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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In August 2021, PAS 2038:2019 was released.

With 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.

What are the differences and what does this mean to your business?

There is already PAS 2030 and PAS 2035, so what are the differences with this new standard and which one does your business need?

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The benefits to demonstrating compliance to PAS 2038

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.

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.

Introduction of an Energy Efficiency Retrofit Offering

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

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.

How can Simply Certification help?

Simply provide Certifications of Conformity for PAS 2035 and PAS 2038 and Certifications of Registration for PAS 2030

Simply contact our team today to start the process:


On 23rd August competition guidance was released by BEIS for wave 1 of Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

The 2019 Conservative Manifesto includes a proposal for a £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund over a 10-year period, to improve the energy performance of social rented homes (subject to future spending reviews).

The Government has announced up to £160m for the first wave delivering to January 2023 which registered providers of social housing are eligible to apply. Any private registered providers can apply as part of a consortium led by a Local Authority.

The requirements

  • The requirements will be that all installers are required to be TrustMark Registered or equivalent, and compliant with TrustMark requirements (PAS 2030/MCS certified).
  • All projects must be compliant with the most up to date PAS 2035:2019 “PAS 2035 Retrofitting dwellings for improved energy efficiency. Specification and guidance” (PAS 2035).
  • Installers must have appropriate certifications for eligible measures to qualify.
  • Low carbon heating installers must be registered with Trustmark or equivalent, and be certified with relevant MCS standards.

How can Simply Certification help?

We are offering a free gap analysis to providers and their installers to find out if they have any gaps in terms of compliance  – we can then put them through the process to gain the required certifications.

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Investing in a management system and certification has a huge range of benefits.

#1 Reduces risk of legal issues

Nine times out of ten, gaining and maintaining a healthy profit margin is a key objective of a businesses. Whether applicable to your business type or a wider requirement such as GDPR – staying compliant will reduce unnecessary waste of company profits having to pay out legal fees or fines. Standards such as ISO 27001  (Information Security Management) and ISO 45001 (Health and Safety) are a great way to embed a set of process that will protect your business and reduce any risk associated with non compliance of legislation.

#2 Future proof your business

If you look back, even just this last 12 months, you will have felt huge changes in our working environment. For the survival and success of your business, it is vital that it is managed in line with the current environment. There are a huge range of external factors that can impact the success of your organisation these could be political, environmental, social, economical, technological and legal, Having a management system in place that is constantly reviewing these factors ensures that your can put in place strategies to either take advantage of any changes or to proactively protect it, giving you a competitive advantage.

#3 Increases effectiveness and efficiencies

Standards such as ISO 9001 (Quality) enable a business to identify areas of improvement across it’s operations and be able to spot where there are better ways to carry out activities. The standard ensures regular reviewing of customer handling, supply chain appraisals and spotting and identifying risks to name but a few. All of these factors enable a business in continuously improve.

#4 Great material for marketing

When our clients gain certification one of the first things we provide them is with our marketing pack on how to shout about it – certification is something to celebrate!

Showcasing your business is built on firm foundations is a great selling point. Ask yourself, who would your potential buyers rather choose? A business that is structured and has formal processes in place that meet international standards… or a business that just wings it?

Being compliant demonstrates that you have high ethical standards and practices in place. What a great story to tell your stakeholders.

#5 Increases Trust and Confidence

Trust and confidence are huge factors when it comes to choosing a supplier and then continuing to stay with them.

By having in place management systems that proactively identify areas of risk so that they can be addressed, helps a business streamline their services so that the customer has less of a chance to experience an issue when dealing with your organisation – resulting in a higher customer life time value.

#6 Reduces employee churn

Engaged employees are less likely to have negative feelings towards their employer. If they feel that their contributions are valued, that they are safe in their roles and that who they work for is a responsible employer, the propensity for them to seek employment elsewhere, reduces significantly.

The cost of recruiting (time and budget) is extremely high. This can be avoided through having standards in place that encourage employee engagement.

Where do I start?

In the first instance you need to decide which are the most relevant standards for your business.

The most common standard is ISO 9001 (Quality), however more businesses are looking to implement additional standards such as ISO 14001 (Environmental), ISO 45001 (Health and Safety) and ISO 27001 (Information Security Management).

To start your journey, complete our short instant estimate form and one of our team will be in touch.




ISO 22301 Certification

Never has there been a time when the stark reality has hit us to how an outside force can impact a business so suddenly.

This last year has taught so many of us that we need to be much more proactive in terms of managing risks.

Whether you are a smaller business employing under 10 people or a large international organisation with thousands of staff – having a business continuity plan is vital. But you don’t need us to tell you that!

ISO 22301 the international mark of Business Continuity Management

The most recent version of the standard was released in 2019, and many organisations are moving quickly to embed processes and procedures to meet it to ensure their business is ready to respond to any disruption – resulting in reducing impact and risk.

Implementing a business continuity management system is the first step then moving onto having this certified is the next.

Getting certified to ISO 22301 makes your business more attractive

The obvious benefit is that you immediately enhance your brand to demonstrate your business has strong foundations that is prepared for disruption – increasing trust and confidence across your stakeholders such as employees and customers.

What are the steps to gain ISO 22301

First of all, read a little more about the standard here, then complete our instant quote application and one of our team will be in touch with a price and the next steps.


PAS 2030

Why would you need PAS 2030 if Green Homes Grant is no more?

The news over the weekend that Green Homes Grant applications will close on 31 March 2021 came as a disappointment for many. Especially organisations, who were triggered by the opportunity of GHG, and who had already invested in gaining the skills and implementing systems to meet the PAS 2030/35 standard.

PAS 2030 will continue to be a huge benefit

Let us put your mind at ease. There are a number of funding schemes. Green Homes Grant is just one of these.

Since 2006 there has been some form of funding to make homes energy efficient, and having PAS 2030/35 is still a requirement and will continue to be the case.

BEIS is still committed to ensuring a compliant, skilled and competent workforce

PAS 2030/35 is till here and is as important as ever. These standards underpin the requirements to get existing properties energy efficient, and although the specific scheme GHG is going, this is absolutely not the end of schemes or the need for PAS 2030/35.

Future proof your business – gain a competitive advantage

The decision to gain PAS 2030 should not be based on one particular funding scheme that has a 12 month shelf life.

Gaining this certification is a strategic decision that will help future proof your business as gaining certification will open up so many more avenues and benefits to be had:

1. Benefiting from being part of the drive to get the UK to become net zero by 2050

There is no getting away from this. The Government has a commitment to ensure all buildings become energy efficient to help meet its target of the UK becoming net zero by 2050.

How to incentivise the owners of the buildings/properties to do this is one thing the funding schemes are trying to achieve. So incentive mechanisms such as GHG will always evolve and change.

But being able to demonstrate competency on the retrofit of dwellings will always remain i.e. PAS 2030/35.

2. Larger public sector and private sector contracts

PAS 2030/35 is quickly becoming a key requirement for installers to have in order to gain work on public sector contracts. The standard is recognised as best practice to ensure a retrofit is energy efficient. If you don’t have the standard then you will not qualify for opportunities like these.

3. Having a quality management system and highly competent installers will help your business flourish

In order to gain PAS 2030 certification you have to ensure your businesses functions are robust. That you are able to record feedback and continually learn and improve.

A QMS that meets the PAS 2030 standard will allow you to monitor the process from start to finish.

Your team will need to be qualified and demonstrate high degrees of installation.

All of these factors lead to a robust infrastructure of a business – leading to high levels service.

4. Incentives

We wanted to put this last, as it shouldn’t be the only driver as all of the points above also provide a strong case to why you should implement PAS 2030/35 and gain certification for the standard.

As mentioned earlier, GHG is only one pot of funding. Currently there are also ECO3 and LAFlex that can be accessed – and in the future there is a strong possibility more will be launched.

Don’t wait, be ready… get PAS 2030/35

No doubt funding pots will come and go as the Government try and come up with new workable ways to incentivise the public, landlords and business owners into making their properties energy efficient.

The one staple will be PAS 2030/35 which enables them to achieve it. So if you haven’t already gained certification, now actually is a really good time to start!





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PAS 2030 Quality Management System

What is a PAS 2030 Quality Management System?

In essence a QMS (Quality Management System) is a set of documents, procedures and policies in a structured and version controlled format.

In order to gain PAS 2030:2019, a requirement is to have in place a QMS that meets the standard. The QMS should be structured so that an auditor can access it to review your processes to understand if

a) you have the correct procedures/policies in place and

b) you can evidence that you are operating to the standard.

How do I implement a PAS 2030 Quality Management System?

There are a number of ways to go about this:

  • You can purchase and download the standard from BSI. Working through it you can set up a structured format of folders, following the requirements of standard.
  • Alternatively you can engage with an expert who will help implement the QMS for your business, which is a preferred method of most installers as they find this the easiest and most efficient way.

What would a PAS 2030:2019 QMS contain?

Your QMS should ideally be the core of the administration of your business. Although it should meet the standard it should also be set up to support your business, so that it is not seen as an add on, but a system that runs throughout your daily operations, providing value and making day to day life easier.

A typical PAS 2030:2019 QMS system would contain:

  • Forms
    • Feedback forms
    • Installation checklists
    • and more
  • Policies
    • Health and safety policies
    • Environmental policies
    • Customer policies
    • and more
  • Procedures
    • Compliance
    • Complaints
    • Internal audits
    • Risk assessments
    • Installation process
    • and more
  • Data
    • Complaint tracker
    • Inspection and Audit records
    • Installer competency records
    • Client interaction
    • and more
  • Method statements
  • Legal and Insurance records

This list is not exhaustive, but provides an idea of how a structure of a QMS management system may look.

Need help to implement your PAS 2030 Quality Management System?

It may seem complicated initially, however with the help of a consultant, this will save you time.

As we are a certification body and have to remain impartial, we do not offer this service.

However, contact us today and we can put you in touch with a consultant that can help you.


PAS 2030 Installer scheme

PAS 2030 Installer Scheme  | What it is

The PAS 2030 Installer Scheme is a generic term used to refer to the process of gaining PAS 2030 certification and then accessing funding for the benefit of the home owner.

PAS 2030 lays out a set of requirements that is adopted by Green Deal and Eco installers to ensure that the low carbon energy measures they install in homes are to a high standard.

PAS 2030 | How to gain certification

To become part of the PAS 2030 Installer Scheme there is an element of preparation to get assessment ready. Once you are assessment ready, you can then engage with a certification body to carry out your assessments for PAS 2030 certification and TrustMark registration.

Getting assessment ready

There are two steps to becoming assessment ready:

  1. Quality Management System
    • You will need to implement a quality management system (set of documents, policies and procedures) that demonstrates that it meets the standard.
  2. Skills competency
    • Dependant on the measure that you are going for, you will need to demonstrate that there is the correct vocational qualifications and up to date health and safety training in place.
    • This includes having a qualified Retrofit Co-ordinator/Assessor as part of your installation process


Once you are assessment ready, you can engage with a Certification Body to carry out the relevant audits for certification:

  1. UKAS Certification Body Assessment
    • A UKAS accredited certification body will need to carry out an audit on your management system and technical inspections (pre, mid and post installation) on a sample of your installations.
  2. TrustMark Registration
    • You will then need to gain TrustMark Registration via a TrustMark Scheme Provider. Usually your Certification Body is also a TrustMark scheme provider.

What are the benefits to becoming part of the PAS 2030 Installer Scheme?

In a nutshell the commercial benefits are huge for your organisation. The government funding is helping home owners to be able to afford to update their energy efficiency measures, meaning many more opportunities for eco installers. There are other benefits too. Organisations who have PAS 2030 certification have proven their competency, skills and quality of installs – meaning much higher degrees of trust and confidence in your organisation.


Green homes grant scheme

From 28 August 2020, homeowners and landlords can find out how the government’s new Green Homes Grant Scheme can help them to make their home more energy efficient via the revamped Simple Energy Advice Website.

The Simple Energy Advice Website, provides help and advice to the public on how they can get up to two thirds of the costs of energy efficiency improvement measures in their home.

The new push and website will drive more interest towards having a much more energy efficient home via the Green Homes Grant Scheme. This will lead to a push in the sector for more trades people to gain their PAS 2030 certification; in order for them to be able to carry out the installations under this scheme.

Simply Certification provide PAS 2030 assessment and certification and is currently offering 30% discount for all new customers.

You can start the application process today.