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NSBRC's Self Build & Renovation 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 are also pleased to be offering free monthly online webinars with a host of experts, covering a range of topics. Check out our 'NSBRC Online Surgeries' page for further information & to sign up.

  • 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!

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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 seminars, question time sessions and live guided tours from the NSBRC technical experts.

    SATURDAY'S TIMETABLE

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  • Building Systems Workshop

    This workshop is aimed at people in the early stages of a project, who have yet to decide what building method they are using. One of the most important decisions you will make during your project is which building system to use, as this is used to construct the superstructure of the house.

    Several influencing factors will shape your decision-making, including your plot and priorities for your build. Using our own unique educational zones, and working with a selection of NSBRC exhibiting partners, we’ll explore the pros and cons of each system, including: Timber Frame, Masonry, Insulated Concrete Formwork, Passivhaus, Structural Insulated Panels and Log Homes.

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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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  • NSBRC Online Surgeries

    The NSBRC Online Surgeries are designed to offer insight and provide inspiration - whatever stage your project is at. We call on our expert panelists to share their views on topical issues and discuss the common pitfalls for those embarking on a self build or home improvement journey.

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  • Drop In Clinics

    New for 2024: NSBRC Drop In Clinics!

    Why not drop in to one of our free, dedicated clinics and chat to the experts!

    Each clinic will cover a different topic.

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  • Market Day

    New for 2024: NSBRC Market Day!

    On the second Friday of every month, many of our exhibitors will be at their displays, to engage with visitors during our informal and relaxed ‘market days’.

    Providing the perfect opportunity to progress your project, each date will also feature a free guided tour of our new build educational zone.

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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!