Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019, RHC Edinburgh – Preview
Following on from London, the Homebuilding and Renovating show is returning to Scotland from 19-20 October. The Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh will host the show, which this year boasts almost 140 exhibitors. This is an opportunity to develop your self build knowledge and learn about the wide variety of contemporary products available.
With 8 Self Build lectures and 23 Masterclass talks, you can be sure that you will leave the venue inspired and better equipped to pursue your Self Build dream. In order to help you prepare for this event, we have created an article that will ensure you get the most out of your visit to the HBR show in Edinburgh.
If you have not come across our previous article regarding the HBR shows in 2019 – make sure you check it out!
This article presents our top recommendations to get the most from a day at the show; from the best seminars and masterclasses to the experts and exhibitors discussing crucial areas of Self Building. So if you are planning to build your dream home, this event will be the inspiration and motivation you need!
SEMINAR THEATRE TALKS
The seminars at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019 in Edinburgh are divided between two theatres: Seminar and Masterclass. The Seminar theatre will host a variety of experts, who will deliver talks on all the important aspects of the Self Build process. Below we have detailed our top picks for the Seminar theatre:
Top 5 Seminar Theatre Talks:
Beginner’s guide to building your own home
Mike Cruickshank – Self Build and Timber Frame Construction Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday at 10:30-11:00
Discover how you can build your own individually designed home and save up to 30% compared to buying a new house. Learn how to find a plot, get a Self Build mortgage, work out what you can afford to build for your budget, develop a design scheme and decide whether to use a builder, manage the project yourself or get involved on DIY basis.
Planning Permission: How to find your way through the planning maze
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 more.
Beginners’ guide to creating a low energy home, from Zero Carbon to PassivHaus
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine and AC Architects, Everyday at 12:45-13:15
The ‘fabric first’ approach to low energy home design and renovation explained. Understand the best ways to optimise insulation values, the importance of balancing air tightness, ventilation, thermal mass and solar gain, plus how to choose the right heating system including renewable energy options for heat and power.
How to cut build costs without compromising on quality or space
Jason Orme – Editorial Director at H&R Magazine, Everyday 15:00-15:30
Discover how to build or renovate your home on a tight budget without sacrificing quality or size. Learn how factors such as your choice of materials, fixtures and fittings, design complexity, scale and effective project management all influence construction costs. Whatever your budget, this session will ensure you avoid waste and maximise value.
Self-build: The most common mistakes and how to avoid them
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine and AC Architects, Everyday 15:45-16:15
Forewarned is forearmed! Learn how to keep your homebuilding project firmly on the rails by avoiding the most common mistakes and disputes when buying a plot and dealing with designers, planners, builders and suppliers, plus a guide on to how best to resolve difficulties if they do arise.
MASTERCLASS THEATRE TALKS
The Masterclass theatre will feature exhibitors who will demonstrate 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 different 23 masterclasses to help you make up your mind. Below, we present our top 7 talks:
Top 7 Masterclass Theatre Talks:
Harvest the power of nature to create the perfect indoor climate
19 October 10:30-10:50 – NIBE Energy Systems Ltd
The importance of specifying the correct glazing in passive and sustainable homes
19 October 11:00-11:20 – Internorm
SIPs Explained: All you ever wanted to know about building your own home using structural insulated panels (SIPS)
19 October 11:30-11:50 – SIPS Industries
How to fund your self-build or renovation project – a guide to stage payment mortgages
19 October 14:00-14:20 – BuildStore Mortgage Services
Mechanical Ventilation and how a Heat Recovery System works
19 October 16:00-16:20 – Airflow
Timber Frame Self-Build; Getting to grips with the costs – a close look at where to start with budgets and tips for keeping yours on track
20 October 13:30-13:50 – Fleming Homes
Kitchen design; what you need to know to get it right!
20 October 14:30-14:50 – Ashley Ann Kitchens
ASK THE EXPERT
The Homebuilding & Renovating show in Edinburgh offers the chance to get first-hand advice from many 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 what stage of your homebuilding project you are at. Some of the experts available to meet in Edinburgh are:
Allan is a Chartered Architect and ACA’s founder, the Self Build Architectural practice, working on one-off homes throughout the UK. His goal is to provide prospective self builders with the inspiration, support, and education they require to build their own cost effective, energy efficient, dream home. You can read more about Allan here.
Mike is an expert in Self Build and timber frame construction, is a member of the Structural Timber Association (STA), regularly contributes articles to Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine.
Mike has been involved with various TV programmes including My Flatpack Home, DIY SOS and appeared on BBC TV’s DIY Donnie programme as well as delivering talks at the various shows across the UK.
One of the country’s leading property experts, presenter of multiple property TV Shows and the Chair of NaCSBA – the organisation founded to support self builders throughout the UK. His book, ‘Renovating for Profit’, is the definitive guide to home renovations that make a difference to the value of your property. Michael cannot be missed by any conscious self builder.
Tom has worked in the financial services industry for 27 years – 14 of these, specialising in self build mortgages and finance at BuildStore, providing expert advice to hundreds of customers embarking on major homebuilding projects whether to live in, let or sell. Tom has completed two major homebuilding projects himself, and is widely regarded as a Self Build finance expert. He presents Finance Masterclasses at The Homebuilding and Renovating Shows throughout the year, and provides one-to-one consultations on finance in our Ask the Expert Advice Centre.
Jason Orme is Editorial Director of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine and has worked in the Self Build sector for 20 years. He has built and renovated several homes, self-building for the first time at the age of 28, and has recently completed a major renovation and extension project. He has advised 100s of self-builders and renovators on how to make their projects a success and helped to advise Government on Self Build policy. He is a well-known broadcast expert on building and renovating homes and is the author of The Self Build Dream.
There will be almost 140 exhibitors in the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Edinburgh. You will have the chance to explore the various products and services they have to offer, which can be useful in supporting your Self Build dream come true. There will be companies who specialise in design, renewables, exteriors, interiors, financial services and much more. It wasn’t easy but we chose the top 7 exhibitors you should visit when planning a Self Build venture:
Top 7 Exhibitors To Visit:
Ventilation – Stand No. 148
If you are considering the installation of a heat recovery ventilation system (MVHR), then a visit to stand no. 148 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. 464
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. 464 and check out what they have to offer.
Roofing – Stand No. 114
CUPA PIZARRAS offers a comprehensive range of roofing slates in different models, sizes and thickness’ suiting any individual design. CUPA PIZARRAS slate has been chosen by thousands of architects and roofers, covering some of the most iconic buildings around the world. Additionally, CUPA PIZARRAS has introduced an innovative CUPACLAD and THERMOSLATE range.
Structural Systems – Stand No. 425
Fleming Homes has a long-standing presence within the UK timber frame construction industry. If you want to build a timber framed house, or still considering different alternatives, come to stand no. 425 and speak to their specialists.
Windows – Stand No. 514
Internorm is a strong family business. From the birth of the UPVC window to the production of timber/aluminium windows and to the high-tech and high-design innovations nowadays, Internorm is setting standards Europe-wide. Continuous technological further development and continual new innovations make Internorm a pioneer in the brand.
Heating – Stand No. 266
As a 2018 UK Customer Satisfaction Award winner and the only heating supplier awarded a Distinction from the Institute of Customer Service, Nu-Heat is the chosen supplier for thousands of discerning homeowners. Meet their experts on stand no. 266, and discover how our award-winning underfloor heating systems, unbeatable expertise in integrating renewables and bespoke system design can benefit your project.
Structural Systems – Stand No. 246
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. 246 and have a chat with their specialists to find out if SIPs is for you.
The HBR Show boasts a plethora of information for a prospective self-builder. The recommendations we have created are, in our opinion, the best solutions 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. 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!
Are you going to the HBR Show in Edinburgh? What seminars, experts and exhibitors are on your shortlist? Have you already been to one? What are your opinions? Was it helpful? Do you have any advice for others? Share your opinions in the comment section below!