Owned by community based organisations and local supply chains to design and host energy efficiency and retrofit schemes

Supporters’ and Members’ Credentials

About Us

RetrofitWorks is a ‘not for private profit’ multi-stakeholder co-operative.

Run by the members for the members and their local communities benefits.

Two main member types are;

RetrofitWorks Advocates – organisations representing a constituency of potential customers, acting as trusted advisers on their behalf such as community groups, Local Authorities and other local stakeholders.

RetrofitWorks Practitioners – certified, local SME companies wishing to carry out retrofit advice, assessment, design, coordination, and installation work.

Trust is created by bringing the demand and supply chain together.

Advocate members have a say on quality control & Practitioners have a say on logistics of delivery.

All Practitioners are vetted and fully trained.

Retrofit quality is ensured by the appointment of a Retrofit Coordinator to every job, supported by job management software issued to all site staff – live GPS linked photos and evidence uploads.

  • What is a Cooperative?

    A co-op is an organisation or business owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.  It involves mutual assistance in working towards a common goal.

  • Our Journey

    Grassroots developed in association with 450 companies and with the UKs most prominent trade associations and professional institutions that represent over 100,000 small companies.

  • Our Model

    We assist Advocates in creating retrofit schemes, replicable within any geographical area, using local branding. We sit in the background managing works and assisting with finance where applicable, using local SME contractors. RetrofitWorks is a TrustMark scheme. It is a not-for-proft organisation but expects its members to make a fair profit.

  • Why use us?

    By joining our co-op, Advocates have access to a local supply chain and delivery tool, using quality vetted contractors.  Practitioner trade members gain access to grants and customers delivery schemes.  Property owners get one-stop shop service, independent retrofit advice and up to three comparable quotes.

Russell Smith, Director of RetrofitWorks, interview at RetrofitWorks launch event

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-Operatives UK, interviewed at Retrofitworks’ launch

Paul Bogle, Policy Manager, National Federation of Builders, interviewed at Retrofitworks’ launch

Haringey’s Cllr. Joe Goldberg’s interview at the Retrofitworks launch event

What is an Advocate member?

Our Advocate Members are organisations who want to support local, quality retrofit activity.   They will represent or nudge a constituency of people towards better performing buildings. They are are trusted advisers to that constituency and are seeking a way of engaging with a local vetted supply chain to help advise on and carry out works.

RetrofitWorks provides a commercial template for Advocates to build and deliver local schemes. Examples of Advocate Member organisations are:

  • Community organisations
  • Charities
  • Local Authorities
  • Housing Associations
  • Landlords
  • Estate Agents / Letting Agents
  • Schools
  • Faith / Non Faith Groups
  • Other third sector organisations

Features of Advocate membership

  • Support your community
  • Generate local retrofit jobs
  • Help residents improve their home comfort
  • Attend members meetings
  • Represent the needs of local residents in retrofit
  • Create economic activity in your area
  • Support collaborative tenders and funding bids

What is a Practitioner member?

Practitioner members are organisations or individuals working in the building industry, for example; installers/contractors, energy assessors, architects, designers, project managers, and other refurbishment specialists.  We carry out quality checks when installers join our cooperative, to ensure a high standard of workmanship.

Features of Practitioner membership

  • Become a full trading member
  • Enter into a commercial relationship
  • Receive leads from the cooperative
  • Build your own team
  • Access to tenders and grants
  • No more main contractor
  • Own and run by you
  • Coop profits returned
  • Attend meetings

Case Studies

Economic and Planetary Recovery through Retrofit

On the 7th July, the New Economics Foundation published its proposed…

Committee on Climate Change’s 2020 Progress Report

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published their latest…

A place in our industry for a Retrofit Coordinator

The Retrofit Coordinator (RC) has emerged as a critical role…

Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers fair – Thursday 14th September


Community Energy London Event

RetrofitWorks were delighted to attend an event at the Greater…

New RetrofitWorks website launched

After several years we thought it was time to retire the old…

RetrofitWorks latest retrofit scheme for vulnerable householders in Enfield

Late 2016 and early 2017 was dominated by Enfield Boroughs Warm…

“Being a trade member of RetrofitWorks has allowed me to generate my own leads as an installer, with the knowledge and comfort that I can pass these leads via RetrofitWorks staff for processing under grants and finance schemes.  They have been reliable and are always available to answer any queries or concerns.  My only regret is not engaging with them sooner”.

Muhammad IrfanIZ Energy Services LTD, RetrofitWorks Practitioner, Barking & Dagenham

“Being a trade member of RetrofitWorks has allowed my company to access work and clients that we would not be able to as an individual installer, for example the Enfield Warm & Healthy Homes Scheme.  RetrofitWorks acting as one organisation to represent local installers allows social landlords, local authorities and others to procure us via one organisation and point of contact.  This spreads the risk for everyone involved, by building redundancy into the supply chain and helps protect us as an installer with cash flow concerns by spreading the work load collectively.”

Sof SofoclisEcologic-Energy Ltd, RetrofitWorks Practitioner, Enfield

“RetrofitWorks worked as an installation partner with Haringey Council under the Smart Homes scheme – part of the Green Deal Communities project. The RetrofitWorks model built on the local supply chain delivering energy saving refurbishment works – increasing capacity and experience across North London. RetrofitWorks were a pleasure to work with as they delivered a high level of customer service and a detailed understanding of their customer base”.

Sadhbh Ní HógáinHousing Retrofit Project Manager, Haringey Council

“Engaging SMEs in energy efficiency can be a real challenge, however RetrofitWorks engaged with parts of the local community we had been unable to reach.  Thanks to the RetrofitWorks advocate members and installers themselves, we were able to deliver works to local community buildings including churches, community centres, care homes, and local businesses such as estate agents”.

Gill CoxEnvironmental Business Advisor, Haringey Council

The Cooperative is desperately needed to give homeowners more choice than just high street brands. They want to use local, trusted suppliers. They want to see their money re-spent again locally, not squirreled to a head office far away. If we can create a mechanism to achieve this we will see a greater pace of energy-focussed renovation, a more empowered workforce and stronger local economies.

Russell SmithMD of Parity Projectshttp://parityprojects.com

As a RetrofitWorks Practitioner Member we were able to bring an existing customer to the Smart Homes Scheme and enable a discounted price. Using Retrofitworks was simple, effective and practical way to bring all of the energy efficiency stages, including the EPC, into one place and we have a very happy customer. We’d love to do more of the same so will continue to support Retrofitworks as it develops new ways to help householders and the supply chain. RetrofitWorks brings all of the best practice principles into action

David O’Neil

RetrofitWorks paves the way for building the good news stories this sector needs to become mainstream in the UK

Patrick McCool

Massive thanks are due to Russell Smith and the Parity Projects team for coming up with the SME Conduit idea in the first place. The Co-operative concept is a very long established and much trusted way for small businesses to all help and contribute to a process to ultimately make the Retrofitworks cooperative a great success

Mervyn Pilley

As a social enterprise working closely with the community, The Community Energy Lab looks forward to feeding into and influencing the development of RetrofitWorks

Abigail Stevenson
“As the detail started to emerge from Government about how the Green Deal was going to be delivered we could see that the big players could steam roller the market taking any profit that there was to be made leaving SME’s to do the work for very little gain. This very innovative approach gives SME’s a fighting chance. We do not only have a very competitive offering for the client we also have the opportunity to go in on a rate that gives our companies a sustainable future. The Workshops have been very informative. Diamond Build plc have been involved in, and been to, many talks about the Green Deal, where others are still talking this initiative is taking ACTION and it is very welcome.”
Mick Hale
“The ‘Retrofit Works’ Cooperative is a fantastic opportunity for SME’s to work together as a large organisation to deliver multiple improvements and skill sets that would not be possible as an individual company. This allows us the small business owner to deliver Green Deal or an alternative to the ‘Able To Pay’ Market.”
Mike Ellinas