Retrofitting for the Future

Many of the beautiful buildings in Central Brooklyn were constructed before modern energy and building codes were established. We help households bring their homes up to modern standards. Our services provide energy conservation to low income households, moderate income households, religious institutions, municipal buildings, and small businesses.


Restoration’s Weatherization Program (WAP) is one of the longest standing and most successful programs of its kind in New York City, with a record of serving over 10,000 low-income households. The WAP helps both landlords and tenants to conserve energy, save money, and improve health and safety conditions. Supported by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the goal of the program is to reduce energy costs and improve quality of life for low-income residents. Services include installation of new windows, insulation, upgrade of heating systems, and the use of energy efficient appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators, power-strips and LED bulbs. By "weatherizing" hundreds of housing units each year, these measures deliver ongoing energy efficiency and savings leading to millions of dollars of impact on an annual basis.

Preparing residents for jobs in the high-demand green economy, Restoration provides hands-on construction and weatherization training. We created our training and employment program during the Great Recession of 2008-9 by launching HouseLift by Restoration, a fully insured contracting service which provides low-cost home improvement and energy efficiency services to area residents while at the same time creating jobs for students of Restoration’s green job training.

Finally, Restoration partners with Pratt Center for Community Development on the Retrofit Bed-Stuy Block by Block Initiative to provide free energy audits and upgrades to local households, creating model green blocks in the heart of Brooklyn. Households across some 23 blocks have participated in the program.

If you think your building or home could benefit from our Weatherization Program, or if you are interested in learning more about energy conservation skills, contact (718) 638-5705.