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Webinars, resources and online tours to inspire and support you to make your home more sustainable and low carbon.
‘Cool Homes in a Heatwave’
7:30 PM 17/06/2020
How to prepare your home to stay cool in a heatwave. A free, interactive webinar:
Many homes, old and new, are becoming uncomfortable and unhealthy in our increasingly frequent and severe heatwaves.
We’ll describe and discuss many ways to keep your home cool and healthy, some simple and some building projects. eg: shading, ventilation and avoiding accidental heating.
Online tour of Mark Brinkley’s Self-Build Home
6:30 PM 23/06/2020
Mark will show his and Mandy's inspiring home, which is his third self-build.
Their choices were constrained by budget and a narrow site, making for a challenging design, which has resulted in a beautiful, low-energy, award-winning home. Find out more and discuss the choices and practicalities involved.
Housebuilder’s Bible (now in 13th edn!) is Mark's best-selling building guide.
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Looking for eco home inspiration & information? Browse the 2019 Open Eco Homes:
A. K1 Cambridge at Marmalade Lane
22nd Sept | New build | 2018
This multi award winning new-build, community inspired co-housing project, backed by Cambridge City Council and Mole Architects, offers a range of low-energy Swedish Trivselhus homes built around a shared space and large communal garden.
B. Oxford Road
22nd Sept | Renovation | 1927
Meet the architect-owner. Large 1920’s house with multiple extensions that has been substantially renovated through extensive insulation measures and heating improvements; features include zoned underfloor heating, solar PV, external wall insulation.
C. Madingley Road
22nd & 28th Sept | New build | 2010
New-build with significant use of natural materials; an exciting, beautiful low energy house. Features of this house include internal and external wall insulation, solar thermal panels, ground source heat pump and rainwater harvesting.
D. Whitwell Way, Coton
22nd & 28th Sept | Renovation | 1945
Impressive largely DIY retrofit by Cambridge 2030 speaker Bart Hommels using a detailed scientific approach. Includes passive house standard extension, super-insulated floors, walls and roof, state of the art weather compensation boiler, PV array.
E. Cranmer Road
28th Sept | New build | 2019
This new-build is the biggest passive house construction in Cambridge. Cranmer Road will be home to 59 King’s College graduate students from October. A unique one-off opportunity to visit. Find out about passive house construction techniques.
F. Auckland Road
22nd & 28th Sept | New build | 2007
Meet the architect-owners. Close to passive house standard new-build with green-roof, nicknamed the ‘hairy house’. Focus on insulation, natural daylight and air tightness, with thermal mass elements for heat regulation. Includes whole house heat recovery with ventilation.
G. Ainsworth Street
22nd & 28th Sept | Renovation | Late Victorian
AC Architects designed renovation with high levels of wall, floor and roof insulation, insulated doors and extensive use of re-used and recycled materials. A PV array provides electricity for home use or export, or for water heating. Wireless heating controls.
H. Gwydir Street
22nd & 28th Sept | Renovation | 1890
Meet the renovator. Chance to see an in-progress renovation of a Victorian terrace with urban small holding vibe. Features include before and after view of internal wall insulation with damp preventing ventilation gap, underfloor heating, productive garden, chickens and quail.
I. Nuttings Road
22nd & 28th Sept | Renovation | 1950s
Extensive renovation with low-cost and DIY features that puts environment at the heart of the home. Utility bills have been reduced to an enviable £30 a month; features include PV, solar thermal and 9kW wood burning stove, sheep’s wool insulation, insulated bath.
J. St Barnabas Road
22nd Sept | New build | 2016
Award winning new-build by German eco-constructors Baufritz; the numerous ecological features include mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR), 37cm thick factory manufactured HOIZ insulated walls, SolarCache PV water heating, electric smog protection.
K. The Cambridge Mosque
22nd Sept | New build | 2019
Europe’s first eco-mosque. This is a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes with an expert engineer; ecological features include water recycling, rainwater collection, passive ventilation, PV, heat pumps, natural and LED lighting, and timber construction.
L. Rathmore Road
28th Sept | New build | 2015
Feature packed ultra-low energy new build home built for beauty, sociability and minimum running costs. Highlights include rainwater harvesting system, 7 zone underfloor heating, triple glazing, insulation between rooms, PV and solar thermal, and motion sensor lighting.