Highgate weekend event

21st century homes character comfort low carbon WEEKEND EVENT

Highgate, 13-14 September 2014 

This weekend event offered the chance to see and chat with 20+ local installers and consultants, to hear talks from a range of national and local experts and local householders, and the chance to visit a range of energy-retrofitted local homes. Scroll down to see exhibitors and speakers.

exhibitor list


bere:architects  (display only)Widely recognised as the UK’s leading passive house architects, producing sustainable, healthy, affordable buildings. They employ ‘Passivhaus’, a design technique which prevents heat leaking out and cold coming in, while using renewable energy where possible to heat the building in winter. Justin Bere, 020 7241 1064, office.management@bere.co.uk London N16 8NA see website

Ecodomus   Provide consultancy services and products to improve the sustainability of buildings and their occupants. Dermot Barnes, 020 8444 2512, enquiries@ecodomus.co.uk London N10 3HU see website

Eco-refurbishment   (display only) Advice on alternative sources of energy, eco-friendly heating and ventilation, effective insulation, more efficient water use, appropriate materials and technologies and grant applications. Sarah Harrison, 07929 203150, sarah@eco-refurbishment.co.uk London N19 5DH see website

Ecologistics   Home energy efficiency surveys, advice and installation of energy-saving measures. Specialist insulation contractor.  James Jackman, 020 8889 1100, info@ecologistics.co.uk London N22 6XJ see website

Eco People   Advice on energy efficiency, the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding. Phil Hawitt, 020 8883 4595, phil@eco-people.co.uk   London N7 7PH see website

Green Tomato Energy We work with builders, architects, designers and self-builders to ensure that the most practical, affordable and efficient renewable and energy-saving measures are selected for each project.  0208 380 8908  see website

Make My Home Green Advice and management of refurbishments to make homes more comfortable and energy-efficient.   Experts in green home improvement techniques and materials, including renewable technologies. Patrick McCool, 020 7502 0999, info@makemyhomegreen.com, London E8 1NG see website

North London Retrofit Works (alongside Parity Projects) A cooperative working to improve the performance of existing building stock, create new opportunities for the local construction industry, and benefits to property owners based on high quality retrofit services. Megan Williams, c/o Parity Projects 020 8874 6433, info@parityprojects.com London SW18 4UQ see website

North London Smart Homes (display only)A major retrofit programme for homes in the London boroughs of Camden, Haringey, Islington, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Newham and Enfield. Grants of £6k are available to householders towards the cost of solid wall insulation.   www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/environment/energy/smart-homes-better-warmer-greener.en     Smart Homes Advice Line: 020 7527 4736 see website

Parity Projects Award-winning and independent low-energy retrofit services to homeowners, housing providers, and the wider building industry. info@parityprojects.com London SW18 4UQ see website

SuperHomes   (display only)The SuperHomes network showcases energy-efficient renovation where carbon emissions have been cut by 60% or more. Member homes open to visitors twice yearly. SuperHomes can provide an assessment on whether your home could make the standard. see website

Urban Design Build Residential construction and renovation company based in Muswell Hill. Builders in north London: extensions, bathrooms, kitchens, decoration and green energy. Ed Windsor, 07966 441315 and 07966 441315 see website

Victeri (Victorian Terrace Energy Reduction Initiative)   Draughtproofing of sash windows and insulation of floors and lofts, specialising in Victorian and Edwardian properties.   Steve Bentley, 07875 706313 info@victeri.co.uk  see website


Ecotricity (display only)Renewable energy generator and supplier, from solar, wind and wave sources. Offer 100% green electricity and ‘frack-free’ gas.   08000 302 302  home@ecotricity.co.uk see website


Integrated Heating Install modern condensing boilers and upgrade heating systems at the same time, for comfortable homes with energy consumption minimised by technology not often found in UK homes. Alec Morrow, 07810 888754, alecmorrow@blueyonder.co.uk see website

Sleeman Heating Ltd Installation of energy-efficient heating systems in North London, specialising in German and Dutch boilers, solar thermal systems and efficient heating controls.   John Sleeman, 07946 161737 j.sleeman@virgin.net see website

 LIGHTING  information to follow


Evo Energy ‘design, supply and install solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal systems for homes and business across the UK. Evo Energy  are Renewable Energy Association Installer of the Year’. Mark Finn. see website

Joju Solar   One of the longest-standing Microgeneration Scheme-accredited solar installers in the country, with hundreds of installations completed for private, public and community sector clients. John Cowdrill/Will Broadfoot, 0800 0542977, info@joju.co.uk London N7 9DP see website

London Solar Offer advanced solar panel systems designed to perform efficiently in cooler climates such as the UK and produce energy throughout the year in all weather conditions. , Dominic Skeaping, 0800 0778 730, info@london-solar.co.uk, London HA8 5ED see website


Acorn Sash Windows Carry out all work to timber sash windows, casement windows and doors. Dominic Grant, info@acornsashwindows.co.uk   Book a survey: 020 8816 8485 Ask a question: 07525 326737   London N4 1JX see website

Celestial Stained Glass   Specialist in restoration and reproduction of Victorian, Edwardian, 1920s and 1930s styles, also contemporary design work. Celeste, 07879 445112 celestialstainedglass@googlemail.com London N22 8PG see website

Ecodomus   Supply and install a wide range of high quality sustainable windows and doors for residential and commercial buildings, with particular experience of installing high performance 21st Century vertical sliding sash windows in the North London area. Dermot Barnes, 020 8444 2512, enquiries@ecodomus.co.uk London N10 3HU see website

Original Box Sash Windows Company    Traditional timber sliding sash windows, aesthetic double- or triple-glazed designs to reduce heat loss and outside noise. Also bespoke timber draughtproofing and secondary glazing.  Freephone 0800 169 2236,  info@boxsash.com  London SW3 1AJ  see website

Rudge Windows Complete repair, restoration and decoration service for traditional wooden sash windows in the Highgate area. Double glazing installation. John Rudge, 020 8347 6637, rudgewindow@aol.com

Thermal Blind Company (display only)Insulating five-layer thermal blindsusing Thinsulate, Mylar and powerful magnets to create a snug thermalblanket for your windows. Katy Duke, 07791 550568, info@thermalblind.co.uk  see website


DIY draughtproofing demonstration Low-cost methods for insulating windows and doors, including a low-cost magnetic secondary glazing method.

Green Camden London Borough of Camden’s initiative toGreen Camden to help residents reduce their environmental impact. Offers advice to help save money, energy and waste, and to enable residents to get involved in their local community. 020 7974 4444 see website

Highgate Society The Highgate Society works to make Highgate a better place in which to live and work. The Sustainable Homes Group promotes home energy efficiency and renewables via its 21st Century Homes: character – comfort – low carbon initiative, with events and information. 10A South Grove, N6 6BS see website


speaker schedule

This event has now taken place – we shall get the presentations online as soon as possible

The exhibition opens at 11.00, but the cafe will be open from 10.45 – so there’s plenty to do and see before the talks start, as well as in the breaks.

Throughout the day Sarah Nicholl will be demonstrating some straightforward techniques and materials for beating the draughts to create a much more comfortable home

11.35     Welcome from Catherine Budgett-Meakin, chair of the Highgate Society sustainable homes group and 21st century homes initiative
11.40     Russell Smith of Parity Projects and Retrofit Works will talk about the opportunities to improve home comforts when other home improvement works are being done – and the benefits of making a strategic plan
12.00     Norman Beddington will describe what he’s done to make his local home one of the most energy efficient in London
12.15    James Page, head of engineering at Joju Solar will bring you up to date on options for solar PV to generate electricity
– break –
1.00      Sarah Harrison of local consultancy Eco-Refurbishment, and owner of a pioneeering SuperHome, will discuss why it’s worth making your home energy efficient
1.15      John Sleeman, heating engineer, will speak about options for using central heating systems more economically, and about some of the new control devices now on the market
1.30      Sue Wolff of London Borough of Haringey will be speaking about the north London SmartHomes project – support and funding for Green Deal is available across six boroughs
– break –
2.15        William Ray, technical director of Green Tomato Energy, will talk about why energy retrofit is an important step, and whole-house approaches to tackling it
2.30        Dermot Barnes of Ecodomus will explain some of the possibilities for replacing windows with highly efficient ones – especially suited to conservation areas
– break –
3.15        Robert Cohen will describe the transformation of his own home in de Beauvoir town to become a highly efficient SuperHome
3.30        Dominic Skeaping of London Solar will explain how solar hot water works, and the latest on government incentives
3.45      Jackie Jones of Highgate Society sustainable homes group, will give some pointers on what to look for if you want to switch to LED lighting
4.00         end of talks – but the exhibition continues until 4.30 pm