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Our workshops

The National Self Build and Renovation Centre runs a variety of popular one or two-day Workshops through the year which focus on very clear themes, covering topics such as selecting the building system that is right for you, how to make your house Eco-Friendly, and perfecting a Passivhaus.

These workshops allow you to speak to numerous experts in different fields, so you will leave filled with knowledge, ideas and inspiration. See below the range of Workshops we have on offer for you.

We will be offering further surgeries during 2022 on topics such as Help to Build and External Finishes. Watch this space for more info.

  • Ask an Architect

    Ask An Architect

    For many years, we have been proud to offer our ‘Ask An Architect’ Surgeries. Produced in partnership with The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) we regularly offer free personal consultations with architects to discuss ideas for designing and building your own home or renovating or reconfiguring your existing home.

    You can benefit from a strictly no obligation 25 minute meeting with a RIBA member. Due to their popularity, these sessions must be booked in advance.

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  • Eco Workshops

    Whether your motivation is saving the environment or saving money, our programme of Eco Workshops should have the answers you're looking for!

    We've cut through the 'greenwash' to bring you a wealth of independent and informed advice and information on the latest energy efficient technologies, products and services; sustainability; environmentally responsible building principals and retrofitting of existing properties.

    With housing contributing 22% of the UK’s carbon emissions it is essential that we find ways to reduce this impact if we are to meet our future carbon targets.

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  • Passivhaus Workshop

    The Passivhaus standard is designed to deliver comfort, quality and lower running costs, in any type of building. We spend most of our time indoors, so buildings play an important part in our health and wellbeing.

    The most successful and cost-effective way of achieving Passivhaus is by incorporating the standard before your designs are complete. It’s also useful if the Passivhaus elements are included in your planning application.

    Take advantage of this free workshop and ensure you have the right team behind you for your Passivhaus home.

    This workshop will offer a full timetable of talks & webinars, question time sessions and live guided tours from the NSBRC across various platforms.

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  • Building Systems Workshop

    One of the most important decisions you will make during your self build journey is which building system to use.  The building system is the method used to construct the superstructure of the house.

    This is aimed at people at the early stages of a project, who have yet to decide what building method they are using. 

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  • Internal Finishes Workshop

    Once the main structure is completed the last stage of the build is traditionally called the finish or second fix, you’ll have a huge choice of methods to complete the look and feel of your house.  The NSBRC are pleased to host a workshop for self builders and home renovators to help you make these decisions.

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Before you Build your Home…Build your Knowledge with the NSBRC!


If you are contemplating building your dream home, or planning to improve your existing home, why not attend one of our NSBRC Training Courses first to build your knowledge and confidence?

Check out our range of in-person and virtual courses!