Bristol Green Doors open homes weekend 11-12 May 2019

Householders across the city are opening up for Bristol Green Doors, showcasing how they’ve made their homes more comfortable, cheaper to heat and kinder to the environment

25 April 2019

12 homes across the city are opening their doors over the weekend of 11-12 May between 1-5pm.

Pop in to be shown round by friendly householders as they share their knowledge and experience of installing a range of energy saving improvements. Covering everything from low cost refurbs and installations to ambitious whole-house retrofits - there's something for everyone!

Since 2010, thousands of people all over Bristol have visited green open homes at these free events, finding inspiration and real-life tips that they have gone on to use in their own homes.

So, whether you’re seeking to make your living room cosier, replace your kitchen or cut your heating costs, why not take inspiration from those that have taken these steps already?

More information about the event and full case studies of the homes opening here

Take a look at the full event map here (pdf).

The houses ...
(There are pictures of all the homes in the photo carousel above)

Houses #4 John & #5 David, Bishopston 

Neighbours, and fellow engineers, John and David have both pioneered their own unique self-build projects, meeting almost weekly in the driveway between their homes to discuss progress and share learnings and advice.

John has overhauled the entire structure of his end-of-terrace, undertaking the majority of the work by himself without ever having to move out of the property. He’s installed wide-ranging insulation, a large heat store fed by locally-gathered wood supply, as well as impressive solar PV and water array. Be warned, John’s passion for these technologies is contagious.

David’s refurb of an industrial unit in his garden will provide a future home for his 90 year old mother. His self-build is on track to be close to passivhaus standard and he has some fascinating insights to share on the challenges faced when trying to create an air-tight envelope.

House #8 Ashleigh, Ashley Hill 

Consultant Ashleigh has used the renovation of this Victorian mid-terrace as an opportunity to use her knowledge of building science to resolve deep-rooted, severe damp problems, while ensuring the building is light in environmental impact.

Now in the final stages of its transformation, this home is bursting with unique features from top to bottom – a heated limecrete kitchen floor with recycled glass foamed gravel subfloor, internal hemp and lime on all original external walls, tile-effect steel roofing and Shou Sugi Ban (a Japanese wood preservation technique) cladding on the new loft extension.

House #10 Yael, Easton 

Yael prioritised breathability throughout her retrofit and was careful to choose insulation and decoration materials accordingly. She undertook the first stage of insulating her Victorian terrace herself, and says it has been worth it even just for the skills acquired in the process, as well as making "future improvements a lot less daunting”.

House #12 Eric, Southville

Despite being in a conservation area, Eric has managed to introduce solar technologies, heat recovery ventilation, rainwater harvesting, multi-fuel stove and double-glazing as well as restore the original character of his 1820s home. As a result his home is now 64% less reliant on fossil fuels!

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