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


Masterclasses take place on both days of the Show. Each Masterclass is between 30 and 50 minutes long.

Below are details and times of the Masterclasses from the 2019 Show.

Full details of Masterclasses for 2021 will be on this page closer to the date of the Show.


The Design Process Explained

PottomPaul Newman of Potton will take you through the process of developing a design, beginning with establishing your budget and understanding the constraints and opportunities inherent in your plot. He will help you think about how you might want to live in your new home and guide you through the process of creating a design brief and working with a designer all the way through to a planning submission. He will explain the design work needed to make a Building Regulations submission and happens behind the scenes to get ready to manufacture and construction of your dream home!

Oak Frame Design: the options and their cost implications

Lui Rocca of Welsh Oak Frame

Welsh Oak FrameLui will take visitors through the different oak frame styles, how design choices can affect costs and tips on how savings can be made.

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Lighting Design

Amos LightingDavid Amos of Amos Lighting will demonstrate tried and tested ways to maximise the use of lighting in your project.

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Steps to Planning a Successful Building Project

BARC ArchitectsCaroline Shortt, Director of BARC Architects has been the guiding force behind many successful self-build projects over the last 12 years. She will take you through the key steps for planning a smooth building project that delivers your aspirations and enhances your living experience, whilst keeping a keen eye on the budget. 

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Energy Systems: is it possible to be energy self sufficient?

Sungift EnergyGabriel Wondrausch of Sungift Solar will look at wether it is possible to be totally self sufficient. Are batteries and time-of-use tariffs the answer? What happens when you combine energy generation and add more energy-consuming items such as an electric car or heatpumps in to the system?

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Using Modern Methods of Construction for Low Energy Homes Using the Principals of Passivhaus Design

Evolved Design HomesSue Dewhirst of Evolved Design Ltd looks at a range of modern methods of construction for low energy homes such as SIP’s, timber frame, CLT, ICF and thin joint masonry. How thermal bridging and using the principles of passivhaus design ensure the success of using renewable heating systems.

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Underfloor Heating - the truth behind the myths

Nu-heat Underfloor HeatingHolly Woodcock of Nu-Heat Underfloor Heating & Renewables reveals the truth behind the myths and explains how you can feel the difference with underfloor heating designed to fit your home and lifestyle perfectly.

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An Introduction to Passivhaus

Lee Broomhall of MBC Timber Frame

MBC Timber FrameThis introduction to Passivhaus 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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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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Designing & Budgeting

PottomSean Adams of Potton 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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Real Self Builder

Small-and-beautiful.jpgReal self builder, Nick Welch is a qualified building services engineer and teacher but when he was made redundant, he decided to pour his energies into his self build, managing the project and working alongside the team of builders. Working with an architect to a sensitive and eco-friendly design, Nick took a hands-on approach to restoring and rebuilding the structure of a former open-fronted stone stable in the Devon countryside.

Smart Technology in the Home - some considerations

Karen Chugg of Intelligent Abodes

Intelligent AbodesAs expert designers and installers of home control solutions, Intelligent Abodes offer advice on lighting design & control to complement the appearance of your home, whilst improving energy consumption; automated blinds & 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. Intelligent Abodes help you plan your cabling infrastructure for your smart home, to support your requirements now and for emerging technologies.

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