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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…

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:

“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