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News

UK-Swedish collaboration to spearhead Cambridge K1 scheme

Construction on innovative 38-home custom build cohousing project set to start by the end of the year

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Government document sums up state of the self/custom build sector

Briefing paper summarises initiatives launched to date aimed at helping people build homes for themselves

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Sheffield City Council unveils numerous self/custom build plots

Right to Build vanguard council brings nine sites to market allowing up to 80 homes

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Custom build homes designated for East Midlands development

Outline planning permission secured for 60-home scheme in South Derbyshire

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Right to Build extended in Cambridgeshire

Councillors choose to continue Government scheme matching self builders with shovel-ready sites

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Case Studies

Merlin Haven

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Timber Frame Home, Ventnor

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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 Cohousing

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Cropthorne

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Findhorn

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Almere, Holland

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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

 icon-events homeshowwest

11-13 September

The Western Home Show >>  

Malvern, Worcestershire

 icon-events sbd

12-13 September

SelfBuild & Design Show >>  

Exeter, Devon

 icon-events hbr

25-27 September

The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

ExCeL, London

 icon-events gdl

8-11 October

Grand Designs Live >>  

NEC, Birmingham

 icon-events biggreen

23-25 October

The Big Green Home Show >>  

Swindon, Wiltshire

 icon-events timberexpo

6 October

Timber Expo: 'Custom Build: The Perfect Opportunity for Timber?'>>  

NEC, Birmingham

 icon-events hbr

8-11 October

The Edinburgh Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

RHC, Edinburgh

 icon-events hbr

6-8 November

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

Harrogate, Yorkshire

 icon-events greenbuild

10-11 November

Greenbuild EXPO >>  

Manchester Central, Manchester

 icon-events hbr

21-22 November

The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show >>  

Manchester Central, Manchester

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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

1 Aug Project Management course [Swindon]
3-7 Aug Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
14 Aug Self Build Live Event 3: Frame Erect [St Neots, Cambridgeshire]
17-21 Aug Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
21-24 Aug Complete Cob Building Workshop [Fleggburgh, Norfolk]
22 Aug Heat & Energy [Swindon]
22 Aug Networking for Self Builders [St Neots, Cambridgeshire]
28-31 Aug Complete Cob Building Workshop [Fleggburgh, Norfolk]
29 Aug Ask An Architect [Swindon]
1 Sep VAT and tax planning for self builders [Bath]
5-7 Sep Self Build Course [Swindon]
7-11 Sep Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
21-25 Sep Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
25-28 Sep Complete Cob Building Workshop [Fleggburgh, Norfolk]
26 Sep Ask An Architect [Swindon]
3 Oct Project Management course [Swindon]
5-9 Oct Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
6 Oct Designing your home [Bath]
10-11 Oct Building with rammed earth and chalk [Brighton]
16-18 Oct Self-building an Earthship [Brighton]
19-23 Oct Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
31 Oct Ask An Architect [Swindon]
2-6 Nov Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
3 Nov An evening with Jackson Moulding (Ecomotive) [Bath]
7-9 Nov Self Build Course [Swindon]
13-15 Nov North East Passivhaus Open Days [Whitfield, near Hexham, Northumberland]
16-20 Nov Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]
21 Nov Retrofit Eco Solutions [Swindon]
28 Nov Ask An Architect [Swindon]
5 Dec Project Management course [Swindon]
7-11 Dec Gain the skills to build your own Passivhaus [Hethel, Norfolk]