Eco Open Homes

  • Biennial event showcasing local homes that have successfully implemented eco solutions
  • Share tips and information on eco-renovation
  • Open homes range from listed buildings to brand new self builds

Primary Contact: Tim Martel on openhomes@transitionstroud.org

Interest in greener technologies has never been higher and Stroud has a strong and growing reputation as a ‘greener’ place to live.

Transition Stroud Eco Open Homes 2018 “Bring warmth to your home” is the latest biennial event showcasing local homes on the 3rd and 10th November 2018. Home owners are at the heart of this event, and have a great deal of enthusiasm in talking about their projects. Various local experts are involved, and a contact list of local people is available on the day. Check out this map for details on the house locations and this leaflet for more in depth information. There is even a cycle tour between the houses if that’s your bag!

Voluntary Transition Stroud director Tim Martel, a Chartered Architectural Technologist, Passivhaus Designer, and Retrofit Coordinator, will be giving introduction talks on both days. Thermal insulation will be a focal point along with moisture risks and U-values. Cost-effective practical solutions that help reduce carbon footprints will be discussed. Jon Barrance, who has a passion for working with his neighbours to collectively address carbon footprints, will also discuss issues around transport, food, water and shopping.

Below is an example of another recent exciting project inspired by Tim Martel.


Transition Stroud Thermal Camera project – Survey Results

Public meeting Imperial Hotel 13th Feb 2018 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm

One of Transition Stroud’s Voluntary Directors – Chartered Architectural Technologist Tim Martel has undertaken a project on behalf of Transition Stroud. The project aimed to:

  • Offer 10 homes in Stroud Centre a 10 to 15 minute high resolution thermal camera survey of their home – to identify possible cold spots and other issues
  • Provide the ten homes at the end of the survey with brief unbiased written information on organisations, websites and other help that might be available if there are cold spots
  • Report at a public meeting the outcomes and recommendations that have emerged from surveying 10 homes

The public meeting and talk will be held at the Imperial Hotel 13th Feb 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm. All are welcome.

The talk will cover what thermal images are, typical survey results and problems found. It will then go on to give some solutions and show what reasonable expectations you can have from the insulation you use. For further information contact Tim on openhomes@transitionstroud.org


Previous annual events in Stroud have demonstrated a clear interest in eco-renovation, and the need for local information and experience sharing.

Many people intending to eco-renovate their homes would like to meet with others  who have already done so. Intriguingly, in previous years, people learnt as much about the importance of insulation and energy efficiency as the newer, more aspirational Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies such as photovoltaics.

We will be planning further events in the future such as using thermal imaging to improve energy efficiency within homes.