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SuperHome Open Day visits up by 40% in Sep 2015

visitors view solar pergola at a SuperHomeWe’re delighted to report that SuperHome Open Days this year (5 Sep – 4 Oct 2015) attracted over 40% more visits than in 2014! 62 SuperHome households opened their doors to the public, of which 10 where hosting events for the first time. There were 3243 visits to the houses from an estimated 3000+ individuals.

Openings were spread over 4 weeks. 26 homes opened over the Heritage Open Days weekend and London SuperHomes opening mostly during the weekend of Open House London with 5 making it into the OHL brochure, so attracting 100s more visitors.

Very positive visitor feedback

80% of online bookers who gave feedback reported having had an ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ experience (130 responded) . The feedback was again very positive, as these few examples illustrate:

“Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable presentation and tour. Really enjoyed it!”

“Very informative, very open and honest in terms of the project, successes, difficulties, usefulness and availability of materials and professional expertise.”

“Very impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge of the homeowner. Her willingness to share knowledge and information was very encouraging.”

Strong support in the blogosphere

SuperHome Open Days attracted serious attention in the blogosphere this year through 12 guest blog slots.

visitors at Faringdon superhomeAt 10:10 you can find out how Tim, Joanne and family ripped up a tired old home and made it a SuperHome. At WWF we find out how Dora and Zsolt Varszegi overhauled their 1920’s semi [1] and Ruth Shepherd refurbished her Victorian home[2].

At YouGen we were invited to visit the SuperHome where fish feed the plants. You can read about the Kennedys’ solar pergola on the LiLi blog, or go behind the scenes of Sanya Polescuk’s Victorian Mews refurbishment at Fit for the Future.

Building4Change added a case study, NES took comfort in the numbers, the EST reminded us why the UK needs more SuperHomes. Green Open Homes blog introduced the 200th SuperHome and featured a short event report from Andrew Gage.

This year we attracted generous media support from local papers and parish magazines. SuperHomers Paul Capel and Alice Grahame were also able to secure a very attractive preview in The Guardian on the Walter Segal self-built homes angle.

5000+ people referred to our website

5000 people came to the SuperHomes website via the Top 100 online sources in the run up to the events. Many people were referred to the SuperHomes website from social media (250 from Twitter and at least 630 from Facebook. Good numbers (in brackets) came to us via the websites of Heritage Open Days (691), YouGen (286), WWF (128), Environment Job (92), The Guardian (92) UKGBC (78) and Bristol Green Doors (67).

Special thanks to our partners

Visitors to a SuperHome 2015This year we enjoyed guest blog opportunities, newsletter and magazine articles and mentions, online listings and brochure entries and even money. Heritage Open Days and Open House London deserve a huge thank you for bringing attention our way, but every bit of support counted. Our news that bookings had opened was retweeted an awe-inspiring 231 times, so Twitter and Facebook followers also made a really big difference this year. Thanks are also due to the Centre for Sustainable Energy and the Federation of Open Home Networks for helping secure financial support for these Open Days from DECC via Green Open Homes).

Finally, a big thank you to all who participated and supported the Open Days!