York Open Eco Homes

14 - 22 May 2016

Eco = ecological + economical. Learn how to turn your house into an eco, efficient & comfortable home – from people who have done it! Visit living demonstrations of energy saving measures such as draught-proofing, insulation, low energy lighting, renewable heating or electricity generation & other green living choices. Be inspired by the event hosts’ stories and get tips on how to give an eco makeover to your own, or rented, home. Even small, low cost measures can make a big difference. Go and ask lots of questions, and learn from both good and bad experiences of the event hosts.

12 homes

Energy-saving improvements key

  • Low-cost improvements
    Low-cost improvements
  • 'Big' insulation works
    'Big' insulation works
  • Glazing
  • Lighting systems and electrical appliances
    Lighting systems and electrical appliances
  • High spec heating
    High spec heating
  • Renewables: heat
    Renewables: heat
  • Renewables: electricity
    Renewables: electricity
  • Water management
    Water management
  • Sustainable building materials
    Sustainable building materials
  • Lifestyle change
    Lifestyle change
  • Recommended

Please note that this event has now finished.


You can also download the event flier for you to print off, which lists all the homes. We're pleased to include two non-residential buildings in the event this year: Fairfax Corner Eco-Holiday Home and Native Architects' Oak Office. The architects will be on hand to chat with people planning to build their own eco home during their open day so use the opportunity to get some expert advice.

Need more help to plan your own home eco makeover? Book on a FREE follow-up Future-proof Your Home workshop on Saturday 11th June which will show you how to reduce the energy needs of your home and improve its resilience with emergency planning. This event is part of the York Festival of Ideas.

Both events are organised by St Nicks - York's centre for nature and green living, and kindly funded by social housing procurement consortium Efficiency North’s EN:Able Community Investment Fund which offers funding to Yorkshire and Humber based projects in support of efficiency, community investment, workforce development and environmental sustainability across the region.

St Nicks would like to thank Lewis Outing for taking the majority of photos on this website during last year's event.

Get in touch / find out more

To find out more about the events please contact Ivana Jakubkova at St Nicks Environment Centre on 01904 411821 or ivana@stnicks.org.uk

Part of the Green Open Homes network