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News

15,000 custom/self build homes a year "not implausible", says new report

Proposals suggest new targets for custom/self build housing to tackle housing crisis

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South London group steps up self build campaign as more projects are established

Lewisham-based organisation plans discussion day on 34-home self build project; one of many new schemes taking shape

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Collaborative project wins top prize in the Self Build on a Shoestring 2014 competition

Team of architect, community self build group and housing association wins £5,000 prize

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Six innovative ideas shortlisted for the Self Build on a Shoestring 2014 competition

Overall winner revealed and presented with £5,000 prize at Grand Designs Live on Thursday

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Case Studies

Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Harvest House

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Forevergreen House

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Housing People Building Communities

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Sülzer Freunde, Cologne

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Berlin - 'Building Groups'

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Manor Farm, Kirton

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Straw-baling, Perthshire

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Low-cost Irish House

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Community Eco-homes, Devon

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Lancaster Co-Housing

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Cropthorne

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Findhorn

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St Just In Roseland

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Hempsted Green

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Vauban, Germany

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Warborough

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Almere, Holland

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Ashley Vale

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West Quantoxhead

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Castle Ring Wood

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The Camberwell Curve

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Trefeglwys

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Wellstride

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Hockerton

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Wokingham

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Events

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Exhibitions

Some exhibitions are free while some charge. Please check each event’s website for further details. You may find that if you register in advance, discounts may be available.

2014

24-26 Oct The Big Green Home Show 2014 [Swindon]
25-26 Oct The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show [Edinburgh]
7-9 Nov The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show [Harrogate]
22-23 Nov The South-West Homebuilding & Renovating Show [Bath & West Showground, Somerset]

2015

30 Jan-1 Feb The Southern Home Show [London]
7-8 Feb Build It Live! North West [Manchester]
28 Feb-1 Mar Build It Live! South East [Bluewater]


Courses/Workshops/Talks

Some of the events listed here are free, but some do involve charges. Please check carefully in advance by contacting the relevant organisers. 

2014

23 Oct The Funding Landscape 2014 [York]
4 Nov 'Funding your self build' [Bath]
6 Nov Good Homes Alliance Annual Conference [London]
8-10 Nov Self Build & Renovation Course [Swindon]
14 Nov Creating the Look [St. Neots]
14-15 Nov Planning your community-led self build project [Bristol]
15 November Ask An Architect [Swindon]
21 November How To Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]
22 November Explore self build options in South Yorkshire [Sheffield]
28 November An Introduction To Self Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]
29 November Eco Workshop [Swindon]
13 December How To Successfully Complete The Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

2015

10-12 Apr Building with strawbales [Brighton]
17-19 Apr Self-building an Earthship [Brighton]
12-14 Jun Self-building an Earthship [Brighton]
20 Jun Introduction to photovoltaics [Brighton]
3-5 Jul Self-building an Earthship [Brighton]
17-19 Jul Building with strawbales [Brighton]
24-26 Jul Building with strawbales [Brighton]
10-11 Oct Building with rammed earth and chalk [Brighton]
16-18 Oct Self-building an Earthship [Brighton]