Visit new and renovated houses that show how to reduce your energy and water bills
Eco Open Houses 2014
This year Eco Open Houses takes place in three areas:
Worthing - one weekend 12-13 April
Steyning - Sunday 27 April
Brighton & Hove - two weekends 18-18 and 25-26 October
Worthing and Steyning have their own websites (part of the national Green Open Homes project) with maps, details of features and opening times. Click on the panels below. The houses are also listed on the left, linked to their individual web pages. Some Worthing houses have to be booked in advance - see their pages.
Eco Open Houses Worthing and Steyning is run as part of the ECOBEE PROJECT and has been selected within the scope of the INTERREG IV A France (Channel): England crossborder European cooperation programme and is co-financed by the ERDF.
There is a free 32-page printed brochure available in selected venues in Worthing, Steyning, Brighton and Hove. Download a pdf version.
While we get the Brighton & Hove houses ready, the remainder of this website will show houses from Eco Open Houses Brighton & Hove 2013 (and previous years) which still provide inspiration.
In 2013 Eco Open Houses was bigger than ever, running over two weekends in June, delivered as part of the European ECOFab 2 and Green Deal Pioneering Place projects.
In February 2013 the government launched a new way to pay for energy efficiency measures called the Green Deal. We teamed up with the Pioneering Places project to showcase the Green Deal in Brighton & Hove. Assessmentswere carried out and measures installed as part of the project and some ofthese houses were visitable during Eco Open Houses. Green Deal Pioneering Places houses are highlighted with the special logo. These houses highlight that significant savings can be madefrom fairly modest investment.
What is Eco Open Houses?
Whether you are a home owner or tenant wanting to find out what you can do in your home to save money and feel healthier and warmer, a builder looking for better ways to build for your clients or just simply curious, come and be inspired by visiting an eco-home near you!
Some Eco Open Houses are old houses that have been retrofitted and improved, some have just been built. What they feature in common is being cheaper to run and requiring less mains energy to keep them warm.
It doesn't necessarily take expensive renovation to cut bills: behaviour changes and small alterations can make a big difference. Discover practical steps to reduce energy use, water use and carbon emissions in our own homes from the experiences of Eco Open Householders. Funding options to help you renovate your home are described in Ways to pay.
The printed brochure, with maps and house details as on this website, is available free at selected sites around Brighton and Hove, or as a downloadable pdf (7MB). More detailed case studies for some of the houses are available for download here on each house's page - others will be added as completed.