The Dudley Metropolitan Council embarked on a forward-thinking initiative to enhance energy efficiency and sustainability across their housing portfolio. To achieve this, they engaged in a PAS2035-compliant Local Authority Delivery (LAD) project. The primary objective was to collaborate with the principal contractor, Equans, to deliver over 150 Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and High Heat Retention Storage Heater installations throughout the borough. However, the project faced unique challenges due to the inexperience of the electrical subcontractor in PAS2035-compliant projects. Energy Efficiency Consultants (EEC), working closely with the subcontractor, played a pivotal role in educating and guiding them through the PAS2035 process.
Inexperienced in PAS2035 Electrical Subcontractor: The electrical subcontractor selected for the project had no prior experience in PAS2035-compliant projects although they were highly experienced in electrical installations. This lack of familiarity posed challenges in terms of understanding the specific requirements and standards of the PAS2035 framework.
Initial Education and Training: EEC recognised the need for comprehensive education and training for the subcontractor. They conducted in-depth sessions to explain the nuances of PAS2035 compliance, the importance of adhering to the standard, and the overall project process. This included explaining the key principles of retrofitting for energy efficiency, the PAS2035 framework, and the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders.
Site and Team Meetings: Regular site meetings were held to foster open communication between EEC, Equans, and the electrical subcontractor. These meetings served as forums for addressing questions, resolving issues, and ensuring that everyone was aligned with the project’s objectives and the PAS2035 requirements.
Technical Oversight: EEC provided technical oversight throughout the project. This involved reviewing installation plans, verifying compliance with PAS2035 standards, and ensuring that the Solar PV and High Heat Retention Storage Heater installations met the necessary energy efficiency criteria.
Quality Assurance: Quality assurance processes were put in place to monitor and verify the quality of work carried out by the subcontractor. This included regular inspections and adherence to best practices in installation and workmanship.
The collaboration between Dudley Metropolitan Council, Equans, and EEC yielded significant results:
Successful PAS2035 Compliance: Despite the initial challenges, the project achieved full PAS2035 compliance, ensuring that all installations met the stringent energy efficiency and quality standards outlined in the framework.
Enhanced Sustainability: Over 150 Solar PV installations contributed to a substantial reduction in carbon emissions, promoting sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of the housing stock.
Increased Energy Efficiency: High Heat Retention Storage Heaters significantly improved the energy efficiency of homes, leading to reduced energy consumption and lower utility bills for residents.
Strengthened Knowledge: The project served as a learning opportunity for the electrical subcontractor, equipping them with valuable experience and expertise in PAS2035-compliant projects, which could be applied to future endeavours.
Positive Community Impact: Residents benefited from improved energy efficiency and reduced energy costs, positively impacting their quality of life.
The Dudley Metropolitan Council’s PAS2035-compliant LAD project, in collaboration with Equans and Energy Efficiency Consultants, overcame the challenge of an inexperienced electrical subcontractor. Through education, regular meetings, technical oversight, and quality assurance, the project successfully delivered over 150 Solar PV and High Heat Retention Storage Heater installations that met PAS2035 standards. This initiative not only enhanced the sustainability of the housing stock but also improved energy efficiency, reduced carbon emissions, and positively impacted the lives of residents. It serves as a model for local authorities seeking to implement energy-efficient retrofits in compliance with PAS2035, even when faced with initial challenges in subcontractor expertise.