The current government wants to "get Britain building" and with some of the oldest housing stock in the developed world (8.5 million properties over 60 years old) there is a very green reason for this call to action.
5 million UK homes are already in fuel poverty and only this week OFGEM confirmed that energy costs are likely to continue to rise for the foreseeable future, so energy efficiency as well as energy generation is increasingly part of adapting to future changes in the global energy situation.
Even if you are renovating rather than re-building, initiatives such as the Green Deal, the FiT and the RHI are a real opportunity to incorporate new technologies and improve energy efficiency in your home - but knowing which technologies to use can still be a minefield.
That is why the National Self Build and Renovation Show at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon is a must visit not just for those dreaming of building their own home but also people planning to renovate, who are trying to evaluate different green technologies or even who have a construction project that's stalled. The Show runs from the 12th - 14th April 2013 (9:30am - 5pm). Across the three days the thousands of visitors have the opportunity to attend exciting seminars, meet product manufacturers, listen to educational talks, visit life size model houses, take informative audio tours and meet a raft of experts – all on hand to answer any questions.
The show has a dedicated Green Deal Theatre which covers all aspects of Sustainable building, eco-living and energy saving. This theatre will hosts a programme of seminars and discussions to explain to the layman the legislation and regulations; best practice and how many of the latest eco products and technologies work, to enable visitors to make informed purchases best suited to their project. There'll also be a Q&A session in the theatre allowing visitors to quiz the "Eco Experts" and get answers to the questions that they have about the key 'green' issues of the day.
Other theatres will help visitors think through all the major considerations they might need to be aware of when taking on a project. Providing a wealth of useful information to help with a project and coving topics including:
• How to find land and assess its value
• Options for mortgages and insurance
• How to hire professionals
• Design and specification
• Where, how and which materials you should buy
• Should you project manage or outsource?
The case study theatre will allow visitors to engage with real life stories and learn from others experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly. Ticket to the show are FREE, but advanced registration is recommended. Registration is simple, telephone 0845 223 4455 or just visit the events section on www.nsbrc.co.uk where you can also find more details on each day's programme.
The NSBRC is currently in the transitional process of becoming a not for profit, Community Interest Company (CIC) with the aim of becoming a Centre of Excellence for the building sector. Their mission is to provide impartial advice and guidance for people interested both in self build and renovation.