Whats On

What's On




DAY 1

10:00 - 10:45
Welcome & Beginner's Guide to Building Your Own Home

Dreaming of living in a home built for you and your family’s individual needs? Find out everything you need to plan your dream self build – from advice on finding a plot and securing planning permission to how you can build it on a budget.

11:30 - 12:15
Plots and planning – how to find a site you can build on

Learn how to identify different types of plot, what might be an appropriate plot in planning terms. Understand what to look for when you search for plots to help you avoid pursuing plots that will be likely to be difficult to deliver through the planning process. The pre-application process, technical reports and what you need to do before you decide to apply for planning permission.

13:00 - 13:45
Creating a Low Energy Home

Energy efficiency in our homes is all about reducing the need for energy and then optimizing the technology choices but also balancing this with our lifestyle requirements. In this seminar the ‘fabric first’ approach to low energy home design and renovation is 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.

14:30 - 15:15
What Will Your Project Cost?

Anyone taking on a self-build project will be wondering how much it will cost and how they’re going to finish the build within their budget. This seminar will explain the costs involved and what factors must be managed to make sure you don’t bust your budget.

16:00 - 16:45
Kitchen & Bathroom Design Masterclass

Our existing kitchens and bathrooms often don’t meet the needs of a modern family. If you aspire to create an open-plan, multi-functional kitchen space or luxury family bathroom or en suite, the project requires forethought, design skill and good planning.



DAY 2

10:00 - 10:45
Beginner's Guide to Extending Your Own Home

Old homes don’t necessarily meet our modern needs, and a successful extension project can transform both our homes and our lifestyles. But hiring builders, sorting out the design, buying materials and understanding how much it will all cost is difficult to find independent, expert information on.

11:30 - 12:15
Design: How to Make Your New Home 'Wow'

Great design is the key to creating a home with real wow factor. Architect Allan Corfield talks you through the design process and key principles that will help create a home you'll be proud of for years to come.

13:00 - 13:45
Permitted Development for Extensions and Outbuildings

Understand how to extend your home without requiring planning permission and help maximise your floorspace, including loft conversions and what you are allowed under permitted development. Outbuildings and the opportunities these can present and how they can be used.

14:30 - 15:15
Working with Builders & Project Management Routes

Choosing a route to build, that suits both you and your budget is an essential ingredient of any successful building project. This seminar explains the options available and provides the inside track on how to save £1000’s by get the best from your builder or project manager.

16:00 - 16:45
10 Ways to Successfully Self Build

If you're planning a self-build project, then you need to watch this. Experienced self builder Michael Holmes shares the 10 key steps to making sure your self build is a success



DAY 1

10:00 - 10:15
Glazing in the new-build, self-build and refurbishment sector, and architectural glazing

10:15 - 10:30
How to install large format porcelain tiles successfully

10:30 - 10:45
Benefits of building with timber frame

10:45 - 11:00
Introducing the pipeless radiator

11:00 - 11:15
Designing your kitchen

11:15 - 11:30
Flat roof technology for your project

11:30 - 11:45
Renewable Energy Beginner’s Guide: Harvest the power of nature to create the perfect indoor climate

11:45 - 12:00
A guide to wiring for smart home systems

12:00 - 12:15
Protecting your project from start to finish. Essential information about Site Insurance, Structural Warranties and Risk Management

12:15 - 12:30
An introduction to building with Durisol woodcrete

12:30 - 12:45
Internorm – glazing for the Future

12:45 - 13:00
Design tips to create your dream kitchen

13:00 - 13:15
The benefits of heat recovery

13:15 - 13:30
Underfloor heating – the truth behind the myths

13:30 - 13:45
Reducing energy consumption & heating costs with Heat Recovery Ventilation

13:45 - 14:00
The ugly energy eater that's hidden in your house, and how kill it

14:00 - 14:15
Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems

14:15 - 14:30
Secure home automation – how to keep your home secure

14:30 - 14:45
Your guide to garden rooms

14:45 - 15:00
What makes a high-performance window?

15:00 - 15:15
Do you need a formal heating system, or are you insulating and sealing-up your home so well, a heat pump ventilation system could do it all?

15:15 - 15:30
Standing seam metal roofing, explained

15:45 - 16:00
Creating a successful kitchen project given the constraints of COVID-19

16:00 - 16:15
Insulated concrete formwork Isotex Woodcrete building blocks – lego for adults

16:15 - 16:30
Introducing Quadus Living – beautiful kitchens designed exclusively for you

16:30 - 16:45
7 lighting secrets to a beautiful home

16:45 - 17:00
Introducing Pure - the silent floor



DAY 2

10:00 - 10:15
Secrets to a great bedroom design

10:15 - 10:30
The smart home done right: Infrastructure for the modern home

10:30 - 10:45
Protecting your project: Insurance and warranties

10:45 - 11:00
Be inspired to go green and save with the Green Homes Network

11:00 - 11:15
How much does an oak frame house cost?

11:15 - 11:30
Domestic ventilation and Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) – what to watch out for

11:30 - 11:45
Coming soon

11:45 - 12:00
Choosing the right glazing for your home

12:00 - 12:15
How to create a multifunctional kitchen

12:15 - 12:30
NUDURA Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) – the future of building

12:30 - 12:45
The benefits of render for your home's exterior

12:45 - 13:00
How to choose the right building contractor for your homebuilding and renovating project

13:00 - 13:15
3 Vital Ingredients for your dream kitchen – great design, great products and great project management

13:15 - 13:30
Sash Windows, understanding good fenestration

13:30 - 13:45
Feel happy in your home: The three most important things to think about when designing a room

13:45 - 14:00
Roofs, terraces and facades: Introducing Cedral

14:00 - 14:15
Case study: High-security aluminium doors and windows

14:15 - 14:30
Using rainwater in the home for toilets, washing machines and outside use

14:30 - 14:45
The Future of Heating - Ground Source Heat Pumps

14:45 - 15:00
It’s all in the design – how a heat pump can work for you

15:00 - 15:15
SIPs vs traditional build for home or extension projects

15:15 - 15:30
Designing an oak framed house

15:30 - 15:45
Why 3 is the magic number for working safely at height, inside and out

15:45 - 16:00
Introducing smart living for your home, from audio and lighting to security

16:00 - 16:15
The future of doors

16:15 - 16:30
Coming soon

16:30 - 16:45
The Benefits of constructing with Nudura ICF

16:45 - 17:00
Coming soon



DAY 1 DAY 2

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DAY 1

10:30 - 11:15
Choosing Doors & Windows

Discover everything you need to know before choosing windows and doors for your renovation or self build, from the latest glazing technology to costs and finding the right supplier for your project.

12:00 - 12:45
Render & Cladding Systems For Your Project

Getting your home's exterior right is key to creating a great first impression. Watch this talk for a guide to the different renders and claddings on the market, plus advice on installation and energy efficiency.

13:30 - 14:15
Getting Your Interior Design Right

It's easy to leave interior design decisions to the last minute but planning the finishing touches is key. Tune in to this talk for your guide to allocating your budget, getting the layout of your home right and choosing an interior style.

15:00 - 15:45
Timber-frame Building Systems

If you're planning a self-build project, then you need to watch this. Experienced self builder Michael Holmes shares the 10 key steps to making sure your self build is a success

16:30 - 17:00
How to Build a Good Relationship with your Builder

Having the right tradespeople on board can make or break your project. In this seminar, experts from the Federation of Master Builders talk about how to build a good relationship with your builder to ensure your project is a success.



DAY 2

10:30 - 11:15
Choosing Doors & Windows

Discover everything you need to know before choosing windows and doors for your renovation or self build, from the latest glazing technology to costs and finding the right supplier for your project.

12:00 - 12:45
Protecting Your Project With Insurance

Don't start planning a major self-build or renovation project until you've loooked into how to protect yourself from financial risk. In this seminar, we'll look at the importance of project insurance and how to make sure it covers everything you need.

13:30 - 14:15
Making the most of your outside space with a Garden Room

It's easy to forget your outside space when you're preoccupied with a major build or extension project, but factoring in any changes you want to make to your garden from an early stage will save you time and money. Here's our guide to garden rooms and planning your landscaping.

15:00 - 15:45
Renewable Energy Systems

Reducing energy use in our homes is not only better for the environment, it's also better for our bank balances in the long run. Tune in to discover the more efficient energy sources for your self build or renovation project.

16:30 - 17:00
The Importance Of Fixtures & Fittings

Finishing touches like light fittings and sockets can make or break your project. In this seminar, the founder of Dowsing & Reynolds talks to interiors expert Laura Crombie about when to start planning the details and how to get your lighting scheme right.



DAY 1

11:15 - 11:45
How to start your plot search

This session explains the importance of planning authority self build registers in England and why finding a plot is the hardest part of the self build journey for most people. We’ll explain why understanding local planning policy is so important and help you understand who you’re competing against.

12:45 - 13:15
Land - what to look for

Much of the land in the UK isn’t available for building on. This course outlines what types of land you are and aren’t looking for. We’ll cover basics such as replacement dwellings and so called ‘garden grabs’ and explain why you should be so much more interested in brownfield land than idyllic looking fields and paddocks.

14:15 - 14:45
The best ways to find a plot

Plot hunting involves much more than trawling websites and search engines. We’ll explain some of the tools used by professional plot hunters and broaden your search skills to increase your chances of finding a suitable plot.

15:15 - 15:45
Plot finding case studies

Learning from how others have succeeded is a great way to hone plot hunting techniques. We’ll demonstrate with two case studies how a professional plot hunter finds plots others simply couldn’t see.



DAY 2



11:15 - 11:45
Renovate & replace

A significant proportion of all self builds are knock down and replacement properties. We’ll explain how to identify suitable opportunities and make sure the numbers stack up to justify replacing an existing house.

12:45 - 13:15
The plot buying process

Buying a plot is not the same as buying a house. The process should minimise risk and protect any investment you make - we’ll explain how

14:15 - 14:45
Appraising a building plot

Most people fear buying a plot with pitfalls that will either cost lots or prevent planning consent being granted. We’ll explain the appraisal process and look at the common problems that need to be accounted for or avoided.

15:15 - 15:45
Paying the right price for your plot

Valuing a plot correctly is key to making sure your project doesn’t come off the rails before its even started. We’ll explain the valuation process and how to maximise the profitability of your project.

15:15 - 15:45
Paying the right price for your plot