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The NSBRC Guide to Renovation Projects

The NSBRC Guide to Renovation Projects

The NSBRC Guide to Renovation Projects

Renovate the your future!

Our Renovation Course is delivered by NSBRC Helpdesk Expert, David Hilton. David is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics and heating systems.

David has been involved at the NSBRC for many years and regularly presents our Eco Workshops and the NSBRC Guide to Energy Efficiency Training Course. He also has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, is a fully qualified renewables, Gas safe installer, trainer  and has 30 years experience in the industry. He has completed several of his own renovation projects and enjoys helping others do the same. As part of the course, David will guide you through the NSBRC’s own fantastic Renovation House where you can watch the theory come to life.

What will the course cover?

Part one - super structure:

  • Building Systems & Fabrics
  • Building Regulations & Legislation
  • Damp-proofing, cracking & subsidence

Part two - first and second fix:

  • Re-design and re-configuring
  • Plumbing & Services
  • Kitchens & Bathrooms
  • Can I do it?
  • What’s the disruption?
  • What’s the cost?
  • What’s the time frame?

Building Regulations & Legislation

Planning (when is it needed) and Permitted Development Rights

Party Wall Act

Budgeting & VAT

Damp Proofing

Dealing with Dampness, Condensation & Mould in Properties

Symptoms & Causes

Repairing & Rectifying

Cracking, Subsidence & Structural Repairs

Characteristics of different building materials

Identifying causes of cracking and masonry failures and subsidence replacing doors & windows

Building Systems & Fabrics

Insulation: thermal & acoustic

Building materials

Extensions, Loft & Basement Conversions


Heating & Water

Energy Efficiency

Airtightness & Ventilation

helping me make decisions on the way forward and where to focus the budget

“David has an incredible amount of practical knowledge and the three courses I attended "Project Management", "Renovation projects " and "Managing your Energy Efficient Home" are helping me make decisions on the way forward and where to focus the budget. Thanks to all for an excellent series of courses.” 

a great presenter and communicator

“It's a sign of how good this course is that we have no house to renovate but still found it hugely beneficial, full of information and know-how that we can now apply to the wider task of house-building. Dave is such a great presenter and communicator - they made the whole experience come to life. A wonderful course, thank you!”


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