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.


PAS 2038 Webinar

With the launch of PAS 2038 in August of this year, we are hosting a free one hour webinar to help organisations gain an understanding to what the standard is and how you would go about gaining certification.

15 December 2021 @ 10am

The background

The objectives of government to work towards a carbon neutral UK, the energy that existing building stock uses needs to be addressed – quickly.

With the launch of PAS 2030 and PAS 2035, existing homes have been the main focus of funding and various schemes over these last few years.

The launch of PAS 2038 focuses on the commercial aspect of the retrofit of energy efficiency measures to existing commercial buildings.

What does this mean to your business?

If you are working within the construction sector and provide any sort of services to existing building stock  then it is likely that you should join our webinar.

Being compliant to PAS 2038 will ensure your business is equipped to meet a growing market. There are four great reasons why you should consider understanding more about PAS 2038 and adopting the processes to meet it:

#1 Gain a competitive advantage

This is a relatively new standard, and it is only early adopters who are currently underway with gaining and demonstrating compliance.

#2 Pre-qualification for tenders

The requirements to demonstrate that your organisation meets the standard is appearing in public sector and large private sector tenders already.

#3 Introduction of an Energy Efficiency Retrofit Offering

Introduction of a new offering around decarbonisation within your organisation will open up new opportunities.

#4 Decarbonisation within construction is a growing market

The opportunities for construction and facility management companies within decarbonisation are growing due to the drive of net zero.

Register on our webinar today


Join Plannerly and Simply Certification for this two-part mini-series to learn some simple how tos that will demystify your ISO 19650 certification journey:

November 10th
ISO 19650 Training (part 1)

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December 8th
ISO 19650 Audit + Certification (part 2)

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The benefits to the adoption of PAS 2035 and PAS 2038 are vast for organisations that provide services around the enhancement of existing building stock.

Both standards cover the assessment and design of energy efficiency measures; PAS 2035 covers domestic buildings and PAS 2038 for commercial buildings. PAS 2030 is the installation aspect following on from PAS 2035 and PAS 2038.

The benefits of PAS 2035 and PAS 2038

#1 Sponsored by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) the standards are seen as key elements in the fight against climate change. Any contractor that provides services around enhancing existing building stock should demonstrate their understanding and implementation of the standards.

#2 Having in place standardised outcomes of design processes across the business ensures a smooth handover process for the installation of retrofit of energy efficiency measures.

#3 Having in place processes that meet the standards provide greater internal audit trail of the project management processes across the assessment and design aspect of retrofit; enabling continuous improvement of the effectiveness of installation of energy efficiency measures.

#4 Implementing PAS 2035 and PAS 2038 reduces risk of internal and supply chain retrofit defects, therefore saving cost, resource and time across each project.

#5 Implementing the standards will promote cross skilling and up-skilling of the supply chain, enhancing resilience and quality throughout.

#6 Having in place the standards will demonstrate leading the way for de-carbonisation within existing building stock providing a competitive edge.


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