The new panel of firms is being set up to help registered social landlords meet their obligations under the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing.
It is being launched by PfH Scotland, the procurement specialist set up by the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute of Housing.
To meet the EESSH standard, all social housing in Scotland must achieve an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of Band D or better by 2020.
PfH Scotland’s newly-launched framework is expected to generate contract work worth up to £600m over four years across Scotland’s social housing sector.
Following a process of vetting, shortlisting and selecting contractors, the framework is expected to go live in September of this year.
PfH Scotland Head of Operations Stephen Herriot said: “I would encourage heating contractors of all sizes, including those who may have no previous experience of tendering for public sector contracts, to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in this £600m procurement framework and to secure new work while helping drive ongoing improvements in the energy efficiency of Scottish social housing.”
The framework will be split into six defined geographic regions across Scotland.
PfH Scotland is offering a range of bid support and advice for SMEs with limited or no experience of tendering for public sector work.
To further support participation be smaller local contractors, evaluation of tenders will also be 70% weighted in favour of quality and 30% on price.
In each geographic region, the framework has been broken down into 13 individual lots covering services ranging from energy performance certification to domestic and commercial gas servicing and from the installation of renewables to architectural services.
Those tendering can submit responses for any or all of these individual lots and will then be required to identify the geographic areas within each lot that they can service.
Contractors have until the 17 July to register an interest in the framework and to submit their bid.
Further information about the PfH Scotland EESSH heating services framework is available on the Public Contracts Scotland website.