Green Open Homes event in Bristol

16 January 2019

CSE has secured funding for a Green Open Homes event to be held in Bristol on 11-12 May through a new project called ‘Futureproof’.

The project will re-launch Bristol Green Doors open days, which ran successfully in the city between 2010 and 2015. Here, householders who'd made significant low-carbon improvements to their homes - for example solid-wall insulation, or the installation of renewable energy, low-energy lighting or smart heating systems - opened their homes to other householders considering making similar home improvements who could take a look, ask questions and be inspired.

We're looking to get householders on board for the event in May, as well as future green open homes days over the next couple of years. If you're interested, and have a home that you're proud of, we'd love to hear from you.

Please contact our team for more information at BristolGreenDoors@cse.org.uk.

Going forward, Futureproof, which is funded by Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will support householders in Bristol who are interested in retrofitting their homes to reduce their carbon emissions. In parallel, the project is working with The Green Register to support local builders who want to learn more about retrofitting buildings in a green and sustainable way.

Open homes events make an impact because people are more likely to undertake low-carbon home improvements if they can see others who've done them - particularly in a home like theirs - and where they can obtain impartial advice informally from home-openers and ask questions: Who did the work and were they any good? How long did it take? What did it cost? Are you happy with it?

Over 100 people opened up their houses for Bristol Green Doors. Why do they do it? Here are some of their comments about the weekend events in 2013-14.

  • “Great event, very positive vibe from all attending” (Steve, 2014).
  • “Our home is no show home but people who visit are genuinely interested in what you've done for making it more environmentally sound and that makes me feel proud” (Frances 2013).
  • “Lovely to talk to likeminded people and encourage others to go for it” (Rob and Hannah, 2014).
  • "I had lots of interesting conversations with knowledgeable and interested people and I enjoyed helping people on their way to greening their homes" (Piers, 2013).
  • “I enjoy talking to people and showing what I've done” (David, 2014).

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