Our Work & Impact

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Zero Carbon Rugeley (ZCR)

SHAP is one of the 11 main partners contributing to the Zero Carbon Rugeley project, which will produce an innovative design for a town-wide Smart Local Energy System (SLES), including the former Rugeley Power Station site. This is one of just a dozen such pioneering programmes in the UK and will demonstrate how carbon emissions and energy costs can be reduced whilst also providing a boost for local regeneration.

In designing the SLES, the project partners will take full advantage of the latest renewable energy technologies and smart control systems to deliver clean, affordable energy for residents. As such, the innovative Rugeley SLES will create a scalable energy solution that can be replicated in other areas in support of the UK’s transition to a zero-carbon future.

The main ZCR project partners are: ENGIE, OpusOne, Keele University, Conigital, Catapult (Connected Places), Regen, Energy Capital, Cadent, New Vic Theatre and Chase Community Solar. The project is supported by Cannock Chase Council and Staffordshire County Council.

Visit ENGIE’s ZCR project webpage.

Follow ENGIE on Twitter @ENGIE_UK

Fuel Poverty

Over 304,000 households are in fuel poverty in the West Midlands.

This level persists despite decades of investment to reduce numbers. Fuel poverty blights lives and communities, pulls the economy down and contributes to continuing cycles of poverty and health inequalities.

Fuel poverty is not a single issue with a single solution. Factors leading to fuel poverty are a complex mix and programmes designed to keep people out of fuel poverty need to recognise this. Synergies with the health, social care, energy system transformation, and construction and skills agenda have been identified and are recognised in the model, influencing outputs and impact.


The Better Homes Yorkshire research group, funded by West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), was led by Red Co-operative with a team of sustainable housing experts from SHAP, University of Salford and Leeds Beckett University.

This group carried out a review of previous energy efficiency schemes to examine what has worked well and what has not worked well. Extensive interviews were conducted with expert individuals to validate the findings and offer critical perspectives. Importantly, the findings do not point toward a single scheme that has already delivered such an extensive retrofit programme. The Executive Summary report (below) examines the actions needed to support an ambitious programme of domestic energy retrofits.

New Build

New content coming soon, In the mean time, Here are some of our previous reports about low carbon new build housing

TURNING HOUSING INTO HOMES FIT FOR 2050 SHAP Research Summary Report February 2019

SHAP Smart and Sustainable Procurement Research Report Updated November 2018

West Midlands new build healthy housing performance standard matrix

West Midlands new build healthy housing performance standard supporting notes

Costing Energy Performance Enhancements Beyond Building Regulations

Circular Economy In Housing

CHARM is about circularity in social housing construction and renovation: optimising the (re)use of materials and natural resources. No more downcycling.

SHAP is pleased to be a partner in the Interreg European-funded project, CHARM.