The Launch of the Shape East Ecohouse

January 8th and 9th, 2007,
Grafton Centre, Cambridge

Anyone wishing to hire the Ecohouse for a public event, corporate hire or educational workshop can contact or telephone 01223 462606.


What we do every day shapes our environment now and in the future. The Ecohouse is a practical and fun means of educating the general public. The sustainable issues linked to the Ecohouse and its practical, everyday tips are applicable to everyone and every home.

The Ecohouse was shown for the first time at The Grafton Centre on 8th and 9th January 2007. "It was a great venue as Shape had a chance to meet many members of the public and talk to them about the impact we all have on the environment and how we can all do our bit to change that. The house proved enormously popular with large numbers of people visiting and commenting on the exhibition" said Emma Bennett, project manager at Shape.

This mobile exhibition was designed in partnership by Shape East and Easy Tiger Creative and funded by Inspire East/East of England Development Agency (EEDA), Cambridge Sustainable City and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Measuring only 4.5 x 3m high and 2.05m wide, it is a unique, interactive and educational modular house aimed at raising awareness, within local communities across the Eastern region, of some of the key measures we can all take to reduce carbon emissions and slow down climate change. The Ecohouse has been designed to explore issues relating to making the home more sustainable in a light-hearted and accessible way. It offers advice on saving energy and making improvements to help the environment as well as moneysaving tips. Global issues are dealt with but there are lots of ideas on how to retrofit your current home and what to look for when purchasing a new one.

The miniature house, made of recycled material breaks down into modular sections, has the look and feel of a real family home with each room and a small-scale garden.

Tips include:

  • Revolutionising your rubbish habits reducing, re-using and recycling materials
  • Efficient ways of cooking food and washing clothes
  • Saving energy with lights, fridges, freezers and computers
  • Rainwater collection
  • Cutting down on chemicals in the home
  • Water saving methods and using grey water
  • Purchase of reclaimed timber or accredited (FSC mark) wood from a well-managed forest
  • Composting food scraps
  • Reducing heat loss and
  • Ten sustainable tips when buying a new home!

The Ecohouse will be available for hire for a variety of conferences, exhibitions and community events. Shape East is encouraging local companies to sponsor the Ecohouse for use by and display at schools throughout the counties to help raise awareness of climate change. We are also encouraging professionals within the architecture and construction industry to support this sustainability initiative and hire the Ecohouse to spread the message that cultural change is urgently needed in the whole building design process.

After the Preview in Cambridge, the mobile exhibition moved onto an Inspire East conference (for community, volunteer groups, and local authorities) at the end of January. Beyond that it will make private and public appearances in different locations over the year.