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Oxfordshire Eco-buildings Open Days Thurs 10th-Sun 13th September 2009

Posted on 07.09.2009

Twenty-four homes and buildings across Oxfordshire will invite the public to see, experience, and share the techniques and vision of eco-renovation.  Featured Oxford buildings include the stylish conversion of a former Jericho pub into four highly insulated houses with a large solar photovoltaic and solar hot water array; and the ‘Solar Electric Victorian Terrace’ in Howard Street,  who’s solar photovoltaic roof makes the house a net exporter of electricity.

Full information on the buildings, locations, and opening times can be found on  / 

Sustainable Energy Academy wins Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy

Posted on 18.06.2009

The Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA) was announced as winner of the Charity and Community Category at the prestigious Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy for 2009.

The awards were presented to the winners by HRH the Prince of Wales who, in his speech congratulating the Ashden winners, said:

“Meeting the winners has, as always, raised my spirits. The major value of these awards is that they demonstrate what is possible, not only for small scale-scale projects, but what is achievable for the whole world. So much of what we need to build cleaner and more efficient communities is already with us.”

John Doggart and Gabby Mallett accept the Award from HRH Prince Charles

On receiving the award John Doggart, chair of SEA, said ”we are delighted to receive this award which celebrates the efforts of so many Superhome owners across the country who have not only dramatically reduced the carbon footprint of their house, but have also opened their doors to the public so that they can learn and also be inspired to take action”

SEA, partnering with the charity National Energy Foundation, is aiming to expand the Superhome network to 200 houses within five years. Camden Superhome owner, Sarah Harrison, the first person to join the Old Home Superhome Project said:

“I’ve made 82% carbon saving to my Victorian House and now I’ve helped hundreds of people renovate their homes through having my home open, something I would never have done without SEA.  The great thing is that they organise the publicity and make sure people turn up on the day you have the open house.”

Superhomes open for tours

Posted on 08.05.2009

Seven Superhomes around the country will be open during the weekend of 16th and 17th May.

Why not plan to visit one or more of them for a tour and to talk to the owners about how they cut CO2 emissions and reduced energy consumption, and get ideas to use in your own home.

For details of the houses that will be open, please visit:

Welcome to new Superhomer

Posted on 08.05.2009

The Superhome Alliance warmly welcomes its 28th member. 

Charles Bennett’s Victorian home in Highclere, on the North Hampshire/South Berkshire border, has been extensively renovated to achieve a CO2 emissions reduction in excess of 60% by installing:

  • high levels of insulation in the walls, loft and floor
  • high quality double glazing
  • a solar water heating system
  • wood-burning stoves
  • efficient oil-fired condensing boiler with zone-controlled underfloor heating
  • light pipes bringing natural light into dark areas
  • low energy lighting and appliances

Other features for sustainable living include: rainwater harvesting; a section of living (sedum) roof; handmade, reclaimed clay bricks and roof tiles; and clay paints.

Charles is opening his home to visitors on Saturday 16th May, 10am-4pm.  To book a free 20-minute tour, please email or telephone 07702 263952

Camden’s EcoHome Wins Sustain Magazine Award

Posted on 11.03.2009

Camden Council’s carbon saving Superhome has been announced winner of a prestigious sustainability award.

The EcoHome won the Sustain Magazine  ‘Refurbishment Award’ in the category for Property & the Built Environment.  The awards celebrate the creativity, commitment and achievement in the field of sustainability.

The judges said that “It provides an example of how startling CO2 savings can readily be achieved with commonly available products.”

Read Camden Council’s press release:

For more about Sustain Magazine:

Superhomer, Donnachadh McCarthy wins awards

Posted on 23.01.2009

Donnachadh McCarthy wins National Energy Efficiency Award for his carbon negative eco-house.  See page 4 of  National Energy Efficiency Awards 2007

For the 2008 awards Donnachadh’s 3Acorns Eco Audits, along with the City Bridge Trust won again.  See page 13 of National Energy Efficiency Awards 2008 This project also won the prestigious green apple award.  See the City Bridge Trust website

Superhomer Nick Parsons accepts award

Posted on 21.01.2009

’Superhomer, Nick Parsons, accepts award on behalf of the South Yorkshire Energy Centre’ – further information

Parity Projects wins award

Posted on 21.01.2009

Parity Projects wins the Observer Ethical Award’ {link to} The Observer Ethical Award for DIY 2007.  Video here

Superhomer Russell Smith wins award

Posted on 21.01.2009

Superhomer Russell Smith wins another award with his sustainable refurbishment’ Building Magazine’s 2007 Award for Sustainable Refurbishment – further information