BSI launches new standards on eco-homes
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.”
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