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By Alice Ryan


Open Eco Homes - the event which sees planet-friendly properties in and around Cambridge open their doors to the public - turns 10 this month and, to celebrate, it’s hosting a one-off day of talks. With award-winning architect Meredith Bowles and eco-home retrofitter Bart Hommels among the experts taking to the podium, the event is titled Cambridge 2030: Meeting the zero carbon homes challenge.

“Our tenth anniversary is a good opportunity to create a city-wide conversation about the next ten years,” explains organiser Allan Shepherd. “What do we want our homes to be like by 2030? Will they answer the challenge of the climate emergency, whilst still delivering comfort and inspirational living spaces? We’ve reached out to people who are working at the forefront of these questions and asked them to bring their wisdom and experience.”

Media photographs Open Eco Homes 2017, sourced by Open Eco Homes. (15338261)
Media photographs Open Eco Homes 2017, sourced by Open Eco Homes. (15338261)
Media photographs Open Eco Homes 2017, sourced by Open Eco Homes. (15338260)
Media photographs Open Eco Homes 2017, sourced by Open Eco Homes. (15338260)

Cambridge 2030, which takes place on September 10, will be followed by the usual Open Eco Homes open-house tours: on September 22 and 28, the public can visit 12 different properties for free, from the largest ‘passive house’ development in Cambridge to a recently refurbished Victorian terrace. A programme of free workshops is running too, between September 17 and October 9, including sessions on insulation, ventilation, smart technology and a beginners’ guide to retrofit.

* For more information, including full date, time, venue and place-booking details for all the Open Eco Homes events, visit openecohomes.org/events



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