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The NSBRC Guide to Managing your Energy Efficient Home

The NSBRC Guide to Managing your Energy Efficient Home

Build your knowledge...Reduce your bills!

This Course has been designed specifically for Self Builders and Home Renovators and explores the latest options in heat and energy sources, both renewable and conventional systems.

Our Energy Efficiency Course is delivered by NSBRC Helpdesk Expert, David Hilton. David has been involved at the NSBRC for many years and also regularly presents our Eco Workshops and the NSBRC Guide to Renovation Projects.

As part of the course, David will also guide you through the NSBRC’s 'Plant Room' within our fantastic Renovation House where you can watch the theory come to life.

David is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency with extensive   knowledge in building fabrics, heating systems, heat recovery ventilation,   renewables and conventional heating systems. David has a Masters degree in   Sustainable Architecture, is a fully qualified renewables, Gassafe installer, trainer   and has 30 years experience in the industry.

What will the course cover?

  • WHY do I want an energy efficient home?
  • WHAT exactly is an energy efficient home?
  • WHICH products do I need?
  • WHEN do they get installed?
  • WHO puts them in?

There are so many options for heating and energy efficiency services in our homes today so where do you go for independent advice on what is right for you and your home?

This no-nonsense guide is presented by David Hilton who has a master’s degree in architecture and is also an experienced active heating and ventilation engineer, and cuts through the jargon, green-wash and sales hype to help you define what you need in your home, what products make sense and which trades put them in.

The online tutorials take you through the reasons why you may want to design and build an energy efficient home, the legislative and aspirational drivers and the calculations used to define the efficiency of a building. You will also be given the product options including traditional heating systems through to renewables and other emerging technologies and the context within which these systems are optimized. All of this then leaves you with a much better understanding of the options so that you can make informed decisions when it comes to specifying the products that are right for you and your home.

The practical element takes place in the plant room area at the NSBRC and demonstrates the workings of many of the systems described in the theory tutorials including Air source heat pumps, indirect heating systems, Mechanical ventilation Heat recovery (MVHR) systems, under floor heating, Radiator systems, flue gas heat recovery and infra-red radiant panels.

This is the course you didn’t know you needed – until now.

“This course was superb, a masterclass from start to finish. Dave's knowledge is encyclopaedic and he shared it with such enthusiasm (and humour!) - who knew that heating could be such fun?! Thanks everyone, this course could not have been any better, it was an education in itself, all we needed to know and far far more.”

“Dave was brilliant, that's it!” 

Refund Policy - The Energy Efficiency Course

Cost of course per person at the Centre: £165 gbp (VAT inclusive).

Cost of course per person on virtual courses: £85 gbp (VAT inclusive).

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.


  • £165.00 (In-person)
  • £85.00 (Virtual)
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