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Our contribution to ECO so far...

Cavity wall insulation projects under ECO 1

The Warmfront Team recognised the value that SHESP announcement could bring to their social housing provider clients so worked quickly to identify organisations whose properties could benefit and pull together a consortium to satisfy the bid requirements. The consortium included numerous Social Housing providers in The West Midlands and North West of England.

In total We secured over £1,000,000 in funding to insulate “Hard to Treat” properties.

The project included housing associations across the UK, each with differing buildings, procurement requirements and processes in place. Working within the tight timescales prescribed, We worked with all parties to ensure that all procurement and surveying was carried out quickly to ensure adequate time for the cavity wall insulation works to be completed. By their very nature the height and complexity of the hard-to-treat properties meant that the access equipment requirements of each block needed detailed assessment to ensure health & safety compliance. The timing of insulation works around other programmed maintenance also presented a challenge within the timescales.

Solution

The Warmfront Teams project management service ensured that the project was delivered within the timescales with our in house administration team managing all aspects of the process from start to finish. This included the following:

 

  • SHESP funding application (including rdSAP calculations)
  • Tender writing and evaluation for each organisation
  • Contractual arrangements
  • Management of contractors
  • Financial and Funding management (including liaison and reporting to the HCA)
  • Health & Safety compliance
  • Technical Monitoring and customer satisfaction
  • Resident Liaison
  • Managing all stakeholders

Outcome:

The project saw over 3000 social and private housing properties receive cavity wall insulation with the HCA SHESP funding drawn-down to ensure that the costs of these works were fully funded. At tender stage significant weighting was given to contractors’ experience in carrying out works using access equipment. In working closely with the carefully selected contractors’ much of the insulation work could be carried out with the use of mobile elevated work platforms. This minimised the costs of access equipment resulting in a notable underspend allowing additional properties to be added to the scheme. The insulation works resulted in significant fuel bill savings from residents and is estimated to reduce lifetime carbon emissions by 45000 tonnes of CO2.