17 June 2021

Energy Efficiency Contractors Framework

Read how one of our Associate Members delivered benefits for its tenants through our framework

The project background

Ferguslie Park Housing Association (FPHA) is an independent community-based housing association based in Paisley, Renfrewshire and governed by a volunteer management board, many of whom are also tenants.

In 2018 FPHA wanted to improve the quality of housing and community facilities for its tenants and embarked on a £1.5M investment programme that included the renewal of doors and windows in 300 of its properties.

One of FPHA’s key aims was to ensure properties comply with the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) that seeks to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Scotland, helping to reduce energy consumption, fuel poverty and the emission of greenhouse gases.

How we helped

As long-term Associate Members of Scotland Excel, FPHA knew that our £800M Energy Efficiency Contractors Framework would allow it to easily and efficiently procure a supplier that could meet its strict sustainability criteria whilst still delivering savings and quality for its customers.

That supplier, CMS Window Systems, based in Cumbernauld, upgraded 300 of the housing association’s 803 properties with high performance PVCu windows and doors that were also manufactured and installed by the company.

The range of PVCu windows and external doors will reduce fuel bills, enhance security and help to reduce crime.

In addition to improving the quality of housing stock, FPHA has been able to leverage much broader environmental and social benefits. Firstly, CMS has ensured that all the ‘post-consumer’ waste windows and doors removed during the contract have been recycled, with zero waste going to landfill. And, secondly, by choosing CMS, FPHA is helping to support the local and regional economy through employment opportunities.

Ivor McCauley, head of operations at Ferguslie Park HA, said: "Our latest window and door replacement project was an extremely important part of our housing upgrade programme, designed to deliver better quality, more comfortable homes for our tenants. We are really pleased with the solutions provided by CMS and the contract security of knowing it’s a Scotland Excel managed framework.” 

David Ritchie, CEO of CMS Window Systems, added: “We were delighted to win this work after being awarded to Scotland Excel’s framework. Over the two years CMS has been on the framework we’ve secured new business, which has helped us to expand and employ more people. This joined up approach is proving successful right across Scotland and increasingly UK-wide, and we are delighted to be able to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint as they strive to deliver better homes for tenants.”