Camden Green Open Homes Weekend

21st century homes character comfort low carbon  CAMDEN GREEN OPEN HOMES WEEKEND 

Camden, 1-2 November 2014 

Six energy-efficient homes in Camden opened their doors to over 90 visitors, and included hands-on demonstrations of DIY magnetic secondary glazing. Scroll down to see details.




How to keep the heat in and the cold out this winter – Free demos & tips for low-cost draught proofing for your home.

This Victorian ground floor flat shows a range of low-cost solutions including Secondary Magnetic Glazing installed on sash windows.  There were demonstrations of how to install it, plus other low cost draught-proofing measures, including floorboard filler and draught proofing for a front door.

Why install magnetic secondary glazing to your windows?

  • it’s an economical alternative to double glazing – a fraction of the price!
  • major saving in heat loss & virtually eliminates condensation
  • it’s unobtrusive and blends with existing windows
  • works with all types of windows including sash, crittal and upvc
  • Is ideal in old or listed buildings
  • substantially reduces outdoor noise



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The owners of this Victorian terraced home have created an inspiring green extension. Using a post and beam construction and steel screw piles to support the structure they used no concrete in it’s construction, nor did they need planning permission!

They have maximised natural light entering the space using large double and triple glazed glass panels and doors, and have warmed the space by using reclaimed oak floorboards and wooden panelling throughout.

Key featuresGreen oak frame rubber roof with green roof covering steel screw piles to support structure  triple glazed roof  underfloor heating

 SOLAR HOME, Kentish Town, NW5

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The refurbishment of this Victorian terraced house is nearing completion and showcases an array of energy efficiency measures including a unique addition to the exterior of the home – a ‘Habibat’ – a bat box with an internal roost space, incorporated into the fabric of the building as it was renovated – creating a home for bats within a home for people!

Key features: Solar PV  Underfloor heating  LED & low energy lighting  Reclaimed wooden flooring Double glazed windows Interior wall insulation  Roof terrace using ‘cold roof’ approach Conservation grade replacement windows



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This early 1900’s Edwardian top floor apartment in King’s Cross has undergone a major sustainable refurbishment to reduce energy consumption, improve comfort, optimise useable space and improve appearance. This home now provides 64% Co2 savings!

Key features:  Space-heating energy consumption reduced by 82% Innovative ceiling insulation Secondary and double glazing Wall-mounted condensing combination boiler   Internal wall insulation



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 Visit this late Victorian terraced home in the Dartmouth Park Conservation Area  to see a range of innovative updates, including a kitchen extension with triple glazed patio doors and underfloor heating.  The owners of the family home have created a warm, light and energy-efficient living space.

Key features: External & Internal wall insulation triple glazed doors and windows  refurbished sash windows  single room Heat Recovery Unit  underfloor heating draught-proofing



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This Victorian 3-bedroomed detached former Coach House has undergone a series of renovations resulting in a 70% carbon saving!   The refurbishment has created a beautiful, light-filled energy-efficient home.  Key aspects of the renovation include:

Internal and external wall insulation upside-down flat roof insulation draught proofing double glazinglocalised air heat recovery condensing gas boiler


If you live in the Camden/Muswell Hill/Highgate area and have a home with some energy-saving features that you might like to open up in the future please email us at