Bristol Green Doors weekend: informative, inspiring and busy
Thousands find out more about domestic energy efficiency
1 October 2010
A sunny weekend in mid September saw householders in Bristol throw open their doors and demonstrate to an eager-to-learn public what they've done to reduce domestic energy consumption and promote low-carbon living.
Some 52 homes took part in the Bristol Green Doors initiative - ranging from 18th-century town houses, victorian terraced houses, inter-war semis, flats and new-build. And they were visited by at least 2,600 people, a figure that far exceded the hopes and expectations of organisers, volunteers and householders.
A wide range of renewable energy installations, insulation, water-management and other sustainable-building techniques were on view.
CSE is a partner in Bristol Green Doors, along with other organisations such as the city council, Grand Designs, the Energy Saving Trust, Heritage Open Days and the Federation of Master Builders.
A number of local councillors including council leader Barbara Janke and Bristol West MP Stephen Williams visited several of the open homes. Mr Williams promised to pass on what he learned about making the UK housing stock more energy efficient to his fellow Lib-Dem, Chris HuhneSecretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
Dan Weisselberg co-organised the event with Kate Watson. "It was a great weekend. We've tapped into a rich seam of interest among householders in Bristol who seized the chance to engage in quality discussions with real people who had implemented energy efficiency measures to their homes."
In a follow-up event at Bristol's Architecture Centre, former CSE stalwart Mark Letcher spoke about Green Doors to a gathering of architects and structural engineers.
Bristol Green Doors has established itself as a Community Interest Company and is planning a repeat of the weekend in 2011, plus a lot more related activity. See www.bristolgreendoors.org for more.
Added 08 December 2010
A full report of the weekend produced by Bristol Green Doors is available here.