Cumbria Green Build Festival

We are now looking for homes for this year’s Cumbria Green Build Festival that will take place from 19th – 25th September (inclusive).

This year will be the festival’s 11th year.  Weekday training and events will culminate in a Green Open Homes weekend on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September. Homeowners like you volunteer to open their doors on a specific date and time for a tour or for a drop-in event, depending on your preference and availability.

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.

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. Alternatively, for more information please 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.

Cumbria Green Build Festival Open Homes Weekend - host details

This form is for new hosts. If you have run an event for the Cumbria Green Build Festival before, please contact us directly with your preferred day and time: office@cafs.org.uk.
  • If you have an idea for your event name, please enter it here.
  • Each of our Green Build Festival events is unique, so please give us a flavour below of what you have done with your property: • Type/age of property and the overall aim of your work or project • Any retrofit or renovation undertaken. If possible please include dates, contractors, materials used etc. • Any renewable energy installations, including size and type of system. If possible please include dates, contractors, performance data etc.
  • Our events have taken place in tiny cottages to large village halls. Please give us the maximum capacity for your event.
    Please enter a value between 1 and 20.
  • Would you like to host a tour (where everyone arrives and leaves at a set time) or a drop-in? CAfS recommends allowing 2 hours for a tour or 4 hours for a drop-in. Please list your preference for Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th September and select your preferred times from the following options: Tour times a) 10am – 12 noon b) 2pm – 4pm or c) 4pm – 6pm Drop-in times a) 10am – 2pm b) 12 noon – 4pm or c) 2pm – 6pm
  • Please give the full address of the event location
  • Many of of our events are off the beaten track and very hard to find! Please give us directions to your event.
  • Some of of our events are in rural areas where parking is limited. Please give details of where visitors to your event can park.
  • If you are representing a company, or have a website or blog about your property, please give your company web address.
  • It really helps us to describe and promote your open home event if we've got some images. Please upload any images you are happy for us to use in our promotional material.
    Drop files here or
  • By sending this form you are allowing Cumbria Action for Sustainability to include the address and details of your event to be published in their online programme. Cumbria Action for Sustainability will not share your name or contact details with a third party.