Eco renovate your home



A one-day course about how to make your home warmer, healthier and cheaper to run. For home owners, landlords, builders and architects.

Saturday 15 November 2014
9.00am to 5.30pm
Phoenix Community Centre, Brighton

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Eco Renovate Your HomeRun in partnership with Low Carbon Trust.

This one-day course is for anyone thinking about making their home more energy efficient. Participants will develop a plan for retrofitting their home as part of the course and learn about practical changes that will make their home more eco friendly and economical. The course will highlight areas where individuals can both save money and reduce their carbon footprint.  It is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those who are familiar with eco-building and want to know more.  View/print leaflet (PDF).

What the Eco renovation course will cover?

We will look at energy saving, from simple DIY tasks to major alterations with the relative costs of different measures.  There will be a brief overview of realistic renewable energy options and the grants that may be available to you.  Please note that the focus is purely on energy efficiency.  We hope to offer an Eco renovation water conservation course in the near future.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for homeowners or landlords who want to learn about the changes they can make to their own homes and anyone who wants to learn about the best ways to make existing buildings more energy efficient.  The whole house approach to saving energy may interest architects and builders as well.

Learning methods and outcomes

This is an interactive course tailored to the individual participant's needs.  By the end of the course, participants will be aware of the areas within their homes that they can make suitable changes, the estimated cost of these changes, and the associated financial, energy and CO2 savings. This will be achieved through information exchange, looking at case studies of local retrofits and individual and group sessions.

Participants are asked to complete an energy audit on their homes before the course using resources that we provide.  This will enable you to gain the information that is tailored to your specific needs and leave with suitable changes that you can make.

Course tutor

Mischa Hewitt was one of the project managers of Earthship Brighton, is the author of the book Earthships in Europe, and has an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Distinction) from the Centre for Alternative Technology. He is a building consultant, domestic and non-domestic energy assessor, and has worked on many eco renovation projects.


Phoenix Community Centre

Please note that the Phoenix Community Centre is not the Phoenix Gallery, although it is very near the gallery. If you are at the front of the Phoenix Gallery, please go around the left-hand end of the building. The Phoenix Centre is the old redbrick building in front of you and slightly to the right (the entrance is on the far side of the building).

If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.

Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.


Fees include tuition, refreshments and information sheets.

£162 - Sponsored/organisation rate
£162 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
£132 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
£102 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
£72 - Individual, concessionary rate (please read below)

Concessionary rates are available to people in receipt of a state pension, means-tested benefits (including housing benefit, council tax benefit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit (income does not exceed £16,190), Carer's allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and/or Child Tax Credit), and full-time students. Please bring evidence of this to the course.

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking the Eco renovate your home course

Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course/event. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.

Please do not book unless you are able to pay for your place.

Paying for your place

Please read this section carefully.

When you complete the booking process, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you haven't received that email within the next few hours, please contact us immediately, as this email contains vital information regarding your booking.

You can pay when you book your place using a credit/debit card or PayPal, or you can tick the 'Pay later' box (in the Event Fee section), which gives you the option to pay by BACS or send us a cheque after you have booked.

If you tick the pay later box, you will have 7 days to pay for your place. Bookings that remain unpaid on our system for longer than that will expire. You will receive notification of this expiration by email. If you then decide you want to come, you will need to contact us to see if there is a still a place available for you.

If you are booking within two weeks of the course, or the course is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay later. Instead, you will need to pay immediately at the point of booking using a credit card or PayPal.

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