Upcoming Tours and Talks

Browse and book your tours and talks for Open Eco Homes below.

    • Carbon emissions in builds and retrofits
    • Carbon emissions in builds and retrofits
    • Brick, cement and glass are all high embodied carbon while wood stores carbon and recycled materials are more carbon efficient than new - at least while they last. Mark Brinkley, author of Housebuilder’s Bible, explains the carbon and cost implications of your material choices for building and renovating your home.
    • Tue Sep 28, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    • Edwardian terrace phased retrofit: CB3
    • Edwardian terrace phased retrofit: CB3
    • Tom and Anne have been retrofitting their house in stages over the last 20 years. Come along to their online tour to hear what they have learnt and how they have reduced their energy carbon emissions by 71% since 2001.
    • Thu Sep 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    • Learning from Passivhaus living: CB1
    • Learning from Passivhaus living: CB1
    • Bea’s detached Passivhaus standard home was completed in 2015. Now that Bea has been living in the home for six years, she is inviting you to an online tour of her home where she will share her experience of Passivhaus living.
    • Sat Oct 2, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    • A whole house approach to a 1960s retrofit: CB24
    • A whole house approach to a 1960s retrofit: CB24
    • Shaun and Fran invite you to tour the whole house retrofit of their 1960s property. Hear about their experience of a retrofit which began by completely gutting the building to tackle everything all at once.
    • Tue Oct 5, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    • Smart Electric Homes
    • Smart Electric Homes
    • Whether you have solar panels, an EV or any other energy storage, optimising your use helps reduce your energy bills and minimising peak energy demand is kinder to the planet too. Come along to this talk which will focus on the different ways you can make your home smarter.
    • Thu Oct 7, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    • Planning Your Retrofit
    • Planning Your Retrofit
    • Are you interested in improving your home’s energy efficiency and comfort, but a bit stuck on getting started or planning what to do? This free 1 hr online talk aims to help you make progress.
    • Fri Oct 8, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    • Home Energy Innovation
    • Home Energy Innovation
    • Home energy reduction is undergoing a revolution and there is a huge array of new technologies now available to help homeowners cut their carbon emissions and energy bills. This free online talk features two of these innovations.  Will they suit your situation?
    • Mon Oct 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    • Eco-redevelopment for city-centre church: CB1
    • Eco-redevelopment for city-centre church: CB1
    • Margaret will be hosting an online tour of a recently completed church and halls eco-redevelopment in Cambridge. The buildings now have solar panels, secondary glazing for the stained-glass windows, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery in the smaller rooms and more.
    • Thu Oct 14, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    • DIY 1960s EnerPHit retrofit: CB1
    • DIY 1960s EnerPHit retrofit: CB1
    • Wookey bought this 1960s home in 2007 and has been working on the retrofit since then. By taking the time to research and raise funds, he has been able to install many eco measures himself. Join this online tour to hear more about Wookey’s experience of retrofitting in stages.
    • Fri Oct 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Past events

    • F-rated home to near Passivhaus Standard: CB6
    • F-rated home to near Passivhaus Standard: CB6
    • Rachel and Jake's 1960s chalet bungalow retrofit is due to be completed in Summer 2021. Come along to their online tour of this largely DIY whole-house retrofit, bringing the home up to (as near as possible) Passivhaus standard.
    • Wed Sep 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    • Low-cost retrofit of ex-council 1950s family home: CB1
    • Low-cost retrofit of ex-council 1950s family home: CB1
    • Suzie and Iain moved into their 1950s semi-detached ex-council home in 2006 and have been retrofitting their home in stages ever since. They have now reduced their energy bills by 60%. Come along to this online tour to find out how they have achieved this.
    • Thu Sep 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    • Home Ventilation Choices
    • Home Ventilation Choices
    • An opportunity to quiz an expert (Vince House from Aereco) on the tricky subject of how to ventilate your home whilst also eliminating draughts. Join this talk to hear from experts and Open Eco Homes hosts with real experience of different home ventilation solutions.
    • Tue Sep 21, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    • Carbon Positive Family Home: CB1
    • Carbon Positive Family Home: CB1
    • After living in a low carbon narrowboat for 20 years, Andy and family decided the time was right to build their own eco home. Andy invites you to an online tour of their detached 2020 home which exports considerably more energy than it uses.
    • Thu Sep 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm