Our latest Green Open Home weekend features bus tours and opportunities to visit a huge range of energy efficient houses around Greater Manchester and beyond as well as workshops and a networking lunch at our retrofit 'hub'.
All over Greater Manchester householders have been investing in the energy efficiency of their homes saving energy bills, cutting carbon and improving comfort. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015 is your opportunity to visit these homes and meet the people who made these changes. You can view all kinds of improvements, everything from external wall insulation to solar panels to innovative heating and ventilation systems.
There are loads of ways to get involved:
Arrange a visit direct with a householder, the list of homes and booking links can be found below, order as early as possible as spaces do book up quickly.
Attend the Open Eco-Homes Weekend Hub (10-12.30pm, Sat 12th Sept), a morning of workshops and drop in advice in the Hulme Community Garden Centre, Straw Bale Class Room followed by a free networking lunch: https://retrofithub-autumn-2015.eventbrite.co.uk
Andrew Gage, Bramhall, Stockport A 1920's detached 'Superhome' in Bramhall, Stockport, having benefitted from £30,000 of improvements and making savings of 75% on past energy usage. Open: 2-5pm, Sun 13th Sept Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr5l
Andy Hamilton, Rossendale, Lancs Detached 1750 stone built cottage, 250 metres high on West Pennine Hills. Look out for innovative heat pump and wood burning stove – worth the journey! Open: 2-5pm, Sat/Sun 12th/13th Sept Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr5k
Eric Fewster, Salford An unassuming red brick terrace transformed in to a SuperHome, £20,000 spent and 69% reduction in energy usage. Lots on show including internal wall insulation & wood burner. Open: all day, Sat/Sun 5th/6th Sept Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr5m
Fiona Nichols, Whalley Range Fiona's home is a work in progress, open exclusively for this weekend and only accessible via the bus tour. A great way to experience what whole house retrofit actually involves! Open: Sat 12th Sept – BUS ONLY! Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr5n
Geoff Tomlinson, Marple An active member of the Marple environmental scene, Geoff has overseen extensive improvements to his home with a large variety of energy saving improvements. Open: all day Saturday 12th Sept Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr5q
Bryn Elltyd, North Wales! A bit out of the way for most Mancunians – but worth the trip. A beautifully retrofitted guest house in stunning scenery. Open: all day Saturday 12th Sept Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr5t
Keith Bremer, Chorlton, Manchester Stylish retrofit carried out in combination with a timber framed extension. Keith used a local builder and specified a number of the improvements himself. Open: all day Saturday 12th Sept Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr5u
Kit Knowles, Chorltonville, Manchester Kit's retrofit has transformed his Chorltonville home in to a high performance, high end retrofit. Tastefully decorated complete with modernist cuckoo clock and all. Open: Fri/Sat/Sun 11/12/13 Sept Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr67
Nigel Rose, Chorlton, Manchester Nigel is one of the mainstays of the Chorlton Refurb group, take a look round his eco home in South Manchester. Lots of low-cost do-it-yourself energy reducing measures. Open: pm Sat/Sun 12/13th Sept Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr5w
Rob Jones, Rusholme, Manchester Rob was one of the retrofit pioneers in Carbon Co-op's Community Green Deal programme. His home has a range of improvements including internal and external wall insulation. Open: all day Sat 12th Sept Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr5x
Ruth Shepherd, Ladybarn, Manchester Ruth's 1880s mid-terrace home has been retrofitted to PassivHaus standards with the assistance of Eric Fewster (see Eric's home above). Open: all day Sat 12th; pm Sun 13th Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr63
Chorlton Superhome, Chorlton Using natural materials such as wood fibre insulation Charlie and Sarah have reduced the energy usage of their Victorian end of terrace by over 80% Open: all day Sat 12th Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr65
Steve Howarth, Heatons, Stockport A new build built to Passivhaus standard, the house is a closed frame timber frame build. NB Work is still in progress! Open: Sat 12th – BUS TOUR ONLY Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr65
Steve Keeney, Chorlton, Manchester Work currently in progress on an old house in a conservation area. Not an attempt to make it airtight, just practical measures that will make a big difference to the carbon footprint Open: all day Sat 12th Sept Book your visit here: http://s.coop/1wr68