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News

Call for thousands of new self build homes across London

Recommendation for urban pilot project of 100 sites for self builders to construct new homes on

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Bidding opens for £200million to deliver custom build homes on brownfield sites

Councils encouraged to partner with developers and apply for funding to build thousands of new homes

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Another stream of self and custom build schemes set to be realised

More self and custom build homes possible as new projects move forward and council surveys gauge interest

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Applications open to new national fund for urban Community Land Trusts

Twenty 'demonstration' grants of up £10,000 available to emerging Trusts in urban areas

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New custom build fund opens to applications

£150 million investment fund for 10,000 serviced plots will support 'shovel ready' custom build sites

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Case Studies

Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Forevergreen House

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Liverpool Habitat for Humanity

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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

12-14 Sep The Western Home Show [Malvern]
26-28 Sep The London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show [London]
4-6 Oct Grand Designs Live [Birmingham]
24-26 Oct The Big Green Home Show [Swindon]
25-26 Oct The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show [Edinburgh]
7-9 Nov The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show [Harrogate]
22-23 Nov The South-West Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement 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

15 Aug An Introduction To Self Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

Considering Self Build or searching for a plot? - This seminar is the perfect starting point.

16 Aug Eco Workshop [Swindon] Talk to experts about eco technologies, sustainability, low-carbon building and refurbishment
21 Aug Insulated Concrete Formwork installer course [Basildon]

One-day course on insulated concrete formwork installation.

29 Aug How To Successfully Complete The Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

Advice and tips about how to achieve a complete and defect free build.

2 Sep 'Your Smart Home Solutions Explained' [Bath]

A talk with Colin May.

5 Sep An Introduction To Self Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

Considering Self Build or searching for a plot? - This seminar is the perfect starting point.

6 Sep Green Build Day [St. Neots] Your guide to building an energy efficient and sustainable home.
6-9 Sep Eco COB Building Workshop [Strathpeffer, Scotland]

Learn all the skills you need for building your own COB construction.

13-15 Sep Self Build & Renovation Course [Swindon]

Three-day introductory course/workshop to self build.

19-20 Sep Planning your community-led self build project [Bristol]

Workshop aimed at people who are keen to set up or join a group self build project and want to have a good grasp of the processes that will be involved.

20 Sep Ask An Architect [Swindon]

Discuss ideas for designing and building your self home.

26 Sep Making The Most Of Your Plot [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

This seminar is ideal if you have identified a building plot.

6 Oct 'Energy efficiency in self building' [Bath]

A talk with David Hilton.

10 Oct An Introduction To Self Build [Swindon]

Considering Self Build or searching for a plot? - This seminar is the perfect starting point.

11 Oct An Introduction To Self Build [St. Neots]

This event brings together like-minded people and provides support and guidance for your self build project.

17 Oct How To Start Your Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

This seminar provides expert guidance on how to get your build off to a positive start.

18 Oct Ask An Architect [Swindon]

Discuss ideas for designing and building your self home.

4 Nov 'Funding your self build' [Bath]

A talk with Jon Lee.

8-10 Nov Self Build & Renovation Course [Swindon]

Three-day introductory course/workshop to self build.

14 Nov Creating the Look [St. Neots] Featuring tips from experienced interior designers, paint suppliers, kitchen designers and many more.
14-15 Nov Planning your community-led self build project [Bristol]

Workshop aimed at people who are keen to set up or join a group self build project and want to have a good grasp of the processes that will be involved.

15 November Ask An Architect [Swindon]

Discuss ideas for designing and building your self home.

21 November How To Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

This workshop provides practical guidance about how to plan, manage and control the build process.

28 November An Introduction To Self Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

Considering Self Build or searching for a plot? - This seminar is the perfect starting point.

29 November Eco Workshop [Swindon]

Talk to experts about eco technologies, sustainability, low-carbon building and refurbishment.

13 December How To Successfully Complete The Build [Bedfordshire or Swindon]

Advice and tips about how to achieve a complete and defect free build.