Helping to reveal what’s behind the Green Doors

CSE adds its energy to Bristol retro-fit initiative

30 June 2010

CSE is a partner in a Bristol-wide scheme that will see householders throw open their homes and show their neighbours and the world what they've done to reduce domestic energy consumption and promote low-carbon living.

Green Doors weekend will take place over the weekend of 11-12 September. This coincides (and is registered) with the annual English Heritage national Open Day event, in which all sorts of buildings from theatres to government offices, and places of worship to subterranean cave systems reveal their innermost secrets to the public.

Dan Weisselberg, one of the founders of Green Doors, said: "We all know that people are informed and inspired by what their neighbours are up to. Bristol Green Doors will encourage the uptake of energy efficiency measures by allowing visitors to see real-life refurbishments and renewable installations and discuss them with the householders and learn from their experiences.

“I did a major refurbishment on our bedroom – internally insulating the walls and the bay – and found that lots of my neighbours were interested and wanted to come round and see what was possible” he added.

The Green Doors team hopes to have 50 homes to showcase in September. "So far we've got 40" said Dan "with another 25 to follow up. We even had one householder signed up who'd received an email about the event by mistake but wanted to take part anyway!"

CSE's Head of Advice, Education & Community Initiatives, Sarah Davies, was one of the speakers at the launch of Bristol Green Doors back in May. "CSE is really pleased to be a partner of this initiative," she said. "Cities like Bristol are full of Victorian and Edwardian homes which have great character, but are not very energy efficient. We welcome any scheme that succeeds in cutting the energy demand of the UK's distinctive housing legacy."

Kate Watson is another of the organisers. "What's exciting is that Green Doors has tapped into a deep vein of enthusiasm, so not only have we teamed up with CSE, the city council, the Energy Saving Trust and The Architecture Centre, but also local companies like the Bristol Beer Factory who are brewing a special Bristol Green Doors Ale this summer."

To find out more about Bristol Green Doors - or even offer to open your home - go to www.bristolgreendoors.org.

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