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Eco Homes sought for 'Open House' weekends

Energy efficient homes are being sought in the Brighton area to showcase environmentally friendly design.

The Eco Open House initiative is being backed by Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton Permaculture Trust and the Low Carbon Trust.

A spokesman said: “We are looking for people willing to open their eco homes to the public and take part in a unique citywide event. Properties can be new build, refurbishments, renovations or extensions. It does not matter whether you built or renovated it yourself, or worked with architects or builders.”

The organisers are looking for properties which demonstrate good practice in energy through insulation beyond building regulations or the use of renewables such as solar photovoltaics, solar thermal water heating or biomass boilers. Alternatively the building may use passive design to assist heating, ventilation or cooling.

Homes which have used water and materials in an innovative way are also being sought.

Houses selected will be open to the public over two weekends - June 28 to 29 and July 5 to 6.

Houses which have already been signed up include Stirling Prize nominee Dyke Road Avenue by
BBM Sustainable Design and an ecohome in Whichelo Place by DRP Architects.

The project has been supported by the South East Regional Assembly and Legal and General.
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