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April Trade Village Newsletter 2024

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...

Discover Potton’s Build Only Package

Send your architectural drawings to Potton and get a quote for your timber frame or SIPs self build. How does it work?

Upload your drawings via the Potton website and a self build expert will discuss your options, and get back to you with a FREE quote. They’ll help review your package and details of your quote, and if needed provide a quote comparison to make sure you're comparing similar products and essential items required for your build.

Once the order is placed they’ll produce the technical information required for the Building Regulations submission and when approved your home is manufactured, delivered to site, and assembled by a team of STA approved erectors.

You can find Potton's Ruskin Show Home at the Centre in the Piazza.


21°: Delivering a low energy or Passivhaus building is complex, and you need a solution rather than a single product.

21°, formerly Green Building Store rebranded in March. While their people, products and services remain the same, they’ve sharpened their vision to help provide life changing homes through the right specification of core products that ensure optimum energy performance and sustainability.

21° supplies a range of specialist products and services, including triple glazed timber windows and doors, MVHR heat recovery ventilation, insulation and airtightness products.

You can find 21° on Stand 141/142 in the Trade Village.


Kensa: Spring into action and sow the seeds of ground source now

Now’s the perfect time to turn over a new leaf and make the switch to ground source heating. You’ll be ready for a warm and cosy winter, free from fossil fuels and rising energy bills.
Ground temperatures remain constant throughout the year, and electrically-powered ground source heat pumps use this warmth to heat your house. They can also cool your home in the summer!

And with 0% VAT AND a £7500 Boiler Upgrade Scheme grant, now is the time to talk to Kensa about how you can be truly ground-breaking!

You can find Kensa at Stands 68 in the Trade Village.


Retrofit: Getting it right the first time with Bradfords

At Bradfords we’ve been working hard to understand ‘domestic retrofit’ – improving a home’s energy efficiency – to ensure that we can support retrofit projects. 

Crucial to getting retrofit right is about starting right - and that means a proper condition survey and PAS 2035 retrofit assessment. Every existing home is different, so that assessment is key to identify the unique solution a home will need. We’ve teamed up with a South-West based retrofit assessment company to provide exactly that, which we follow up with recommendations and support for the materials needed for the work recommended. 

You can find Bradfords in the Self Build Educational Zone at the Centre. 


Hear from the people behind the ‘best self build home 2023’ with Frame Technologies

Award-winning Frame Technologies will be joined by client Suzanne and her brother, John, at the NSBRC's May 'Festival of Sustainable Homes', bringing a live case study to the event.

Suzanne is the proud owner of The Cedar House, which was crowned ‘best self build home’ at 2023’s Build It Awards.

Hear how Frame Technologies helped the project meet its sustainability goals. This spectacular home has low emissions and minimal heating costs, while its 14,000 hand-nailed cedar shingles complete the home’s dynamic look and sequester carbon from the atmosphere.

MD Simon Orrells will be presenting at the upcoming 'Festival of Sustainable Homes' on Saturday 18th May (14:00-14:55)

You can find Frame Technologies at Stand 103 & in the Professional Services Hub


SA Energy: Making solar Beautiful

With solar photovoltaics being the obvious choice for energy cost control, its often a challenge to find the right location for those panels. Working them into the aesthetic of the building and site in general is often challenging. 

On this project, SA Energy chose these excellent sleek looking solar panels with a clip free design.  Integrated fully into the zinc roof, usually an expensive option, these panels are blended seamlessly with the roof and enhance the overall appeal of the project. 

Get in touch to discuss our range of custom integration solutions.

You can find SA Energy at Stand 57 in the Trade Village.


RIBA: 'Ask an Architect' Sessions

We’re proud to offer ‘Ask An Architect’ Sessions, developed in collaboration with The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Whether you're contemplating designing and constructing your own home or enhancing the layout of your current home, these 25-minute long sessions offer you the opportunity to have personalised consultations with RIBA Chartered architects.

A skilled architect not only proposes solutions but also refines your brief into a design that encapsulates your aspirations. Additionally, they prioritise energy efficiency, ensuring your home remains environmentally conscious and future proofed.

Please email or call on 0345 223 4455 to arrange your booking.

Further helpful RIBA Resources can be found by clicking here.
You can find RIBA in the Professional Services Hub at the Centre. 


Motorised Blinds from Appeal Home Shading - the Smart choice for the automated home

The future of home shading is here with automated smart blinds from Appeal; bespoke motorised solutions for windows, doors, shaped Gable-Ends and even lantern and conservatory roofs.

Effortlessly control light and temperature levels throughout the home and increase privacy and security at the touch of a button, with a swipe on your smartphone or tablet or even a simple voice command.  

Set your blinds on timers to track the changing sunset or opt for clever light and temperature sensors to protect furnishings and plants from harmful UV while you're away. Appeal will take care of everything from free design consultation, to technical survey and installation.

Find Appeal Home Shading at Stand 166 in the Trade Village.


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We are delighted to announce our sponsorship of the U14s Foothills football team for the 2024/25 season. The team are part of the Wims11 Football Academy, based in Swindon.

NSBRC | The Festival of Sustainable Homes

The Festival of Sustainable Homes Review - May 2024

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first ever Festival of Sustainable Homes. We hope you enjoyed this new event as much as we enjoyed hosting it!

This year we gave an exciting new look and feel to the Spring/Summer edition of our National Self Build & Renovation Show, shining a spotlight on Sustainability as a topic we’re passionate about, and an ever-increasing consideration for our visitors. The two-day festival combined the spirit of a vibrant, family-friendly event, highlighting how we can all live more sustainably in our homes and communities - with all the invaluable self build and renovation resources which are always at the heart of our shows.

May Trade Village Newsletter 2024

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

Many will be attending our highly anticipated Festival of Sustainable Homes in just under a week. This brand new event serves as a platform for sharing innovative ideas and sustainable solutions for all homebuilding projects. It's an exciting opportunity for attendees to gather insights, discover new trends, and share plans with industry professionals.

Read on for this month's news and highlights from the Trade Village...