BSI launches new standards on eco-homes

BSI, eco-homes, Trustmark, PAS, standards, Ant Burd

Standards body BSI has produced a new framework for the installation of energy efficiency measures in existing dwellings.

The UK government commissioned the new framework under the Each Home Counts initiative and the standards will provide compliance with the Trustmark government-endorsed quality scheme. There are three publicly available specifications (PAS) which offer specification and guidance on retrofitting homes for improved efficiency.

The new documents specify requirements for a detailed risk assessment approach including evaluation of improvement options, design and specification, monitoring and evaluation as well as addressing installation requirements. The Standards do not cover new-build dwellings, or any buildings used for non-dwelling purposes, but these categories are expected to be covered elsewhere in due course.

Ant Burd, head of Built Environment at BSI says: “The challenge with introducing energy efficiency measures (EEM) is how to create the biggest pay back with the minimum disruption. This is typically easier in green-field projects and new constructions, yet it is imperative we adapt our 29 million existing homes for both environmental and financial benefit.”

Picture credit: Shutterstock/Nick Xiao

Related links:
Related articles:

modbs tv logo

Manufacturer helps equip skills centre

Ideal Heating has helped to equip a new £500,000 green energy centre in Merseyside which is seeking to attract fresh talent into the heating industry.

Acoustic solutions suite with easy access to services at University of Birmingham

A suite of ceiling and wall acoustic solutions have been specified for The University of Birmingham’s new landmark Molecular Sciences building, which will provide a hub for research and academic work.