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September Trade Village Newsletter

Our Trade Village is home to over 200 permanent exhibitors, chosen for their respected and relevant offering and their knowledge and understanding of the self build and renovation community. 

Read on for this month's news and highlights from the Trade Village or click here for the full list of NSBRC exhibitors

Bradfords: Meeting building materials needs of now and the future

Bradfords have been providing building materials to the South West for 253 years. We’ve evolved every step of the way. Where lime and stone were staples of our trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, we’re now focussed on modern high performance construction methods, materials and solutions to meet today’s needs.

At Bradfords we can provide you with the best advice to make informed decisions about what you use for your project and help to make your project run as smoothly as possible.

With everything you need under one roof whether you’re renovating, retrofitting, or building new, talk to us to find out more about how we can provide our materials supplies expertise to help your project.

Click here to read the 'NSBRC Guide to Buying at a Builders Merchants - An Interview with Bradfords'

Find Bradfords next to the 'Roof Zone' in the Centre


Millworks: New timber cladding products launched as Millworks Ltd re-opens exhibition space.

UK manufacturers of high-performing, specialist timber, Millworks Ltd produce quality products supported by honest and professional expertise.

Their new space showcases a wide range of options carefully selected to provide an attractive, durable, and sustainable finish to your building project.

- External and internal timber cladding
- Decking
- Fencing

High quality standards and innovative engineering techniques drive how we develop products for modern living and sustainable architecture.” 

Millworks will also be launching their brand new display at the October Show!
Find Millworks at Stand 205 in the Trade Village


Gartec: Sleek & Accessible Energy Efficient Home Lifts

Lifts are a luxury to some but a vital resource to others, and as a major necessity that improves a home overall accessibility. It is therefore understandable that most lifts are a non-negotiable option and needs to be built consciously.

Lifts are highly powered machines, designed to carry heavy loads, this inevitably means high energy consumption. If you are particularly conscious of your energy consumption, our energy-efficient lifts are designed to provide you with a home solution that offers peak performance at cost-effective prices, with the low energy usage that you are looking for.

Find Gartec at Stands 135 & 140 in the Trade Village 

Gartec will also be presenting a seminar at the Show covering ‘futureproofing with a platform home lift’ on Saturday 14th in the Sustainability Theatre (11:00 – 11:25)


Upgrade Your Space: Beat the Heat with Sunshield Adjustable External Louvres!

Many people consider their window shading options after their new home build or renovation is complete.

Opting for conventional internal blinds often becomes a final recourse, which might not effectively address heat and sun glare concerns, potentially resulting in unfavorable outcomes. On the contrary, opting for a solution like adjustable external louvres can effectively resolve these issues, offering advantages such as cost savings, alongside potential enhancements in long-term energy efficiency. Additionally, motorized external louvres prove to be an excellent option, especially for windows with apex-shaped designs.

Click here to see some of our projects

Find out more about the benefits of external louvres | 01746 250042

Find Sunshield at Stand 83 in the Trade Village


Studio 11 Architecture: Self-Build Surgery held at NSBRC - 4th November 2023

Studio 11 Architecture are a chartered multi-award-winning Architectural Practice with a passion for sustainability and a reputation for gaining planning permission on challenging sites. Delivering sustainable design without compromise.

Come speak with our team of experts on a range of topics including:

• Self-build• Planning• Design• Engineering and structural building systems• Sustainability and energy efficiency• Zero Carbon Homes

At this event you will have the opportunity to talk one on one with experts, meaning spaces are limited. We ask you have an identifiable plot or project you wish to discuss.

Find Studio 11 Architecture at Stand 172 in the Trade Village


Quantiv: Getting Build Costs Right!

Whether you’re self-building or renovating, it’s critical to get accurate cost advice as early as possible. If you want to reduce financial stress and gain peace of mind that your budget will be enough to achieve your plans, please contact Quantiv for a free 30 minute consultation on 07811 475193 or

Tim is a Quantity Surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in delivering professional cost and budget management advice.

Early Cost Advice:

  • from £245 at early concept stage
  • from £395 at Planning/Building Regs stage

Bill of Quantities/Schedule of Works from £745 at ‘design freeze’ stage

Find Quantiv in the Professional Services Hub 

Meet Tim in our 'Ask the Expert' area on Friday 13th 


Frame Technologies: Striking low-energy timber home

The Cedar House is a stunning 2-bed, two storey house, using award-winning Frame Technologies’ unique TechVantage™ T timber frame system, meeting Passive House standards.

The team delivered on the brief, which was to create a dramatic home on a tight budget with very limited embodied carbon and low-energy use.

The Cedar House is a striking addition to the Suffolk landscape, built using 14,000 cedar shingles which wrap the roof and walls, each placed by hand using 28,000 nails. The home used 300mm of mineral wool insulation in the timber panels to limit heat loss.

Find Frame Technologies at Stand 103 & the Professional Services Hub

Frame Technologies will also be presenting a seminar at the Show covering ‘why timber frame delivers best overall value for your self-build’ on Saturday 14th in the Sustainability Theatre (12:30 – 12:55)



CLPM Construction Consultancy’s Heating and Energy Efficiency team aim to help you organise your heating and energy systems in a smarter and more sustainable way.

  • Considering a self-build, extension, or renovation project? Have you planned your heating arrangements and decided what heat generation source to use?
  • Is your energy consumption too high? How can you reduce your energy use, your carbon footprint, and your bills?
  • Do you want to go green, but need to know what systems would be suitable!

We offer bespoke home surveys to assess the fabric of your property and advise on suitable improvements for your aims and budget. | 01923 896550.

Find CLPM in the Professional Services Hub or speak to them in our 'Ask the Expert' area on both days of the Show!


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On Thursday 5th October, Team NSBRC attended The National Sustainability Awards, in its second year, held at the Waldorf Hotel in London. We feel honoured to have attended this prestigious awards ceremony, especially as a small, employee-owned company up against household names such as NatWest, Lombard and OVO Energy. The panel of judges looked at submissions from organisations demonstrating impact and innovation across all sectors, and how they can help create a greener future for the generations to come.

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Planning • Policy • Data • Delivery

On Tuesday 14th November, the NSBRC hosted NaCSBA’s annual Custom & Self Build Conference from 9:30am – 4:30pm, following on from the success of the previous year. We were delighted to once again support this event which offered an essential day of information for organisations working - or looking to move into - the delivery and development of custom and self build homes.

The National Self Build & Renovation Show - Friday 26th - Sunday 28th January

The dream. Your design. Your build. Your home. Make your dream home a reality at The National Self Build & Renovation Show! Join us for three days of an unrivalled line up of exhibitors and experts on hand to share their advice, this is an unmissable event for anyone thinking of self building or renovating their home.

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