National Self Build & Renovation Show
Last year we published an article on the National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon. In this we described how self-builders can benefit from visiting the only permanent Self Build visitor centre in the UK. The NSBRC hosts three shows throughout the year that support self-builders to make informed decisions about their future home.
The National Self Build & Renovation Shows take place in January, May and October. As the January show is starting in a week (31.01 – 2.02), we prepared an article highlighting what can you expect from it.
The National Self Build & Renovation Show is a ticketed event. Tickets are free when booked in advance, or £12 per person on the door.
SELF BUILD AND RENOVATION SEMINARS
From the 31st of January until the 2nd of February, the National Self Build & Renovation Show will offer over 20 seminars, live demonstrations, case studies and panel debates. The events will be split across two theatres: the Build It Theatre and the Sovereign Theatre.
The Build It Theatre will host different seminars/workshops hosted by the NSBRC’s partners such as Build It Magazine, BuildStore, Royal Institute of British Architects and Federation of Master Builders. The Sovereign Theatre will present a series of talks hosted by the exhibitors.
Below you can see some of the most exciting events taking place at the Build It Theatre:
Funding your homebuilding plans – BuildStore, Every day at 10:45-11:15
The most successful homebuilding plans are those that have been planned well from the start, and this means knowing your budget and understanding your borrowing options early on. BuildStore is the UK’s leading expert in homebuilding finance with access to a range of borrowing solutions, including exclusive mortgages.
Question Time: Battle of the Building Systems – Panel debate with Mike Hardwick. Friday and Saturday at 12:20-13:00, Sunday at 12:00-12:40
Timber Frame or Brick & Block? Traditional Oak or Concrete Blocks? Build on-site or in a factory? Find out everything you need to know about the various Self Build building systems with NSBRC course presenter, Mike Hardwick and the panel of experts. Hear the benefits of each system and then join Mike as he takes your questions to identify which is best for your build! Our Technologist Steff will be there discussing Passive House system.
THE SELF BUILD COURSE TASTER
Attendees at the January show will benefit from an exclusive discount on the NSBRC’s range of Self Build Courses, including the new guide ‘How to Find Land and Appraise a Plot’.
If visitors book a course during the weekend of the show, they will receive a 15% off discount across all the courses. The organisers have also prepared three free 40 min taster sessions of their most popular Self Build Course.
They will discuss such areas of Self Building as budgeting, land, planning, project management and more. This course taster will help you decide whether it is worth to invest in the full course. You can take part in the following free sessions of the Self Build course:
The Self Build Course Taster – Part 1: Budgeting & Land. Every day at 10:00-10:40
Self Build expert Mike Hardwick looks at the importance of establishing a budget and working within your means when Self Building. He’ll also discuss the basics of land finding and how to assess a plot for availability. Finally, Mike will look at who you can turn to design your dream house, and some top tips to help the design process along.
The Self Build Course Taster – Part 2: Planning & Building Regulations. Friday and Saturday at 14:00-14:40, Sunday at 13:30-14:10
In this session, Mike explains the basics of obtaining planning permission and building control approval and the difference between the two.
The Self Build Course Taster – Part 3: Trades, Materials & Project Management. Friday and Saturday at 15:20-16:00, Sunday at 14:30-15:15
Avoiding the cowboy builders is top of the ‘to do’ list of many self-builders. In this seminar, Mike tells you the best way to ensure you get a reliable builder or tradesman for your project. He’ll then look at how to approach buying your materials and offer a top-level overview of who to consider as a Project Manager – do you need to use your Architect, hire a professional or is it something that you can do yourself?
Over 25 talks will take place at the Sovereign Theatre. These talks are hosted by a range of companies, covering various areas of Self Building.
If you are interested in building a low energy home, you should attend the talk hosted by our own Passive House Designer – Steff Bell. He will discuss the principles of Passive House standard from a self-builders perspective.
Below you can see our top picks for self builders taking place in the Sovereign Theatre:
Custom Build & New Routes to Finding Land – Custom Build Homes. Friday (31 Jan) – 12:00 -12:30
Custom Build Homes explain the difference between Self Build and Custom Build and highlight new ways to source land so that you can realise your potential to design and build a home as part of a supported process.
Design, Structure and Cost – Fleming Homes. Friday (31 Jan) – 13:20-13:50
You can design a house in many ways to achieve the same floor space but make it look different. When designing a house also look at the structure side of things and lastly the cost implication of the structure on the build and also the overall build cost ideas.
Practical Advice for Designing Out Crime in Your New Home – Secured By Design. Friday (31 Jan) – 14:00-14:30
The presentation will discuss how homes can be made physically secure by installing doors, windows, locks and other items that meet attack resistant standards, as well as how an open, welcoming and safe environment can be achieved by incorporating crime prevention design into layout and landscaping.
Passive House approach from a self-build perspective covering site and building design – AC Architects. Saturday (1 Feb) – 11:20-11:50
A Passive House is a building that is designed and constructed to a strict set of criteria to ensure maximum comfort with minimum overall energy consumption. This talk explains the Passive House approach from a self-build perspective covering site and building design, the main Passive House criteria, the PHPP calculation tool, airtightness, MVHR, professional services, building testing, commissioning and certification.
Feel the difference with Nu-Heat Underfloor Heating & Renewables – Nu-Heat. Sunday (2 Feb) – 11:20-11:50
Whether you’re planning a new build, tackling an extension or giving your existing home a complete overhaul, Nu-Heat will help you choose the right underfloor heating solution for your property.
Landscape Design for Self Builders – Rumbold Ayers. Sunday (2 Feb) – 12:40-13:10
A quick gallop through some key points to look out for, starting with before you even buy a plot, before going on to look at how to make the best use of the site, planning permission and pre-commencement conditions, cost savings, through to avoiding rework after completion.
The National Self Build & Renovation Centre has over 250 permanent exhibitors, and the majority of them will be present at the show to provide expert advice to visitors. You will have the chance to learn about the various products and services they have to offer, and how they can benefit your project. There will be exhibitors who specialise in construction, covering areas such as design, renewables, exteriors, interiors, financial services and many more. You will be able to find us on the SIPS Industries stand (no 55).
CONSULTATIONS WITH EXPERTS
The National Self Build & Renovation Show will give you a unique opportunity to book a one on one slot with architects, planning experts, project managers, structural engineers and other specialists. This will provide you with a chance to discuss your project and learn what products and solutions will best meet your expectations.
You will be able to discuss the energy efficiency of your future home with our expert Steff Bell. If you are not sure what building system will be the best option for your project, you can speak to the SIPS, ICF, Oak Frame and Timber Frame experts. You can also see advice from a renewables specialist to find out what solutions will be best for your project.
Visiting the National Self Build & Renovation Centre is beneficial for every person who wants to build their dream home. In addition The National Self Build and Renovation Show provides even more value and should be in the calendar of every conscious self-builder who want to prepare thoroughly for what will be the biggest investment in their life.
Steff Bell – Technologist & Passive House Designer
Steff Bell from Edinburgh, Scotland is an Architectural technologist and certified Passive House designer who gained his degree whilst studying at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. He was introduced to the Passive House standard while working in Germany with Herz & Lang GmbH, a company renowned in the Passive House community for their expertise and attention to detail.
He obtained his Passive House qualification through the Certified European Passive House Designer Course (CEPH) at the Energieinstitut Vorarlberg in Austria. Since his return to Scotland, he has been working in the Passive House and Low Energy sector and helping to implement the Passive House standard in the U.K.
The NSBRC is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 – 17:30, Sunday 10:00 – 16:30.
The National Self Build & Renovation Centre, Lydiard Fields, Great Western Way, Swindon, SN5 8UB
For more information visit: www.nsbrc.co.uk.