Russell Smith, Director of Parity Projects
Russell Smith is Managing Director of Parity Projects, a company dedicated to making greener homes a reality for everyone. Every property is unique in its location, size, the materials it's made from, the weather it's exposed to and most importantly, the people who live there and Parity ensures that the measures it recommends and installs are appropriate for each case.
Parity Projects are independent advisers and project managers for private homeowners, local authorities and housing associations. The approach was first piloted in 2004 with the Carshalton Grove Eco-Renovation Demonstration Project, which achieved a +70% reduction in CO2 emissions and a 60% reduction in water consumption. It won several awards including Building magazine's 2007 Award for sustainable refurbishment and the 2008 Observer Ethical Award. Since then Parity has gone on to build its own software for assessing the most appropriate combinations of measures for individual houses and for large stocks of houses. It has carried out assessments for over 500 individual houses, strategic assessments for 300,000 and managed projects to £5m in value. They are also experts at building monitoring and most recently gaining contracts to install monitoring to 18 TSB Retrofit for the Future projects and for around 200 houses in 2011 including Affinity Sutton's FutureFit project. Parity Projects has also now trained over 300 individuals in low energy retrofit.