SHAP West Midlands Energy Standard for New Build Housing
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SHAP West Midlands Energy Standard for New Build Housing

SHAP WMHOG workshop on creating a West Midlands new build housing energy efficiency standards.

The workshop on 3 August forms one workstream of the research part funded by the West Midlands Housing Officers Group (WMHOG). The purpose of the research is to agree a voluntary new build performance standard to support better outcomes from investment in new housing.

We are carrying out this research because we believe:

  1. we can achieve better value through an informed and enhanced decisionmaking process eg addressing the performance gap and know issues of failure to meet designed performance
  2. better outcomes do not need to cost more
  3. there is a business opportunity to build better within existing budgets
  4. better building will help address fuel poverty, support inclusion, promote health and wellbeing
  5. good homes are part of great places
  6. energy efficient homes will form part of the energy system transformation and new energy market in the UK

The research terms of reference can be found at

SHAP Members, Partners and Sponsors including all West Midlands Local Authorities and their sustainable communities stakeholders are invited to attend at no charge.

Other individuals who are interested in sharing their data and experience for the benefit of the wider discussion are invited to contact before booking.

The 3 other workshops in this research activity are:

Booking for these will open on 4 August 2017.

This workshop builds on the previous SHAP research to determine an energy efficiency standard to be achieved within Decent Homes programmes. “Moving Beyond Decent Homes” and the SHAP facilitated response to the recent Housing White Paper Consultation


The day will follow the previously tested and successful SHAP format of inviting practictioner experts, researchers and policy makers to contribute their own experience and information to the discussion. The day will start with scene setting presentations but the bulk of the activity will be between delegates. The outcome will be an informed agreement on where the West Midlands would like to see the energy efficiency standard for all tenures of housing set as a voluntary target exceeding Building Regulations.

Overview Presentations:

The performance gap

Trajectory to zero carbon homes in the UK

Drivers, incentives and opportunities for building for long term outcomes


Table discussions to agree an affordable West Midlands energy efficiency standard with long term positive impact and outcomes


Tea and coffee will be provided.

Please bring your own lunch.

There is no parking on site.

The venue is walk-able from Snow Hill Station, Moor Street Station and New Street stations.

You can book your place here:

If you would like to attend but are not a SHAP Member, Partner or Sponsor, you can buy a one off ticket though the booking site.

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