Futureproof launched with Bristol Green Doors open homes weekend

16 May 2019

Householders across the city opened up for Bristol Green Doors on a sunny weekend in May, showcasing how they’ve made their homes more comfortable, cheaper to heat and kinder to the environment.

Twelve homes across the city opened their doors, and some 500 people were shown round by friendly householders happy to share their knowledge and experience of installing a range of low-carbon improvements from hemp insulation to solar panels, passive heating and green roofs and lots more. For details see www.bristolgreendoors.org.

Between them, the participating homes covered everything from low cost refurbs to ambitious whole-house retrofits, so there was something for everyone.

Bristol Green Doors is a successful and innovative initiative which was founded in 2010. CSE took it over earlier this year and it is now part of Futureproof. This is a new market transformation project that aims to stimulate local supply and demand for low carbon retrofit by connecting interested homeowners and skilled building contractors.

Our main project partner is The Green Register which trains construction professionals from all disciplines of the industry to build better, more sustainable buildings.

CSE's Kate Watson is managing the project. “We know that there are homeowners who are ready and willing to make low carbon improvements on their homes but can’t find a builder they can trust, while at the same time, decent local builders have enough work and don’t see the need to skill-up to take on aditional work.

“Futureproof will encourage builders to develop the skills they need and put them in touch with householders looking to make low-carbon improvements.

“We want to see this kind of work to become the straightforward, natural choice and help to ensure all home improvements contribute to achieving the highly energy efficient, low carbon housing stock we need.”

Other Futureproof partners include Greenhouse PR and Bristol City Council’s Energy Services Team. It is grant funded by the Department for Business, Industry and Industrial Strategy.

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