EESSH heating services framework
EESSH was introduced in March 2014, with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of social housing in Scotland while reducing energy consumption, fuel poverty and the emission of greenhouse gases. An initial milestone of achieving an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of band D or better by 31st December 2019 was set for social landlords of social rented homes. In June 2019, a second milestone, of achieving an EPC rating of Band B (or is as energy efficient as practicably possible) was confirmed for social rented houses to be met by December 2032 (EESSH2).
PfH Scotland issued a call for tenders in May 2017 and received tenders from a total of 43 heating services contractors. Following an exhaustive assessment process, 26 companies were appointed to the framework in one of six defined geographic regions across Scotland. The framework was split across these different regions with the specific aim of encouraging smaller local contractors to apply. To further support participation by smaller local contractors, evaluation of tenders was 70% weighted in favour of quality and 30% on price.
Alongside competitive pricing, technical competence and a strong track record in health and safety, bidding contractors were assessed according to their ability to demonstrate high quality service, market expertise, transparency and integrity alongside innovation and the use of new technologies. Contractors able to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and social value and a capacity to deliver local community benefit were marked particularly highly.