The new framework is being set up to exploit the energy improvement grants being offered to social landlords by electricity and gas companies.
The new ‘whole house refurbishment framework’ is being broken down into five lots to cover every region of the country.
LHC estimates the deal could see anywhere between £50m and £500m worth of work placed with its framework contractors over the next four years.
The not-for-profit collaborative procurement association said interested firms will have to demonstrate their capability and experience in energy saving measures and successfully being involved in projects that have been recipients of grant funding.
Besides the usual array of Decent Homes work the improvements contractors will be expected to carry out solid and cavity wall insulation, and glazing and boiler upgrades.
Social housing landlords need to submit applications by 11 January to Government for funding for Decent Homes backlogs, promising a surge of work in the Spring.
More details about the LHC framework are available at www.lhc.gov.uk/24. Interested firms have until 24 January to prequalify for invitations to tender on St Valentines Day.