|National Eco-homes Open Day events|
How to organise a successful Open Day event...
Would you be interested in organising an open days event for eco-renovated or new build eco-homes in your area? COIN is promoting a model, which is well tested and effective and helping to build a national scheme of
ecohouse open days.
If you are interested we can help you with personal advice,
contacts and a pack containing all the materials you will need.
To order the 'How to do it' pack contact
toni (at) coinet.org.uk
or get more advice and support from our team - by calling
The scientific consensus is
that for the UK to play its part in helping
THE OPEN ECO-HOME PROJECTOn-line advice is useful, but what people told us they really
wanted was to speak directly to people and see things for
themselves. So we teamed up with Climate X - www.climatex.org
< http://www.climatex.org > and 18 householders in Oxfordshire to open
their houses to the public during one weekend in November last year.
Although there are other projects in the UK to open eco-houses to
the public, this was the first event to open a large number of
houses at the same time inspired by successful model of heritage
open days and open gardens.
The event was highly successful - more than 600 people made at least
1,200 visits (we say 'at least' because some houses became so busy
at times that they lost track of the number of visitors!). We built
a dedicated mailing list of 350 new contacts. Both visitors and
householders gave very positive feedback suggesting that the event
had, as anticipated, met a major need and had made eco-renovation
more realistic, possible and desirable. The event also got
excellent coverage in local media, a piece in The Times, and
coverage on BBC World television.
To view the report of last year's event, click here...
COIN is now seeking other organisations that would like to replicate
the open house model (or develop their own) in their own area. We
are hoping to build sufficient coverage that we could work towards a
national scheme on the same weekend or week.
So far (this year) we have provided advice to two further open house
schemes: Llanidloes Energy Solutions in Wales This followed our
scheme very closely
Brighton and Hove Eco-Open Houses
http://www.ecoopenhouses.org/ This is working within the same
format but with very smart materials and including new build.
We are working closely with Sustainable Energy Academy Old Home
project which is developing a national network of eco open houses.
SEA is dealing directly with the house owners, whereas we are
dealing with local organisations to bring together house owners
into a local scheme. SEA was a major partner in our first openday
We are also talking with the Heritage Open Days scheme about ways
to work together. The schemes are handled by the Civic Trust under
their different national organisations in Scotland, England and
Wales and all three have shown a strong interest in working with
us- either this year or next.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
We can pass on our experience, advice and contacts with other
organisations. We will tell you of any ecohouses that we know of in
your area (and suggest ways that you could find some). We will also
send you an electronic pack containing:
* A spreadsheet for finding houses
* A summary of our experiences and advice
* Leaflet and poster templates
* Financial advice and time guides
* Two page write up template Information packs for participating
* A template press release
* Template feedback forms
You are welcome to use these materials as they are, or adapt them
to your own needs. We would also welcome anybody interested to be
part of our Ecovation case study list
http://www.ecovation.org.uk/htmldesigns/casestudies.html . You
don?t need to be located in Oxfordshire to share your experiences?
If you are interested in knowing more please contact
George - george(at)coinet.org.uk or Antonia - toni(at)coinet.org.uk
We can send you the pack or, if you would prefer, start with a phone
Please also pass this information on to any other organisations that
might be interested in hosting an open house event.
Thanks for your interest! The Ecovation team is looking forward
to working with you!!!