A new energy efficiency cooperative which links property owners and community groups with local retrofit professionals and tradesmen has been launched by UK-GBC member Parity Projects.
RetrofitWorks is a multi-stakeholder cooperative made up of energy efficiency professionals who deliver advice, assessment, design and installation, and organisations which represent potential customers such as local authorities and community groups.
It has been created to help drive the delivery of energy efficiency work by smaller local businesses, and has been developed through a series of workshops with local groups, trade associations and property owners, as well as more than 450 SMEs.
At the heart of the cooperative is a bespoke online management and procurement platform which allows property owners and their agents to specify their requirements and receive at least three comparable quotes from local companies. This ensures value of money for property owners by creating competition amongst members, whilst ensuring RetrofitWorks’ quality of service.
Russell Smith, Director of RetrofitWorks and Managing Director of Parity Projects, said: “At RetrofitWorks’ core will be a local, reliable, network of retrofit practitioners covering all areas of advice, design and installations and a process of engagement with clients that they have designed alongside community groups and local authorities. All of these organisations own the model and benefit collectively from it.
“Through working with local communities and local authority partners, RetrofitWorks’ positive impact on reducing CO2 emissions from property will assist the UK Government reach efficiency and emissions reductions targets.”