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Do you work in a business that is concerned with the energy performance of buildings, assesses buildings and supplies or installs and maintains energy saving solutions? 

How would more efficient results and greater energy savings help drive the success of your organisation?

This could be possible with the Ecrofit project’s software and professional development opportunities. 


The Ecrofit project is designed to provide better quality software and professional development that will help your business improve their retrofitting capabilities and enable greater energy efficiency measures in new builds. 

The Ecrofit project in partnership with Birmingham City University and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The programme is working with the Awarding Body of the Built Environment (ABBE) to establish links to retrofit and energy assessment schemes. 

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Access an innovative Energy Assessment tool

Photo of person holding a mobile phone that show energy rating on screenImprove your assessment results with an innovative energy assessment tool (iRet) – through the programme you will have access to an easy-to-use tool that will provide additional functionality to the industry used SAP based standard tools. Benefits of the iRet tool include:

  • a building simulation tool enabling your business to predict building performance 
  • an assessment system providing comprehensive recommendations for retrofit and installations for you or your clients

Access free training and support

On top of accessing an innovative new tool your business will have access to the latest training and knowledge exchange through workshops, events and the potential for research collaborations – all free of charge.

Businesses can:

  • improve their understanding of energy efficiency data and gain valuable skills in data analytics and artificial intelligence during a 12 hours CPD course and receive a certificate of attendance
  • explore a particular energy efficiency challenge they have with the support of an academic research collaboration.


The programme is for professionals in established small and medium sized businesses in the greater Birmingham and Solihull area who work in building energy assessment or supply and maintain energy saving solutions. 

This programme could be particularly of interest to companies that are part of the wider energy efficiency supply chain for retrofit and new build homes, for example:

  • domestic energy assessors (DEA)
  • retrofit co-ordinators
  • consultants
  • suppliers of retrofit solutions and materials
  • installation and maintenance providers
  • renewable energy providers,
  • facilities and sustainability managers

This project is co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund. Project Number: 12R19S03429


The workshops will be held over the following periods, you must attend all three in succession. All workshops are held online and in the classroom, to suit your situation:

March workshops – 15th, 22nd and 29th March, 9am-1pm.

April/May workshops – 28th April, 5th and 12th May, 9am-1pm

June workshops – 14th, 21st and 28th June, 9am-1pm

July workshops – 7th, 14th and 21st July, 9am-1pm

July/August workshops – 26th July, 2nd and 9th August, 9am-1pm

September/October workshops – 29th September, 6th and 13th October, 9am-1pm

November workshops – 8th, 15th and 22nd November, 9am-1pm


To enquire about how to access free tools and training through the Ecrofit programme, enquire below.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, accessing our academics and specialists is free.

We do however, expect you to commit time and resources to the project. There may also be costs associated with the project that fall outside the scope of our collaboration.

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If you are a business or organisation within the private, public or third sectors, based locally, nationally or internationally, and are looking to partner with Birmingham City University on R&D activities in the following fields, then we welcome your application.

  • Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE)
  • Business, Law and Social Sciences (BLSS)
  • Arts, Design and Media (ADM)
  • Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS)
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The duration of the R&D Partnership is dependent on your needs.

We will review your application and work with you to develop a working timescale to help you achieve your ambitions.

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If you are eligible for support, the Research & Development Partnerships team will work with you at either one of Birmingham City University’s campuses and/or your business location.

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Unlike some of our other business support services, there is no requirement for Research & Development partners to be located within the GBSLEP region.

"GBSLEP" stands for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. As well as Birmingham and Solihull, the region covers Lichfield, Cannock Chase, Wyre Valley, East Staffordshire, Redditch and more.

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A member of the Research & Development Partnerships team will review your enquiry and be in touch shortly.

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