Aneaka Kellay takes a look at the challenges faced by those seeking to find the right retrofit builder. As well as the challenges she looks at what Carbon Co-op is working on to overcome these, including hosting the upcoming Routes to Retrofit course which...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: September 17, 2018

It's been a year since we launched the Carbon Co-op home energy training programme, we've delivered eight new courses with 18 sessions delivered and over 150 people attending. It's had a huge impact on us and feedback suggests it's also had a huge impact...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: August 8, 2018
Co-operative store notice board

We're looking for people to identify locations for us to place posters and publicity about our work, in particular training courses. Carbon Co-op is all about helping people take collective action on climate change - so we're always looking to get the word...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: May 10, 2018

Aneaka catches up with Tim from Nottingham to discuss his experience of attending Carbon Co-op's DIY retrofit training.


Tim, a carpenter based in Nottingham, decided to attend Carbon Co...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: March 29, 2018

This autumn social saw members get together for an informative and enjoyable evening at Leaf on Portland St.

We heard from three very different households who have recently completed (or almost completed!) their retrofits, and were inspired by each...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: October 6, 2017
Tagged: Eco Homes, Retrofit

Matt reports back from the EcoHome Lab field trip.

We first met Mike Wilson in 2016 at an EcoHome Lab meetup session '...

Author: Matt
Post date: August 9, 2017

With April showers and glorious afternoon sunshine, we celebrated our community, learnt about justice issues and got involved with hands on workshops.

The atmosphere at Hulme Community Garden Centre was really something special. Images speak louder...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: May 26, 2017

Insights from the DIY retrofit for homeowners’ course, 6th, 7th and 20th May 2017, by Kate Simpson.

Feeling energised, on the train home from my third day of training in DIY retrofit for homeowners in Manchester. Led by the Dan Chaplin, director of...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: May 26, 2017

Works are complete at the Tait's home in Chorlton South Manchester as another member achieves their whole house retrofit ambitions.


Julian and Sophie were part of our original cohort for the...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: February 17, 2017
Tagged: Eco Homes


Winter, and especially the months after Christmas feel like a good time to look back on the past year's progress and to look ahead. This year, Carbon Co-op Project Manager, Jonathan Atkinson, has...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: February 16, 2017
MyHomeEnergyPlanner screen shot

It felt a bit quieter this time but still interesting with some hands on work and presentations about emonCMS dashboards, how energuy monitoring changed my :p and MyHomeEnergyPlanner, the tool for house assessments we are developing in CarbonCoop.

Author: carlos
Post date: November 17, 2016

Another busy busy busy EcoHomeLab.

Many things happened this time: not only we had to carry on working on the HomeEnergyMonitors that some people started building in September's session, there was also some troubleshooting needed, a video recording...

Author: carlos
Post date: November 2, 2016
EcoHomaLab Sep 2016

Loaded with soldering irons, electronic components, tools and pure clean ready to go printed boards we got into our mission: build our own Home Energy Monitor systems.

Again, time goes by and I don't take into my blogging role, but everybody in...

Author: carlos
Post date: October 7, 2016
EcoHomeLab August 2016

Sorry, sorry, sorry... I know, next EcoHomeLab is this week and I am posting the blog of the previous one now. My excuse: I went on holidays the day after the session and despite I tried to write it I didn't finished before I was off. Anyway here it is....

Author: carlos
Post date: September 6, 2016
Everybody who came

Last EcoHomeLab was on the 9th of June at MadLab, second Thursday of the month as always. Mix of topics this time, lots of interesting information, discussion and some deep techyness ;)

We were seven people, six...

Author: carlos
Post date: June 17, 2016

Carbon Co-op_AGM 2016.jpg

To paraphrase the great Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Climate Change is big. Really big....

Author: Jonathan
Post date: March 24, 2016

In 2015, we commissioned a series of profiles, short videos that looked at the different ways Carbon Co-op members have chosen to improve their homes. From a full scale, whole house retrofit to an iterative approach over many years. From completely DIY to...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: December 22, 2015
ecohome lab image


EcoHome Lab launched this weekend (19th/20th April 2013) with two fascinating and involving events taking place at MadLab...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: April 22, 2013



Many thanks to everyone who came along on the Carbon Co-op Eco House bus tour on Saturday 16th March...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: March 18, 2013