Seminar Programme

Hear from industry experts in our Seminar Programme on the MAIN STAGE. No matter what stage you’re at, our series of interactive talks will help guide you in the right direction with your self build or home extension.

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Make sure you have your questions ready for their live Q&As!  View the timetable below.


10.10-10.50 Project Management Routes: How to Build on Time & On Budget

What are the routes you could take to build or renovate your own home? Our project management expert explains what’s involved in running the project yourself – from purchasing materials and hiring tradesmen to finishing on time and on budget! He’ll also guide you through the other routes available and how costs vary.

11.00-11.30 Reducing energy bills & improving indoor air quality: how eco should you go?

Want to reduce your running costs and improve air quality? This must-attend workshop explains all you need to know about creating a healthy, eco-friendly home that fits with your project budget.

11.40-12.20 Extension Design: How to Add Space, Value & Wow-Factor

Design expert Opinder Liddar identifies the best value- adding projects for existing homes, from extensions through to loft conversions, and helps you to assess which option best suits your family’s needs.

12.30-13.00 Funding Your Self Build & Renovation Project

Advice from BuildStore’s specialist Tom McSherry on how to establish your budget, costs and payment schedule, arrange your funding and how self build mortgages work.

13.10-13.50 Finding the Best Builders & Getting Accurate Build Cost Quotes 

Join Build It’s editor Chris Bates and a panel of leading industry experts as they discuss how to engage a good builder and what you can do to secure accurate, on-budget quotes.

14.00-14.30 Windows: Getting the Best Design, Value & Performance

From opening configurations to frame materials and whether triple glazing is worth the money, this workshop will help you specify and install the right glazing.

14.40-15.20 How to Find Land & Get Planning Permission

Whether new build, renovation or extension – creating your dream home starts with obtaining planning permission. Plot and planning guru Julia Riddle guides you through the essential elements from submitting an application and gaining consent to appeals and tips on dealing with planners. He also gives invaluable advice on finding a plot of land.

15.30-16.00 Smart Homes: Easy, Flexible & Future-Proof Living

Discover the benefits of a modern electrical installation, with expert tips on how to create an intuitive smart home that improves your lifestyle.

16.10-16.50 The Great Eco Heating Debate

Build It’s editor Chris Bates is joined by two of the UK’s leading sustainability and heating experts, Nigel Griffiths and David Hilton, to help you decide on the best heating system for your self build, renovation or extension project.