Green Homes Grant to be delivered to PAS 2030-17 standards
The route to compliance explained
The Green Homes Grant (GHG) Scheme launches in September 2020, ending 31st March 2021, and the UK Government have allocated £2bn of funding for renewable energy and installing energy efficiency in England. This scheme is backed by UKAS- accredited certification of installers to PAS 2030.
BEIS have created a transition period during which certified installers move to the new version of PAS 2030 with the full transition to be completed by 30th June 2021. To meet this deadline whilst permitting work to be undertaken under the GHG, BEIS have developed a transitional policy from August 2020 for a temporary basis. The policy is as follows:
1. If you have moved from PAS 2030:2017 to PAS 2030:2019 prior to the commencement date (28th August 2020), you will have your old PAS 2030:2017 certification recognised alongside PAS 2030:2019. Therefore, you can work with either accreditation from 28th August 2020 until 31st March 2021.
2. If you have moved from PAS 2030:2017 to PAS 2030:2019 after the commencement date (28th August 2020), you will continue to have your PAS 2030:2017 certification recognised alongside PAS 2030:2019. Therefore, you can work with either accreditation from 28th August 2020 until 31st March 2021.
3. As an installer who has transition from PAS 2030:2017 to PAS 2030:2019 prior to or after the commencement date (28th August 2020) you will be required to work in scope of your PAS 2030:2019 certification, on and after 31st March 2021 and will no longer be able to use the old PAS2030-17 certification.
Please note: Where an installer has no relationship with the Certification Body that issued the PAS 2030:2017 certification (e.g. moved to Certification Body to obtain PAS 2030:2019 certification) recognition of PAS 2030:2017 certification may not be possible; this will be dependent on the services offered by the PAS 2030:2017 Certification Body. If the new PAS 2030 certification body holds/held the same standard under PAS2030-17 then we anticipate it will be possible to operate to the 2017 standard with the new body. (see note 4b for justification of this rule).
4. If you have not been certified to PAS 2030:2017, you may apply to UKAS-accredited certification body for certification to PAS 2030:2019.
a. If you cannot meet the specifications of PAS 2030:2019 the certification body will issue nonconformities. This will need to be closed before certification.
b. If you can demonstrate compliance with 2030:2017, the certification body, on a temporary basis, will certify you for the standard. This will end no later than 31st March 2021. This is with the understanding that you are working towards PAS 2030: 2019. As a result, you will be able to participate in the Green Homes Grant scheme.
5. Any PAS 2030:2017 certificate that has been issued under this arrangement must be transitioned by the 31 March 2021 or the certificate will expire.
- Be aware that this is a temporary flexible arrangement and therefore does not extend the overall PAS 2030:2019/PAS 2035:2019 transition time scale of 30th June 2021.
- There is no implication that PAS 2030:2019 certification can be used without compliance with PAS 2035:2019.
- All other applicable rules and requirements apply including but not necessarily limited to those defined by BEIS, UKAS, Ofgem and TrustMark.
- Certification to PAS 2030:2019 requires compliance with all the requirements of that standard.
- All UKAS- accredited PAS 2030 certification bodies have had their accreditation schedules updated to PAS 2030:2019 as required by the BEIS transitional requirements. The BEIS flexibility arrangements for the interim period for the Green Homes Grant scheme, mean that this accreditation will be recognised as also allowing certification to the 2017 version of PAS 2030 for the limited period until 31 March 2021.
- Installers will only be able to install measures for which they hold certification and for which their certification body holds accreditation.