2019 Update

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 trialled in the West Midlands.

2019-2020 Events Programme

The Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020 events programme will be published shortly, taking forward our research activities and will include site visits and technical training workshops along with task and finish working group meetings.

Funding expected at the beginning of 2019 is now being contracted. With this in place, we are pleased to be able to start planning the 2019-2020 programme with confidence.
We are working with a number of organisations to confirm dates for events. We will email you when we have published booking details on our events page to let you know. In the meantime, see below for the things we are currently working on.

ERDF Technical Briefings and Site Visits

SHAP has been re-contracted to provide technical assistance to support the development of low carbon housing and whole place innovations projects in the GBSLEP area. New calls for ERDF will be opening in the early summer and SHAP continues to organise technical briefings and site visits to build awareness of ERDF grant and technical innovation. Please contact for more information.

West Midlands Fuel Poverty Programme
SHAP is working with Energy Capital to investigate approaches for setting up and sustaining a West Midlands Programme to address fuel poverty. The concept of the region hosting a large-scale national pilot has been agreed in principle with WMCA and BEIS. Initial discussions with obligated suppliers have been encouraging.

Collective Energy Switching

Local Authorities have been working with iChoosr to run Collective Energy switches. Please get in touch if you would be interested in attending or hosting further iChoosr events which will explain how Collective Energy switching can benefit bill payers and those providing financial inclusion and energy management services.

2018 SHAP Events archive

SHAP ERDF Tour at Totally Modular Tyseley Factory

Time: 10:00 – 1.45pm
Location: Totally Modular Factory, Neo Park, Wharfdale Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, B11 2DF

Please contact Rosemary Coyne – email

SHAP CLC ERDF Workshop – Procuring for value – a follow-up to the SHAP WMHOG Research

Time: Time: 11:00 – 2:20pm
Location: Rider Levett Bucknall, 15 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2BH

Please contact Rosemary Coyne – email

ERDF Priority 4 and Priority 6 Roadshow

Date 1st November 2018

Time: 10:00 – 12:00  

Venue: Birmingham City Council,Victoria Square,Committee Room 3, Birmingham, B1 1BB

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SHAP ERDF WMHOG Research Update Webinar and Dudley College Tour

Time: 10.30 – 13:30
Location: Dudley Advance II Priory Road Dudley West Midlands DY1 4AD 

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Transforming places through clean growth

Date: Tuesday 19 June 2018
Time: 9am-4.15pm (drinks reception 4.30pm-6pm)
Location: Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square, B1 1BB

We’re pleased to announce that James Heappey MP, Chair of the Conservative Back Bench Policy Committee for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Vice Chair of the Association for Decentralised Energy, will be opening our inaugural local area energy conference, while Sir Vince Cable MP, founder of the Catapults, and Leader of the Liberal Democrats will be delivering the closing session.

This inaugural insight event is designed to engage local authorities in mapping the future of local energy, informed by the Energy Technologies Institute’s innovative work and investment into local area energy planning.
Join attendees from Bath, Birmingham, Hastings, Lancaster and Leeds among others to explore the challenges and opportunities of decarbonising energy at a local level, discuss how we can make it happen and much more.

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15 May 2018 09:30 – 16:00



Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DB

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Energy Efficiency in Your Community

19/04/2018 10:00 – 16:30 Location: B15 2AT

Community Energy England and Carbon Coop have joined forces to bring you a full day of workshops and presentations from industry experts and practitioners in energy efficiency and domestic retrofit.

The event is focused on practical skills to enable Community Energy organisations and partners to initiate, improve and extend energy efficiency services in their area.


Fuel Poverty and the Energy System
08/11/2017 10:00 – 16:00   Location: B4 6BS

The day will cover two elements related to fuel poverty.

The morning session will focus on the Fair Futures programme.

Energy Systems Catapult is developing a programme, Fair Futures, to understand the issues faced by different vulnerable energy consumers and identify the areas where commercial, governmental, community and householder needs and motivations could be aligned to provide more effective policies, products and services.

This interactive session with SHAP will explore what we already know about working with vulnerable people, what the underlying causes of fuel poverty are and ways to support them in the future.

The afternoon session will focus on technologies to aid Fuel Poverty.

With the increase in battery storage technology, you will hear from Sunamp on how their thermal storage works and, with the rise of electric vehicles and shifts in policy priorities in relation to energy and transport systems, Cenex will present on the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.


SHAP ERDF WMHOG West Midlands New Build Housing Standard
16/11/2017 10:00 – 16:00     Location: B3 2ES

At this event we will give an introduction to the new ERDF calls in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area and how this funding could be used to test new build innovation in projects developed to respond to the research findings based on the discussions at today’s event.


Driving up quality and performance within a financially viable delivery model.

This is the final of four workshops discussing a West Midlands new build performance standard and the potential for ERDF grant to support innovative approaches to the delivery of high quality new build housing developments; striving for a replicable, scaleable approach to creating long term positive impact from investment in new housing being made now.

In this workshop we will be defining our proposal for a West Midlands new build standard for healthy homes, drawing on the previous three workshops. We will:

  • discuss how to manage competing priorities within the current financial and regulatory context, and
  • debate the potential for new approaches to determining value for money and how they can realistically and viably lead to delivery of a high quality, energy efficient national housing infrastructure.

Outcomes from this workshop will be shared at our event to launch the research interim report on 27 November 2017 at the HCA building, Birmingham City Centre.

This event is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by the West Midlands Housing Officers Group.

ERDF grant is available in most LEP areas currently. The Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP has calls open for gap funding innovative new build low carbon homes and projects involving land remediation and the creation of blue and green infrastructure.


SHAP ERDF WMHOG Research Interim Reports Launch
27/11/2017 10:00 – 13:00     Location: B3 2PW

In 2017, the West Midlands Housing Officers Group (WMHOG) has part funded research into three related issues where there is need, demand and an evidence base that business as usual will not deliver the high quality homes and national housing infrastructure required in the UK.

This morning event launches the interim findings of the SHAP WMHOG task and finish groups so that our wider networks and key UK innovators and leaders can comment and add their own thinking to the debate. The outcomes of the event will be taken forward in further research and the final outputs will be launched on 16 May 2018.

The event signposts to the opportunities to bid for ERDF to support innovative approaches to changing the way our housing stock is designed, built and managed.

This event is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by the West Midlands Housing Officers Group.

ERDF grant is available in most LEP areas currently. The Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP has calls open for gap funding innovative new build low carbon homes and projects involving land remediation and the creation of blue and green infrastructure.


27/11/2017 13:00 – 16:00     Location: B3 2PW

We know that ‘Business as usual’ is not delivering the high quality healthy homes and national housing infrastructure required in the UK.

This event builds on the launch of the interim findings of the SHAP 2017 research in the morning and, in this afternoon session we will look at the progress made on delivering the Bonfield Review findings and on the proposals by Energiesprong UK to build a volume deal for net zero energy homes in the UK.