Posted by: Mike Grenville | 23 July 2009

Lewes Open Eco Houses Weekend

Transition Lewes Energy Group’s Eco Open House Event in June hosted the BBC Politics show for the South East at local architect Duncan Baker Brown’s house – looking at two very different kinds of houses that need to be put in order!

The ten houses in the Transition Lewes (TTL) 2009 Eco Open House weekend let people come round and discuss what people had actually done in their homes to improve their energy consumption. There was nothing futuristic about most of the houses – they were ordinary and usually oldish, but people have made them energy-efficient in ways that range from the cheap and effective to the engineered and ambitious.

The Politics Show in Lewes

One of the houses hosted the live Sunday morning BBC Politics show for the South East at local architect Duncan Baker Brown’s house on 22nd June 09. Paul Siegert interviewed Norman Baker MP for Lewes, Brighton MP Des Turner, Nick Adlan of ESEP and Duncan Baker Brown of BBM about cutting C02 emissions and sustainability in the home. The rather tenuous link to the hot topic of the day – MP’s expenses – was of two kinds of houses that needed to be put in order. The programme featured Nick Rouse’s Energy Bike and other local residents homes reto fitted with energy saving and generating devices.

This TTL Energy Energy Group event was supported by Lewes District Council who produced all the leaflets designed by TTL.

One of the organisers of the day Chris Rowlands said that “It would be great to see both the Energy Fair and the Open Eco House Events expand to other areas. These events cost very little money and only rely on the hard work of those in TTL to pull them off.”

A suggestion has been made for next year that Transition Initiatives in the South East could hold a similar Eco Open House event on the same weekend. You can discuss this idea here:


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