Great Success: the October 2017 Open Eco Homes below attracted the most visitors since 2012
444 one-hour tours made by 207 visitors
66% of visitors were new to Open Eco Homes
they inspired or enabled improvements by visitors, that will save an estimated 757 Tonnes CO2
Thank you to host householders, other volunteers and our funders & sponsors!
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A. Macfarlane Close
8th | Retrofit | 1962
Very thorough and well-thought out renovation with multiple novel and DIY fixes in what was a problem 1960s house. Features include direct feed solar water heating, leased-roof PV system, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR), double glazed in-window blinds, insulation.
B. High Street
8th | Retrofit & New Build | 1920 & 2012
For this special extended tour we are opening two houses together. A large 1920s house undergoing a long-term renovation, features include Retrovive suspended underfloor insulation by Devana Insulation Ltd, passive and pre-heat ventilation, solar PV and thermal, electric car, rainwater harvesting.
C. Saint Margaret’s Road
8th | Retrofit | 1930
Wide ranging renovation to draughty 1930’s home to create a comfy modern energy efficient family home with low running costs. Features include passive ventilation with heat recovery, internal wall, roof and underfloor insulation, extension with passive solar gain.
D. K1 Cambridge
14th | New Build | 2017
Currently under construction, this new build, community inspired co-housing project, backed by Cambridge City Council, offers a range of low-energy Swedish Trivselhus homes built around a shared space and large communal garden. Talk and tour.
E. Chesterton Road
8th & 14th | Retrofit | 1896
Three storey Victorian house with complete energy renovation and striking re-design of draughty bay window; features include internal, external and underfloor insulation, solar thermal and PV panels, heat recovery ventilation and sunpipe.
F. Madingley Road
8th & 14th | New Build | 2010
New-build with significant use of natural materials has created an exciting, beautiful low energy house. Features include internal and external wall insulation, solar thermal panels, ground source heat pump and rainwater harvesting.
G. Silverwood Close
8th | Retrofit | 1930
1930s end-of-terrace renovation and extension for increased space and maximised energy efficiency; wide range of features include solar thermal collection, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR), external and internal wall insulation, solar thermal, underfloor heating.
H. Cambridge Mosque
14th | New Build | Under Construction
The Cambridge Mosque will be Europe’s first eco-mosque and the home of Islam in Cambridge. This is a unique opportunity to visit the site during construction; ecological features include water recycling, rainwater collection, passive ventilation, PV, heat pumps, natural and LED lighting, and timber construction.
I. St Barnabas Road
8th | New Build | 2016
New-build by German eco-constructors Baufritz; the numerous ecological features include 37cm thick factory manufactured HOIZ insulated walls, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR), Solar Cache PV water heating, electric smog protection.
J. Eltisley Avenue
8th & 14th | Retrofit | 1902
Innovative part-DIY renovation of Edwardian home in conservation area; features include thermally efficient loft conversion, passive stack ventilation, electric controls, reclaimed and natural materials, multiple insulation, glazing and draughtproofing solutions.
K. Rathmore Road
8th & 14th | 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.
L. Topcliffe Way
8th & 14th | Retrofit | 1963
Extensive renovation to take control of energy bills involving air tightness tests, and a mix of DIY and contractor involvement; features include internal and external wall insulation, draught proofing, argon filled double-glazing, DIY fitted mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR).