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Open home: Straw bale new-build home with clever technologies 1.30pm

Explore a new timber-frame home with straw bale insulation, airtightness & ventilation technologies, solar PV & rainwater harvesting

Open home: Straw bale new-build home with clever technologies 3.30pm

Explore a new timber-frame home with straw bale insulation, airtightness & ventilation technologies, solar PV & rainwater harvesting

Bus Tour: Low-Carbon South Lakes
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Bus Tour: Low-Carbon South Lakes

Homesteading, green building, upcycling & repairing are all on the itinerary for this year's grand tour!

Visit the National Trust Footprint building (straw bale, cob)

Visit the National Trust's straw-bale Footprint building & hear how this quirky, handsome centre was constructed

Pop-up repair workshop for clothes & gadgets

Drop in with Simply Repair South Lakes to get your clothes and gadgets mended for free by community volunteers.

Powering a paper mill - hydro scheme tour

Visit the 100kW hydro turbine powering the James Cropper paper mill.

Community solar – what’s possible & how to do it

Join Burneside Community Energy to hear how solar PV & a business partnership are benefitting their area.

Open home: Tesla Powerwall, off-grid power system, solar & electric car - 5pm
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Open home: Tesla Powerwall, off-grid power system, solar & electric car - 5pm

See how an ordinary '70s bungalow went from an E energy rating to an A+!

Open home: Tesla Powerwall, off-grid power system, solar & electric car - 7pm
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Open home: Tesla Powerwall, off-grid power system, solar & electric car - 7pm

See how an ordinary '70s bungalow went from an E energy rating to an A+!

Talks: Introduction to Passivhaus : Specifying windows for energy performance

Learn about the principles of the Passivhaus approach to creating low-energy buildings.

Open home: New-build home with Passivhaus ideas on a budget - 9am
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Open home: New-build home with Passivhaus ideas on a budget - 9am

Visit a new home built using Passivhaus ideas & features, on a budget.

Appleby Repair Café

Bring along broken items to be repaired at this pop-up repair café in Appleby.

Carlisle Repair Zone & Free Stall

Get worn or broken items fixed, and help re-home unwanted items, all for free!

Open home: New-build home with Passivhaus ideas on a budget - 10:30am
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Open home: New-build home with Passivhaus ideas on a budget - 10:30am

Visit a new home built using Passivhaus ideas & features, on a budget.

Open home: New-build home with Passivhaus ideas on a budget - 12pm
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Open home: New-build home with Passivhaus ideas on a budget - 12pm

Visit a new home built using Passivhaus ideas & features, on a budget.

Open home: Victorian house retrofitted to Passivhaus standard - 2pm
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Open home: Victorian house retrofitted to Passivhaus standard - 2pm

See how an older house can be upgraded for ultra-low energy use, featuring clever technologies

Foraging for wild food - practical workshop
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Foraging for wild food - practical workshop

Learn how to forage for wild food at this hands-on workshop.

Open home: Victorian house retrofitted to Passivhaus standard - 3:30pm

See how an older house can be upgraded for ultra-low energy use, featuring clever technologies

Learn about 'no dig' vegetable growing - site visit and tour

Find out about the 'no-dig' way of growing veg at a private veg garden, polytunnel & orchard.

Low-carbon menu, hydro power & sustainability in the outdoors

Our tastiest event! Sample a low-carbon menu at the National Trust's Sticklebarn & hear about their hydro power.

Flower power! Sustainable flower farm talk & tour

Learn about growing & arranging your own cut flowers. Make a posy to take home!

Carbon and Climate Literacy Training - Kendal

Learn about climate science, carbon footprints & solutions, then train others. Ideal for communities & organisations.

Open home: Renovated farmhouse with renewables, lime and hemp insulation and more - 2pm

Includes simple ways to boost water temperature from back boiler and solar PV

Open home: Renovated farmhouse with renewables, lime and hemp insulation and more - 7pm

Includes simple ways to boost water temperature from back boiler and solar PV

Carbon and Climate Literacy Training - Carlisle

Learn about climate science, carbon footprints & solutions, then train others. Ideal for communities & organisations.

Celebrate the official opening of @155 Food Hub

This new food hub in Kendal will save food that would otherwise go to waste and make it available to those who need it.

Penrith Repair Café & Eco-Hub

Got something that’s broken? Don’t bin it – get it fixed for free at the Repair Café!

Making pallet projects – practical workshop

Learn about using free pallet wood for projects including how to find & split them. You’ll make a pallet box to take away.

Visit a factory that makes low-energy buildings
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Visit a factory that makes low-energy buildings

Tour the Eden Insulation factory where they make insulated, airtight timber frames for highly energy-efficient buildings.

Open home: Certified Passivhaus with ultra-low energy use - 2pm
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Open home: Certified Passivhaus with ultra-low energy use - 2pm

Find out what it’s like to live in an ultra-low-energy home, certified to Passivhaus standard.

Open home: Certified Passivhaus with ultra-low energy use - 3:30pm

Find out what it’s like to live in an ultra-low-energy home, certified to Passivhaus standard.

Open home: Solar PV with battery system on a modern semi - 9am

Find out how a solar PV and battery system can work well without a south-facing roof.

Design a sustainable lifestyle at Danaway Permaculture Homestead - 10am

Gain inspiration to make your life more sustainable, from food & mending to relationships & shelter.

Open home: Solar PV with battery system on a modern semi - 10:15am

Find out how a solar PV and battery system can work well without a south-facing roof.

Open home: Solar PV with battery system on a modern semi - 11:30am

Find out how a solar PV and battery system can work well without a south-facing roof.

Open home: Victorian industrial building being converted to low-energy home - 1:30pm

See an amazing transformation under way, with green roof, lime insulation, airtightness layer & Passivhaus technologies.

Design a sustainable lifestyle at Danaway Permaculture Homestead - 2pm

Gain inspiration to make your life more sustainable, from food & mending to relationships & shelter.

Open home: Solar PV with battery system on a modern semi - 2pm

Find out how a solar PV and battery system can work well without a south-facing roof.

Open home: Solar PV with battery system on a modern semi - 3:15pm

Find out how a solar PV and battery system can work well without a south-facing roof.

Open home: Victorian industrial building being converted to low-energy home - 3:30pm

See an amazing transformation under way, with green roof, lime insulation, airtightness layer & Passivhaus technologies.

Power Up! Opportunities from renewable energy in a post-subsidy landscape

Learn about financial & technical changes in renewable energy, battery storage & electric vehicles.

A Different Kind of Hope – Film screening & discussion

This film addresses the most significant challenges now facing humanity and how we can navigate them.

Innovation for Clean and Sustainable Growth - Eco-I 2019 Conference

Eco-I 2019 brings together academia, industry and policy to drive eco-innovation to solve key global challenges.

Open home: New-build with Sthapatya Veda design, sustainable materials & renewables - 3pm
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Open home: New-build with Sthapatya Veda design, sustainable materials & renewables - 3pm

Stunning low-energy home designed to principles that harmonise it with the occupants.

Open home: New-build with Sthapatya Veda design, sustainable materials & renewables - 6:30pm
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Open home: New-build with Sthapatya Veda design, sustainable materials & renewables - 6:30pm

Stunning low-energy home designed to principles that harmonise it with the occupants.

Global Climate Strike

A week-long call for international climate strikes starting on 20 September 2019.

Lime – Practical training course on why to use it & how (for professionals)

Learn about types of lime, benefits, when and how to use it for pointing, plastering, insulation & more.

Bus tour: Community housing insight at Lancaster Co-housing

Hop on board for a chance to learn about life in an innovative co-housing complex.

Zero Carbon Britain - Cumbria Climate Emergency Action Summit

Full day event covering the reality of the climate emergency, and effective local responses

Grow your own food - training course (Alston)

Get an introduction to the essentials of growing your own fruit and vegetables at this full-day course.

Open home: Flood-resilient terraced home with lime floor & insulation - 11am

See how the #ReadyForRain house is being transformed to a warm, dry, flood-resilient home.

Open home: Flood-resilient terraced home with lime floor & insulation - 12pm

See how the #ReadyForRain house is being transformed to a warm, dry, flood-resilient home.

Open home: Flood-resilient terraced home with lime floor & insulation - 1pm

See how the #ReadyForRain house is being transformed to a warm, dry, flood-resilient home.

Open home: Flood-resilient terraced home with lime floor & insulation - 2pm

See how the #ReadyForRain house is being transformed to a warm, dry, flood-resilient home.

Grow your own food - training course (Vista Veg)

Get an introduction to the essentials of growing your own fruit and vegetables at this full-day course.

Open home: Sustainable smallholding renovation with renewables & food growing

Visit a renovated 16th century farmhouse with woodland, veg gardens & food landscaping, composting toilet, solar & wood heating.

How to internally insulate solid stone and brick walls

Learn about techniques & materials for insulating traditionally built properties.

Sustainable & low carbon food: what does the future hold?

A free workshop to help food sector businesses and hospitality venues reduce their carbon footprint

Practical airtightness for contractors

This hands-on training covers installing insulation and airtightness membranes, tapes and seals.

Open home: Tesla Powerwall, off-grid power system, solar & electric car - 5pm
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Open home: Tesla Powerwall, off-grid power system, solar & electric car - 5pm

See how an ordinary '70s bungalow went from an E energy rating to an A+!

Practical airtightness for home owners and self-builders

This hands-on training covers installing insulation and airtightness membranes, tapes and seals.

Your carbon footprint & how to cut it: Talk by Mike Berners-Lee

Join us for a practical guide to cutting your carbon footprint with the UK’s leading carbon expert.

Open home: Tesla Powerwall, off-grid power system, solar & electric car - 7pm
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Open home: Tesla Powerwall, off-grid power system, solar & electric car - 7pm

See how an ordinary '70s bungalow went from an E energy rating to an A+!

Images from a Warming Planet, with Ashley Cooper

One man’s mission to document climate change around the world. Ashley Cooper delivers the 2019 ‘One World’ talk at Borderlines Book Festival.

The Age of Stupid – Film screening & discussion

Pete Postlethwaite is an archivist in the future, looking back at 2008 to understand why we failed to stop climate change. Screening by Miller Clear Architects.

Lime – Practical training course on why to use it & how (for self-builders)

Learn about types of lime, benefits, when and how to use it for pointing, plastering, insulation & more.

Open home: Visit a new-build Passivhaus with solar electric heating - 1pm

Tour this ultra-low-energy home with clever technologies, with a Passivhaus consultant.

Open home: Visit a new-build Passivhaus with solar electric heating - 2pm

Tour this ultra-low-energy home with clever technologies, with a Passivhaus consultant.

Open home: Visit a new-build Passivhaus with solar electric heating - 3pm

Tour this ultra-low-energy home with clever technologies, with a Passivhaus consultant.

Alston Moor Repair Café

Bring along broken goods and our volunteers will have a go at fixing them - free!

Design a sustainable lifestyle at Danaway Permaculture Homestead - 10am

Gain inspiration to make your life more sustainable, from food & mending to relationships & shelter.

Open home: Off-grid, deep eco-retrofit of a traditional upland farmhouse - 11:30am
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Open home: Off-grid, deep eco-retrofit of a traditional upland farmhouse - 11:30am

Visit an off-grid, deep eco-retrofit of a traditional upland farmhouse and renewable energy system in an attractive rural location.

Design a sustainable lifestyle at Danaway Permaculture Homestead - 2pm

Gain inspiration to make your life more sustainable, from food & mending to relationships & shelter.

Open home: Off-grid, deep eco-retrofit of a traditional upland farmhouse - 3pm

Visit an off-grid, deep eco-retrofit of a traditional upland farmhouse and renewable energy system in an attractive rural location.