Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2023 in Farnborough – Preview
Another year has just started with an amazing opportunity for all people who want to build their home. This year the Homebuilding and Renovating Show will begin on 14th-15th January in Farnborough. The Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre will facilitate about 200 exhibitors from all over the UK ready to answer guests’ questions and help them make informed decisions about solutions and products for their projects.
This article presents our top recommendations for you to get the most from the show; ranging from the best seminars and masterclasses, to the top experts and exhibitors. So, if you are planning to build your dream home, this event will be the inspiration and motivation you need!
We know that being new to the world of Self Build can, at times, be daunting as there is so much information to learn. However, the more you learn, the better chance you have of a successful project. We have therefore created this guide, which is designed for the novice self-builder who is at the beginning of their journey. This guide will help you get the most out of the show and will support you in getting your Self Build project off the ground.
The two-day event will host about 200 exhibitors providing the opportunity to discuss your project face-to-face with some of the industry’s top specialists. There will also be over 30 seminars and masterclasses in two different theatres. We have selected the top talks from the main theatres, and the top exhibitors you should speak to in order to get the most out of the show!
SEMINAR THEATRE TALKS
The seminars at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2023 in Farnborough are divided between the Seminar and Masterclass theatres. For a prospective self-builder, the most valuable seminars will be presented in the Seminar Theatre, where 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 Seminar theatre:
Top Seminar Theatre Talks:
A beginner’s guide to building your own home
Michael Holmes – Director of Content at H&R Magazine, Tom McSherry – Finance Expert at BuildStore. Everyday at 10:30-11:05
Interested in building your own home? Get an insider’s guide on how to get started – and decide whether it’s for you. We’ll outline the key steps, the main choices and considerations, along with a look at what it might cost – and how to finance it. They’ll give an honest assessment of the pros and cons and run through the key mistakes and how to avoid them.
Planning permission: an expert guide to navigating the planning system
Sally Tagg – Planning Expert at H&R Magazine. Everyday 11:15-11:50
Understanding the planning permission process is a key element of getting a house built – but it can be difficult for amateurs to get to grips with. This seminar explains the process, what you’ll need to do, and how to navigate it. Presented by a leading self build planning consultant, you’ll learn how to maximise your chances of success.
Wow factor design – and how to get it!
Allan Corfield – Design Expert. Everyday at 12:15-12:50
Be inspired by this guide to how to make your home truly amazing through thoughtful, tried and tested design techniques. Our expert architectural designer reveals the must-have features to make your home special – both to look at and to live in.
Successful Project Management: How To Complete Your Project On Time and On Budgtet
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at H&R Magazine, Everyday at 13:00-13:35
There are many different ways to build or renovate your own home. From using a design and build package company through to managing your own team of contractors, this insider’s guide explains the pros and cons, and how to make the right choice for you. Includes a guide to finding and managing builders.
Heating, ventilation and renewables – how to pick the right mix for your Self Build project
David Hilton – Eco Expert. Everyday at 14:30-15:05
The choice of different technologies available can be daunting – this session cuts through the hype and helps you establish a clear set of priorities for your project that will help you choose between gas, oil, or electric heating, which renewables make sense from the ground and air source heat pumps so solar PV, plus the options for controlled ventilation, heat recovery and air conditioning.
From old home to eco home – how to make your home warm and comfortable and slash your fuel bills!
David Hilton – Eco Expert and Allan Corfield – Design Expert, Everyday at 15:15-15:50
Practical and realistic solutions for retrofitting an existing house to reduce running costs without compromising space and architectural character. This sessions looks at the options to improve the thermal performance of your roof, walls, floors, doors and windows, as well as how to seal drafts and manage ventilation whilst avoiding condensation and damp, plus a look at the best way to upgrade you heating system.
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 which structural system is best for your project or which renewables will be appropriate for you; there will be 25 masterclasses to help you make up your mind. Below, we present our top picks:
Top Masterclass Theatre Talks:
Triple Glazing: the best option to meet Future Homes Standard Part L
14 January 11:00-11:20 – Internorm
ICF Insulated Concrete Formwork – Building Benefits
14 January 13:00-13:20 – Insul Hub
How to maximise your return on battery and solar storage
14 January 14:00-14:20 – Eco Energy Environment
Low carbon biomass heating
14 January 16:00-16:20, Windhager UK
Insurance and warranties: Protecting your build now and in the future
15 January 12:00-12:20 – Self Build Zone
The importance of indoor air quality
15 January 14:00-14:20 – The Unico System
Timber frame design & build; An overview of the benefits of timber frame as a build system and working with an offsite timber frame package provider to realise your project
15 January 14:30-14:50 – Fleming Homes
How smart technology can drive healthy & green living
15 January 15:30-15:50 – New Wave AV
ASK THE EXPERT
The Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Farnborough 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 home building project you are at. Some of the experts available to meet in Farnborough are:
Bob Branscombe is one of the UK’s leading Chartered Surveyors and with over 30-years’ experience in both self-build and construction, he still harnesses a long-time obsession with hands on self-building.
Allan is a Chartered Architect and founder of ACA, 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.
David is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heating systems, heat recovery ventilation, emerging technologies and renewables, including heat pump technologies, Solar systems, biomass and also conventional heating systems. Often works with architects and house builders and designs and project manages appropriate performance tech and heating systems to achieve the healthiest outcome for every home.
With over 30 years’ experience as an interior design professional, property renovator and kitchen specialist, Julia specialises in interior transformations that uplift and energise to have a positive impact on wellbeing. Julia is best known as the interior designer on BBC1’s hugely popular DIY SOS, and has taken part in eight series, including a Children in Need special. Julia is also a regular on ITV1’s 60 Minute Makeover series, having been on the interior design team for nine series and ITV’s “Rebuild Our Home”, with Nicky Campbell.
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.
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 over 200 exhibitors in the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Farnborough. Therefore, 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 that specialise in the 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:
Renewables – Stand D102
They specialise in enabling households, businesses, schools, and community buildings throughout London and the Home Counties to generate their own electricity by installing PV (photovoltaic) systems, on their roofs. We also install ground-mounted solar systems in fields or paddocks.
Structural Systems – Stand H107
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. H107 and speak to their specialists.
Windows – Stand C102
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.
Smart Home Technology – Stand B114
Since 2003 the company have assisted clients with designing and installing home automation, lighting systems and home cinema rooms. They are design-led in their approach and are industry partners with the BIID and RIBA. They have recently gained Member of Excellence status, one of only eight Control4 and Lutron certified showrooms in the UK.
Construction Systems – Stand F103
Building codes today demand buildings and structures to be built with greater energy efficiency by utilising continuous insulation. Nudura insulated concrete forms allow you to complete the building envelope with one building product for a stronger, more efficient structure. ICF’s give you the opportunity to build residential, commercial and a variety of other build projects while achieving the demands of todays, and future, building codes. For product and Technical advice or training, contact the Team at ICF Supplies Ltd, the UK’s leading authorised distributor of Nudura concrete forms.
Self Build Zone
Professional Services – Stand C110
Self-Build Zone are the market leading provider Site Insurance, Structural Warranties and Legal Contract packs for Self-Builders, Community Groups, Renovators and Enabling Developers. Your builders Public Liability cover will not adequately cover the whole project and home insurance excludes renovation and alteration works, so to find out how to correctly insure your project, have a chat with one of the team. Self-Build Zone is the sole provider for Site Insurance and Structural Warranty products for the NHBC for self builders.
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 homes.
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 influence the outcome of your project!
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