Activity Update 2019

SHAP has been busy briefing policy and decision-makers on the research published last year and summarised in our report TURNING HOUSING INTO HOMES FIT FOR 2050 SHAP Research Summary Report February 2019.

A wide range of SHAP members and stakeholders have been involved in consultations and working groups that emerged from the research Task and Finish Groups and research dissemination activities.

The SHAP new build healthy homes performance standard has fed into the Birmingham City Council Health Impact Assessment toolkit; into the West Midlands Health and Planning Group discussions on principles for health and well-being in new housing developments; into the West Midlands Combined Authority Design Charter, due to be published shortly.

The work on the development of a West Midlands Model for financing the refurbishment of existing homes to address fuel poverty and energy efficiency targets has fed into the Energy Capital and West Midlands Combined Authority work to develop a new fuel poverty programme to be trialed in the West Midlands.


Stakeholders from across the West Midlands and the wider UK have been meeting for over 12 months to discuss the architecture and governance of a new fuel poverty strategy and delivery programme. The proposals for the new programme will build on experience of what works and will fundamentally and radically address systemic failures to tackle fuel poverty. The proposition is, following WMCA Energy Capital discussions with BEIS, Ofgem and others, that the West Midlands proposals would be trialled over the next three years and the findings would be used to help inform the design of fuel poverty policy, strategy and delivery from 2022.
SHAP (the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership; is co-ordinating five Task and Finish groups which will report to the West Midlands Fuel Poverty Steering Group during autumn 2019. Click on link below for full article (PDF).


SHAP activity is currently supported by a small secretariat comprising the SHAP Co-ordinator, who is in post, and the SHAP administrator, which is a vacant post.

SHAP has an increasing workload including a number of new research workstreams.  SHAP is therefore procuring additional support to deliver the existing and any potential future activity streams emerging in the next five years.  This procurement must meet the requirements of a range of funders including the European Regional Development Fund, Interreg, the West Midlands Combined Authority and other public sector organisations.  This procurement is being advertised on the SHAP website and on Contracts Finder.

The intention of the SHAP Board is to appoint panels to provide additional support to the SHAP Secretariat in 3 Lots comprising Programme Manger, Programme Administrator and Technical Project Leads from July 2019 for up to 5 years.  Contracts will be awarded as the need arises and funding is secured. 

The first contract awards will be for 1 – 2 days a week.


The value of all the contracts awarded through this procurement will not exceed £180,000 or 220,000 euro over 5 years including VAT (if applicable)

The value of individual contracts  will range from £499.00 minimum to a total of less than £65,000  or 80,000 Euro per supplier over 5 years including VAT (if applicable).  Contracts may be let as a single award for a specified task or on a monthly rolling basis, subject to the SHAP workload.

For more details please see

Introduction to the SHAP ITT 18 June 2019

FINAL ITT – SHAP Procurement 18 June 2019


FOR ISSUE SHAP PROCUREMENT ITT – certificate of non collusion








SHAP Research

The West Midlands Housing Officers Group has provided grant funding to SHAP to carry out three linked pieces of research that are intended to assist West Midlands Local Authorities and Housing Associations to improve outcomes from investment in housing stock and to improve long-term outcomes from investment.

A separate steering group is set up for each piece of research and, in addition, a wider panel of experts will be invited to participate in the research groups through provision of information and contribution of their experience in commenting on research findings and the shape of the interim and final research outputs.

The research areas are:

  1. Development of a domestic new build standard for the financing of the delivery of high quality and energy efficient affordable homes.
  2. Development of a West Midlands Smart Sustainable procurement model to improve value for money and long term outcomes from investment for Local Authorities and their partners.
  3. Development of a West Midlands Finance Model for financing the refurbishment of existing homes to address fuel poverty and energy efficiency targets.


Get Involved in SHAP Research

You can apply (or nominate someone else) to join the SHAP WMHOG (West Midlands Housing Officers Group) research groups Invitation to join the SHAP WMHOG Research Groups 2017-2018, which will run from July 2017 to May 2018 in either of 2 roles:

  1. As a member of the research steering groups which guide the technical research programme and provide oversight and governance to ensure all funding conditions are met and research objectives are delivered.
  2. As a member of the expert panels, contributing time, expertise and information to inform the research and, in turn, benefitting from real time research findings.

A role on SHAP research groups provides real time access to emerging research. SHAP Members and representatives of the West Midlands Housing Group will form the body of the Steering Groups. After an initial scoping phase, invitations are now being extended to ensure that all skills sets and technical experiences relevant to the research area are represented on the Steering Groups and within the Expert Panels.

Sustainable Procurement – we are specifically seeking input from business on experiences of early market engagement; responding to market demand for new products; the accreditation process; and barriers experienced with the current procurement standards and access to supply chains

New financial models for energy efficiency retrofit – we are specifically seeking input from business including the financial, insurance and investor sectors

New build performance standard – we are specifically seeking input from businesses throughout the supply chain with experience of delivering new homes beyond current building regulation requirements, including those procuring, installing and maintaining sustainable construction and low carbon technology products

Join the Steering Group or Expert Panel

If you are interested in being involved in any of the Steering Groups or Expert Panels, please email

Your Commitment

  1. Provide support throughout the duration of the research programme in your chosen role
  2. Attend at the Steering Group meetings or the Expert Panel member events
  3. Comment on documents which may be circulated in between meetings via email or post
  4. Contribute to discussions
  5. Treat everybody as an equal in the group, be tolerant of others’ experiences and perspectives and accept that while yours may be very different, no view is less valid than another
  6. Abide by the terms of reference and respect the rules of confidentiality