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PAS2035 bypass

PAS 2035: Flawed and by ’PAS’sed

The new framework was brought in to ensure high-quality retrofit projects is already facing cut corners and industry-wide bypassing.

PAS2035 was released as a response to the findings found within the Each Home Counts Review. The review identified current flaws as well as potential long-term problems with energy-efficient construction projects.


Is your retrofit project SHDF eligible?

Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) is widely anticipated to be the best grant funding programme for whole-house retrofit projects. So how can one ensure their project is eligible?

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Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator Unveiled

A new government initiative has been introduced across England to help support the decarbonisation of social housing.

The programme coined as the Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator (SHRA) has been designed to help social housing providers push through challenges faced by offering an information hub to try and simplify the process.

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ECO4 vs PAS 2035: The battle of red tape

Can the proposed future design of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) truly work in the new PAS 2035 world?

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has just released its proposal for ECO4, replacing the currently used ECO3 and run from April 2022 until March 2026, with an average annual budget of £1 billion, funded by the energy bills of all electricity users in the UK.

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Top 10 impacts that PAS 2035 will have on your business

From July 1, 2021, all retrofit projects receiving government grant funding will be required to adhere to the PAS 2035 standard.

In May 2019, the British Standards Institute (BSI) published the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) document. This was a response to the Each Home Counts review (2015-2017), which identified current flaws as well as potential long-term issues with energy efficiency construction projects.

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What is Net Zero?

Seemingly the new sustainability buzzword that has cropped up everywhere, what is ‘net zero’ and is it a realistic vision of the future?

In a nutshell, the phrase net zero tries to achieve the balance between the greenhouse gases produced into the atmosphere and those gases are taken out to keep the emissions we release into the atmosphere low.