The 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 offers a unique opportunity to find out more about low carbon solutions through a wide range of activities and a showcase of exemplary green buildings. Look for ‘G’ for green features in the listings, the retrofit exemplars, or find out more at openhouselondon.org.uk/green
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 builds 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. You can see measures in action, speak to the experts, and discover how you can implement changes in your own home.
Green highlights include
retrofit at 3 Acorns, Chester Road, The Coach House, Bertram Street (see thermal imaging photo, right) and St Augustine’s Road and John Thompson & Partners, or the Passivhaus standard 20 Lena Gardens, 100 Princedale Road, and Mayville Community Centre
new build exemplars with BREEAM (the government benchmark) excellent rating at Enfield Town Library, Ravensbourne and Heartlands High School
low impact eco buildings at Growing Communites’ Eco Classroom, Adobe Classroom at Hounslow Heath School and Straw bale building at Hackney City Farm
And if you want to reduce your own carbon footprint during Open House and get healthy too, check out an urban jog in Brentford, a cycle tour with artouride, and a ramble in the Estuary