Approximately 100 heating contractor firms have registered an interest and submitted bids to win a place in the £600 million project to help registered social landlords meet the Scottish Government’s standards for energy efficiency. Run by Procurement for Housing Scotland (PfH Scotland), owned by Housemark, the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute for Housing, the framework is designed to help landlords meet their obligations under the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH).
With a total value of £600 million over four years, the framework focuses on heating measures to help all social housing in Scotland achieve an Energy Performance Certificate of Band D or better by 2020. EESSH aims to improve the energy efficiency of social housing whilst reducing energy consumption, fuel poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.
The framework has been designed to encourage submissions from smaller, local contractors. Firstly, the framework is split into thirteen different lots by service provided, such as gas servicing or installation of renewables; and further by geographic location. Evaluation of tenders will be weighted 70% in favour of quality and 30% on price, with emphasis on sustainability, social value and local benefit as well as the usual requirements of technical competence, high quality service and a strong track record in health and safety.
A week before the deadline for bids, approximately 100 contractors had registered an interest in the new framework, with many of them being smaller, local contractors. The framework is expected to go live in September 2017, following the shortlisting and selection of contactors.