Cumbria Green Build Festival – open your home!
We are now looking for homes for this year’s Cumbria Green Build Festival that will take place from 12th – 27th September (inclusive).
This year will be the festival’s tenth year. Homeowners like you volunteer to open their doors on a specific date and time within the festival, which this year runs from 12th – 27th September. We are trying to steer towards evenings and weekends to enable those who work to attend events.
We like to get as much information as possible about your home – its age, whether it’s listed or in a conservation area, its size etc., and of course any of the interventions you might have made to make it more energy efficient. This could be anything from draught-proofing to the installation of a biomass boiler. We ask you how many people you would be able to accommodate, which will depend on the size of property and the number you are happy to work with. We also get directions and parking details and any other information which might be useful to visitors. We can do that over the phone, or through the form on the website.
Once we’ve done all that, we add it to our schedule. This is published in our leaflet with full details online. Here we take the details of those who are attending, up to the maximum you can accommodate, so that on the day we know exactly who is coming, and to prevent too many people showing up. A CAfS representative (a staff member, a trustee or an experienced volunteer) will attend your event to help sign people in, do an intro to CAfS, to you and your property, help shepherd people around, and give advice if people have extra questions.
Those visiting will probably ask questions about the choices you made, how much they cost, how much they save (both energy and money!), whether you were able to take advantage of any incentives etc. They’ll also want to know things like the upheaval it caused, and the experience you had with your suppliers and installers.
We generally find that an event will run for at least an hour, if not longer, as people tend to ask lots of questions and then chat amongst themselves! As the homeowners are opening their houses up out of the kindness of their hearts, I try to ensure that you are inconvenienced as little as possible, so we advise visitors that toilet facilities are not available and that there are no refreshments – although some do lots of baking and give people teas and coffees! We can advise that people remove their shoes, or wear wellies if necessary, or that the visit isn’t appropriate for children, or whatever we feel is necessary to ensure a successful visit for both the householder and the visitors.
If you would like to consider opening your home, business or community building, please complete the form below or call us on 01768 210 276.
We are absolutely indebted to those of you who voluntarily open their doors to show others what you have done.