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Door opens to green home of the future

Businesses and families are being given the opportunity to visit the Resource Efficient House at Ravenscraig on Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th of October, as part of Green Network Open Days, a partnership between the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland.

25 Sep 14

The Resource Efficient House is a model in resource efficient construction and was designed and built specifically to demonstrate that buildings can be liveable and attractive with minimum impact on the environment.  Visitors can learn about the design and construction, and take part in a tour of the house, which provides examples of resource efficiency throughout - from kitchen surfaces made from recycled coffee cups; to lighting, heating and water conservation measures that are kinder to the environment.

Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste and Love Your Clothes teams will also be on hand to provide visitors with hints and tips on how to reduce their food waste and give their clothes a longer life.  Shirley McLaughlin, textile designer and author of Girls Get Stitching will be at the house to deliver darning demonstrations and workshops on how to extend the life of textiles.

Michael Hillarion, Resource Efficient Scotland, who will be running guided tours on the day, said:

“The house is an excellent example of design and technology working hand in hand to achieve a comfortable and affordable living standard.  

“Building the house was an opportunity for us to learn more about the challenges faced by the construction industry as well as end users to find a balance between affordable and sustainable. We hope visitors to the Resource Efficient House will be inspired to try some of these ideas for themselves.”

Around 40 homes and 10 businesses will take part in Green Network Open Days, which invites people to learn about how to reduce their bills and improve the efficiency of their buildings.  To find an event near you, visit http://www.greennetworkopendays.org.uk/  

The open day on Friday is aimed at businesses, while Saturday’s is aimed at families.  Tours of the Resource Efficient House are available by booking only. To reserve places please contact the green Network on 0808 808 2282 or email greenhomes@est.org.uk

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