Open Eco Homes

September 30th and October 6th

Unique opportunities to explore comfortable, beautiful low energy homes and talk directly to householders.

Eco Homes for All

September 18th – October 18th

5 FREE workshops to help you create a cosier home. Eco Homes for All is a festival of good ideas, from low-cost DIY draught-proofing through to full-scale self- and community-home build projects. With low-carbon renovation and solid wall insulation in between. Our Eco Homes for All workshops will give you the practical knowledge you need to create the home you want. A perfect companion to Open Eco Homes.

Co-housing and Community Land Trusts
St Barnabas Church,
Mill Lane, CB1 2BD,
Tuesday 18th September, 7.30-9.30PM

Co-housing and Community Land Trusts (CLTs) both offer alternatives to developer led or individual self-build projects for those who want to get together with others to build. Perfect timing as Cambridge celebrates the completion of its first co-housing project and Community Land Trust initiatives take off.

Speakers: Emily Mulvaney – Community Land Trust East, Ian Collins – Marmalade Lane Co-housing, Anthea Dodson – Stretham and Wilburton CLT

 
Successful Draught-proofing and Ventilation
St Andrews Hall (Annex),
St Andrew’s Road, Chesterton,  CB4 1DH,
Saturday 22nd September, 2.00-3.30 PM

Draughts and poor ventilation can cause discomfort, illness and a big dent in the wallet through expensive heat loss. Fixing draughts and improving ventilation can be quick, cheap and immediately rewarding. We’ll help you keep warm and cut bills this winter with FREE draught-proofing materials.

Hosted as part of Chesterton Repair Cafe.

Workshop leaders: Tom Bragg – Open Eco Home host, Claire Graziano

 
Eco Self-Build
Wesley Methodist Church,
Christ Pieces, CB1 1LG.
Wednesday 26th September, 7.30-9.30PM

Creating the home you really want is a dream for many people. This workshop helps you make it happen. Drawing together the expertise of two self-builders and looking at new government schemes to make more plots available for self-builders, with a focus on South Cambs and Cambridge.

Speakers: Mark Brinkley – Author of The Housebuilder’s Bible, Kate Hawksworth – Self-builder and Open Eco Homes host, Laurence Castle – South Cambs District Council

 
Getting Your Home Ready for Climate Change?
St Barnabas Church,
Mill Lane, CB1 2BD,
Monday 15th October, 7.30-9.30PM

Climate change promises an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events such as heatwaves, heavy rain, flooding and droughts. This workshop offers low-carbon retrofit ideas that help you adapt your home to the new climate reality.

Speakers: Nicola Terry – Environmental Consultant, Anne Cooper – Architect, Tom Bragg – Open Eco Home host

 
Solid Wall Insulation Choices
St Barnabas Church,
Mill Lane, CB1 2BD,
Thursday 18th October, 7.30-9.30PM

Solid wall insulation can transform a home but there are lots of choices. Internal versus external? Natural versus man-made? Come along and find out what’s best for you. Our experts will help you make the right choice.

Speakers: Jason Palmer – Author of Solid Wall Insulation, Tim Acheson – Green Hat Construction, Margaret Reynolds – Architect

Thermal Imaging Training

October to February

April-October:  thermal imaging is closed for most purposes through the warmer months.
But see our new resource on Thermal Imaging in a Heatwave, for which trained surveyors may want to borrow a camera in the summer.

Tue 30th October 2018                 St Barnabas, Old School Lounge, Mill Rd   CB1 2BD
Mon 3rd December 2018              St Andrews Hall, Meeting Room 3, St Andrews Rd  CB4 1DH
Wed 16th January 2019                St Andrews Hall, Meeting Room 3, St Andrews Rd  CB4 1DH
Tue 12th February 2019                St Barnabas, Old School Lounge, Mill Rd   CB1 2BD

All 7:30-9:30pm  Free, booking essential.

We will post other relevant events as they come up. In the meantime check the Cambridge Carbon Footprint website for other related events.