Overhaul the Government's Procurement Policy to facilitate greater savings in energy costs.

1.                   The Government’s procurement system does not allow for the adoption of new systems and technologies, which are incomparable to traditional methods and products. SNX in association with developer CCS can build passive houses to within 15% of the cost of traditional build in a one off situation, and recently got to within 13% when presented with a feasibility study on eight houses on the forthcoming Clagh Vane Estate. With a greater economy of scale, or even if whole life costs were simply factored in as they ought to be, this differential would be eradicated altogether to enable houses 90% more efficient that traditional ones to be built. Unfortunately, the Government only looks at capital cost and is losing out on every level because of it. The homes currently being built do not meet with the performance levels required to comply with the Government Sustainability & Climate Change report. The Government investment in building two passive houses at Janet’s Corner proved that the local workforce could achieve the standard. Now occupied, with delighted tenants, the whole idea of this being a trial to move forward with, seems to have been forgotten about. The Government recently rejected the opportunity to specify our passive system build for the Clagh Vane site, (we already have one in the Island's private sector far beyond the performance and practicality levels of those at Janet's Corner) and put out a diluted 'Silver Standard' speciification well below passive levels, they say, to open up the opportunity to all other companies on the Island as dictated by their procurement policy.

This seems to be such a wasted opportunity, particularly as other local companies could bring their own passive systems to the Island as SNX has done. We subsequently offered our own system to each of the 4 contractors appointed to the tender list, and all we are told, used our system and figures within their wider submitted offers. 

Now that we have been through a legitimate tender process, should it be the case that indeed our system and proposals were put forward by the winning contractor, we can offer the Government the option to upgrade the revised specification back to passive.

It will be interesting to see if the 8 proposed units of higher performance will revert to traditional build as on the rest of the estate, because procurement will view the costs as excessive by not evaluating the system as it really ought to do on a number of levels.



Why the contribution is important

A progressive Procurement Policy is critical to facilitating progress in the deployment of new technologies and methodologies within the Public Sector. Little will change until new products and processes can be evaluated accurately to establish the true merit and whole life value in each instance.



by SteveBrownSNX on May 14, 2017 at 04:03PM

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