TALKS 2014

Straw-bale Building

Straw-bale Talks

Saturday 25 October,
10 & 11.30am - MORE INFO

Straw-bale Renovation

Straw-bale Rennovation

Saturday 25 October,
2 & 3.30pm - MORE INFO


Passivhaus Talks

Sunday 26 October,
10 & 11.30am - MORE INFO


Find out about Eco Open Houses Worthing, which took place 12-13 April 2014 and Eco Open Houses Steyning 27 April 2014

32-page brochure download:


Eco Open Houses Worthing and Steyning was run as part of the ECOBEE PROJECT and was selected within the scope of the INTERREG IV A France (Channel): England crossborder European cooperation programme and financed by the ERDF.



Visit new and renovated houses that show how to reduce your energy and water bills

brochure coverEco Open Houses 2014

This year Eco Open Houses takes place in Brighton & Hove over two weekends 18-19 and 25-26 October

The printed brochure, with maps and house details as on this website, is available free at selected sites around Brighton and Hove, or as a downloadable pdf.

More detailed case studies for some of the houses are available for download here on each house's page - others will be added as completed.

If you would like to be kept in touch, or for any other enquiries, please contact us or see the Eco Open Houses Facebook page.

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Chair of Planning Committee, Councillor Phelim MacCafferty cuts the ribbon and declares Brighton EcoHouses 2014 open.

See our opening on Youtube here.


What is Eco Open Houses?

Whether you are a home owner or tenant wanting to find out what you can do in your home to save money and feel healthier and warmer, a builder looking for better ways to build for your clients or just simply curious, come and be inspired by visiting an eco-home near you!

Some Eco Open Houses are old houses that have been retrofitted and improved, some have just been built. What they feature in common is being cheaper to run and requiring less mains energy to keep them warm.

It doesn't necessarily take expensive renovation to cut bills: behaviour changes and small alterations can make a big difference. Discover practical steps to reduce energy use, water use and carbon emissions in our own homes from the experiences of Eco Open Householders. Funding options to help you renovate your home are described in Ways to pay.

You may be interested in finding out more about what you could do to your house. Have a look at the Eco Renovate Your Home course and some of the possible funding options outlined in Links.



A regular in Eco Open Houses, One Brighton, is achieving 60% savings in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the average home, and aims to do more. See press release or download the full Lifecyle Assessment Report (3.9MB pdf)


Owners and volunteers show some of last years Brighton & Hove properties' features in short videos

Smart House:


Balfour Road:


Hartington Road:


These videos give some insight into the process and intentions behind the build or refurbishement.