Presented by exhibitors, our Masterclasses are an opportunity to learn from the experts


Masterclasses take place on both days of the Show

This is the timetable for 2020. Each Masterclass is approximately 30 minutes long. 

Saturday 7 March

10:30 Why Build a Passivhaus?

An introduction to the leading international low energy and comfort building standard

Green Building StoreMike Shufflebotham of Green Building Store offers an overview of the key principles of Passivhaus design, covering a range of factors that selfbuilders need to consider if contemplating the standard.

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Rich Potter

MC_RSB_potter.jpgRetired Army officer Rich Potter and his wife, Ellie, have realised their long-held dream of building their new home which caters for Rich’s special requirements as a below-the-knee amputee. The couple recently moved in to their Norwich residence, and now that everything is done, it really does feel like home, though they still can’t believe their luck. ”Every morning we wake up and can’t believe this place is ours. It feels like someone is going to take the keys away from us at some point,” jokes Rich.

12:10 Designing & Budgeting

adamsPPS.jpgSean Adams of Adams Planning & Project Services Ltd will explain the process of designing your self-build home. He will detail how he designs a home based on budget, planning considerations and with the client brief. He will also explain the pitfalls of wrong design and budgeting.

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12:50 Just Got Planning Permission… What Next?

PottonPaul Newman of Potton asks what next after the euphoria (or relief) of gaining permission. He helps provide the answers to this question and many others to enable you to move your project forward with confidence.

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13:30 Oak Frame Homes

The Potential of Oak Framing and Encapsulation for Energy Efficiency

OakwrightsWith the first Oak Frame Passive House in the UK built by Oakwrights in the last year, Tim Crump, the company’s Managing Director, will share his vast experience to arm the self-builder with the knowledge of the services and products on offer to achieve the highest standards of home building.

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12:10 An Introduction to Heat Recovery Ventilation

Tim Bartlett of CVC Direct

CVC DirectAll you ever wanted to know about Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation (MVHR) but didn’t like to ask!

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Sunday 8 March

10:30 Just Got Planning Permission ... What Next?

PottonPaul Newman of Potton asks what next after the euphoria (or relief) of gaining permission. He helps provide the answers to this question and many others to enable you to move your project forward with confidence.

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Peter Hodge

Real Self BuildRetired university lecturer Peter Hodge always wanted to build his own home and when he met his husband, Clive Bunn, five years ago he was able to convince him that this was a good idea. The couple pooled their resources by selling their previous homes to buy a plot in Northants for £120,000. When their initial plans for an Art Deco-style home were rejected by the planners, they decided to build a striking contemporary home instead, ensuring it was eco friendly by investing in renewable technologies,.“It really was worth the money because the house is really warm, and we get payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive for seven years, and from feed-in tariffs for 20 years,” explains Peter who has furnished the house with an eclectic collection of artefacts and period pieces.

12:10 Funding Your Self Build Project

Buildstore FinanceTom McSherry of Buildstore will discuss how to secure funding for your project and how best to manage your money during the build.

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12:50 An Introduction to Passivhaus

green-building-store-logo.pngLee Broomhall of MBC Timber Frame explains why this building standard is rapidly growing in popularity. Lee will also talk about the MBC Timber Frame foundation system, which has been developed to achieve Passive standards.

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13:30 Designing The Connected Home

Hughes_smart.pngPeter Harvey of HughesSmart looks at the factors to consider with smart home technology and technology generally when designing and building your dream home.

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14:10 An Introduction to Electric Vehicle Charging

10001633_edmundson electrical.pngJames Purton of BDM EV Box – UK & Ireland will help you to understand the OLEV Grant Scheme – the application process, approval and how to claim and advantages of dealing through Edmundson Electrical. He will also look at the features and benefits of the EV Box product range.

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