Green open homes 2021

If you are looking for inspiration and advice on greening your you’ve come to the right place. Our homes are a major contributor to the UK’s carbon emissions so by making your home cosier and more energy efficient you can make a difference for the planet, and protect yourself from rising energy bills.

From 13 November to 6th December we will be running a series of in-person and online green home tours with some talks giving advice on retrofitting and energy saving.


Yew Tree Close, N22:

Timber-framed detached 1980s house.  Rigid wall and roof insulation, air source heat pump for underfloor heating & hot water, 16 solar PV panels (4kW peak), instant water boiler (no kettle).

Book here to visit the open green home in Yew Tree Close (also open Saturday 20th November)

Grosvenor Avenue, N10

Edwardian house (corner plot) with original features plus underfloor and ‘Sempatap’ internal wall insulation, ‘Magneglaze’ secondary glazing, woodburners, solar hot water and solar PV panels, low-energy bathroom fan, living wall and green roof.

Book here to visit the open green home in Grosvenor Road (also open Sunday 21st November)


Weir Hall Road, N17

1920s semi-detached house.  External, internal and underfloor insulation, triple glazing, air source heat pump, woodstove, solar PV panels.

Book here to visit the open green home in Weir Hall Road (also open Sunday 21st November)


Chester Road, N19

Victorian semi-detached house.  Internal wall insulation, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery, solar PV, solar water heating, sun pipe, woodstove.

There will be a chance to quiz the owner, and there will also be a talk about deep retrofitting from local Muswell Hill expert Dermot Barnes.

Book here for virtual house tour and talk


Meadow Orchard

Circular timber frame, cob and straw building constructed using natural building methods and sustainably sourced or reclaimed materials.

Book here to visit Meadow Orchard

Nelson Road, N8

Top floor flat in a terraced house. Solar PV, Solar hot water, double-glazing, draught proofing, insulation and low-energy lighting.  Water butt and wormery for food growing in large pots.

Book here to visit Nelson Road

Yew Tree Close (see details above)


Grosvenor Avenue (see details above)

Weir Hall Road (see details above)

Nelson Road (see details above)

MONDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 7.30PM (Online)

Dukes Avenue, N10

An Edwardian house that has been completely retrofitted whilst retaining period character and all original features.

Works include:

Double glazed windows

Draught proof windows and doors

Internal wall, under floor, roof and loft insulation

PV panels to produce electricity and the surplus makes hot water

Blocked chimneys

Energy efficient  appliances

Outram Road (green roof)

Green roof fitted 2014 over new flat roof.  Uses Kemper liquid waterproofing system, planted with standard mixed sedum.  Solar panels.

Book here for virtual tours of Dukes Avenue home and Outram Road home with Q & A from owners (this is a single session featuring both properties).


Bisham Gardens, N6

Detached three-storey early 20th Century property converted to residential use in the late 1920s.  Internal wall insulation, solar PV and solar thermal panels, sun-screening to prevent overheating in summer, double- and triple-glazing throughout.

Barrington Road, N8

Edwardian house with deep retrofit with RainWater Harvesting rainwater catchment system – supplying 2 toilets & washing machine.

Book here for virtual tours of the homes at Bisham Gardens and Barrington Road with Q & A from owners (this is a single session featuring both properties)


Getting the right retrofit advice: To get you started on your retrofit journey, learn about the Ecofurb retrofit service (including their detailed home retrofit planning) and the Future Fit Homes Advice service.

Book here


Energy efficiency for renters: With gas and electricity prices soaring, what can tenants do to keep their bills low and do their bit for the planet? Hear from energy efficiency expert Tom Ruxton of the HEET project who is currently developing a ‘Fuel Handbook’ for private tenants, and from local landlord James Tanner. 

Book here