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News

Two Bristol schemes promise more self/custom build homes

'Self finish' homes emerge on former school site with serviced plots planned elsewhere

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Enough brownfield land to build around ¼ million homes by 2019, says RICS

Findings could signal new opportunities for even more people to build their own homes in England

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Veterans begin building their own homes in Plymouth

Work due to start on project which provides ex-service personnel with skills and training to build 12 homes for themselves

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Devon self builders construct homes for each other

Local families begin work on six straw bale eco-homes after a three-year wait

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'Good practice' document published to help local authorities support private homebuilders

National Custom and Self Build Association reveals early findings from programme of work to help more people build their own homes

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Case Studies

Aldcliffe Yard, Lancaster

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Walthamstow Social Rent Scheme

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Prefabricated Passivhaus bungalow

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Cookham Dean, Berkshire

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Harvest House

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Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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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.

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2015

 

2-10 May

National Custom & Self Build Week at Grand Designs Live >>  

ExCeL, London

 

16-17 May

The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

SECC, Glasgow

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11-12 June

The Eco Technology Show >>  

The Amex Stadium, Brighton

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18-19 June

London Build Expo 2015 >>  

The O2, London

 

27-28 June

The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey

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3-5 July

The Northern Home Show >>  

Manchester Central, Manchester

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11-13 September

The Western Home Show >>  

Malvern, Worcestershire

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12-13 September

SelfBuild & Design Show >>  

Exeter, Devon

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25-27 September

The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

ExCeL, London

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8-11 October

Grand Designs Live >>  

NEC, Birmingham

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23-25 October

The Big Green Home Show >>  

Swindon, Wiltshire

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8-11 October

The Edinburgh Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

RHC, Edinburgh

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6-8 November

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

Harrogate, Yorkshire

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10-11 November

Greenbuild EXPO >>  

Manchester Central, Manchester

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21-22 November

The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

Manchester Central, Manchester

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. 

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2015

Ongoing Self Build Project Management
17-19 Apr Self-building an Earthship [Brighton]
24 Apr How To Plan And Start Your Build [Bedfordshire]
25 Apr Ask An Architect [Swindon]
5 May Avoiding cowboys and working successfully with tradesmen [Bath]
9 May My Energy Efficient Home [St Neots, Cambridgeshire]
22 May How To Manage, Control & Complete Your Build [Bedfordshire]
23 May Building Systems & Project Management [Swindon]
30 May Ask An Architect [Swindon]
30 May Project Management course [Swindon]
2 Jun An evening with Paul Richards (architect) [Bath]
12-14 Jun Self-building an Earthship [Brighton]
20 Jun Introduction to photovoltaics [Brighton]
26 Jun Making The Most Of Your Plot [Bedfordshire]
3-5 Jul Self-building an Earthship [Brighton]
7 Jul How to build a house in 10 weeks [Brighton]
7 Jul Property problems and legal solutions [Bath]
17-19 Jul Building with strawbales [Brighton]
24-26 Jul Building with strawbales [Brighton]
25 Jul Ask An Architect [Swindon]
1 Aug Project Management course [Swindon]
10-11 Oct Building with rammed earth and chalk [Brighton]
22 Aug Heat & Energy [Swindon]
29 Aug Ask An Architect [Swindon]
1 Sep VAT and tax planning for self builders [Bath]
26 Sep Ask An Architect [Swindon]
3 Oct Project Management course [Swindon]
6 Oct Designing your home [Bath]
16-18 Oct Self-building an Earthship [Brighton]
31 Oct Ask An Architect [Swindon]
3 Nov An evening with Jackson Moulding (Ecomotive) [Bath]
21 Nov Retrofit Eco Solutions [Swindon]
28 Nov Ask An Architect [Swindon]