We run regular events throughout the year, from sustainable food talks and eco-renovation tours, to “swishing” and book swaps. Events are open to all. Join our mailing list or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with our latest news and events.

Getting Started on Home Energy

1 October 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

The Centre at St Pauls, Hills Road, CB2 1JP

 

Unsure where to start improving your home’s energy efficiency?
What are the priorities to make it cosy, climate-friendly and cheaper to heat?Start Here

A panel of experts will each talk and answer questions on:

  • making a plan – from easy jobs to bigger projects:
    Tom Bragg
  • tools:  thermal imaging and a new DIY survey:
    Nicola Terry
  • using professionals: working with architects, builders Margaret Reynolds
  • grants & help, including the Solid Wall Insulation Fund:
    Justin Smith Continue reading
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Solid Wall Insulation

7 October 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

SPS Envirowall Sample 1 (225x300)Christ Church, Christchurch Street, CB1 1HT

Margaret Reynolds, an architect specialising in low-energy design, will chair a forum of experts in solid wall insulation. Panelists to include Brian Murphy, Tim Acheson of Green Hat Construction, Kingspan representative, Natural Technology representative and Climate Energy.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Issues relating to external and internal insulation
  • Types of insulation available
  • Installation techniques Continue reading
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Low Carbon Energy

15 October 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Emmanuel United Reformed Church,
72, Trumpington St.   CB2 3AR
Please note: Venue Change
Wood Fire - Ed Suominen

Generate electricity or heat your home in environmentally-friendly ways, with low energy bills.
Subsidies may help. Avoid the scams & hard-sell!

Experts will each talk and answer questions on:

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Thermal Imaging Training

28 October 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

thermal image 1CCF OFFICE
Hooper St. CB1 2NZ.

Thermal imaging vividly reveals weaknesses in a building’s insulation and air tightness.

These popular training sessions are for people wanting to volunteer to borrow a thermal imaging camera to examine their own homes, those of friends & family and others who’ve requested a survey. Participants learn how to use our two cameras and how to interpret the results.

Find more about the benefits of infrared surveys and how those trained can borrow the CCF’s thermal imaging cameras on our thermal imaging page.

Booking Essential: email info@openecohomes.org or call the office on 01223 301842 (Mon-Fri, 9-5).

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Personal Stories of Eco Homes

22 October 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Katharine Home 4_3 (800x600)Friends Meeting House,
Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

Sometimes being interested in eco-renovation or building a new eco-home isn’t enough to make a start. Often the problems aren’t just technical, first you need to figure out what you really want.

Three homeowners will share and discuss their stories of how and why they now live in beautiful, energy-efficient homes Continue reading

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An Energy Researcher’s Home

12 November 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Door Seal  (300x221)34 Linden Close,
Cambridge CB4 3JU

Ray Galvin, a researcher at both the Department of Architecture at Cambridge and the School of Economics and Business Studies at RWTH-Aachen University, Germany, will share his personal experience of putting technical understanding into practice in the home. His broad field of work is environmental science, with an interdisciplinary background in engineering, social sciences, policy studies, and more recently economics. At Cambridge he is currently researching the influence of aesthetic values on home energy-efficiency upgrade decisions. Continue reading

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Thermal Imaging Training

2 December 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Helen & TICCF OFFICE
Hooper St. CB1 2NZ.

Thermal imaging vividly reveals weaknesses in a building’s insulation and air tightness.

These popular training sessions are for people wanting to volunteer to borrow a thermal imaging camera to examine their own homes, those of friends & family and others who’ve requested a survey. Participants learn how to use our two cameras and how to interpret the results.

Find more about the benefits of infrared surveys and how those trained can borrow the CCF’s thermal imaging cameras on our thermal imaging page.

Booking Essential: email info@openecohomes.org or call the office on 01223 301842 (Mon-Fri, 9-5).

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