Sign up for Spring courses at NSBRC

By Swindon Link - 18 April 2019


The National Self Build and Rennovation Centre have launched a range of Spring courses to help you make the most of the new season.

The centre have a range of new courses to provide you with all of the inspiration and advice to help to set you on the right track.

The NSBRC guide to renovation projects will be held on April 27 - costing £165.

renovation masterclass is delivered by David Hilton, NSBRC Helpdesk Expert. David is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics and heating systems and has completed extensive renovations to his own family home.


The course combines both classroom style and practical sessions, which make use of the NSBRC’s fantastic Renovation House, to help bring the theory to life.

The day covers many key subjects including:


Building Regulations & Legislation

• Planning and Permitted Development Rights

• Party Wall Act

• Budgeting and VAT


Cracking, Subsidence & Structural Repairs

• Characteristics of different building materials

• Identifying causes of cracking, masonry failures and subsidence

• Replacing doors and windows


Building Systems & Fabrics

• Insulation: thermal and acoustic

• Building materials

• Extensions, loft and basement conversions



• Heating and water

• Energy efficiency

• Airtightness and ventilation

How to find land and appraise a plot - 26 April - cost £165

This extensive and informative masterclass will delve deeper into the challenging world of plot hunting to give you the expert advice and knowledge you need to find, and determine the suitability of your ideal plot.

Delivered by experienced builder and serial self-builder, Mark Stevenson, he will share his vast knowledge to help you tackle the number one obstacle for potential self builders.

This interactive course covers:

•  Why are plots hard to find? 

•  How to get started

•  Top 20 ways to find a plot 

•  The plot buying process explained

•  Assessing the planning potential of a plot

The NSBRC guide to project management - April 27 - £165

This popular course is essential for anyone considering their first self build, home improvement, loft conversion or renovation project.

Covering everything from budgeting, insurance and site management through to health & safety, snagging and VAT reclaim. Join experienced Project Manager, Charlie Laing, for a fascinating day which will leave you empowered and excited to get started yourself!


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