Get Expert Advice for a Sustainable & Low-Energy Home at Build It Live

Planning your sustainable self build or low-energy home building project and looking for expert advice, suppliers and products? Make sure you visit Build It Live on the 24 & 25 February 2024
Articles by Build It magazine
by Build It magazine
27th May 2023

Whether you’re self building, renovating or extending, if you want to create a truly eco-friendly home, every aspect of the project must be considered in detail – from the structural fabric to energy systems and internal fit-out.

At Build It Live on the 24th and 25th February 2024, you can gain a wealth of ideas and advice from knowledgeable suppliers, talk to our sustainability experts one-on-one about your self build plans, engage in workshops, seminars and see genuinely environmentally-friendly products in the flesh. 

From high-quality insulation to low-carbon materials, triple glazing and more, a trip to Build It Live will help you specify every aspect of your eco project. Here’s a taster of the fantastic opportunities you’ll find at this Build It Live show.

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Who Can I Speak to for Expert Advice?

When visiting Build It Live South East, be sure to book an appointment at our Ask the Experts lounge on the day, to speak with Build It’s panel of professional planners, architects, project managers and sustainability experts. They’ll be on hand across both days to offer you free impartial advice on any part of your self build, renovation or home extension project, so don’t miss out! Book an appointment on the day to guarantee your spot.

Nigel Griffiths, Build It’s sustainability expert, will be on hand to discuss your eco self build plans. Nigel is director of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance and a consultant for energy efficiency policy and evaluation. He specialises in sustainable construction, renewable energy and building performance.

See Nigel’s collection of expert articles here

At Build It Live our experts will be on hand across both days to answer your questions and offer you free advice on any part of your self build, renovation or home extension project

Which Workshops and Seminars Should I Attend?

Build It Live South East offers a range of free workshops and seminars, each presented by leading suppliers, specialists and experts from the self build sector. Each session focuses on specific problems and choices that self builders, renovators and home extenders face every day, so don’t miss out on this chance to gain exclusive guidance that will help you make a success of your self build project.


Over the two days, you’ll be able to find talks on Heat Pump Design, Solar PV & Battery Storage, Triple Glazing, Passivhaus Design, Heat Pump Ventilation, Natural & Sustainable Insulation Options… and plenty more! Stay tuned and pick up a show guide on the day for allocated times, no need to sign up!


If you’re weighing up the pros and cons of the different home energy solutions, be sure to come along to our exclusive Eco Heating Debate, where a panel of experts (including Build It expert Nigel Griffiths, Total Home Environment and more!) will put the different home heating options to the test by arguing their pros and cons.


Which Stands Should I Visit at Build It Live?

Heating Advice Clinic

Looking for guidance on heating solutions? David Hilton will be on hand at our Heating Advice Clinic across both days of Build It Live to help with any heating queries you have to ensure you make the best decision for your sustainable self build project. Do gas boilers still make sense? Are heat pumps low-carbon? Can woodburning stoves be eco friendly? Get the answers to all these questions and plenty more.

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years’ experience. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems.

David Hilton will be on hand at our Heating Advice Clinic across both days of Build It Live to answer your questions and help with any heating queries you have

The Sustainable Building Products Pavilion

Planning and building a truly sustainable, healthy home, requires you to consider every aspect of your project in great detail – including the design strategies, products and finishes that go into both the structural fabric and the internal fit-out.

At the The Sustainable Building Products Pavilion in association with The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP), you’ll be able to speak to some of the UK’s best eco building suppliers, test out new products and talk to sustainability experts about your project.


Which Sustainable Companies Will I Find?

At Build It Live, you’ll be able to find plenty of companies to speak to about your eco project with. Most will be located in the Sustainable Building Products Pavilion but visit the full list of exhibitors to plan your day. Here are just a few:

Modern Cork Render System

Build It Award-winner CorkSol will be on hand to talk you through the latest version of its SprayCork render (previously known as ThermoCork).

Ideal for self build and renovation projects, and available for both internal and external applications, it offers improved thermal performance and an expanded colour range.

Wood Fibre Solutions

Mike Wye will be bringing the Steico range of wood fibre insulations to the show. This natural, low-impact and vapour-permeable solution is a superb choice for delivering thermal and acoustic performance in walls and roofs.

At Build It Live you’ll find hundreds of products and suppliers for your sustainable self build project

Lime Time

Unity Lime will be showcasing a range of lime mortars, plasters (top image) and renders at Build It Live – perfect for renovations and sustainable new homes alike. The company also offers a variety of woodfibre and cork-based insulations, as well as fully-detailed structural systems capable of reaching Passivhaus standards.

Unity will also have wood wool boards on hand – a fantastic solution used by Build It expert Alan Tierney for his own renovation project!

Adaptavate specialises in breathable low-carbon, natural and non-toxic plasterboard and lime plasters.

… and plenty more!

See the full list of exhibitors

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