Upcoming Events: Self Build, Extension & Home Renovation Events & Courses

Articles by Build It magazine
by Build It magazine
20th March 2024

Keen to research your next self build, home extension or renovation project? Need specific advice or want to learn some hands-on skills?

There’s a wealth of events out there to help you make a success of your scheme – including our advice and inspiration-packed Build It Live shows.

Here’s our pick of key events on now for self builders and renovators:

Guide to Self Build Projects

When: 20th-22nd July 2024
Price: £395
Where: NSBRC, Swindon

A 3-day course for those people contemplating a self build project. Covering 11 topics in total, including budgeting, design, planning consent and project management, this ultimate guide will provide attendees with a level of knowledge to ensure their project will go smoothly.

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Heat and Energy Workshop

When: 10th August 2024
Price: FREE
Where: NSBRC, Swindon

One of four annual eco workshops, the heat and energy theme cover everything from heat pumps and solar panels to ventilation and building fabric; what’s new, what works and what are the practical issues you need to consider.

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Build It Live South West

When: 7th and 8th September 2024
Price: £12
Where: Westpoint Arena, Exeter

Meet 100s of key suppliers, source the right materials for your project, attend free seminars, workshops and demonstrations, book one-to-one sessions with industry experts and buy yourself a plot of land, all under one roof at Build It Live!

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Is a heat pump right for you?

When: 17th September 2024
Price: £40
Where: Virtual, via Zoom

Renewables and ventilation installer David Hilton takes a look at what to consider when choosing a heat pump for your new build or existing house – from costs and performance through to in-depth advice on how to get your home heat pump-ready.

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Planning approved: move your project forward

When: 19th September 2024
Price: £40
Where: Virtual, via Zoom

Once you’ve got planning permission for your dream home, what’s next? Mark Stevenson, chair of the National Custom & Self Build Association, will lead you through the key steps, including developing the design into a buildable reality, finalising surveys, preparing your plot, managing budgets and quotes, and how to assemble the right building team.

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Winning planning permission: how to maximise your chance of success

When: 26th September 2024
Price: £40
Where: Virtual, via Zoom

Ready to submit your planning application? Delivered by Build It expert and specialist planning consultant Julia Riddle, this course will arm you with the knowledge and strategies you need to win the permission you want.

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Heating options: living off the mains gas grid

When: 10th October 2024
Price: £40
Where: Virtual, via Zoom

In this interactive course, heating and ventilation expert David Hilton shares his advice on achieving low-cost, low-energy off-grid heating. From heat pumps through to biomass boilers, solar hot water panels and more, find out which technologies would best suit your project, and how they compare to traditional solutions such as oil and LPG.

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The National Self Build & Renovation Show

When: 11th and 12th October 2024
Price: Free when booked in advance, or £12 on the door
Where: The National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC), Swindon

With a fantastic line up of exhibitors and experts on hand to share their advice, this is an unmissable event for anyone thinking of self building or renovating their home.

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Starting your self build journey

When: 12th November 2024
Price: £40
Where: Virtual, via Zoom

If you are considering self build for the first time, or are still searching for a plot, this workshop will arm you with the knowledge you need to take your project forward, from the pros and cons of self build through to design, making key decisions and more.

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Project management routes and steps to success

When: 26th November 2024
Price: £40
Where: Virtual, via Zoom

Delivered by Build It’s MD Calum Taylor, this course covers everything from deciding how involved you want to be through to effective scheduling, budgeting and cashflow, assessing quotes and contractors, managing build quality, avoiding common project management mistakes and more.

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What you can achieve without planning permission

When: 5th December 2024
Price: £40
Where: Virtual, via Zoom

Delivered by self build consultant Julia Riddle, this course dives into the rules and restrictions around no-planning projects – from extensions and loft conversions through to energy-saving upgrades, replacement doors and windows, outbuildings, internal works and more.

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Build It Live South East

When: 22nd and 23rd February 2025
Price: £12
Where: Kent Event Centre, Maidstone

Meet 100s of key suppliers, source the right materials for your project, attend free seminars, workshops and demonstrations, book one-to-one sessions with industry experts and buy yourself a plot of land, all under one roof at Build It Live!

BOOK NOW

Do you have an event you think we might be interested in sharing with our readers? Email us the details!

2 Comments

  1. Gemma Sayers says:

    Hallo, i’ve just joined, and i wonder how you can submit relevant events for inclusion in this list please? Thankyou
    Gemma

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Gemma. Thanks for your question – I’ve now added our email address to this page so you can get in touch with the team if you have an event you think may be relevant to our readers.

    Chris (editor, Build It magazine)

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