The NSBRC Guide to Self Build Projects

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

Before you build your home, build your knowledge!

Covering 11 topics in total, this informal workshop 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.

“I have learned more in three days than I would have done in years on my own”

The Self Build Course Dates

Next available dates:

All Self Build Courses take place at The National Self Build & Renovation Centre from Saturday - Monday.

*Please note the final day of the course has an earlier finish time of 16:30.

Advanced booking is required.

For further information, please call 0345 223 4455 or click here to register your interest for a future event.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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 Passive House, SAP ratings, FITs & RHI and other potential incentives.

Eco Design, Planning & Management
We 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.


“This course had provided me with a wealth of information about all aspects of self building, with helpful and knowledgeable presenters. It’s great value for money and I now have a self build bible. I highly recommend it!”

Refund Policy - The Self Build Course

Cost of course per person: £395 gbp (VAT inclusive). 

We offer course places on a first come first serve basis.

If you are unable to attend the course after booking, we can transfer your place to another course date if you notify us at least a week before the event (subject to availability). Please notify us as soon as possible.

Please note that we will issue a full refund if you notify us up to 7 days prior to the event start date, if you notify us after this time your payment will be non-refundable.


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