green homes Talk and tour
In 2023, we are running a series of Green Homes Events to share information on how homeowners can reduce the carbon footprint of their property.
Friday 10th November 2023.
Why make changes to your home?
The UK has the most poorly insulated houses in the whole of Europe and a quarter of our carbon emissions come from our homes. We can make changes to reduce how much energy our homes use - this benefits our energy bills and makes our homes greener. The UK will not meet the carbon emissions cuts needed to stabilise our climate, without prioritising making our homes more energy efficient.
What is ‘retrofit’?
Any improvements to existing homes to improve their energy efficiency is called ‘retrofit’ and can encompass improving insulation, upgrading to a heat pump or installing solar panels.
If you have any questions about Green Home Events, please contact the Courses Team.
Find out how we eco-renovated our Eco Lodge
The Sustainability Centre carried out a retrofit project on our Eco Lodge which was completed in 2021. A 1970s former MOD building was transformed to meet the highest energy efficiency standards. The materials of the building were maximised to reduce energy demand, by metaphorically wrapping it up with a thermal blanket. The greenest solution to every aspect of the renovation was considered, from the external cladding and heating system to the furniture and lampshades. A tour of the Eco Lodge will be part of our Green Home Event in Autumn 2023.