We are pulling together a list of resources related to retrofitting, carbon reduction, energy consumption and bills. Inclusion on this page is not an endorsement and we recommend you thoroughly research things before committing. Many of these firms and individuals offer more than one service so don’t rely on our categorisation!
(Last updated: 31.08.23)
Retrofit Revolution Videos
Retrofit Revolution Presentations
Presentation by Jeremy Brackpool – Why bother to retrofit?
(Powerpoint Slideshow, 9.6 MB)
Results from Jeremy Brackpool’s interactive polls
(pdf, 1.4 MB)
Presentation by Alex Clesham, Groundwork Green Doctor – General energy saving tips
(Powerpoint Slideshow, 5.4 MB)
Presentation by Ian Preston, Ecofub – Retrofit: from start to finish
(Powerpoint Slideshow, 55 MB)
Presentation by Alan Piper – Planning consent (what needs it, what doesn’t)
(Powerpoint Slideshow, 25 MB)
Presentation by David Rowden, Flujo – Sources of heat
(Powerpoint Slideshow, 12 MB)
Presentation by Alfie Dunk, BB Heat Pumps – Everything heat pumps
(Powerpoint Slideshow, 27 MB)
Presentation by James Page, Joju – Solar power
(Powerpoint Slideshow, 28 MB)
Retrofit Architects and Consultants
Whole house retrofit assessors and co-ordinators that help homeowners plan energy efficiency improvements and give impartial advice. They can also connect you with vetted heat pump and solar & battery installers. Based in South London.
The Ecofurb plan builder tool.
Natalie Black’s architecture firm specialises in domestic retrofits. Based in Herne Hill.
Melissa Merryweather’s home retrofit service with assessors and coordinators.
Melissa Merryweather’s company specialises in sustainability and energy-efficiency consulting for new-build domestic and non-domestic projects.
Passivhaus consultants and architects based in East Dulwich.
Based in Peckham, this architecture firm specialise in retrofitting and are members of ACAN (Architects Climate Action Network).
A large firm who have retrofit assessors and coordinators who can undertake retrofits of large blocks of flats as well as one-off homes. Might be useful for people living in social housing or private blocks of flats.
EPC certificates, home visits by domestic energy advisors (DEAs) and retrofit coordinators, thermal camera imaging. Part of South East London Community Energy (SELCE).
Conservation Areas / Older Buildings
Chris Procter’s publication aims to provide a methodology to update Conservation Area Guidance in planning which will allow more complete Climate Emergency Retrofitting. Downloadable as a pdf.
The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance are one of the founders of the Whole House retrofit approach in the UK. They specialise in traditional buildings and have lots of resources and advice on their website.
The Dulwich Estate has some very basic guidelines on what permissions are needed from them for various alterations to your freehold or leasehold home.
Windows, Doors and vents
Various options for modern and traditional-looking energy efficient doors and windows.
Energy efficient, triple-glazed windows and doors.
Moisture sensitive vents for rooms and windows. Also heat recovery (MHVR) systems.
Local heat pump installer who works with BB Heat Pumps.
MCS certified heat pump installers based near Brighton but covering Herne Hill.
Independent experts in solar energy, battery storage and electric car charging points, and over the past decades they’ve designed and installed thousands of systems across the UK; for councils, universities, businesses and homeowners.
Based in Hampshire so may not cover SE24, this company design and install whole house renewable energy solutions as well as encouraging more women into the industry.
Installers of solar panels, electric vehicle charging points, batteries, heat pumps and mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems. Based in Kent.
Group-buying for solar PV and battery storage systems for homeowners, tenants with permission and businesses.
NB: As of July 2022 there were 385 complaints on Solar Together London Phase 4, mainly around poor customer service/communication and delayed/cancelled installations. Please research thoroughly.
The Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales has a lot of useful information, including this guide to various renewable technologies.
Brixton-based experts in energy efficiency, fuel poverty, community energy and solar power. They are also writing guidelines for how private tenants can advocate for block-wide retrofits.
Herne Hill based organisation SE24 develop locally-owned renewable energy projects, and energy conservation measures, so that we can all reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and put money back into the local community to challenge fuel poverty. Has installed solar panels on the roof of Charter School through a shares scheme.
Brixton Energy have completed three projects installing solar panels on social housing, generating clean renewable electricity, a financial return for their investors and income for their community fund.
Builders who specialise in sustainable home refurbishments, deep retrofits and new-builds. They can work to Passivhaus requirements as well as EnergieSprong. Have completed many projects in London.
Government-endorsed list of contractors for retrofits.
Sister company to ecofurb, retrofitworks offers local building contractors the chance to become members to get job offers for retrofit works. All jobs are assigned a retrofit coordinator who oversees the quality control of the contractors.
A list of members of the Association for Environment Conscious Building.
MCS is a standards organisation who create and maintain standards that allows for the certification of products, installers and their installations. This is the list of MCS certified installers but you can also see a list of MCS certified products on the website.
A list of members of the Passive House Trust in the UK (NB: the list is open to anyone and does not necessarily imply achievement of the Passivhaus standard for buildings or components, or attainment of Passivhaus-related qualifications.)
Government website listing any grants for energy saving, such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.
A unique way to fund retrofits (for councils and housing associations) as well as a retrofit standard.
Energy Advice / Fuel Poverty
Free energy saving advice for people on low incomes.
Free energy saving kits for low-income households in Lambeth
An independent organisation working to address the climate emergency through energy efficiency and clean energy solutions.
Free energy advice for Londoners, supported by the Mayor of London. Has a list of support services in different areas of London.
Harry Paticas works with schools to provide retrofit advice as well as running workshops with pupils around climate change, energy efficiency and fuel poverty.
National Energy Foundation is an independent domestic energy and sustainability charity who have been at the forefront of improving the use of energy in buildings for more than 30 years.
A community energy group tackling climate change and fuel poverty across South East London. Energy advice, grants and help with tackling fuel poverty. May not be working in Herne Hill currently.
Climate Change and Carbon Reduction
Jeremy Brackpool’s website about climate change and what you can do to take action.
A charity offering free education to children about climate change and carbon literacy.
Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN) is a network of individuals within architecture and related built environment professions taking action to address the twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown.
A membership group open to anyone who has an interest in domestic retrofits large or small.
Retrofit Revolution Whatsapp Group
A local whatsapp group set up by the Herne Hill Forum for people wishing to share tips, advice, recommendations etc on their retrofit journey. please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to join and read our posting guidelines first.
Retrofit option appraisals for many building types in Lambeth (lots of crossover with Southwark)
Southwark Council’s planning and building control information page.
Lambeth Council’s planning and building control information page.
Lambeth’s Climate change impact and plans page.
Southwark’s Climate Emergency page.
They partner with businesses, governments and financial institutions worldwide to accelerate their journeys to Net Zero.
A small consultancy that helps communities and organisations – in both the private and public sectors – make a difference in the world of climate change. They undertake research and policy development, run workshops and events, and enable people to take action.
Jobs and Training
The National Self Build & Renovation Centre is the UK’S only permanent venue for independent homebuilding advice & support. Their visitor centre is in Swindon and you can go and see lots of examples of different materials, build systems as well as go on training courses.
Training up Retrofit Coordinators and Assessors.
Training courses for retrofit professionals and energy assessors.
The Association for Environment Conscious Building offers a number of courses and training routes for the buildings sector to upskill towards decarbonising buildings and heating, as part of efforts to meet net zero carbon targets.
A long-running Energy Accreditation Scheme in the UK. Qualified Energy Assessors who join their schemes, get access to market leading software, training and support.