Mears has announced that it has entered into a Strategic Partnership with British Gas to jointly address the challenges of energy efficiency within the social housing sector.
Mears in partnership with British Gas will target funding opportunities under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP) within its existing and future Social Housing client base. The aim is to increase Mears' clients share of British Gas's obligation funding streams, including CERT and CESP, enabling Social Housing Landlords to leverage more value from their capital budgets.
The Partnership will offer a full range of microgeneration installation and maintenance services across the 500,000 Social Homes Mears currently repairs and maintains. This will include whole house solutions that may include air and ground source heat pumps, bio-mass boilers and solar panels.
Mears and British Gas will bid jointly on repair and maintenance contracts in social housing, with British Gas providing the energy services and funding to subsidise energy efficiency and renewable and low carbon technology.
By combining Mears and British Gas capability and resources the partnership will create efficiency opportunities for Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords during a time of budget constraint. Social housing tenants should benefit from lower energy bills, warmer homes and improved service through better coordination of existing maintenance services with energy management. Tenants will also receive direct advice and help from Mears to ensure the investment value is maximised within their homes.
British Gas brings its significant expertise on a full range of microgeneration systems which are geared to levering funding through Feed-In Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive when available.
Mears is British Gas' chosen partner because of its innovative approach and leadership position within the Social Housing sector and its tenant-centric approach.
Bob Holt, Chairman of Mears, said "I am delighted to announce our partnership with British Gas. This is the first partnership of its kind in the UK, demonstrating Mears' targeted and innovative approach to leadership within the Social Housing space.
Our close working relationship with British Gas will strengthen existing relationships with our key customers, as they seek to find cost effective methods of ensuring environmental compliance.
We believe that this partnership demonstrates our ongoing commitment, clearly stated in our strategy to "constantly search for new and better ways to support clients and help tenants" and to our "Getting Greener" Campaign.
We will work with British Gas to ensure that the Social Housing Sector generates significant savings and continues to create opportunities for the future."