Building retrofit, funding and the path net-zero

WRITTEN BY Local Partnerships
POSTED ON 12th February 2021

The Retrofit of buildings, to make them more energy efficient and greener, is key to hitting net-zero targets. The government is providing support through a £9bn package for energy efficiency measures. So far, one third of this package has been announced. £2bn has been allocated to domestic retrofit and £1bn was announced for non-domestic public sector buildings such as schools, libraries and leisure centres.

These funds come with tight deadlines for applications and delivery of projects. Organisations that had already prepared plans have been able to capitalise on the opportunity to access grant funding and mobilise quickly. We have successfully supported councils in the development of their bids to secure money from the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme and the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, through the Re:fit programme.

Co-owned by the Greater London Authority and Local Partnerships, the Re:fit 4 Energy Performance Contract Framework offers a swift procurement route with an OJEU compliant framework of 16 providers. It is underpinned by a performance guarantee, providing certainty to organisations and de-risking projects, protecting the client and their investment. Mini competition ensures a fast and efficient tendering process with clear pricing and pre-agreed core call-off contract terms to reduce time between service provider selection and contracting with them.

Re:fit 4 is the framework of choice for the public sector because it enables change to be delivered at scale and pace, helping accelerate the journey towards achieving net-zero. As a managed framework, dedicated expert support is provided to all organisations, through every stage of the project. We help minimise cost and maximise savings and assist in appointing the best contractors for the project. We help organisations to planprocure and perform.

We help public sector organisations with the development of projects eligible for grant funding and support the procurement and design journey, enabling authorities to act quickly now, and when further scheme details are released.

Those who have already implemented initial energy efficiency measures should now plan for deeper retrofit focusing on low and zero carbon heat projects, as these are likely to have more success in securing funding.

To find out how Rachel and her team can help you draw up robust plans for investment in energy efficiency improvements in public sector buildings, email
rachel.toresen-owuor@localpartnerships.gov.uk or call on 07825 963 218. If you’re based in London please contact retrofitaccelerator@london.gov.uk.

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