then I get certified, right?”

“Our installers are on a competent person’s scheme so don’t understand why PAS 2030 is needed”

“Why can’t I send photos of the installations for my technical inspections, they should do?”

These are frequent questions and statements that we hear regularly at Simply Certification when taking on new customers for PAS 2030.

The latest version of PAS 2030 along with PAS 2035 has been released to provide a more robust standard at an organisational level than its predecessors. The standard ensures best practice is followed throughout the installation journey which protects the owner/tenants of the property, public funding and ultimately ensures the building itself achieves the objective of becoming more energy efficient.

At Simply we work with our clients as their critical friend and provide a valuable assessment experience for PAS 2030 which will protect your business in the long run from claw backs and money lost through having to re-visit installations to put them right.

More than a certificate

We strongly believe that if you are paying for a third-party assessment to demonstrate you are compliant with any standard, the value is not just gaining a certificate. It is so much more.

Going through the process of gaining PAS 2030 certification should also help identify any areas of weakness that your business may have across its processes that could result in a high number of technical monitoring fails – that could ultimately cost your business tens of thousands in claw backs and remediation.

At a first glance, a light desktop check of documents, submitted photographs or a quick technical assessment may sound attractive in to gain certification quickly, but how would this really benefit your business?

Cutting corners to gain certification quickly, will actually be putting your business at risk.

Getting it right, saves you in the long run

Understanding the standard, ensuring you have the relevant framework and infrastructure in place and demonstrating you are following the standard will help ensure that you are protecting your business.

We have worked with a number of clients how have previously had poor assessments and unfortunately lead them down a pathway of gaining a high technical monitoring fails, only for the same certification body threaten to remove their certification without any further support.

Our approach is to support our clients to get it right, encourage them not to cut corners and provide a robust assessment that identifies any route causes that could lead to any damage to their business.

Although it may seem like hard work initially this leads to firm foundations and a compliant organisation that reaps the rewards.

Want to start your PAS 2030 journey with Simply?

We are welcoming new applications from customers across the UK, whether a small start up or large national contractors.

Simply start your online application today.

How to achieve PAS 2030 Certification

In order to gain PAS 2030 certification you will need to ensure you have carried out preparation work that ensures that you meet the standard.

This falls into three key areas:

1. Quality Management System (QMS)

You will need to have in place a workable documentation system that stores all of your processes, procedures, company information, paperwork that details the relevant information per installation.

There are a number of ready made templated QMS systems that you can purchase or you can build your own around the standard.

You can also access our PAS 2030 resources and checklist which will provide you with more detailed information to what you would need in your QMS.

2. Competency

For PAS 2030 there are a range of energy efficiency measures:

B.1 Cavity wall insulation including that installed in party walls
B.2 Draught proofing
B.3 Energy efficient glazing and doors including replacement Insulating Glass Units (IGU)
B.4 External wall insulation
B.5 Flat roof insulation
B.6 Floor insulation
B.7 Hybrid wall insulation
B.8 Internal wall insulation
B.9 Loft insulation
B.10 Pitched roof insulation
B.11 Solar Blinds, Shutters and Shading Devices (internal and external)
B.12 Room-in-roof insulation
B.13 Insulation of existing park homes
C.1 Condensing boilers, natural gas- fired and liquefied petroleum gas-fired
C.2 Oil-fired condensing boilers
C.3 Flue-gas heat recovery devices
C.4 Heating system insulation(ducting, pipes and cylinders)
C.5 Heating, hot water system, air conditioning or ventilation controls and components
C.6 Hot water systems
C.7 Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery
C.8 Under-floor heating
C.9 Warm-air heating systems
C.10 Water efficient taps and showers
D.1 Electric storage heaters (including electric warm air heating units that incorporate heat storage)
D.2 Lighting fittings, lighting systems and lighting system controls

For each measure you choose, you will need at least one installer per team to have the required qualification to meet the standard. For example for the insulation related measure at least one installer per team will need to have an NVQ Level 2 in Insulation and Building Treatments with the relevant pathway.

On top of this, you will need to demonstrate that all health and safety certifications are up to date and can be accessed and provided as evidence.

3. PAS 2035

PAS 2030 is interlinked with PAS 2035 which is the retrofit design element. To gain PAS 2030 the designs for the installation of the measures need to be be prepared in accordance with PAS 2035.

The assessor will be looking for evidence that this is the case.

Some organisations are provided the retrofit designs by their primary contractor who may have a qualified Retrofit Co-ordinator who have already fulfilled this requirement. Some organisations utilise external Retrofit Co-ordination services and some choose to have their own qualified Retrofit Co-Ordinator in house.

Assessment ready?

Once you have all of these elements in place, you will be ready for assessment.

Read our 10 Steps to Certification which provides an overview of the process from start to finish.

Start your journey today

You can start the process now by completing our online application.