Masterclasses

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

MASTERCLASSES

Masterclasses take place on both days of the Show. Each Masterclass is about 30 minutes long.

Below are the topics and times for Masterclasses at the 2022 Show

Saturday 10 September 2022

How to Work With an Architect to Best Effect

10:30 – 11:00

Peregrine Mears ArchitectsPerry Mears of Peregrine Mears Architects Ltd will talk about why a self builder should use an architect, how to develop a design brief, finding the USP for your project, making the most of the design process and how architects add value.

Visit the Peregrine Mears Architects website »

Time for Timber - build sustainably with a structural timber frame

11:00 – 11:30

Carpenter OakLuke Copley-Wilkins of  Carpenter Oak

Choosing to build your home or extension with a structural timber frame can be a sustainable option, but does it offer flexibility and choice in design?

Visit the Carpenter Oak website »

Smart Control for your Home

11:30 – 12:00

Intelligent Abodes LightingKaren Chugg of Intelligent Abodes

As expert designers and installers of home control solutions, Intelligent Abodes offer advice on lighting design and control to complement the appearance of your home, whilst improving energy consumption; automated blinds and curtains to enhance and protect your home; and smart, integrated security for added peace of mind. Learn more about home control solutions and discreet multi-room audio-visual systems and how to integrate the latest technology, including voice control.

Visit Intelligent Abodes website »

Future Homes: Energy Needs and Sustainability 

12:00 – 12:30

PottonPaul Newman of Potton

With rising fuel bills, low carbon targets and climate change resulting in milder climates our future housing needs are likely to look very different in the future. Paul Newman looks at how Building Regulations are changing to reflect the need to conserve energy to minimise our bills and the growing use of on-site generation of electricity.

Visit Potton website »

10 Steps for Planning a Successful Building Project

13:00 – 13:30

Caroline Shortt, Director of BARC Architects has over the last 15 successfully guided many clients through self build projects, from small extensions to large luxury new-build homes. In this Masterclass she will take you through a number of steps that will help ensure that your building project is a positive experience and that it avoids the pitfalls encountered by so many. She will also share some of her design tips from Barc Architects on how to create a beautiful and well-considered home.

Visit the BARC Architects website »

Solar, Batteries and EVs 

13:30 – 14:00

Sungift SolarGabriel Wondrausch of Sungift Solar, who has been in the renewables industry for over 17 years, will share his experience on the most important factors to consider while assessing which technologies may be right for your property, how they interact and how to get the best out of them.

Visit the Sungift Solar website »

Real Self Builders

14:00 – 14:30

Small-and-beautiful.jpgAlex and Kelly Allan built their new home in a Devon village on a tight (460sqm) and overlooked infill plot that presented them with many challenges to overcome. Hear how they tackled their build and maximised the small site to create a modern three-bedroom home for their family.

Green Design and Building Materials 

14:30 – 15:00

Green Buildling CalculatorBrian Murphy will explain how Green Building Calculator provides the user with a bill of quantities and cost planning in the form of a spreadsheet tool to estimate whole building energy consumption and heating costs, including a carbon footprint calculator (covering carbon use in the construction as well as use of the building). It is designed as an impartial, easy to use, value for money tool for use by designers, architects and self builders.

 

Visit the Green Building Calculator website »

Is timber the solution to sustainable construction? 

15:00 – 15:30

WoodShop Direct width=Warren Bennett of WoodShop Directwill look at the sources and types of sustainable, environment friendly construction timbers to help you ensure that the timber choices for your build are responsibly sourced. He will expalin the significance of FSC and PEFC global sustainability benchmarks.

Visit WoodShop Direct website »

Sunday 11 September 2022

Low Carbon Living – A Whole House Approach 

10:30 – 11:00

MBC Timber Frame Luke Tinmurth of Carbon Saving Group

During our Masterclass we’ll discuss the benefits of a whole-house approach to low-carbon living, from retrofitting renovations to designing a renewable first self-build. We’ll introduce energy efficient systems that complement each other and work harmoniously to lower your carbon footprint. 

Visit Carbon Saving Group website »

You’ve heard about Solar PV on your roof - but do you know about Solar Tracking in your garden? 

11:00 – 11:30

CVC DirectMelissa Briggs of Bee Solar Technology Ltd

Static solar panels on the roof are not a workable solution if you have gables, veluxes or your house faces the wrong way.

Find out how innovative ground mounted solar tracking systems can solve that problem (and generate you the power you need to keep those rising electricity prices under control.)

Visit Bee Solar website »

Underfloor heating and heat pumps – everything you need to know! 

11:30 – 12:00

Nu-heat Underfloor HeatingMike Casey of Nu-Heat Underfloor Heating & Renewables

Join Nu-Heat to find out more about the benefits, considerations and options available to you when choosing a low temperature, low-carbon heating system for your home. Areas covered:

Heat pumps

  • How do they work?
  • Air or ground source?
  • Installation and running costs
  • The grants available

Underfloor heating

  • Underfloor heating vs radiators
  • Systems for new builds
  • Systems for renovations
  • Choosing the best floor coverings

Visit Nu-Heat website »

Green Design and Building Materials 

12:00 – 12:30

Green Buildling CalculatorBrian Murphy will explain how Green Building Calculator provides the user with a bill of quantities and cost planning in the form of a spreadsheet tool to estimate whole building energy consumption and heating costs, including a carbon footprint calculator (covering carbon use in the construction as well as use of the building). It is designed as an impartial, easy to use, value for money tool for use by designers, architects and self builders.

 

Visit Green Building Calculator website »

Is timber the solution to sustainable construction? 

12:30 – 13:00

WoodShop Direct width=Warren Bennett of WoodShop Direct will look at the sources and types of sustainable, environment friendly construction timbers to help you ensure that the timber choices for your build are responsibly sourced. He will expalin the significance of FSC and PEFC global sustainability benchmarks.

Visit WoodShop Direct website »

How to Work With an Architect to Best Effect

13:00 – 13:30

Peregrine Mears ArchitectsPerry Mears of Peregrine Mears Architects Ltd will talk about why a self builder should use an architect, how to develop a design brief, finding the USP for your project, making the most of the design process and how architects add value.

Visit the Peregrine Mears Architects website »

Smart Control for your Home

13:30 – 14:00

Intelligent Abodes LightingKaren Chugg of Intelligent Abodes

As expert designers and installers of home control solutions, Intelligent Abodes offer advice on lighting design and control to complement the appearance of your home, whilst improving energy consumption; automated blinds and curtains to enhance and protect your home; and smart, integrated security for added peace of mind. Learn more about home control solutions and discreet multi-room audio-visual systems and how to integrate the latest technology, including voice control.

Visit Intelligent Abodes website »

Future Homes: Energy Needs and Sustainability 

14:00 – 14:30

PottonPaul Newman of Potton

With rising fuel bills, low carbon targets and climate change resulting in milder climates our future housing needs are likely to look very different in the future. Paul Newman looks at how Building Regulations are changing to reflect the need to conserve energy to minimise our bills and the growing use of on-site generation of electricity.

Visit Potton website »