The national self build and renovation centre is a great opportunity for novices who are embarking a new self build project or improvements to their existing home. Inside you’ll find numerous exhibitors and various trades demonstrating their products from kitchen styles, stoves, different types of wall insulation, drainage, the list is endless. There was even a full size house mock up from Potton demonstrating the latest in smart technology and a glimpse of what the future holds for today’s home.
Low energy homes
On Sunday I popped round (free entry if you order tickets online) for a brief visit on energy efficiency of the building fabric. I was amazed that around 30% of heat loss from a building is from thermal bridging especially around windows reveals and junctions. More and more clients want an extremely efficient, watertight homes with the benefit of low running costs but a complicated design can impact the buildings energy performance. I was advised by experts to keep the design simple, reducing the amount of potential heat loss and difficultly when constructing, ensuring that the insulation is reasonably continuous throughout the building envelope and that the air permeability can meet reasonable limits.
Free Built It magazine
There were helpful experts who offered free advice and literature on a variety of products which meant a lot of bedtime reading. And a big thanks goes to Build It magazine who offered one free copy – saves £4.25!
I would recommend a visit, the centre is just off junction 16 on the M4.