More than 200 visitors made their way to Channing School for a “21st Century Homes” event run by the Highgate Society Sustainable Homes Group in September. They were there to find out about a wide range of options available to make homes more comfortable while reducing their energy consumption. Exhibiting local companies explained the ins and outs of super-efficient boilers, refurbished and high-tech windows, and the delights of insulation. In the lecture room, visitors heard from architects and other professionals, but also from householders who explained how they had made their Victorian and Edwardian homes much more comfortable and halved their gas and electricity bills.
Certainly the feedback from visitors was positive. “It was an easy way to find out more about the whole subject and in as much depth as you wanted”, said one local resident, who added “I was fascinated by all the new developments in materials for walls and roofs.” Another said “I thought the sustainable homes event on Saturday was great. I spoke to some interesting companies and I really enjoyed the talk that I attended”.
So visitors could see for themselves, four local homes opened their doors the following day to show heating systems, refurbished windows, highly insulated walls and roofs, and solar installations. About 75 visits took place in all.
Highgate’s weekend event was made possible by funding from Haringey’s 40:20 initiative, which aims to reduce carbon emissions in the borough by 40% by 2020. The Highgate Society’s sustainable homes group is following up with a series of meetings and discussions, and is putting together information packs for people who are about to embark on a programme of work on their home – especially those who have just moved house.
For more information please contact: Jackie Jones – 07986 084 948