Procure Plus Supports Manchester Based Carbon Co-op
Published by ProcurePlus for Procure Plus in Housing and also in Environment
Procure Plus, the North West social housing regeneration consortium, has extended its procurement services to assist a landmark Greater Manchester private accommodation carbon reduction co-operative.
Working with Carbon Co-op - a not-for-profit industrial and provident society (IPS) – Procure Plus will provide advice and support as well as access to public sector compliant, pre-qualified contractors, to deliver a range of energy improvement works as part of the initiative.
Uniting households that want to work together to reduce their carbon footprint, Carbon Co-op aims to deliver holistic whole house energy efficiency refurbishments on domestic properties while targeting a carbon reduction of up to 80 per cent, in partnership with URBED – specialists in urban design and sustainability.
Carbon Co-op strives to create environmentally efficient homes through innovative refurbishment, learning from URBED’s successful ‘Retrofit for the Future’ projects as well as its 2010 Community Green Deal Report with the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP). It is already geared up to deliver its energy efficiency model across thirteen homes and a further seven properties are in the pipeline for the next phase of delivery.
Taking as its starting point the same ‘pay as you save’ principles as the Green Deal, Carbon Co-op will pool demand for energy improvement works and help homeowners secure personal loans at competitive rates.
Reliable local contractor, Jackson Jackson and Sons Ltd, has been appointed to complete the required activity via Procure Plus, ensuring refurbishments are completed to the optimum standard.
Charlie Baker, board member for Carbon Co-op, said: “As a new scheme that is unlike any others, we needed a service provider that could help us source experienced, local contractors who will help us meet our objectives and maintain trust across the community.
“Procure Plus also has the proven experience and expertise in the energy improvement and retrofit area to support us in a cost effective manner.”
David Kemp, sustainability manager at Procure Plus, said: “To date, programmes such as the Green Deal have had limited success so it is great to see alternative schemes like Carbon Co-op which could scale up support for energy improvements across the UK’s housing stock.
“Working in the private sector is a departure for us given our historical commitment to social housing but it’s clear that the co-op can benefit from our procurement model and expertise.”
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