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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.

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

David has been involved at the NSBRC for many years and regularly presents our Eco Workshops and the NSBRC Guide to Heating Your Home.

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. He has completed several of his   own renovation projects and enjoys helping others do the same.

What will the course cover?

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

“David has an incredible amount of practical knowledge and the 3 courses I attended "Project Management", "Renovation projects " and "Heating Your 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.” 

“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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