Tulips in a vase on the window sill of the alcove of the studio, zero carbon house, Birmingham with view of Tindal St

Here is a selection of comments left this website by visitors to zero carbon house after our open days.

15 September 2011 at 3:25 pm

Jenny Walters says:

Thankyou for opening your lovely home to the public. Its v inspiring & shows how sustainable design does not have to have that “hair shirt” quality…

29 September 2011 at 5:40 pm

Mike says:

Thank you and your family most sincerely for generously opening your magnificent home. You have achieved something really quite remarkable and your translation of vision into reality is truly inspirational, as was your impromptu and fascinating presentation. Quite aside from all the exemplary green aspects, I was also deeply impressed by your skilful use of space and light. The house seemed quite “Tardis” like and I hope you all enjoy many happy years in it.

It also reminded me of the successful integration (and fluidity) of living space and immediate environment in (the pictures and film I have seen of) leading contemporary Japanese domestic architecture.

Finally, it also seemed to have a grounded, peaceful and entirely human scale and feel. I work in the public sector and although we have won a couple of national awards for good corporate citizenship, I am sure that there is much we can learn from your pioneering work.

I hope that, in time, your example can translate into standard construction practice generally and contribute to the world which we are leaving to the next generation.

1 November 2011 at 9:01 pm

Hannan says:

Thanks John and Jo for a great visit, the house is really interesting and the work you’ve done is amazing. Thank you! 

20 November 2011 at 10:03 pm

Mike Kalam says:

John fantstic house – would love to come and take a look at the house in greater detail. I think many of your design features need to be made mandatory for new build projects!

September 2012 at 5:48 pm

Babs Day says:

Thank you so much for generously sharing your fabulous home today at the open day. very inspiational!

September 2012 at 5:51 pm

Greg Robson says:

Very interesting to see a real-world example. It’s like stepping into an episode of Grand Designs!

8 September 2012 at 6:24 pm

Sue Wild says:

John and Jo have created a wonderful space. I’m absolutely blown away by all the design features. Thank you, it took me a while to get here, I’m so glad I came.

February 2015 at 1:38 pm

Richard says:

I recall my visit on the way back from CAT in Oct 13 when on the OBU SBPD MSc. A real joy to behold such a surprise!