Eco Homes

Eco and Community Homes Fair 2018

Published on: October 9th, 2018


October 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Totnes Civic Hall, Market Square, Totnes.

FREE entry, free talks, workshops, stalls and children's activities.




Drop into the Civic Hall, Totnes, anytime between 10 am and 3 pm.  Meet suppliers of eco-friendly goods and services, home energy installers, eco-builders, architects and others, learn about how to make your home more energy efficient and eco-friendly, and find out about community-led housing solutions!

The fair also features free talks and workshops, as well as children’s activities to give parents time to look around. This year Food in Community will be running the cafe, selling delicious treats made from grade out produce that would otherwise be wasted.


10.00 – 10.30 Building a low cost eco-home (Nicola Lang)

Nicola Lang is on a mission to build her own low cost eco-home from local natural materials. In this talk Nicola will share the ‘story so far’ - the highs and the lows, the highlights and the challenges of project managing and building her own home, including information about sourcing the straw and timber for the build.



10.45 – 11.30 Overcoming barriers to innovation in affordable housing (Tim Crabtree)

Tim Crabtree works with Wessex Community Assets, which is supporting 40 community-led housing projects across Devon, Dorset and Somerset. In the talk and discussion, Tim will explore how we can overcome barriers to innovation in affordable housing – including through open source design, off-site prefabrication, new financing arrangements, government support and the use of land trusts and co-operative structures.


11.45 – 12.45 Community-led housing 'Voices from the coal face'

Representatives of local community housing projects’ (Transition Homes, South Brent and Broadhempston Community Land Trusts plus more TBC) will discuss the progress they have made in developing affordable housing for local people, some of the joys and challenges and their top tips to anyone contemplating a similar project.


13.00 – 13.45 Regenerative Settlement – How to Build New Sorts of Places That Are Good for People and the Planet (James Shorten)

Many people want to live a more sustainable life, to live closer to nature and each other, but are often frustrated in finding somewhere where they can do so, even in Totnes, where living more sustainably can be harder and more expensive than more conventional ways of living. James Shorten will discuss why the planning system, despite its apparently good intentions, is failing to deliver places where living (much) more sustainably is easy, and explore what we (the people who want to do so) can do about it.


14.15 – 14.45 Britain’s Housing Crisis: a People-Powered Solution? (Peg Alexander - Documentary)

Less than half of us know our neighbours. And Britain's housing crisis means that we’re running out of homes, fast. But there’s a quiet revolution going on… In this 30-minute documentary, Peg Alexander meets some of the people who are taking control of their housing in an attempt to create better places to live. Some are fighting the demolition of perfectly good homes, whilst others are designing brand new, close-knit communities within their cities. Can they really make a difference? Released in September this year, this new documentary explores people-powered solutions to Britain’s Housing Crisis.



Open Eco Homes Weekend 2018

Published on: September 25th, 2018


5th-7th October

Transition Town Totnes is proud to present the 2018 Open Eco Home Weekend! 

From the traditional to the unconventional, you can visit inspiring homes in Totnes and the surrounding area which are at different stages on the journey to reducing their energy bills and environmental impact, and renewable energy projects making us less dependent on fossil fuels.

The Open Eco Homes weekend is all about providing inspiring examples of homes (and other projects) that have reduced their environmental impact, and renewable energy projects that are contributing to a low carbon economy.

From community building projects to renewable energy installations, renovated historic properties and retrofitted homes, there will be an abundance of inspiration!

There is no central location over the weekend but you can find programmes at Totnes Library and the TTT notice board in the Mansion, which will let you know the locations of the eco homes and projects and the times they are giving tours over the weekend. There will also be a special Eco Homes Transition Walk on Saturday 6th, from 1.30pm-5.30pm starting in the Market Square- please book beforehand.

You can also download the programme along with a helpful map onto your computer or phone:


Directions to Raythorn's Barn, Dean Prior, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0LT

Open for tours on Sunday 7th October between 11am-1pm

This is a bit of a tricky one to find so here are some extra directions:

The sat nav will take you to a bungalow on the edge of an open field. If you have approached from the A38 and the bungalow is on your right then continue down the lane for approximately 500 metres. Go past the brick walled entrance on your left and the entrance to Rathorne's Barn is signposted on the same side just after that.
If you are approaching from the opposite direction and don't spot the sign on your right, you may have to turn around.
Please note that there is limited parking and the property is still under construction so please take care.




If you have any queries about the events please contact us by emailing, or calling 01803 867358