The Passivhaus Trust
The Passivhaus Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation that will provide leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard and methodology. Its aim is to promote the principles of Passivhaus as a highly effective way of reducing energy use and carbon emissions from buildings in the UK, as well as providing high standards of comfort and building health. Passivhaus is the leading international low energy, design standard. Over 20,000 houses, schools, offices and other buildings have been designed, built and tested to this standard across Europe.
The AECB is a network of individuals and companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building. It brings together builders, architects, designers, manufacturers, housing associations and local authorities, to develop, share and promote best practice in environmentally sustainable building.
SMAS WORKSAFE CONTRACTOR ACCREDITATION
As part of ecoHaus's ethos of Constant Improvement, we are committed to ensuring Private Clients and Main Contractors have the confidence to specify EcoHaus Internorm.
SMAS Worksafe Scheme demonstrates your Health and Safety competence and gains a nationally recognised H&S certificate from an SSIP Member Scheme.
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FENSA - a government authorised Competent Persons Scheme for the REPLACEMENT of windows, doors and roof lights in England and Wales
FENSA works with thousands of double glazing contractors in England and Wales. In choosing a FENSA double glazing registered company the consumer is offered greater protection when purchasing double glazing for their home.
For peace of mind, homeowners can use a FENSA registered business for your double glazing installations:
1. Avoid rogue traders – use a FENSA installer
2. More than 10 years of raising standards in the glazing industry.
3. FENSA – the quick and simple route to building regulations compliance
FENSA has issued over 9 million window and door homeowner certificates and is the recognised double glazing industry leader.
BRE Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson Training Course
Both Craig Luff and Mark Lineham have completed this course at BRE. The fundamentals of this course now form the backbone on the EcoHaus Installation Teams training for PassivHaus Installations.
Secured By Design
Internorm has invested in securing Secured By Design for a number of its key product lines. This extremely costly commitment further demonstrates Internorm’s commitment to supporting the UK market with all of the necessary key and major approvals of which Secured by Design is one.
Internorm has ensured their Window Systems comply with the Lifetime Homes Criteria which further demonstrates the commitment to the UK Market. EcoHaus work in conjunction with Architects to ensure residential builds meet this extremely important criteria as required.
Lifetime Homes make life as easy as possible for as long as possible because they are thoughtfully designed. They provide accessible and adaptable accommodation for everyone, from young families to older people and individuals with a temporary or permanent physical impairment.
Many planning policies already require the Lifetime Homes Standard in new developments. For example, the London Plan.
On 11th November 2010, Communities and Local Government published changes to the Code for Sustainable Homes Technical Guidance, incorporating recent revisions to the Lifetime Homes Standard, developed by the Lifetime Homes Technical Advisory Group. It is hoped that the revisions to the Lifetime Homes Standard and the Code for Sustainable Homes will facilitate the adoption of Lifetime Homes design in meeting housing demand in the UK. This revised version of the Standard is called 16 Design Criteria from 5 July (REVISED) 
SSIP membership – what it means
SMAS is a proud member of the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) Forum.
Since the launch of SSIP, many Clients and Principal Contractors now adopt an SSIP approach to H&S pre-qualification and will only use contractors who hold a valid and in date Scheme certificate issued by an SSIP Forum member.
Holding a valid SSIP Member Scheme certificate means that ecoHaus Internorm has demonstrated their Stage 1 H&S competence by meeting the SSIP ‘core criteria’ which is in line with the H&S module in PAS91.
A key aim of the SSIP Forum is to reduce the burden and cost of H&S bureaucracy across the construction industry and as part of this, the Worksafe certificate will be recognised by the other SSIP members who offer mutual recognition – meaning that Ecohaus should not have to complete a further full H&S assessment.
EcoHaus Internorm SMAS Worksafe Certificate.
Construction Line Accreditation
EcoHaus are currently undertaking this accreditation. Ecohaus currently undertake both Individual Residential Builds and Multiple Commercial projects successfully. Quality Systems and Health & Safety Policies are already well established within EcoHaus but the Construction Line Accreditation will be a formal industry accreditation recognising that.
DDA Compliance (Disability Discrimination Act)
Internorm has ensured the relevant product groups are DDA compliant. Essentially this relates to doors with a level threshold and appropriate frame widths, similar requirements to those required in the Lifetime Homes.