Workshops

Getting Your Home Ready for Climate Change
St Barnabas Church,
Mill Road, 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 and other tactics that help you adapt your home and garden or allotment to the new climate reality. FREE - no booking required. 

Speakers an panel: Nicola Terry – Environmental Consultant, (presenting material from Cambridge Water Company and others),  Anne Cooper – Architect, Dea Fischer - gardening expert and Tom Bragg – OEH host

Solid Wall Insulation Choices
St Barnabas Church,
Mill Road, 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. FREE - no booking required. 

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

Marmalade Lane & Cambridge Mosque Tours

Join us in February 2019 for a one off-tour of Europe's first Eco-mosque, and the first Open Eco Homes tours of the completed K1 Co-housing development at Marmalade Lane. Dates are still to be fully confirmed as both the mosque and Marmalade Lane are still under construction but we hope the tours will take place on the 23rd or 24th February. You will need to book a place on a tour through this website or by phoning 01223 301842. Bookings will open on January 4th 2019.

 

Thermal imaging training

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 eco home and energy relevant events as they come up.

In the meantime check the Cambridge Carbon Footprint website for other related events.

Past events

Presentations from past events are available here for download.
Co-housing and Community Land Trusts
St Barnabas Church,
Mill Road, 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. FREE - no booking required. 

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

Successful Draught-proofing and Ventilation
St Andrew's 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, kindly supplied by the Centre for Sustainable Energy. FREE - no booking required. 

Hosted as part of Chesterton Repair Cafe.

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

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. FREE - no booking required. 

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