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Visit the old homes transformed into homes of the future

You can get the inside story on some exceptional home improvement projects over the coming weekends as SuperHome Open Days return. More than 60 refurbished Victorian, Edwardian and post-war properties will open to the public in September 2015, most of them during Heritage Open Days (10-13 Sep) and Open House London (19/20 Sep).

Rear view of Birmingham zero carbon SuperHome

John Christopher will be opening his Zero Carbon SuperHome this September

SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for much greater comfort, lower bills and far lower carbon emissions – at least 60% lower! This means that these free SuperHome Open Days are an excellent source of ideas to help you green your own home.

John Doggart, Patron of SuperHomes, commented: “SuperHomes show one way we’ll get to a low carbon future. These were once cold and draughty, hard to heat homes. Now they are comfortable homes which are much lighter on the environment and cost a lot less to run.”

Sue Roberts at SuperHome 200

Sue Roberts at SuperHome 200 – open to the public on 12 Sep

SuperHomes, which demonstrate eco-refurbishment at its best, are growing in number. In August the 200th SuperHome was announced. Owner Sue Roberts says

“People have this impression that going green means sacrificing comfort and beautiful architecture; I hope our home shows this not to be true.”

Sue’s home is one of over 30 SuperHomes open to the public across the UK from 10-13 September. It is also one of 10 opening for the first time this month. On 19/20 September a second wave of SuperHomes will open their doors in London.

In many cases SuperHome owners will open as part of local green open home events of which there are more than 20 across the UK in the coming weeks.

SuperHome Open Days are running from 5 Sep – 4 Oct and feature a range of low energy improvements. Most SuperHomes have superior insulation; many have alternative heating sources and some produce their own energy. In every one you can learn about a range of installed technologies. The owners host these annual open days to share both the benefits and the challenges of low energy refurbishment. Tours and Q&A sessions will let you quiz the owners, so you can discover what worked and get frank feedback on anything that didn’t.

These SuperHome Open Days are coordinated by the National Energy Foundation and supported by Green Open Homes. To find out more or to pre-book a place on a free tour, visit the SuperHome Locator map here.

Also See:
5 reasons to visit SuperHomes
4 ways to search for a SuperHome
10 reasons you feel better in a SuperHome

Other Green Open Home Events this Autumn.
See details listed here and on the Green Open Homes site.

Photos to download (Courtesy of www.superhomes.org.uk)
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