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Draft Scope:

This PAS specifies requirements for retrofit of dwellings, including: assessment of dwellings for retrofit; identification and evaluation of improvement options (energy efficiency measures, or EEMs); design and specification of EEMs (whether individual measures or packages of multiple measures); and monitoring and evaluation of retrofit projects.  It covers EEMs that are intended to:

improve the insulation of the elements of the building fabric (exposed floors, walls, roofs, windows and external doors) and reduce thermal bridging;

improve the air-tightness of the building envelope;

improve the resistance of the building envelope to water penetration and its resilience against flooding;

establish a safe dynamic moisture equilibrium through each element of the building fabric,

provide or upgrade ventilation to ensure good internal air quality and minimise the risk of condensation;

minimise the risks associated with overheating;

provide efficient heating and cooling systems with responsive, intelligent or ‘smart’ controls, including systems that use low or zero carbon (LZC) technologies;

provide efficient water heating systems with responsive controls, including systems that use LZC technologies;

provide efficient fixed lighting with appropriate controls;

provide efficient appliances and equipment to reduce electricity use and minimise internal heat gains;

provide locally generated renewable electric power, e.g. by means of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and micro combined heat and power (CHP);

provide on-site energy storage to improve the usefulness of energy generated by LZC technologies;

provide metering and monitoring systems to promote the efficient use of energy;

In addition to setting out requirements for the commissioning and handover of all of the above, this PAS also specifies requirements for advising building occupants about improvement options appropriate to their homes, and the efficient and appropriate use and maintenance of their retrofitted homes as well as for monitoring and evaluating retrofit projects when appropriate, and feeding back lessons learned to all parts of the supply chain, including the building occupants.

Many aspects of domestic retrofit are covered by existing standards.  Where appropriate those standards are referred to in this PAS, and compliance with the standards referred to is thereby a requirement of this PAS.

This PAS and the retrofit standards framework may be applied to all domestic retrofit activity and embrace work that is initiated, procured, funded and delivered in a wide variety of ways including:

programmes of retrofit promoted and/or funded by national or local government schemes;

programmes of retrofit initiated and/or funded by landlords, including social housing organisations, private landlords in the domestic sector and commercial property portfolio holders;

retrofit of individual buildings by their owners and/or occupants, including both domestic and commercial owner-occupiers;

retrofit that is integrated with and forms part of broader repairs, maintenance and improvement (RMI) activity related to individual buildings or building stocks;

This PAS and the retrofit standards framework may also be applied not only to retrofit work carried out by commercial building contractors and specialist installers of retrofit measures but also to work carried out by local SME builders and independent tradesmen working alone or in small teams.

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