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News

New self/custom build opportunities arise in London and Leeds

Five custom build homes planned for Peckham and two self build sites appear in Farnley

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Self build schemes progress in Oldham and Bedfordshire as new register launches

Two projects see over 40 self build homes in pipeline as another local authority begins to list prospective self/custom builders

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New scheme launched to help more people build their own homes

Blueprint de-risks mortgage applications for self/custom build properties by allowing vanguard councils to 'oversee' projects

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Custom build plans approved for regeneration of North Shields dockyard

Work expected to start this year on first phase of 34 two and three storey contemporary family homes

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Partnership ready to offer custom build homes at Trevenson Park South

Self build specialist teams up with Cornwall-based contractor/developer to provide homes for pioneering South West custom build scheme

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Case Studies

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

Do you have any courses, talks or other events planned that may be of interest? Please send us the full details (date, title of event, location and contact details).

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.

2015

30 Jan-1 Feb The Southern Home Show [London]
30 Jan-1 Feb The National Self Build and Renovation Show [Swindon]
7-8 Feb Build It Live! North West [Manchester]
28 Feb-1 Mar Build It Live! South East [Bluewater]
3-5 Mar Ecobuild 2015 [ExCeL]
26-29 Mar The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show [Birmingham]
2-10 May Grand Designs Live [London]
16-17 May The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show [Glasgow]
27-18 May The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show [Esher]
3-5 Jul The Northern Home Show [Manchester]
11-13 Sep The Western Home Show [Malvern]
12-13 Sep SelfBuild & Design Show [Exeter]
25-27 Sep The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show [ExCeL]
23-25 Oct The Big Green Home Show [Swindon]
8-11 Oct Grand Designs Live [Birmingham]
24-25 Oct The Edinburgh Homebuilding & Renovating Show [Edinburgh]
6-8 Nov The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show [Harrogate]
10-11 Nov Greenbuild EXPO [Manchester]
21-22 Nov The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show [Bath & West Showground]


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. 

Ongoing

>>> Self Build Project Management

2015

24 Jan Ask An Architect [Swindon]
3 Feb Building, extending & renovating houses [Bath]
5 Feb Passivhaus Delivery, ensuring quality and managing risk [Edinburgh]
21 Feb Eco Design, Planning & Sustainability [Swindon]
28 Feb Ask An Architect [Swindon]
3 Mar House construction update [Bath]
28 Mar Ask An Architect [Swindon]
7 Apr Self Build Housing Groups [Bath]
10-12 Apr Building with strawbales [Brighton]
17-19 Apr Self-building an Earthship [Brighton]
25 Apr Ask An Architect [Swindon]
5 May Avoiding cowboys and working successfully with tradesmen [Bath]
23 May Building Systems & Project Management [Swindon]
30 May Ask An Architect [Swindon]
2 Jun An evening with Paul Richards (architect) [Bath]
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]
25 Jul Ask An Architect [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]
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]