What's On

What's On

  Open EcoHomes

Follow this link for details of the homes.

For the sixth year, fourteen homes will be open to the public over the weekends 22-23 and 29-30 September, showcasing ways of reducing our carbon footprint in the home.   

EcoHomes tend to be very well insulated, they generate renewable energy from solar panels, sustainable wood stoves or geothermal boreholes, and may be made of low-impact materials. As over 25% of our energy and carbon footprint is from our homes, this is an important avenue for fighting climate change, and perhaps adapting to it as well. Most people assume this means that you have to have deep pockets to achieve an efficient house – in fact many of these involve a simpler lifestyle and reducing waste at no extra cost.

The main problem with renewable energy is that the supply is not constant – the Sun doesn’t shine at night, and the wind cannot be relied on. Clearly a sustainable economy requires a way of storing energy.  Four of these homes have installed battery storage to use solar-generated electricity at night.
Some of the homes are new to Open EcoHomes.  Forest Farm in Monkton Wyld has been expanded by the owners using green wood and traditional timber frame construction, using wood grown on their land. Marles Farm near Waytown shows how you can renovate an old farmhouse to modern standards of insulation and comfort while retaining all the features of the original building and satisfying conservation officers.  The New Hive in Ryall uses geothermal energy from two boreholes to heat the house, as does Yeldon in Higher Eype. Other homes demonstrate aquaponics (growing fish and vegetables together), permaculture, electronic switching, electric cars, pellet boilers, green roofs and rainwater recovery.

In all these homes the visitor will find enthusiastic and well- informed hosts willing to explain their journey, what went well and what they would do different. It is hard not to be inspired by them.
More information is available from the website bridport.greenopenhome.net , while the leaflets are available around Bridport Beaminster and Dorchester  in the tourist information centre, the library and the best cafes and local food outlets. Three of the properties require booking online. You will have to register with Eventbrite which takes a minute or two.

Talks on Building Sustainable houses

Thursday 27 September 7.00 for 7.30
Old Christian Science Building, Rax Lane, DT6 3JS
Entry £4.00 or NETs, less if you can't afford it.  Refreshments available.

Building a passive house

Sarah Small RIBA, moved into her new house in Weymouth in 2017, only the 90th home in Britain to receive Passive House certification. She will be talking about the building project, and what passive house implies. Her blog is on www.tinyurl.com/y82drzuh


Watton Village, Bridport

Plans are underway to build 280 new houses which are affordable for Bridport residents, and are built along sustainable lines using Modcell straw-filled modular panels.  Vince Adams will be explaining this low-cost ecological approach to building. Solar panels, batteries on site, sustainable drainage systems will make these nearly zero energy houses.


Near-passive house in Bridport

Sam Wilberforce will outline plans for an eco-build in the centre of town 


Update on Cohousing

Judith Griffies and Chris Reynolds  will be outlining the current state of play.  53 modular built homes built to AECB Silver Standard - solar roofs, onsite microgrid, air or ground source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting for vegetable irrigation, SUDS system, travel plan including car share scheme, one car limit per household, onsite food growing and orchard planting, common house with onsite laundry and facility for shared meals, cutting down on food waste and more

Green Drinks

This is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, the next Green drinks will be Thursday 20 September.

The session is from 8pm, in the back room (or sometimes the skittle alley) of the Tiger Inn, Barrack Street, Bridport. All welcome.

Come and discuss environmental issues, localism, cooperatives etc informally over a drink in the back room of this excellent bar. A great chance to network. 

One World Forum
Michael Gower will give a talk on 

Promoting the Well-being of Rural People across Europe

20 September, 7.30pm
Strode Room, Beaminster

See poster for details

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