Thirteen takes a step forward to build skills to reach net zero

Thirteen has taken another step forward to building skills to reach net zero.

Wes And Helen

25 Aug 2021

Renewables manager Wes McGeeney and asset technical project lead Helen Rooney have completed the PAS2035 level 5 diploma in retrofit coordination and risk management.

PAS2035 is a recognised UK standard retrofitting framework, introduced following the 2015 recommendations of the government commissioned ‘Each Home Counts’ review.

The two colleagues bring a wealth of experience to Thirteen and this recognised accredited training ensures that the right skills are in place to manage the organisation’s retrofit projects from start to finish by a retrofit coordinator.

The PAS2035 framework identifies clear objectives and measures which should be met throughout every project, with retrofit coordinators project managing the work to the highest standards.

Wes, who has worked for Thirteen for 30 years and has managed projects to install hundreds of airsource heating systems said: “There is real skills challenge around net zero. We’re fortunate at Thirteen that we’ve already come a long way building our skills that we need to deliver this work.”

The course involved around 170 hours of studying, with assignments and exams throughout, while building a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that the standards on each of the twelve modules has been met.

Meanwhile, Helen is project managing a number of pilot schemes to test new technology and products which we could see in homes in the future. From looking at the fabric of the building, to the heating systems that would best suit the particular property type and monitoring the performance.

Earlier this year, Thirteen’s mechanical and electrical team also gained certification by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), an internationally recognised quality assurance scheme - a requirement of the government’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which aims to promote the use of renewable heat.

Head of environmental sustainability Samantha Granger added: “Having established a dedicated environmental team over the last couple of years has certainly been beneficial for the organisation and demonstrates that we’re taking climate change seriously. Getting the right skills within the team has been incredibly important to us.

“Ultimately this is about ensuring we can deliver greener, more energy efficient homes, which will benefit the environment and our customers in the future as we move towards our goals of becoming carbon neutral.”