On March 6th, Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) is hosting a presentation on how to make your Victorian home fit for the 21st century. Retrofitting expert Sarah Harrison will discuss why we should transform older houses to be more energy efficient, and advise on the problems, costs and benefits involved. 
This presentation will be part of the WinACC open meeting, from 10:30am in St Lawrence Parish Room, Colebrook Street, Winchester. This meeting follows a host of events held by WinACC members across Winchester district on 27th February. Lowering carbon emissions from housing is part of WinACC’s 20:12 pledge to achieve a 20% reduction in Winchester’s carbon emissions by 2012. 
Sarah Harrison is a London-based environmental consultant, who has reduced the carbon emissions of her 1870's home by over 60%. Now one of the Sustainable Energy Academy's SuperHomes, Sarah's house in Camden is a model of energy efficiency. Speaking from her own extensive experience, Sarah will be providing advice on how changes to the insulation, heating, ventilation and lighting of your Victorian home can dramatically reduce its carbon emissions. She will also be focusing on how these changes can be made whilst maintaining both interior and exterior period features.  
Sarah's house is open to public visits to provide inspiration for those looking to retrofit their own period homes. She notes that "People are surprised that it looks and feels like a nice but normal Victorian house. They expect a modern look and are surprised you can make it energy efficient without giving up the period aspects."