Mears has formed a partnership with British Gas aimed at improving the energy efficiency of social housing stock.
The public sector construction and maintenance contractor, in partnership with British Gas, will try to secure funding from the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP) for its social housing client base.
The firm said: “Our aim is to increase Mears' clients' share of British Gas's funding streams, including CERT and CESP, enabling social housing landlords to leverage more value from their capital budgets.”
The partnership will offer a range of microgeneration installation and maintenance services across the 500,000 social homes Mears currently works with. These include whole house solutions which may include air and ground source heat pumps, bio-mass boilers and solar panels.
Mears also said it will bid jointly with British Gas on repair and maintenance contracts in social housing, with British Gas providing energy services and funding to subsidise energy efficiency, renewable and low carbon technology.
Mears chairman Bob Holt added: “By combining the capability and resources of these two industry-leading organisations, 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 better service as a result of better co-ordination which combines existing maintenance services with energy management. Tenants will also receive direct advice and help from Mears staff to ensure the value of these investments is maximised within the home.
“British Gas has the highest levels of CESP and CERT obligation of the major energy companies, and brings significant expertise on a full range of microgeneration systems, geared to leveraging funding through Feed-In Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive, when available.”