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Birmingham 3 Cities Whole House Retrofit Pilot
Include item on Forward Plan/ Key Decision
Originally Added to forward plan
Urgent Decision - Not in Forward Plan
Details for Agenda Sheet
Report of Strategic Director - City Housing
Implementation Date (not before meeting on)
Tue 26 Jul 2022

To seek approval for capital funding from the Housing Revenue Account to undertake a whole house retrofit pilot scheme to 300 properties also utilising grant funding from a range of sources including Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, Regional Net Zero Neighbourhood funding and Greater Birmingham Local Enterprise Partnership funding.

Key Portfolio
Housing and Homelessness
Decision Maker
Reason For Key Decision
Financial – capital spend over £1m
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Decision Maker:
City Housing
Other Information
Private Reason
Decision Outcome

On 26 July 2022, Cabinet:-


(i) Approve the Business Case attached at Appendix 1 to the report;


(ii) Approved the approach to proceed with the Whole House Retrofit Pilot of 300 HRA Council properties in East Birmingham using two approaches:


  • Using the existing contracting arrangements to upgrade approximately 174 low-rise flats to an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) B+ rating;


  • Using the innovative Energiesprong approach to upgrade 126 cross-wall properties to an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) A rating;


(iii) Approved the provision of £17m HRA capital funding to upgrade up to 300 properties to be met from the existing Capital Investment Programme, and approves spending up to a further £11m to be funded from additional income sources, Right to Buy receipts and grants, or from further HRA borrowing if required;


(iv) Approved the recommendation to engage and consult with the affected tenants and their communities in the Bromford and Hodge Hill area of East Birmingham. The properties will be selected using the archetype criteria detailed in the Business Case and agreed by the Strategic Director City Housing;


(v) Approved the Procurement Strategy attached at Appendix 3 to the report;


(vi) Delegated authority to:


(a) The Strategic Director City Housing to vary the split of architypes for each solution within the approved cost envelope to manage delivery within any arising supply side and manufacturing constraints;


(b) The Strategic Director, City Housing (or their delegate) in conjunction with the Director of Council Management (or their delegate) and the City Solicitor and Monitoring Officer (or their delegate) to:


- Utilise the existing Housing Repairs and Maintenance contractual arrangements with Equans, as part of the 2022-2024 Capital Programme, to deliver the WHR upgrade to 174 low-rise flats to EPC B+;


- Commission the Energiesprong WHR solution to 126 cross-wall homes, making a direct award to Equans via the Fusion 21 Decarbonisation Framework Lot 1: Whole House Decarbonisation;


- Work with Energiesprong UK to access lessons learned in relation to retrofit solutions, costings and commercialisation and emerging best practice via the RAHIP partnership collaboration hub;


- Submit bids for and accept available grant funding to support delivery of the pilot from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Growing Places Fund, the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) and other relevant grant funding opportunities;


- As part of the 2-year pilot introduce the Energiesprong Comfort Plan3 mechanism which improves the energy efficiency of homes, benefits tenants and provides the Council with a contribution to investing in retrofitting more stock and the wider scaling of WHR;


(vii) Authorised the City Solicitor and Monitoring Officer to negotiate, execute and complete all necessary documentation to give effect to the above recommendations.




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Bromford & Hodge Hill


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Overview and Scrutiny

Housing and Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee

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Decision History

Date & Time CreatedUser Full NameStatus DescriptionDetails
 Page 1 of 2, items 1 to 10 of 19.
30/12/2021 15:55:42Lynda Parchment Business Item Created 
30/12/2021 15:55:42Lynda Parchment Committee AddedCabinet
30/12/2021 15:55:42Lynda Parchment Meeting Added22/03/2022 10:00AM
30/12/2021 15:56:27Lynda Parchment Ward AddedBromford & Hodge Hill
30/12/2021 15:58:41Lynda Parchment Consultation/Comments Edited 
30/12/2021 16:02:03Lynda Parchment Contacts Edited 
30/12/2021 16:03:43Lynda Parchment OS Committee AddedHousing and Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee
30/12/2021 16:04:03Lynda Parchment Status ChangedDecision Scheduled [1]
31/01/2022 09:27:36Lynda Parchment General Details Edited 
31/01/2022 09:28:12Lynda Parchment Meeting Deleted22/03/2022 10:00AM


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