National Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2017 in Birmingham – Top Experts and a two-day show guide for a self-builder
Last week we published a preview of the Homebuilding & Renovating shows 2017 with top tips on how to get the most from your visit. Today we are going to take a step forward and provide you with the Top 7 recommendations for seminars, masterclasses, experts and exhibitors, followed by the ACA’s ultimate two-day guide to the National HBR Show 2017 in Birmingham.
This guide is personalised for a self-builder who is just beginning their self-build journey and wants to get as much knowledge as possible from the show. The show in Birmingham is the largest in the United Kingdom and offers a wealth of information, with over 40 different seminars and a full cast of experts ready to give you one-on-one advice!
We know that starting a self-build project can be overwhelming and you may be unsure of where to start. We understand this, and this is why we have decided to prepare the ultimate guide to the National Homebuilding & Renovating show in Birmingham. We have selected the top 7 seminars from the main theatres, and the top 7 experts and exhibitors you should speak to in order to get the most of the show! We would always suggest going to the Birmingham show over 2 days, as there is so much to do – however if you can only go one day then you will have to pick and choose what to fit in!
SELF BUILD THEATRE SEMINARS
The seminars at the National HBR Show 2017 are divided between four theatres: Self Build, Home Improvement, Masterclass and Tricks of the Trade. For a prospective self-builder the most valuable seminars will be presented in the Self Build theatre. Here the self-build experts will be delivering talks on all the important parts of the self-build process. Below are our top picks for the Self Build & Masterclass theatres:
Top 7 Self Build Theatre Seminars:
1. Self Build Explained: A beginner’s guide to building your own home
David Snell – Author and Contributing Editor at H&R Magazine
Everyday at 10:30-11:00
Fourteen times self-builder David Snell explains the process of designing and building an individually designed home step by step, from finding land and arranging finances, to choosing a builder and project management. He will also address the challenge of deciding how much to take on yourself.
2. Planning Permission: How to find your way through the planning maze
Sally Tagg – Planning Expert at H&R Magazine
Everyday at 11:00-11:30
An introduction to the planning system. Discover the tactics that will maximise your chances of getting consent for your homebuilding or renovating project. Learn how the system works, who makes the decisions, how to influence them, when to compromise, when to appeal and much more.
3. How to finish your project on time and on budget
David Snell – Author and Contributing Editor at H&R Magazine
Discover the secrets of successful self-build and renovation project management, including how best to use your own time and skills to drive down costs and improve efficiency. Learn how to find and manage reliable builders, schedule your project, manage payments and more.
4. Construction systems explained: Timber frame, brick and block, SIPS, oak frame or concrete and steel: discover which building system is best for you
Jason Orme – Editorial Director at H&R Magazine
Everyday at 13:30-14:00
This seminar helps you to decide which building system is best for you, covering factors such as design flexibility, aesthetics, energy efficiency, build speed and costs, acoustic performance, longevity, insurance and resale values.
5. Self-build Secrets: The most common self-build mistakes and how to avoid them
David Snell – Author and Contributing Editor at H&R Magazine
Everyday at 14:30-15:00
Forewarned is forearmed – learn how to keep your homebuilding project firmly on the rails by avoiding the most common disputes and disagreements that arise during the project with designers, builders and suppliers, plus a guide on how to resolve difficulties if they do arise.
6. Plotfinding Secrets: How to find your dream plot, plus an introduction to ‘The Right to Build’ through your local authority
Jason Orme – Editorial Director at H&R Magazine
Everyday at 15:30-16:00
Discover how to search for plots using professional land finding techniques and how to assess a site’s development potential, including serviced plots for sale on a larger custom build development. Plus a look at the significance of the ‘Right to Build’ registers – and how to ensure your local authority brings forward opportunities for individual and group self builds in your area.
7. Home Design: A step-by-step guide to designing your dream home
Charlie Luxton – TV presenter and Architectural Designer (Saturday only)
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine (Thursday, Friday and Sunday)
Everyday at 14:00-14:30
The design process explained, from concept sketches to planning drawings, from building regulations to detailed drawing packages. Learn how to make sure your home design meets your aspirations, ambitions, budget, and makes the very most of its location, by formulating a clear design brief and finding and appointing the right architectural designer.
MASTERCLASS THEATRE SEMINARS
The Masterclass Theatre will feature exhibitors who will discuss their products and share information from their area of expertise. If you are unsure of which structural system is best for your project or which renewables will be appropriate for you, there will be many masterclasses which will help you to make up your mind. Below, we present our top 7 seminars:
Top 7 Masterclass Theatre Seminars:
1. Simplifying Passivhaus: an introduction to ultra-low energy home design and construction
23 March 11:00-11:20
2. Oak Frame Homes: Building in character, value and sustainability
23 March 12:00-12:20
3. All you ever wanted to know about building using structural insulated panels (SIPS)
23 March 14:00-14:20
4. Project Insurance and Warranties: a guide to de-risking your project plus essential health & safety advice
23 March 14:30-14:50
Self Build Zone
5. The benefits of underfloor heating including integration with ground and air source heat pumps
24 March 15:00-15:20
6. Designing inspirational lighting schemes in an age of LEDs and lighting control systems
25 March 10:30-10:50
7. Incorporating Heat Recovery Ventilation (MVHR) into your homebuilding or renovating project
26 March 11:30-11:50
ASK THE EXPERTS
The National HBR show offers the chance to get first hand advice from some of the top self build specialists in the UK. So bring your plans, ideas and any issues you have regarding your project to the Advice Centre. This is an amazing opportunity to get valuable information no matter which stage of your homebuilding project you are at. Here is our list of the top 7 experts that every self-builder should speak to at the NHBR show:
Top 7 Experts For Consultations:
1. Michael Holmes
One of the country’s leading property experts, presenter of multiple property TV Shows and the Chair of the NaCSBA – organisation founded to support self-builders throughout the UK. His book, ‘Renovating for Profit’, is the definitive guide to home renovations that makes a difference to the value of your property. Michael cannot be missed by any conscious self-builder.
2. Charlie Luxton
The presenter of ‘Building the Dream’, and an Architectural Designer specialising in sustainability. He has spent the last twelve years designing sustainable buildings, hosting television programmes about Architecture and design, working on environmental community projects and giving talks on all aspects of sustainability. If building a sustainable house is your priority, make sure you book your consultations with Charlie!
3. David Snell
One of the most prominent Self Build specialists and authors. For 14 years he was The Daily Telegraph’s ‘House Doctor’ with a regular Saturday column. He also wrote four editions of ‘Building Your Own Home’, and other books related to Self Build. With such an extensive experience David can give advice on almost every area of your self-build project and can help you avoid very costly mistakes!
4. Tim Pullen
One of the biggest eco-expert in the industry. Contributor to many magazines and newspapers, including the Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. He regularly presents seminars and training on sustainable building and renewable energy, and has written three books on this. If energy efficiency is a priority for your project, you cannot miss this opportunity to speak to Tim!
5. Bob Branscombe
A chartered surveyor with over 25 years in construction and consultancy, Bob has combined the industry realm with the self-build world via a long-time obsession with hands on self building. If you need some help with the evaluation of your property or to discuss structural issues of your Self Build, Bob is the man you should see!
6. Marina Pedroso
An experienced architect and interior designer who splits her time working between the UK and Portugal. Mariana can offer help and advice on renovation, remodelling, extension and all aspects of interior design and decorating. If you are looking for top expert advice on interior design Marina is the perfect person to speak to!
7. Sally Tagg
A planning expert with a successful track record of achieving planning permission for a wide variety of clients including individual self-builders and land owners seeking to unlock the development potential of their land. If you think, that your project may be challenging in terms of achieving planning approval, or just want to give yourself peace of mind, consultation with Sally is recommended!
There will be 439 exhibitors in the NHBR show. You will therefore have the chance to explore their various products and services, which can be used in your project. There will be companies who specialise in design, renewables, exteriors, interiors, financial services and many other categories of services and products related to self building. It wasn’t easy, but we chose the top 7 self-build exhibitors you should visit:
Top 7 Exhibitors To Visit:
1. SIPS Industries
Stand No. F149
If you want to build a low-energy house and are wondering what construction method to adopt, The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show is an amazing opportunity to speak with the companies offering sustainable home building solutions and to find the best one for your project. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) offer a modern, cost-effective, environmental and energy efficient solution to building construction. Come to stand no. F149 and have a chat with their specialists to find out if SIPs is for you.
2. ADM Systems
Stand No. E175
If you are considering the installation of a heat recovery ventilation system (MVHR), then a visit to stand no. E175 should be high on your ‘exhibitors to see’ shortlist. ADM Systems offer a full range of services such as CAD design and proposals, site surveys, compliance advice, complete installation by BPEC approved engineers and full ventilation system maintenance and aftercare packages. They also offer a ‘buddy’ service for self-builders installing their own heat recovery systems.
Finance, Insurance & Mortgages
Stand No. G127
For the vast majority of self-builders getting a mortgage for building their dream home is a necessary mission. Buildstore offers mortgages for clients who are either building their own house, renovating or looking for a better rate on their current house while planning a project. Come over to stand no. G127 and check out what they have to offer.
Stand No. D221
Established in 1991, FAKRO is a dynamic, innovative and one of the fastest growing manufacturers of roof windows in the world, with around 15% of the global market at present. Come to stand no. D221 to discuss your project with their specialists and be inspired by the variety of design options.
5. Nu-Heat Underfloor Heating & Renewables
Stand No. E147
Whether you are building your own home, or embarking on a renovation project, Nu-Heat will be at the show to discuss their water underfloor heating systems and renewables. They will be able to offer advice on what solutions will be best for your house. This Customer Service award-winning company will make sure that you will be supported at every stage of your project.
Stand No. D195
Oakwrights are a multi-award winning company specialising in the design and construction of all styles of oak framed houses. Their unsurpassed reputation has been built on excellence of design, quality of product and professionalism of service. Oakwrights are considered one of the most progressive company in their field by successfully combining the best of modern methods of manufacturing and state of the art technology with traditional craftsmanship leading the way in 21st century oak framing. If you are considering oak framing for your Self Build you cannot miss their stand.
Doors and Windows
Stand No. G109
Rationel manufacture energy saving timber and aluminium clad timber windows and doors of premium quality, both in terms of comfort and security. They have developed and manufactured windows and doors since 1954 and today Rationel’s product range covers almost any imaginable need or architectural style.
Now that you have read this article and know what the show has to offer to you, you should see the benefits of attending it. We would like to assist in making your visit as valuable as possible. Therefore, we created a two-day National HBR Show programme, which focuses on the interests of the self-builders. For your convenience, you can download them, print off and take to the shows – Just click the button below!
Below you can see ACA’s advised programme for the National HBR Show, personalised for self-builders. The show’s opening times are 10.00-17.00. As visiting the exhibitors is of as much importance as seeing the seminars, we have divided the time for both activities evenly. We divided each day into two parts – the seminars and the exhibitors/consultation. On the first day you will spend most of the morning at the seminars, and the afternoon on visiting exhibitors’ stands and consultations with the experts. On the second day we have reversed this order.
Day 1 – 23th March 2017
9.00-9.30 – Arrive at the NEC and park close to the entrance, grab some breakfast to eat in the cue – remember coffee… it is going to be a long day!
9.30-10.00 – Start cueing, if you want a slot with your preferred expert at the Advice Centre you need to be quick. Remember to prioritise your shortlist of experts depending on your project priorities. Remember that you cannot book your time slots with the experts in advance, these can only be booked on the day.
10.00-10.30 – Make your way in an orderly manner (no running or pushing) to the Advice Centre and secure your free 15-minutes appointment for a suitable time during the day. We would suggest getting one later on in the day, as you may think of more questions as you go around the show, and make sure that it will not coincide with the seminar/masterclass you want to see! Remember to update the programme with the times of the consultations you have booked onto. Please note that this programme is personalised for first two days of the show (23th-24th of March).
10.30-11.00 – Head to the Self Build Theatre for your first talk: Self Build Explained by David Snell. He is an author and contributing editor to HBR Magazine – a mine of information when it comes to Self Build. This is the best choice for a warm up to the show.
11.00-11.20 – Head to the Masterclass Theatre for a great introduction to building a sustainable house: Simplifying Passivhaus. This masterclass provides an introduction to ultra-low energy home design and construction performed by Beattie Passive (E162) and will be a great second step after the first seminar.
11.20-12.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultation with your chosen expert or the exhibitors’ tour. Remember that if you own a smartphone, you can download a free app and use it to create a personalised map of the exhibitors and receive alerts when shortlisted seminars and masterclasses are about to start. This can help you to strategically plan your visit and save time. You can download it here.
12.00-12.20 – Head back to the Masterclass Theatre to listen to a lecture on building oak frame homes performed by the specialist from Oakwrights Ltd (D195), and learn about the pros and cons of utilising this structural system.
12.30-12.50 – Stay in the Masterclass Theatre and learn from the specialists at Buildstore (G127) how to fund your self-build project, in a guide to stage payment mortgages.
13.00-13.30 – Head back to the Self Build Theatre for another vitally important lesson from David Snell. In his seminar called ‘How to finish your project on time and on a budget’, Snell will share with you the secrets of successful self-build project management. You will learn how to find and manage reliable builders, schedule your project, manage payments and much more.
13.30-14.00 – In another seminar performed in the Self Build Theatre Jason Orme will explain to you the most popular constructions systems and help you to decide which one is the best for your project, covering factors such as energy efficiency, build speed, costs and aesthetics.
14.00-14.20 – Quickly head over to the Masterclass Theatre to supplement the knowledge you have gained from the previous talk. In this masterclass you will learn about one of the most energy efficient construction systems – Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs).
14.20-17.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultation with your chosen expert or the exhibitors’ tour.
ACA’s National Homebuilding & Renovating Show Self-Builder’s Programme
Day 2 – 24th March 2017
10.00-11.00 – If there are still experts that you want to see, arrive early to secure your free consultations. Otherwise you can arrive at the NEC after 10am. Spend some time before the second day reflecting on what you learned from the previous day. It should inspire you to unravel the areas of self building that you were not aware of before. You can make some changes to the list of exhibitors’ you want to visit, and prepare different questions for your consultations with the experts.
11.00-11.30 – You will start your second day from another useful Self Build seminar: ‘Planning Permission: How to find your way through the planning maze’. Sally Tagg will teach you the tactics that will maximise your chances of getting consent for your homebuilding project.
11.30-14.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultation with chosen expert or the exhibitors’ tour. You can head to the cafeteria that can be found inside the venue and get a coffee before the very busy and interesting hours to follow!
14.00-14.30 – Head to the Self Build Theatre for a complete guide to designing your dream home presented by Allan Corfield. You will be taken through every process of home design, from concept sketches to planning drawings, from building regulations to detailed drawing packages. This talk will help you to make sure that your home will meet your expectations, and stay within your budget.
14.30-15:00 – Stay in the Self Build Theatre to learn what are the most common self-build mistakes and how to avoid them. David Snell will supplement the seminar with a guide on how to resolve problems if they do arise.
15.00-15.20 – If you are interested in the installation of underfloor heating and also want an energy-efficient house, then go to the masterclass theatre to learn about the benefits of underfloor heating including integration with ground and air source heat pumps performed by Polypipe (B143).
15.30-16.00 – In the last talk recommended by us in NHBR Show, Jason Orme will teach you the techniques on how to find your dream plot and how to assess a site’s development potential, including serviced plots for sale on a larger building development. The talk will be concluded with ‘The Right To Build’ registry introduction and its significance in helping you find a plot.
16.00-17.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultations with chosen expert or an exhibitor’s tour.
The National HBR Show holds a plethora of information for a prospective self-builder. The recommendations we have created are, in our opinion, the optimal solution for people planning to build their dream home. However, this doesn’t mean that the other seminars, experts or exhibitors are not worth seeing. Depending on the priorities of your project it may be more appropriate to attend other talks. Or if you are able to visit the show for three days you can definitely widen your agenda to see more. It is worth the effort and time to prepare well for the show, as what you will learn will definitely influence the final outcome of your project!