Eco Homes for All

18 Sep - 18 Oct 2018

A new festival of green ideas comes to Cambridge in September and October with the aim of kick-starting a new generation of eco-homes. Supported by Cambridge City Council and award winning green companies Baufritz and Cambridge Solar, Eco Homes for All will give people access to the best expert advice from across Cambridgeshire for free. Events include five free workshops and two days of free householder led Open Eco Home tours around eleven homes. Running between September 18th and October 18th the events fast-track home makers towards their dream eco home giving participants the tools, knowledge and expert advice they need to start creating a vision for their own future home. 11 varied Cambridge-area homes, new-build and retro-fit, will be open on 30th September and the 6th October. The ones posted here are just a sample. 5 workshops will provide practical advice on particular home improvements like DIY measures, insulation and low-carbon energy. Booking on the tours is essential. No booking required for workshops. To find out more and make a booking visit

6 homes

Energy-saving improvements key

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Glazing
  • Lighting systems and electrical appliances
    Lighting systems and electrical appliances
  • High spec heating
    High spec heating
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change
  • Recommended

Please note that this event has now finished.


Open Eco Homes is 9 years old and for this 9th year we will be opening 11 homes from across Cambridge and neighbouring villages Impington, Girton and Grantchester. We will be opening houses of all ages and types, renovation, new-build, including self-build, co-housing and developer led projects. 4 free tours are available for most homes on each day. Booking, from mid-August, is essential – via

This year we also be running Eco Homes for All, a festival of good ideas, which will include five workshops on self-build, community-build, Solid Wall insulation, draught-busting and getting your house ready for climate change.

The workshops:

Co-housing and Community Land Trusts – Tuesday 18th Sept, 7.30-9.30pm, St Barnabas Church, speakers Emily Mulvaney and Anthea Dodson from East Cambs Community Housing and Stretham and Wilburton Community Land Trusts and Ian Collins from Marmalade Lane co-housing project.

Successful draught-busting and ventilation – Saturday 22nd September, 2.00-3.30pm. Hosted as part of Chesterton Repair Café, St Andrew’s Hall. Led by CCF Chair and OEH host Tom Bragg and Chesterton resident Claire Graziano.

Eco Self-Build – make it happen – Wednesday 26th September, 7.30-9.30pm, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces. Speakers include Housebuilder’s Bible author Mark Brinkley, Laurence Castle from South Cambs District Council and OEH host Kate Hawksworth.

Getting your home ready for climate change? – Monday 15th October, 7.30-9.30pm, St Barnabas Church, Mill Lane. Led by author and energy consultant Nicola Terry, Anne Cooper of AC Architects and Tom Bragg.

Solid Wall Insulation Choices – Thursday 18th October, 7.30-9.30pm, St Barnabas Church. Speakers include Jason Palmer, author of Solid Wall Insulation, Architect Margaret Reynolds and Tim Acheson of Green Hat Construction.  

Open Eco Homes is a project of Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Get in touch / find out more

Allan Shepherd:   01223 301842

Part of the Green Open Homes network