Why is an independent check required?
In order to improve quality within the industry and ensure the highest standards are upheld, the latest version of PAS 2030 requires that specific higher risk measures are accompanied by evidence that the findings of the pre-installation building inspection have been independently checked.
This has been the case for Cavity Wall insulation since 2017 and the benefits of the service have been felt throughout the supply chain with reductions in Technical Monitoring failures.
This pre-installation check is a key check point in the PAS process at which the installer confirms that the design and solution selected for that specific property is suitable and meets the core requirements of PAS2030:2019 as listed out in the specific measure annex. It’s an opportunity to spot any flaws in the design, or highlight any items missed from the survey that could result in a non-compliant installation with unintended consequences for the property.
But I thought that’s what the Retrofit Coordinator does?
The retrofit coordinator is a critical role and he has the very challenging task of understanding the range of options available and planning and sequencing the interactions between new energy efficiency measures. Of course, they have and will build, significant individual measure experience over time but cannot be an expert in every field. Even our own field inspection team specialise in certain measures for example heating, insulation or renewables. A retrofit coordinator could not be expected to meet the competency requirements of each relevant measure Annex of PAS2030:2019. The requirements in PAS2030 are also that this service is provided by an independent person, and it’s your responsibility as the installer to both conduct the PIBI and arrange for the check. It is essential that you have this completed by someone meeting both the competency requirements and who passes the independence test, particularly if your Retrofit Co-ordinator is employed in-house.
What competency does the person completing the check require?
The person completing the independent check must meet the competency requirements for the specific measure that they are checking as defined in PAS2030:2019. That is, they should hold or be working towards a regulated and industry agreed vocational qualification or apprenticeship, or a personal certificate of competence relevant to the EEM to be installed.
Our auditors meet this criteria.