Decarbonisation is set to be one of the biggest housing issues of the next decade; at which Registered Providers will be expected to be at the vanguard by:
- Retrofitting existing homes to ensure they are low carbon and resilient to changing climate.
- Building new homes to be low carbon, energy and water-efficient, and climate-resilient.
- Delivering a step-change in construction skills, housing design, and installation of new technologies.
Whilst many Housing Associations have already adopted low carbon targets, the legislative and policy changes from the UK Government and devolved administrations to implement these challenging carbon reduction targets are coming “thick and fast”. These changes will be hitting just at the time many Associations are coming to terms with the sheer scale of the task ahead of them with respect to building safety issues. Either one of these challenges would have significant implications not only for Associations’ asset management, development, and procurement strategies but for their value for money requirements.
Knowledge and experience
Our specialist team has experience in supporting clients in relation to:
Procurement and creation of ESCO arrangements, including:
- Energy Supply Agreements and customer supply agreements
- Tenant consultation requirements
- Update to management company structures
- Funding and maintenance arrangements
- Joint Venture arrangements between RPs and local authorities
- Establishing appropriate frameworks and dynamic purchasing systems to support clients in delivering upgrades to existing portfolios, including advice on the procurement process and preparation of the contract documentation
Solar PV projects, including:
- Lease, licence, and concession agreement arrangements
- Related lender and third party consent issues
- Housing management matters such as tenancy variations and tenant consultation
- Taking account of tenants’ statutory right to buy
- Management and tenant considerations in relation to the provision of EV charging facilities
- Acquisition of developments and new homes adopting new technologies to achieve carbon efficiency
- Negotiating and drafting planning obligations for landowners, developers, and local authorities
- Advising on and due diligence of planning permissions, conditions, and planning obligations
- Site assembly including acquisition and extinguishment of rights
- Advice on local authority issues, such as powers, procedures, and policies.
Asset Management, including:
- Costs recovery
- Service charges
- Resident consultation
A specialist team
We have expert lawyers covering all aspects of construction, corporate, development, finance, governance, and procurement who specialise in advising Housing Associations on retro-fitting and how they can plan to make their homes fit for the future.
For more information, please contact one of our specialists detailed on the right hand side.