EAL and Parity Projects have won an award for their industry leading sustainable refurbishment qualification.
The Level 2 in Understanding Sustainable Refurbishment (QCF) was given the Excellence in Retrofit Training Award at the Retro Expo Awards, held in the NEC in Birmingham.
The judging panel, made up of experts within the field of sustainable technology and construction, were looking for excellence in the development and provision of high quality training for the retrofit industry.
As well as the impact the qualification has had on the delivery of retrofit services, the judges were also looking for innovation and a commitment to ensuring the wider benefits of training are maximised, such as developing links to local employers.
The judges commented: “We were impressed with the deep technical content of the course and felt it could potentially have a big impact on retrofit delivery. The training has an interesting and much needed approach toward co-ordinating different disciplines in retrofit projects.”
Russell Smith, managing director of Parity Projects, a specialist in low-energy retrofit services, attended the award ceremony. He said: “It is wonderful to win. It is real recognition of 18 months of hard work, engaging with employers and ensuring we have put together the best qualification for the retrofit market. The award is independent, external recognition from leaders within their field, and is a great endorsement of the quality of the Understanding Sustainable Refurbishment qualification.”
Ann Watson, managing director at EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications, added: “Recognising opportunities to retrofit sustainable technologies in homes and businesses around the UK is vitally important if we are to meet our energy efficiency goals. Through retrofitting, homeowners and employers can save on their bills and companies in the retrofit sector are in a better position to identify low carbon business opportunities through government’s flagship Green Deal. The Retro Expo Award acknowledges the EAL and Parity Projects qualification as pioneering in its field.”