Since our first event in 2010 we have been keen to share our experience, learning and resources to help others deliver open homes events like ours in their own communities.
In 2011 we worked with the Energy Saving Trust on resources and videos many of the latter can be seen on You Tube.
“Advice and support from Bristol Green Doors was key in setting up the Bath Green Homes project which also features an Open Homes Weekend. They provided a great deal of guidance and mentoring for free, and we commissioned them to analyse in-depth our plans for the 1st year of the project, which was very useful. They promoted Bath Green Homes alongside their own news and events, and their continuing support has really helped the development of our project". Kathy Tate, Community Sustainability Officer, Bath & North East Somerset Council
“When we were casting about trying to put our green doors project together here in Solihull, the workshop Kate gave was inspirational. Her experience with Bristol Green Doors helped us see what could be achieved and she was able to give us lots of practical advice on every aspect of the project - from getting sponsorship to being realistic about what we could achieve". Richard Honeysett - Transition Town Solihull
Through 2012-13 in a partnership with the Energy Saving Trust, we offered mentoring to groups across the South West through two schemes:
i) Ready for Retrofit -
- Wiltshire Green Doors - held event 18/19th May
- 361 Energy Green Doors event, Ilfracombe N Devon area - 12-15th September, 2013.
- Sustainable Ottery, Devon - Open Homes 5th October
- Forum 21 & Transition Minehead, 30th September through to 5th October - 22 open homes
- Sustainable Thornbury’s Energy Smart Homes Trail in October 19-20th 2013
- Transition Clevedon
In 2013 - 14 we were heavily involved setting up a national Green Open Homes network see www.greenopenhomes.net with funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. This was delivered in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Forum for the Future, the Association of Environmentally Conscious Builders, the National Trust and the Transition Network.
For this we developed and provided resources, took part in a national awareness building roadshow (A), mentored individual groups, promoted the network at the Homebuilding and Renovation show at the NEC in March (B) and facilitated feedback at the organisers event in June. Read Kate and Dan's blogs on their experiences of these sharing and networking roadshows.
For more information on the national Open Homes Network see visit www.greenopenhomes.net