Highland green home owners open doors to public

Peter and Fran's Eco House
Peter and Fran’s Eco House

The owners of one of Scotland’s most inspirational green homes will open their doors to neighbours this weekend as part of a series of ‘Green Designs’ events.

Cromarty homeowners Peter and Fran Tilbrook will allow visitors to look around, chat about their experiences, and get specialist advice about energy efficiency and renewable technology for their own property from Home Energy Scotland.

The event is part of a series showcasing a selection of properties on the Green Homes Network, managed by the Energy Saving Trust.

Peter relaxes by the wood-burning stove
Peter relaxes by the wood-burning stove

The homes taking part across Scotland this year include sustainable new builds, unique eco-homes and historic properties that have been modernised with green technology.

And the Tilbrooks’ aspirational self-build home, featuring stunning Douglas Fir beams and Larch cladding sourced from the Highlands, as well as a host of complementary technologies, definitely has the ‘wow factor’. Their journey started in 2010 when they decided to build a new, more efficient home in the garden of their 170 year-old sandstone house.

Peter said: “My wife and I are in total agreement over the urgent need to adopt such technologies. By living more sustainably we hope to make a small contribution and demonstrate that it is possible for society to change.”

The Tilbrook's larch-clad home
The Tilbrook’s larch-clad home

Anthony Kyriakides, renewables manager at the Energy Saving Trust in Scotland, said: “The Tilbrooks are great ambassadors for the Green Homes Network and will be more than happy to share helpful and honest insights with everyone who visits. What’s more, they will show that all homes no matter how big, small, new or old can be made greener, more comfortable and cheaper to run.”

The property will be open to visitors on 20 August 2016 from 10am to 3pm. For more information or to find details on other events visit www.greenhomesopendays.org.uk.

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