October 2015 Newsletter


Read on for news of our NEXT event in November, more green building events in Bristol, Paris COP21, 2015 comp' winners and more!

This is our first newsletter since our September 26-27th event. Many, many thanks to all who opened, stewarded, visited and helped in any way on what was another great event. The weather was fantastic and we have some great photos and stories. http://www.bristolgreendoors.org/events. We have finished looking at the feedback and here are five stats of interest.

  • On average over 50 people visited each home 
  • 71% of respondents had never been to a BGD event before
  • Solar and solid wall insulation were the measures of most interest to visitors
  • Whilst most people were from Bristol, some people travelled from as far as Ireland
  • A higher percentage (11%) of people in rented accommodation attended than ever before

There was also a baby born in one of the homes, DURING the event!

We always value the comments from visitors, here are some which we think you will also agree capture what we are trying to do:

  • "Great concept. Keep on going" – Chris
  • "Very informative, everyone helpful and welcoming. Feel very inspired" – Kylie, BS5
  • "Very many thanks for the whole weekend. Six houses over two days"- Jane and Peter
  • "Good opportunity to speak directly to someone who has expertise. Enjoyable and information with contacts and ideas" – Paul and Trish

What was also significant was over the promotional period our Twitter and Facebook followings really grew, with many retweets including some from hugely popular accounts such as The Eden Project! Thanks again to all who have supportedf us in this way.


Looking to install a wood burning stove this winter? Ever wondered how you can link your stove to central heating? Can a woodburner work with a solar thermal system?

We are running a small, ticket only evening event on 23rd November looking in detail at the integrated heating system of one of our householders. This will give those looking to do something similar valuable insight as well as as technical advice from an industry expert. For more info and booking see here 

Other News

Our Route to Retrofit website is continuing to develop. We have just added an additional thirty homes' case studies and now have our householders contributing directly to these. Did you know, most householders can be now be contacted via their case studies? So if you have seen a home at a weekend and have another question, ask it via the webform on the relevant page. Thanks to all householders going the extra mile with all of this.

CONGRATULATIONS – To Matt and Steph both of BS16 but different addresses, winners of £50 Event Green Card Prize draw and Boston Tea Party competitions respectfully plus three runners up Lottie BS6, Eva BS5 and Anna BS1.

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 will be held in Paris, from Nov 30 to Dec 11th http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en. It should be exciting with hundreds of thousands of people expected to carry out non-violent direct action on a scale Europe has not seen before TO DEMAND A MEANINGFUL EMISSIONS CUTTING DEAL. Also here is a neat film about the conferences over the years. 

Bristol Green Doors attended and participated in the Sustainable Homes “Retrofit Performance Gap” conference in London in October. See our blog here

Good luck Warm up Bristol. Sad to see the difficulties this very well intentioned scheme has experienced and sure there has been much of value to build a more robust scheme for Bristol going forward. See here for updates.

Hurry! Running till 8th November is an excellent “Resources” themed exhibition at The Architecture Centre, featuring BGD and which is worth a visit. See our blog here for more 

Things are moving on Bristol’s new Community Energy Fund which has a breakfast launch next week on Nov 9th

How can we build greener & better buildings? The growing case for Passivhaus development is being presented on 17th November at a Green Capital supported half day event. More detail and booking here.

Festival of the Future City 17 – 20 November (Bristol Festival of Ideas) has some good looking talks

That's all for now. Thanks for your interest in Bristol Green Doors.

Dan, Tim, Ben, Chris, Jamie, Kate, Layla, Tom - The Bristol Green Doors team



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