CHARM (Circular Housing Asset Renovation & Management)
Creating the Plastic Free Home | Industry Challenge
(Virtually) plastic-free electrical insulator for domestic wiring
Deadline for ideas: 7 Feb 2020
INTRODUCTION: As part of its commitment to creating environmentally friendly homes, Accord Housing has won European Funding (Interreg NWE) for a trial to build 12 plastic-free houses. The European project, CHARM (Circular Housing Asset Renovation & Management), is a partnership with academic and social housing organisations in UK, Belgium, France and the Netherlands: thus providing contacts and opening up potential business opportunities in Europe for our suppliers.
One major issue for us in meeting our objective is the supply of a (virtually) plastic-free electrical insulator for the wiring in the new-build homes. We have launched an industry challenge to find suitable new innovative solutions, product(s) and supplier(s) using more natural materials or less plastic with two objectives. Read more…
SHAP published the emerging findings in 2018 for three linked pieces of research that are intended to assist West Midlands Local Authorities, Housing Associations and their strategic partners to improve outcomes from investment in housing stock and to improve long-term outcomes from investment. This research received funding allocated from the West Midlands Housing Officers Group – Housing Research and Policy Programme and benefitted from a huge amount of time and support from a wide range of housing sector organisations.
The research areas are:
- Development of a West Midlands healthy homes new build standard for the financing of the delivery of high quality, energy efficient, healthy homes.
- 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.
- Development of a West Midlands Model for financing the refurbishment of existing homes to address fuel poverty and energy efficiency targets.
The research reports can be found on our RESOURCES webpage and below:
SHAP WMHOG 2018 RESEARCH REPORTS
(Published research outputs can be found under RESOURCES)
The research areas are:
- Development of a West Midlands healthy homes new build standard for the financing of the delivery of high quality, energy efficient, healthy homes. SHAP West Midlands domestic new build standard – ToR
- 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. SHAP West Midlands smart sustainable procurement model – ToR
- Development of a West Midlands Model for financing the refurbishment of existing homes to address fuel poverty and energy efficiency targets. SHAP West Midlands financial model for retrofitting existing housing stock – ToR
Get Involved in SHAP Research
You can apply (or nominate someone else) to join the continuing work of SHAP research groups:
- 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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Provide support throughout the duration of the research programme in your chosen role
- Attend at the Steering Group meetings or the Expert Panel member events
- Comment on documents which may be circulated in between meetings via email or post
- Contribute to discussions
- 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
- Abide by the terms of reference and respect the rules of confidentiality
The research is relevant to all housing tenure.
The research responds to the following priorities:
- Supporting initiatives to address fuel poverty and links to health improvements through improving the energy efficiency of existing stock and promoting new performance standards for new build housing
- Adding value by filling evidence gaps
- Facilitating the exchange of best practice and developing initiatives relating to strategic housing matters.