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As part of Oxford Open doors and
Heritage Open Days

You are invited to yet another Ecovation Open Days event in Oxfordshire. It will again run as part of the Heritage Open Day event, which celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. We think that in times of Climate Change eco-renovated and eco-built houses ought to play a major role in this event.

By being part of it we hope to bring across the importance of eco-renovation
and give people a first hand experience of what goes into eco-renovating a
house. We want to demonstrate that so much is in fact possible for the
existing housing stock with your own pioneering work serving as an inspiring example and model which others can use for their own eco-renovation work. Architectural treasures as well as ordinary council homes are worth more the celebration, if they are based on sustainability. We hope to reach people from many different backgrounds and experiences and welcome especially first time visitors.

The Oxfordshire Open Eco Houses is a joint project between 
Climate XChange and COIN.

The event aims to empower and inspire members of the public to make environmental changes to their own homes through seeing what practical steps other people have taken in their homes. It is about people learning from the experience of others and making positive changes to reduce their environmental footprint.

The Ecovation Open Days will:

 Offering people the opportunity to   
  see what Low- and Zero-Carbon   
  technologies could be applied to 
  homes in Oxfordshire, and gain    
  practical advice from house owners
 Increasing the network of Eco-   
  renovators in Oxfordshire
 Increasing the profile of home   
  eco-renovations, to demonstrate 
  what is possible for individual home   
  owners, to stimulate demand in   

The houses will demonstrate: 

• environmental renovation
• insulation methods
• renewable energy
• reduced energy bills
• water savings
• waste water recycling
• rainwater harvesting
• green roofs
• natural and recycled materials

This event is free of charge (£2.00 donations welcome) and suitable for anybody who wants to find out more about eco-renovation....

ECOVATION is looking for VOLUNTEERS... Can you help?

For the Ecovation Open Day event from Thurs 10th - Sunday 13th
September 2009, we are still looking for friendly and responsible

If you are interested, please contact toni(at) 
(tel. 01865 403334)
Let us know which dates and for how many hours you would be available for, and which part of Oxford or Oxfordshire you would be prepared to travel to...

We look forward to hearing from you!

Extracts from the Executive Summary of Home Truths - a low carbon strategy to reduce UK House emissions by 80% by 2050, by Brenda Boardman, University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute:

‘The scientific consensus is that for the UK to play its part in helping the world avoid a rise of more than 2°C, we must reduce our carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The household sector represents 27 per cent of our total emissions and achieving deep cuts here is an imperative.'

‘Of the homes we will inhabit in 2050, around 80 per cent are already standing today and these have to be the main focus for carbon-reduction policies.'



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  & Directions


The Solar Electric Victorian Terrace
164 Howard Street, Ox4 3BG Oxford

Sat 12th 10am - 5pm
Sun 13th 10am - 5pm

A 1.82 kW solar photovoltaic roof, retrofitted to a classic
Victorian terraced property. The system produces 1500 kWh of green electricity per year, making the house a net exporter of electricity.

Bus to Iffley Road, get off at 'The Coop' super market Walk from Coop shop along Howard Street - house is on the right.

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36 Harpes Road,
Oxford OX2 7QL

Sat 12th 10am - noon

A 1890s terrace house with evacuated tube solar panel, condensing boiler fitted in 2005, Thermal Sempatap on walls and ridged radiator foil for insulation.

Buses from Central Oxford to Squitchey Lane, Banbury Road off Banbury Road to end of Hernes Road - Harpes Road goes down to the right.

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Beehive, Manzil Way, Cowley Road, Oxford. OX4 1YH

Thu 10th 10am - 3pm

Straw bale building garden workshop, lime plastered walls, recycled tyres used for foundations – rammed with hardcore, double glazing, painted with organic paint.

Bus Nr. 1 and 5 from City Centre and Railway station. From city centre by car go to Cowley Road 'Tesco' car park on left (Union Street), then walk to Manzil Way (3 Minutes).

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West Oxford Community Centre
Botley Road OX2 0BT

Thu 10th  9am - 4pm
Fri 11th   9am - 4pm

First Community Centre in the country to install Solar panels as alternative energy solution on roof - part of ‘The Big Green Challenge’ for Low Carbon West Oxford.

Buses 4a, 4b, 4c, 400 and 51 to Botley Road - Stop outside the Centre

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60 Cranham Street, Oxford OX2 6DD

Sat 12th noon-5pm
Sun 13th noon-5pm

Conversion of the Globe Pub into four houses. Low energy specifications with high insulation, triple glazing, photovoltaic panels / thermal hot water panels & underfloor heating throughout.

Walking distance from City centre. No. 17 stagecoach bus from city centre to Cranham street - bus stop at property. tTake Walton Street from city centre, left into Cranham Street after approx. half a mile - property is 2 blocks down on the right.

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Oxford University Press (OUP),
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford,

Friday 11th  12.15 - 1pm

A talk on solar hot water  at work:
OUP has 36 square meters of evacuated tube collectors, providing hot water for the main kitchen and theshowers in the fitness centre. Come to this lunchtime talk to find out how they did it, how much energy they have saved, and how you can do something similar.

Please register
in advance for this event - email: or phone: 01865 275 856.

Walk from Oxford City Centre (16min) or take bus 17A from George Street towards JR Hospital Bus stop in front of OUP. Please use the Great Clarendon Street entrance of the building!

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full wheelchair access

17 Havelock Road, Oxford OX4 3EP

Thu 10th 5.30 - 7.30pm 
Sat 12th 11am - 5pm

Regular brick-built 1920s semi-detached home,
recently renovated to significantly reduce carbon emissions, whilst retaining aconventional appearance and using mainstream products and technologies.

Bus 1 or 5 from Cty Centre - as far as Clive Road. East Oxford Florence Park - Havelock Road is next turning on right after the Clive Road bus stop.

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70 St. Leonard’s Road. Headington,
Oxford OX3 8AB

Thu 10th   10 - 5pm
Sat 12th   10 - 5pm

1958 semi-detached house renovated to achieve 59% reduction in CO2 emissions.
It is fully insulated and has rainwater harvesting, solar thermal hot water and
heating, organic paints & exterior ecopaving.

Buses 8,9,7c from city centre alight at Headington shops - buses also from Thornhill Park and Ride. From London Road Headington shops) turn down Windmill Road (at traffic lights) - St. Leonards Road is first left.

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Some parts of the house are accessible

Annie (green boat) Oxford Canal, Wolvercote

Sat 12th
noon - 4pm
Sun 13th noon - 4pm

Using reclaimed materials woods, paints, etc. Also includes compost toilet, full solar energy, ‘green house’, heating / cooking / hot water run on solid fuel. Engine runs on biofuel and cooking oil.

Oxford City Centre - from Magdalan Street Stop C4 (on Magdalen Street) - Take Oxford Bus Company Bus 6 towards Lower Wolvercote, get off at Upper Wolvercote, Wolvercote School (W-Bound) (on Mere Road) Walk from W-bound along 'First Turn' towards 'Wolvercote Green' and Plough Pub - it's South of Wolvercote lock and a 1 minute walk from 'Plough Pub'. Across the bridge.

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7 Egerton Road, Oxford, OX4 4JF

Thu 10th  5 - 8pm 
Sun 13th  12.30 - 5pm

Eco-renovation of a 1930s Semi. Extensively insulated with high- performance triple and double glazed windows, wood- burning stove, and use of eco-friendly, reclaimed or
re-used materials. Organic / wild garden and native trees.

stage coach No. 3 and oxford bus company No. 4 buses from Oxford city centre 2.5 miles South of Oxford city centre

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Green room, The Old Music Hall, 106-108
Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JE

Fri 11th 11am - 3pm

Space for Old Music Hall office staff, built of straw and with no metal, no concrete, and zero
carbon. Building managed by 'Ethical Property'.

Bus Nr. 5 from Rail station or Nr. 5 or 1 from Green Street - cycling racks are at the back of building (via Marston Street) Next to G+D's on Cowley Road

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219 London Road, Headington
Oxford OX3 9JA

Thu 10th
2 - 5pm
Sat 12th 2 - 5pm

A 1920s ecohouse with much reduced fossil fuel consumption - mainly due to external insulation and wood burning stove.

Very close to Headington bus stops ('Headington shops') Nr. 7,8,9

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9 Dudley Court, Rogers
Oxford OX2 7LX

Fri 11th  2pm - 5pm 

Sat12th   10am - noon

A 1970 2-bedroom flat with loft insulation, wooden double glazing, efficient appliances, natural resources (cork, bamboo), practical tips.

Oxford train stations and buses to Summertown (alight at BBC radio station). Next turn off to left - at junction of Rogers Street and Middle Way.

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39 Radcliffe Road
, Oxford OX4 4BX

Sat 12th  noon - 5pm,
Sun 13th  10am - 1pm

Two houses, one aim: cutting CO2 - one new eco house, and the existing house re-fitted the same way, with external wall insulation, recycled windows triple glazed, super insulated loft & heat recovery.

Bus 3/4 from City Centre stop opposite Peugeot garage Radcliffe Road is nearest Turning to Peugeot garage.

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Some parts of the house are accessible

55 Netherwoods Road
, Risinghurst

Sun 13th noon - 4pm

A 1930s detached house, with new semi-eco side extension, demonstrating the eco-decisions and the compromises.

No 9 bus towards Risinghurst, 2nd Kiln Lane stop

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Locations of Eco- homes in Oxford (1-15)

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Well House, Reading Road, Wallingford OX10 9HG

Thu 10th 6 - 8pm
Sat 12th 3 - 8pm 
Sun 13th  4 - 6pm

Edwardian arts and crafts cum neo-tudor house in own grounds. Very low carbon producing heating and hot water system, featuring one of Oxfordshire's first auto feed wood-pellet boilers (output to 25kw) plus integrated solar panel on roof.

Sadly no public transport. Located on A329 between Wallingford and Moulsford - 2 miles off Winterbrook roundabout.
It's a 10-15 min, mostly flat bike ride from Cholsey station.

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Some parts of the house are accessible

31 Station Road, Wallingford, OX10 OJX

Fri 11th  5 - 8pm 
Sun 13th 11am - 5pm

Solar hot water system, wood burner, small (300 litre) rainwater harvesting system, extra insulation in the loft.

10 minutes walk from town centre, which is served by buses from Reading and Oxford (X39 and X40). From town centre walk west along High Street until it turns into Station Rd. - hundred meters on the left past 'Esso' garage.

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Hill Farm, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ

Sun 13th 10am - 4pm 

The Northmoor Trust Building Complex is a model of sustainable building. Incorporating converted barns, an award-winning timber framed eco- building, water, waste and heating eco-system/ features and a large solar array.

No public transport, sorry. 10 miles south of Oxford - next to Wittenham Clumps
More directions:

And 'why not cycle? See Sustrans  ( for more details on cycle paths from Didcot to Little Wittenham.

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65 Hunters Field, Stanford in the Vale

Sun 13th  noon - 4pm

Extended 1960s house with high insulation, low air leakage, solar hot water & wood stove / hot water heater - not gas or oil.

Bus 66 from Oxford Park End Street towards Swindon. Change in Faringdon opposite Medical Centre to Bus 67 towards Wantage. Get off in Stanford in the Vale.
Building is opposite Village Hall + Car park

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Some parts of the house are accessible

Church Cottages, Chapel Hill,
Wootton by Woodstock OX20 1DT

Thu 10th - 4 - 9pm

A 17th century cottage with woodpellet boiler, in-wall heating system, breatheable eco-insulation (clayplaster, reed board, cotton-hemp, lime screed) and other ecomaterials (low E windows, ecopaint, sustainable oak floors, water/ energy saving appliances).

S3 from Oxford to 'Judd's garage' + 15 minutes walk. 2 miles north of Woodstock, off the A44 signpost - 'Wootton'

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Fairview, Bessels Lea, Blewbury, Didcot OX11 9NW

Sat 12th
10am - 4pm
Sun 13th 10am - 4pm

'Fairview' is a modest 1920s bungalow which is in the process of becoming an eco-home. A variety of energy and water saving measures are already
in place, including a wood burner, solar hot water, low energy lightening and rainwater harvesting.

Connects with Didcot Parkway mainline station. Bus stop in same road. Cyclists use sustrans route 44 to East Hagbourne and follow lane to Blewbury about 2 miles Bessels Lea Road is off the main road from Blewbury to East Hagbourne an Didcot

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full wheelchair access

18 Fernham Road, Faringdon, SN7 7JY

Sat 12th 10am - 4pm

Solar panels (water heating), photovoltaic panel,
condensing boiler, cavity wall insulation, insulated loft, low-energy lighting throughout. The PV panel powers the pump for the solar water panel.

From Oxford Park End Street Bus 66 towards Swindon. Bus stop on Coxwell Road. Opposite entrance to to Secondary School.

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Some parts of the house are accessible

7 Leamington
Drive, Faringdon, SN7 7JZ

Sat 12th 10am-4pm

Designed for passive solar gain with solar tubes (water heating), green roof, triple glazing, underfloor heating,
woodburning stoves, condensing boiler, cavity wall insulation, insulated loft, & eco-extension built to AECB.

From Oxford Park End Street Bus 66 towards Swindon. Get off Faringdon Station Road.
18 Miles West of Oxford.

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Corner Cottage, School Lane,

Lower Brailes, near Banbury, OX15 5HP

Sat 12th 10am - 1pm

Solar hot water, a wood burning stove with a back boiler, and a 3.36kW solar PV system. We also have small PV systems for shed and greenhouse lights, and a permaculture designed garden.

Bus 50A from Banbury towards Stratford-upon- Avon, get off at Lower Brailes School Lane is located off High Street to the left

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Locations beyond Oxford (16-24)

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