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Allan Corfield11.3.2024 5 min read

Why is it worth attending ACA's Self Build Seminar at the NSBRC?

The seminars will provide attendees with practical knowledge of all the crucial areas of the homebuilding journey. This article will explain how visiting the seminar and speaking to our experts will help you build your dream home and avoid costly mistakes. 

For years ACA have been committed to helping self-builders. Our popular eBook, Learning Centre and Self Build blog have become the starting point for thousands of successful Self Build projects in the UK.

Allan Corfield has been working hard to inspire people around the country to build their dream homes. He is an expert contributor to the Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine and a regular speaker at the homebuilding shows in the UK.

After ACA’s recent expansion, we now have a permanent office at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre. Here, we offer our clients a Virtual Reality tour of their future homes. In addition to this, we launched our Self Build seminars, which we now host regularly.

Dates: 26th April 2024
Location: Build it Theatre
National Self Build & Renovation Centre
Lydiard Fields, Great Western Way,
Swindon SN5 8UB
Cost: £40 per personbuildit-theatre-1
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‘An excellent place to start a project – great clear information and educational, great place to network for services. Well worth the cost, even for me travelling 250 miles each way! Would recommend a combined visit with a day in NSBRC exhibits for even more. Well done ACA!’ 

Andrew – seminar attendee, February 2022


The seminar will be hosted by ACA alongside top industry experts within Self Building. All the speakers are highly experienced within their field, and will be available to provide one-on-one advice. Below you can find the list of the specialists and a short bio of each of them:

Jenny Chandela
AC Architects
US Registered Architect

Having worked in New Orleans from 2005 until moving to the United Kingdom in 2017, Jenny holds a US architectural registration. She joins AC Architects in the Swindon office where she provides consultations to Self Builders and is available to host Virtual Reality demonstrations.


Brian Singleton
ADM Systems
MVHR Expert

Brian has been involved in MVHR since the mid 90s and he is also a qualified BPEC accredited engineer and regularly commissions installed systems. Witnessing self-builders dreams turn to reality is what drives Brian. Even with his wealth of knowledge Brian is still hungry to learn and impart his experience to clients.


Ian Thompson
Finance Expert

Ian has worked in the financial services industry for 15 years. He has spent the last 11 of these specialising in mortgages. Four years ago, he joined BuildStore, where he has been providing expert financial advice to many customers embarking on self build, renovation and conversion projects. 

David Gallagher
AC Structures
Structural Engineer

David attained an MEng in Civil Engineering Design and Management at Dundee University in 2006. During his career, he has obtained a wealth of experience working in the UK, Middle East and New Zealand working on a number of high-profile projects before joining AC Structures as Technical Director.



Simon Dane
Samuel James Project Management
Project Management Expert

Simon has been involved in the house building and development sector for over 30 years having worked for a number of prominent developers and contractors before setting up his own contracting business in 1997.  Starting with a small team they soon established themselves as one of the main contractors in the area employing over 50 staff and enjoying working with self build Clients ever since.


Iga Panczyna
AC Architects
Architect and Passive House Expert

Iga is a Chartered Architect and newly qualified Passive House Designer specializing in design of one-off homes for self and custom build clients. With over 10 years of experience in the UK housing market, Iga’s portfolio features a range of low energy homes built to high energy efficiency standards.


David Hilton
Heat & Energy
Renewable Heating Expert

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.



The seminar will cover all the most important areas of the Self Building venture. The process of designing and building a home is demanding and challenging and this seminar will present all this information in a simplified and comprehensible way. After the event you will know how to approach each stage of the project and how to avoid costly mistakes that can delay your project. Topics that will be covered at the seminars include:

  • Finding and Assessing Land
  • Funding and protecting your project
  • Your project team and the design process
  • Project Management and cost control
  • Future Homes Standards and Construction Systems
  • Renewable Heating Design
  • MVHR design
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8.30 – 09.00
Arrival and refreshments (1)

09.00 – 09.20
Introduction & agenda 

09.20 – 09.30
The NSBRC and how it can help with Harvey Fremlin

09.30 – 10.10
Funding and protecting your project with Build Store

10.10 – 10.50
Project Management and cost control with CLPM 

10.50 – 11.10
Refreshment break (2)

11.10 – 12.00
Beginning your project and the design process with ACA

12.00 – 12.30
Structural Considerations with ACS

12.30 – 12.50
VR Demo at Stand

12.50 – 13.40
Lunch Break/ Consultations (3)

13.40 – 14.20
Future Building Standards and Construction Systems with ACA

14.20 – 15.00
MVHR design with ADM Systems

15.00 – 15.20
Refreshment break (4)

15.20 –  16.00
NSBRC Tour of New Build Exhibit

16.00 – 16.30
Panel Q&A/ Close


Attending our seminar will provide the motivation you need to move on with your Self Build dream. You can even organise a two-day trip and include a visit to the NSBRC on the second day.

The seminar has limited availability and we expect it to sell out, we therefore advise you to book your place in the seminar now to avoid disappointment. Just click the button below, scroll to the bottom of the page and fill the form. Once we have received your booking we will be back in touch to confirm your space and take payment.