Retrofit Accelerator - Workplaces Frequently Asked Questions

General information about Retrofit Accelerator

What is Retrofit Accelerator - Workplaces?

Retrofit Accelerator is the Mayor of London's energy efficiency programme, to help London’s non-domestic public buildings reduce energy bills and carbon emission. 

Who manages the RE:FIT framework?

The national RE:FIT framework is co-owned and co-managed by the Greater London Authority and Local Partnerships.

What has Retrofit Accelerator achieved to date?

The programme is an award-winning programme that has achieved over £100m capital investment, in excess of £7m annual energy savings and over 220 clients engaged across all sectors.

What are the main benefits of Retrofit Accelerator - Workplaces?

  • You keep 100% of the energy savings generated
  • Free consultancy support from our skilled Programme Delivery Unit
  • Guaranteed savings from the RE:FIT service providers
  • Open book pricing and commercial agreements
  • Fully Official Journal of the European Union compliant fast-track procurement 

Is the RE:FIT framework Official Journal of the European Union compliant?

Yes, the framework is fully compliant. 

Energy Savings and costs

What are the typical savings?

Every Retrofit Accelerator scheme is different, but to date across the programme, energy savings of 15-20%, and paybacks of 5-7 years are typical in first phases of projects.

How are the guaranteed energy savings monitored?

The service providers are responsible through its Measurement & Verification service - an integral part of any offer contracted through Retrofit Accelerator - and reported throughout the entire payback period. This is undertaken in accordance with the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP).

What happens if the guaranteed savings are not achieved?

The service provider must resolve the reduced energy performance by either adding in additional measures to meet their guarantee or paying the client the difference.

How does Retrofit Accelerator ensure value for money?

It's achieved in three ways - through open book pricing, business case benchmarking and the service providers performance guarantee.

Is there a cost to use the Programme Delivery Support?

No, Retrofit Accelerator – Workplaces offers FREE Programme Delivery Unit support funded by the Greater London Authority and European Regional Development Fund.

Can Retrofit Accelerator help with financing and funding?

Yes - the Programme Delivery Unit can introduce you to finance vehicles, such as SALIX (interest free) and the Mayor's Energy Efficiency Fund (MEEF). 

Using Retrofit Accelerator

Who can use the RE:FIT framework?

All public sector organisations including; Central and Local Government, Education (Schools, Universities and Colleges), Health Care, Cultural organisations, Charities and Museums.

What type of projects can Retrofit Accelerator be used for?

Energy conservation and efficiency, renewables (solar PV) and energy generation schemes.

How do I access the RE:FIT framework?

Can Retrofit Accelerator be used alongside other energy savings initiatives?

Yes - many clients to date have used Retrofit Accelerator as a part of their carbon management plans alongside other mitigation strategies.

How long does procurement take?

By using the RE:FIT framework, it is far quicker than open Official Journal of the European Union procurement - typically 3-6 months to procure, design and commence installation of energy efficiency measures.

Can Retrofit Accelerator be delivered by my Facilities Management contractor?

Yes, if the Facilities Management contractor is part of the framework providers or if your Facilities Management contractor contracts with one of the service providers on the RE:FIT framework.

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