Eco renovate your home course

This course runs from 9.00am to 5.30pm at the Phoenix Community Centre, Brighton.

Make your home warmer, healthier and cheaper to run. For home owners, landlords, builders and architects.

Click here to tell us you would like us to run this course again and to be informed by email when new dates are announced.

Eco Renovate Your Home

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).

VideoWatch a presentation on Eco renovation at Green Architecture Day 2015.

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. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.

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

Rebecca Sarll has an Msc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from The Centre for Alternative Technology (Distinction). She is a qualified trainer and has taught eco-building since 2009. She has worked on a range of projects, including hemp and lime, straw bale and eco-renovations. She lives off-grid on her narrow boat in the west country.


Phoenix Community Centre
South East England

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.

  • £180 - Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £180 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £150 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £120 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
  • £90 - Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)

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

If you're interested in booking this course, click here to tell us you would like us to run this course again and to be informed by email when new dates are announced.

  • Bekki
    "Covering a range of possible options from small to larger budgets and projects, along with potential methods of financing these within a sensible framework, made it possible to be apply this to my own situation."

    Bekki Moon

  • Dennis
    "The structure of the course was very good at providing an holistic concept of the principles of eco-renovation and practical considerations. The presentational skills were very good and the small group size made it easier to ask questions."


  • RH
    "I learned a lot, and it was good to be able to have conversations with others on the course who brought their own contributions and experience."


  • Pauline
    "I really enjoyed the day - thank you to everyone. Looking forward to changing small things in our house (to start with)."

    Pauline Cobbold

Contact us

For further information or if you have problems with your registration, please contact us.