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Self Build Course

We’re delighted to offer a 3 day course for those
people contemplating a self build project.

Covering 11 topics in total the informal workshops
make use of the superb practical exhibits available
in the Centre to provide attendees with a level of
knowledge which guarantees their projects will go
more smoothly.


Budgeting & Finance
This first session is dedicated to methods of raising finance and the importance of setting a budget and controlling costs throughout the project.

Finding & Evaluating Land
Finding a building plot is never easy, but there are ways and means to find that elusive dream plot.

Design & Specification
This session will look at how to get the best design for your dream home.

Building Systems & Construction Methods
We’ll take you on a comprehensive tour of the build process, covering everything from clearing and setting up your site, laying the foundations and options for building the superstructure and roof.

Planning Permission & Permitted Development
Our Planning expert will explain the intricacies of the planning process and how you can optimise your chances of getting approval for your dream home.

Building Regulations
We’ll explain about building control procedures and the importance of building regulations.

Trades, Contracts & Tendering
We’ll discuss the best way to find tradesmen, the trades you’ll be hiring, when you’ll need them and what they do.

Project Management & Site Set Up
Starting with the basic principles of managing the people involved in your build, through to budgets, basic contracting techniques, buying materials and site management.

Eco Legislation
Our eco expert shows you how to lessen the impact your project could have on the environment; he looks at the incentives available and drivers for using various eco technologies, comparative fuel costs and helps you understand how to calculate the payback terms. He’ll also consider the latest legislative requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes, Passive House, SAP ratings, FITs & RHI, the Green Deal and other potential incentives.

Eco Design, Planning & Management
We’ll will look at the different elements of the building to make sure they are designed, specified and installed to maximise their potential.

Internal Services:
An Eco Slant Our eco expert will discuss the usage of low-tech eco options in your new home.

For further information call 0345 2234455 or click here to register your interest
   NSBRC - Lydiard Fields,
Great Western
Way, Swindon SN5 8UB

  Telephone : 0345 223 4455