EESSH heating services procurement framework launched
Introduced in 2014, EESSH aims to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Scotland while reducing energy consumption, fuel poverty and the emission of greenhouse gases and is expected to make an important contribution towards meeting the requirements set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 to reduce carbon emissions by 42% by 2020 and by 80% by 2050.
To meet the standard, all social housing in Scotland must achieve an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of Band D or better by 2020.
PfH Scotland issued a call for tenders in May this year and received tenders from a total of 43 heating services contractors. Following an exhaustive assessment process, 26 companies have been appointed to the framework in one of six defined geographic regions across Scotland. The framework was split across these different regions with the specific aim of encouraging smaller local contractors to apply. To further support participation by smaller local contractors, evaluation of tenders was 70% weighted in favour of quality and 30% on price.
Alongside competitive pricing, technical competence and a strong track record in health and safety, bidding contractors were assessed according to their ability to demonstrate high quality service, market expertise, transparency and integrity alongside innovation and the use of new technologies. Contractors able to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and social value and a capacity to deliver local community benefit were marked particularly highly.
In total, 18 of the 26 contractors now appointed to the framework are defined as SMEs, based on the standard classification of having less than 250 employees, an annual turnover below £50 million and gross assets of less than £12.5 million. This is equivalent to almost 70% of the total.
In each geographic region, the framework has been broken down into 13 individual lots covering services ranging from energy performance certification to domestic and commercial gas servicing and from the installation of renewables to architectural services. An SME contractor topped the shortlist in nine of the 13 lots.
PfH Scotland members using the new framework to procure heating services will benefit from a comprehensive service solution provided by PfH Scotland. This covers everything from initial project engagement through to performance monitoring and contract management.
Further information about the EESSH heating services procurement framework, including a full list of all shortlisted contractors across the 12 individual lots can be accessed here.