Sustainable Living

sustainability open houseThe need to make our buildings more energy efficient is one of the main ways in which London’s built environment is changing. Open House London offered a unique opportunity to find out more about low carbon solutions through a wide range of activities and a showcase of exemplary green buildings.

London’s buildings account for nearly 80 per cent of carbon emissions - making them energy efficient presents huge challenges and opportunities. Retrofitting existing buidings is one of the most important energy efficiency solutions, and it’s easier than you think. Many buildings that were on show also have excellent ideas to help create a more sustainable environment, from green roofs and bug hotels, city landscapes and growing communities, to intelligent systems and high-tech gadgetry. Visitors saw measures in action, spoke to the experts, and discovered how you can implement changes in your own home.

Green highlights include
retrofit at 71 Greenwood Gardens, 3 Acorns, The Coach House, and St Augustine’s Road

new build exemplars with BREEAM (the government benchmark) excellent rating at Enfield Town Library, Ravensbourne and LSBY Student Centre

low impact eco buildings at Growing Communites’ Eco Classroom, Adobe Classroom and Straw bale building at Hackney City Farm

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