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Bristol Green Doors

A weekend event of open homes showcasing a range of no-cost to high-cost measures reducing domestic energy consumption and promoting low-carbon living
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About this project

Date started:
May 2010
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Bristol Green Doors is a weekend event of open homes showcasing a range of no-cost to high-cost measures reducing domestic energy consumption and promoting low-carbon living.
Its aims are to:

  • Present good practice of green refurbishment
  • Increase the uptake of green refurbishment
  • Develop green economy supply chain
  • Celebrate local sustainability (people & homes)
  • Facilitate successful community activity
  • Pilot an effective project other cities can use


I’d done a lot of work on my house over the last couple of years, including insulating a bedroom and under the floorboards, refurbishing sash windows and installing solar thermal. This had a lot of interest from friends, neighbours and architects and I realised that showing other people what I’d done was a powerful way of helping other people to improve their own homes.
Having been aware of open doors events being held in places like Brighton, when people from Easton, Backwell, Redland and Westbury on Trym amongst other places were all positive about the idea for Bristol at an exciting Transition Montpelier community energy meeting in February (attended by over 50 people from across the city and North Somerset), I thought it would be worth trying to make it happen here.

Outcomes so far:

We have become an official Green Capital Momentum Group project; The Momentum Group acts on behalf of the Bristol Partnership to steer the green capital initiative. It reports back to the Prosperous & Ambitious partnership board of the Bristol Partnership.

It is tasked with identifying gaps and opportunities for further project or policy development and improving partnership working. A framework for partnership working was developed in 2008 (the project plan) which is updated each year with the new round of projects agreed.

The interest has been so significant, that we have set up a Community Interest Company to be able to run the project.

Links and partnerships:

Our partners are all contributing strategically or by sharing resources with us. They are: * The Architecture Centre, * Bristol City Council * Centre for Sustainable Energy * Coexist * CREATE Centre * Easton Energy group – ( * EcoJam * Ecomotive, * Energy Saving Trust * Forum for the Future / Refit West * Green Capitol Momentum Group * Green Register * Knowle West Media Centre * Sustainable Energy Academy * Transition Bristol

Further information:

The weekend will showcase a full range of energy efficiency measures demonstrated in action, in at least 50 homes across the city. Homes will be free to visit, and the owners will be on hand to demonstrate how they work in practise, and share their knowledge and experience of living in homes they are making fit for the future.

This powerful informal learning process will be supported by professional literature and detailed displays, energy efficiency advice and services in ‘hubs’ based in community venues in at least 10 neighbourhoods of the city. Individual homes will be presented in clusters around these hubs, demonstrating a range of technologies in each area.

The project is based predominantly in Bristol. Participation in the project is already set with groups in Easton, Knowle West, Redland, Westbury on Trym, St Werburghs and Montpelier, confirmed. Local neighbourhood groups are already recruiting homes, providing volunteer support and considering how the event can showcase their own activities.

A significant range of homes are set to be featured with houses and homes from both the private and rented sector. There is tremendous support for the project from a variety of sources such as Bristol City Council, The Energy Saving Trust, Forum for the Future,The Sustainable Energy Academy, The Architecture Centre and of course Transition Bristol.

Further information


Primary point of contact: 
Dan Weisselberg
Last updated: Sunday, 25 November 2012


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