Green Homes open this weekend – be there!

We’re really excited that this weekend our first Green Homes open – do join us if you can! There are 8 homes around Sheffield open over this weekend, and this is the grand tour I’m planning! See http://sheffield.greenopenhomes.net/ to devise your own tour and book your visits.

On Saturday morning I’ll head up to Crookes to see the internal insulation work carried out at 103 Cross Lane, and then trot down the hill to 282 Springvale Road to see more insulation, windows and a new heating system  at this home where work is still in progress.

In the afternoon I’m visiting Burngreave, to see what has been achieved at Brambles Housing Co-op – I think I might learn from their heating system and insulation. Afterwards it’s a short(ish) step to 266 Barnsley Road where I want to understand their solar set-up.

Low impact extension at Fireside Housing Co-op
Low impact extension at Fireside Housing Co-op

Sunday will be  at least a half-marathon for me, to take in the fascinating new-build eco-home at 113 Shirebrook Road, and have a look at the external insulation at 120 Albert Road nearby. After a return to Burngreave to see the low-impact extension at Fireside, I’ll head out to Stannington to find out about the renewable energy and insulation features that Green Directions have brought to  Townfield Head Farm.
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Not that I’m competitive at all, but if anyone wants to rival my mega-tour, get booking so our hosts know you are coming!  If you can’t join in this weekend, check out our future open days up to 18th May and book ahead…

Come to Green Homes cafe event!

Transition Sheffield is hosting a  Green Homes Sheffield cafe evening at Fusion Cafe on Monday 7th April from 7.30-10pm.

As well as a talk about Green Homes Sheffield there will be a short film about Bath Green Homes and the chance to discuss cafe-style, anything about warmer, greener homes!

The evening is free with donations welcome, and tea, coffee and snacks will be available to purchase. Fusion Cafe is at Arundel St, S1 2NS.  Full event details here.
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Also for your diary: Sheffield Friday Night Ride will hold a Green Homes Sheffield themed bike ride on Fri 16th May 2014 – visiting up to 8 of the host homes – more details at www.sfnr.org.uk

 

 

 

Green Homes in Burngreave

Last Sunday some of our volunteers had a sneak preview of two homes in Burngreave which are taking part in Green Homes Sheffield open days. A dozen of us spent the morning learning and sharing ideas at the South Yorkshire Energy Centre in Heeley, and then had a tour of Fireside Housing Co-op and 266 Barnsley Road.

As you can see from the photo, Fireside have transformed their 4 formerly ordinary terraced houses into something very exciting! Now they are not only sharing gardens and solar energy, but a low impact extension that looks like something from Grand Designs. Rick explained the thinking that had gone into the design, from improving light levels, to choice of internal or external insulation, to getting the ventilation right.  Many materials have been sourced from re-used items, including a beautiful floor.

Next Susannah showed  us round 266 Barnsley Road, a large detached Victorian house.  Draught-proofing and insulation have improved the comfort of this home, and it makes use of solar hot water and solar electricity. Several fine old windows have had secondary double glazing applied, while others have been completely replaced by energy efficient ones.

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Both of these homes are open on several dates in April and May – you can find out more and book your own visits here:

Welcome to Grace, our new Intern

Hi, my name is Grace Robinson. I am currently a student at the University of Sheffield and I am now the new Intern for Green Homes Sheffield!

I’d like to thank Green Homes Sheffield for accepting me, and to say that it is a privilege to be working here . As the Intern I will be regularly found at Regather Works working with the keen project frontrunner Jenny. I’ll be learning all the time, which is lucky for me as I’m really fascinated by the project.

Throughout the Open Homes events in April and May I will collect and analyse data to help evaluate how the Green Homes Sheffield network can help more people ‘green up’ their homes more easily, for many years to come. Our steering group want to find out how we’re doing – what is good, what is working well and how we can improve.

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If you’re interested in the project please sign up to our mailing list and come along to an Open Homes event. Spread the word to your friends and colleagues to take the chance to visit energy efficient homes.  If you have any comments or questions do not hesitate to let me know via our feedback form.

Volunteer with us!

Green Homes Sheffield is looking for some more volunteers to help out at our open homes days – it’s a straightforward but interesting role that would suit anyone interested in making homes warmer and who likes helping people.  Maybe you know someone who would like to get involved and has 2 or 3 days free?
We’d like you to be available for at least two of the opening dates:
Sat 12th, Sun 13th, Wed 23rd, Thurs 24th April – all 11am to 5pm   Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, Mon 5th, Sat 17th, Sun 18th May – all 11am to 5pm   Fri 16th May 4pm-10pm
plus one training day on Sat 22nd or Sun 23rd March if possible.
Green Homes Welcomers will assist householders to open their home to the public by supporting all the practical things that need doing – e.g. putting up signs, making tea, greeting visitors when they arrive. (This will free up the hosts to focus on talking about the energy improvements to their home.) You need to like dealing with the public, e.g. talking to individuals, or helping them understand written material. (Good spoken English will be important here.) You need to be comfortable taking on practical helping tasks with guidance from the host. You would probably help at the same home on all the dates they are open, but you could help at more than one if you can offer enough time.

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To apply please use our contact form to send us your name, email address and phone number, stating which days you can attend – thanks!

“House Warming” at Heather’s

Green Homes Sheffield is all about learning from other people’s experience – I’ve just had a fascinating afternoon at Heather’s house, finding out about the successes and challenges of making her 1850-built home more energy efficient and cosy. Heather and Julian showed us around and talked us through the story of the changes made since moving in in 2011. Continue reading “House Warming” at Heather’s

What is a Green Home?

What is your picture of a green home? Maybe an ultra modern eco home like that pictured? We’ve found that you can’t always tell from the outside whether a home is green – maybe it is an old home that has been insulated to a high standard. Maybe its windows and doors are much better at keeping in the heat than its neighbours’.  Maybe it uses renewable forms of heat and power, but you can’t see that from the street.

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This spring you have the chance to see behind the doors of 20 green homes in Sheffield. They are homes that have been built or upgraded to meet high standards of saving energy – through draught-proofing, insulation, renewable heat and power, and low-impact construction. Your picture of a green home may never be the same again!

 

Hello world!

Welcome to the birth of Green Homes Sheffield. We are here to help Sheffield householders make their homes greener and more comfortable. We hope you’ll come back often and join our network (through the panel on the left) to find out more.

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