A big 'Thank you' to all the house owners for taking part!
And thanks to all the visitors and helpers for coming along - it's been a majorly successful event,
with about 50 up to about 200 visitors per house!
To see images of the event click HERE...
Read the Open Day REPORT by ClimateXChange...
XChange and COIN (Climate Outreach Information Network)
have organized an Ecovation Open Days event in Oxfordshire.
For more details, see
summary below or contact
toni (at) coinet.org.uk
Green House (by Stig - www.shtig.net)
Oxfordshire Ecovation Open Days
houses have open their doors to share the techniques and
opportunities of eco-renovation. This was a fantastic opportunity to
learn from the real experiences of the home owners and see exciting
ideas for the future in action.
houses cover a remarkable range of challenging types-including a
garden office, a former council house, a terraced Victorian house, a
17th century cottage in a conservation area, a listed Regency villa,
and a 1980’s developer house.
of the houses use standard materials that could be bought at any
builders merchant. Others use experimental technologies including
straw bale and sheep wool insulation, solar panels, wood burners and
a heat pump that draws water from the Thames.
This was the largest eco-house open day yet organized in Britain and we
hope it can be the model for other regional or national schemes next
The event was hosted by COIN, the ClimateXchange
and the Sustainable Energy Academy with the support of Mid Counties
Co-Op, Thames Valley Energy, Thames Valley Energy Advice Centre and
Oxford City Council.
Opening times needed to be checked with the
individual houses for slight variations, but were generally:
12.00am + 13.00pm to 16.00pm –
Saturday and Sunday
Thanks for coming along - we hope you feel inspired!
Houses and features for
Oxfordshire Ecovation Open Days 2007:
For more information and a 'How-to-get-there-map' please check FLYER (pdf-format)! (or pick one up in your local library)...
Articles and publications:
For photographs of the event, click HERE...
|Beehive - Strawbale house
MANZIL WAY, COWLEY RD, OX4 1YH
Strawbale walled, grey water system, and a natural 'dam' floor
SAT 10-12NOON, 1-4PM
1890 Oxford Semi
41 MADGDALEN RD, OX4 1RB
Solar Panels, advanced heating controls, windmill and ambitious plans
for a full house eco-fit
See case studies - 1890 Oxford Semi
1980 terrace house
34 EAST STREET, OSNEY ISLAND, OXFORD,OX2 OAU
A major refurbishment in a conservation area, with heat pump from the
Thames,solar collectors, sun-space, solid wall insulation Pvs etc...
See case studies - End-terrace house
1890s terrace house
36 HARPES ROAD, SUNNYMEAD, OX27QL, SUMMERTOWN
Evacuated tube solar panel,
condensing boiler, thermal sempatap
on walls and ridged radiator foil for insulation
Victorian (1882) terrassed house
28 HARPES ROAD, SUNNYMEAD, OX2 7QL, SUMMERTOWN
2 bedroom, Victorian terraced house, with 6 photovoltaic solar panels
installed on the roof of an extension. Other eco-features: insulated
Please note, that this
house will now not open up to puplic. Please visit the other two houses
in that same road instead... Thanks!
Apologies for any inconvenience.
55 HENLEY AVENUE, OX4 4DJ
Garden office and spare room built from strawbales and recycled materials
with wood burner and compost toilet
SAT 10-12NOON, 1-4PM
A terraced Edwardian house
15 HOLYOAKE ROAD, HEADINGTON, OX3 8AF
A terraced Edwardian house with multiple renovation strategies for
warmth, comfort and a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions.
WINDMILL BARN, CASSINGTON ROAD, YARNTON, OX5 1QD
(from A44 to Turn Pike Pub –
turn into Yarnton 0.7 miles through village past Red Lion pub – before
village ends turn left up a track, at the top)
Rainwater irrigation system (1200 litre) to enable rain water storage
above ground in a medium sized garden and save costs, water pump for
water usage in house and garden
WOODSTOCK, (see details on flyer)
Renovation with advanced eco materials
including leica-lime (floor insulation), sheep's wool insulation, reed
board insulation and an energy efficient wall heating system
Lower Watts House
LOWER WATTS HOUSE, PARK ST, CHARLBURY, OX7 3PS
Many features and super insulation help this 1993 new build house use
one quarter of the energy
of a standard home of this size.
SAT 10-12NOON, 1-4PM
1980 terrace house
45 TRINITY STREET, OXFORD, OX11TY
...with solar panels, sheep wool insulation, solar conservatory, triple glazing, water/energy saving features,
See case study - 1980 developer home
39 RADCLIFFE RD, OX4 4BX
Renovation of house and two story eco-extension in progress.
External wall insulation, recycled triple glazed windows, superinsulated
loft, south face solar windows, heat recovery ventilation, solar panels
SUN 10-12NOON 1-4PM
11 HARPES ROAD, SUNNYMEAD, OX2
Remarkable original 31 years old 'Sun harvester' Solar panels
18th century listed villa
44 IFFLEY TURN, OXFORD, OX4 4DU
Renovation in progress in an 18th century listed villa with wood pellet
heating, rainwater harvesting, insulation and heat exchange ventilation
! Please note, that this is a building site and not terribly accessible, welly boots recommended in wet weather...!
THE YELLOW HOUSE, 377 MEADOW LANE, OX4 4BL
Solar panels, grey water recycling, external insulation, turf roof,
recycled and eco materials. Award winning project cut energy
consumption by 60%
SUN 10-12NOON, 1-4PM
See case study - ex-council house
PICCADILLY BACK WAY, GREAT HASELEY, OX44 7JP (M40 J8A)
17th century cottage in conservation area with wood boiler; breathable
eco-insulation systems; underfloor heating; thermal mass to store heat;
solar panels; and advanced eco materials.
SAT+SUN 10-12NOON, 1-4PM;
See case study - 17th century cottage
Brick-built family house
16 JACK STRAW’S LANE, HEADINGTON, OX3 0DL
with solar hot water system and solar photovoltaic panels, low energy lighting,
improved insulation, and advanced heating controls
SAT 1-4PM, SUN 1-4PM
9 DUDLEY COURT, ROGERS ST, OX2 7LX
Many practical tips in this eco-renovated 1960s flat - insulation, wood frame double glazing, energy
efficient appliances, natural materials (cork,bamboo).
SAT 10-12 NOON, 1-4PM
See case study - 1970 Flat
Renovated 1958 Semi house
70 SAINT LEONARD RD, OX3 8AB OXFORD, HEADINGTON
This house has been renovated with the intention to
make it as green as possible... It includes a water tank (for rainwater
harvesting), solar panels, under floor heating in the new timber
extension, wall- and loft insulation, double glazing, a heat recovery
unit and many other interesting features.
This house is not printed on the flyer - but it is worth visiting!
See case study 1958 Semi house