Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2017 in Glasgow – Preview
Before the first Homebuilding & Renovating Show this year we published a preview of the Homebuilding & Renovating shows 2017 with top tips on how to get the most from your visit as a self-builder. This was followed by the complete guide on the Birmingham show. Today, we are presenting a preview of the next HBR Show which is taking place at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow on the 20-21th May. If you are considering visiting the HBR show, you have come to the right place. We have prepared recommendations of the best seminars and masterclasses to see and experts and exhibitors you can speak to at the show. Everything is targeted for a self-builder. We have also included a two-day guide to the show which will help you to achieve the maximum potential of your Self Build.
We know that being new to the field of Self Build can at times be daunting and overwhelming. There is so much information to learn and all of it is crucial in influencing the final product. We therefore created a guide, which is designed for the self-builders who are at the beginning of their journey. This guide will allow you to get the most out of the show, and will therefore support you in getting your self-build project off the ground.
The show in Glasgow is the largest in Scotland and offers over 140 exhibitors, with 12 different seminars and over 20 masterclasses! We have selected the top 7 talks from the main theatres, and the top 7 exhibitors you should speak to in order to get the most of the show!
SEMINAR THEATRE TALKS
The seminars at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2017 in Glasgow are divided between two theatres: Seminar and Masterclass. The talks presented in the Seminar theatre will educate the self-builders on all the crucial elements of the self-build process. Below are our top picks for the Seminar theatre:
Top 7 Seminars Theatre Talks:
1. Self Build: A beginner’s guide to building your own home
Michael Holmes – Director of Content at H&R Magazine
Everyday at 10:30-11:00
Learn 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 and reduce costs even further.
2. The secret of successful home design: the design process explained step by step
Philip McCulloch and Adrian Neville – ASBA Architects
Everyday at 11:30-12:00
Good design is the key to every successful self-build project, but how do you find the right designer and get the home of your dreams within your budget? This session explains the whole process step by step, from selecting a designer and agreeing terms, to formulating your design brief, producing planning and construction drawings, through to the tender process and final delivery of the finished project.
3. How to build your own home for under £100,000
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at H&R Magazine
Discover how to build 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.
4. Designing to maximise Energy Efficiency
Tim Pullen – Eco-Expert at H&R Magazine
Everyday at 12:30-13:00
The ‘fabric first’ approach to home design and renovation explained. Understand how to optimise insulation values in the walls, floor and roof of your home, specifying energy efficient windows, and the importance of balancing air tightness, ventilation, thermal mass and solar gain.
5. How to find a reliable builder and compare quotes on a like-for-like basis
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at H&R Magazine
Everyday at 14:00-14:30
Find out how to find the right builder for your project, how to check their credentials and make sure you avoid the cowboys. Discover how to compare competitive quotes on a like-for-like basis to find the best price. Understand which form of contract is right for your project and whether to manage the builder yourself or use a professional project manager. Plus, how get your project completed on time and on budget.
6. Self-build: The most common mistakes and how to avoid them
Allan Corfield – Self Build Expert at H&R Magazine
Everyday at 15:00-15:30
Forewarned is forearmed! Learn how to keep your homebuilding project firmly on the rails by avoiding the most common mistakes and disputes when buying property, dealing with neighbours, designers, builders and suppliers, plus a guide on to how best to resolve difficulties if they do arise.
7. Timber frame, masonry, SIPS or concrete and steel: discover which building system is best for your home
Bob Branscombe – Building Expert at H&R Magazine
Everyday at 16:00-16:30
This seminar explains the key differences between the main construction systems available including timber frame, blockwork, structural insulated panels, oak frame, insulated concrete formwork, and steel frame, covering factors such as design flexibility, energy efficiency, build speed and costs, acoustic performance, longevity, insurance and resale values.
MASTERCLASS THEATRE TALKS
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 almost 25 masterclasses which will help you to make up your mind. Below, we present our top 7 talks:
Top 7 Masterclass Theatre Talks:
1. The beginner’s guide to smart home technology: understand the benefits, capability, and the key to successful installation
20 May 10:30-10:50
Inspiro by d3 Smart Homes
2. Passivhaus in the UK: what we have learned so far
20 May 11:30-11:50
3. How to fund your self-build or renovation project: a guide to stage payment mortgages
20 May 12:30-12:50
4. All you ever wanted to know about building your own home using structural insulated panels (SIPS)
20 May 14:30-14:50
5. Getting support for investing in renewable heating for your home
20 May 15:00-15:20
Ofgem E-serve – The Domestic RHI team
6. Choosing the right heating system for your home
21 May 10:30-10:50
Smart Renewable Heat Ltd
7. Interior and space planning: the importance of incorporating these into the early stages of your build
21 May 14:30-14:50
ASK THE EXPERT
The Homebuilding & Renovating show in Glasgow 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 what stage of your homebuilding project you are at. Some of the experts you will be able to speak to in Glasgow are:
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!
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 the prospective self-builder’s 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.
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.
One of the biggest eco-experts 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!
There will be over 140 exhibitors in the Homebuilding & Renovating show in Glasgow. You will therefore have the chance to explore their various products and services, 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 many other services and products related to self building. It was a really difficult task, but we chose the top 7 exhibitors you should visit when planning a self-build venture:
Top 7 Exhibitors To Visit:
1. ADM Systems
Stand No. B115
If you are considering the installation of a heat recovery ventilation system (MVHR), then a visit to stand no. B115 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. D127
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. D127 and check out what they have to offer.
3. Ceiba Renewables Ltd
Stand No. A140
Ceiba are solar and energy specialists. They install various premium technologies such as Sunpower and Tesla and cover Scotland with engineers in Aberdeenshire, Glasgow and Ayrshire. As Which? Trusted Traders You can make sure that they are able to deliver the highest level of customer service and satisfaction. Pop into stand no. A140 to find out what they can do for your Self Build.
4. Inspiro Smart Technology
Home Technology & Security, Lighting & Electrical
Stand No. G131
Inspiro Smart Home Ltd. offer various bespoke Smart Home solutions for new build and retrofit projects. If you are interested in installation of smart lighting, heating, music distribution or energy monitoring stop by the stand no. G131 to discuss the options and book a tour of their showroom.
Stand No. D139
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. E115
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.
7. SIPS Industries
Stand No. B139
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. B139 and have a chat with their specialists to find out if SIPs is for you.
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 Glasgow HBR Show programme, which is designed for the interests of the self-builders. For your convenience, you can download it, print it off and take it to the show – Just click the button below!
Below you can see ACA’s recommended programme for the HBR Show in Glasgow, personalised especially for self-builders. The show’s opening times are 10.00-17.00 (10.00-16.30 on Sunday). 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.
Day 1 – 20th May 2017
9.00-9.30 – Arrive at the SEC and park close to the entrance, grab some breakfast to eat in the queue!
9.30-10.00 – Start queuing, 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. Keep in mind 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 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.
10.30-11.00 – Head to the Seminar Theatre for your first talk: Self Build Explained by Michael Holmes. He is the Director of Content at HBR Magazine – a top-class specialist when it comes to Self Build. This is the best choice for a warm up to the show.
11.30-11.50 – Head to the Masterclass Theatre for a great introduction to building Passivhaus in the UK. This masterclass provides an introduction to ultra-low energy home design and construction performed by Ecowin (E139) and will be a great second step after the first seminar.
11.50-12.30 – 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.
12.30-12.50 – Head back to the Masterclass Theatre and learn from the specialists at Buildstore (D127) how to fund your self-build project, in a guide to stage payment mortgages.
12.50-14.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultation with your chosen expert or the exhibitors’ tour.
14.00-14.30 – Go to the Seminar Theatre to listen to Bob Branscombe’s talk in which you will learn how to make sure that your builder is reliable and will not sabotage your project.
14.30-14.50 – Quickly head over to the Masterclass Theatre. In this masterclass you will learn about one of the most energy efficient construction systems – Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) delivered by SIPS Industries (B139).
15.00-15.20 – Stay at your seat for a masterclass performed by The Domestic RHI team focused on getting support for investing in renewable heating for your home.
15.20-17.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultation with your chosen expert or the exhibitors’ tour.
ACA’s Homebuilding & Renovating Show Self-Builder’s Programme (Glasgow)
Day 2 – 21st May 2017
10.00-10.30 – If there are still experts that you want to see, arrive early to secure your free consultations. Otherwise you can arrive at the SEC at 10.30am. 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.
10.30-10.50 – You will start your second day from a very useful masterclass in which Smart Renewable Heat Ltd will deliver a talk on choosing the right heating system for your project.
10.50-11.30 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultations with chosen expert or an exhibitor’s 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!
11.30-12.00 – Go to the Seminar Theatre to listen to talk: ‘The secret of successful home design: the design process explained step by step’. ASBA Architects will advise you on how to get the right designer who will help you build a home of your dreams within the budget.
12.00-12.30 – Stay in the Seminar Theatre to learn ‘how to build your own home for under £100,000’ without sacrficing quality or size. A talk by Bob Branscombe.
12.30-15.00 – This time slot can be spent on booked consultations with chosen experts or exhibitor’s tours.
15.00-15.30 – Go back to the Seminar Theatre where Allan Corfield will explain to you what are the most common self-build mistakes and how to avoid them. Allan will supplement the seminar with a guide on how to resolve problems if they do arise.
15.30-16.00 – In the last talk recommended by us in HBR Show in Glasgow, Bob Branscombe 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.
The HBR Show holds 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!