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Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Help for homeowners to take green initiative


Open Homes for a sustainable future: 13th and 14th September 2008


As regular readers of this blog will know Transition Stroud have organised 12 homes around Stroud to open to the public so that they can see renewable energy in action, discuss energy efficiency and get advice on eco-renovations.

When homes were opened in Oxfordshire people got excited and inspired and already here in Stroud there is a real buzz around the project. We have homes that have taken a few measures like adding solar thermal or a wood pellet boiler to those who have taken many measures. These pioneers are showing what is possible and there is no question that with climate change and rising energy prices taking such measures is going to take off in a big way.

Houses account for a quarter of UK CO2 emissions. New builds only account for less than 1% of homes and so even if we do them more sustainably we still have to sort out our older homes. Retrofitting older buildings is preferable to demolition as it avoids waste and saves the embodied energy within them rather than using more energy to make new buildings - quarrying, transporting and processing raw materials as well as construction all take lots of energy.

On Saturday 13th September at 11am Randwick Village Hall will have it's official opening: they are have installed measures like a ground source heat pump and Solar PV and hope to be the country's first carbon neutral village hall. In the hall from 11 to 4pm there will be exhibitions of some of the measures that people can take, plus grant information and money off solar and rainwater harvesting installations from the Greenshop.

Over the weekend in addition to a whole range of measures on different homes there will also be a chance to see the largest PV generation in the country on private housing, see how co-housing works and there will also be tours of Tranquility House that has been dubbed by the Building Contracts Journal as ‘the most energy efficient house in the world’ (pictured above). There are also two guided walks of the homes which are part of the Stroud's Walking Festival and a cycle route.

See our website which has times and details of the homes plus links to many eco-renovation projects:
http://www.stroudopenhomes.org.uk/

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