Virtual Building Systems, Free Workshop, NSRB, Saturday December 12, 10 am - 15:45 pm BST

  • 12 December 2020
  • Start time : 10:00 AM
  • End time : 03:45 PM
  • Event Host : NSBRC - National Self Build & Renovation Centre
NSRB, Virtual Building Systems Workshop
Event Description

One of the most important decisions you will make during your self build journey is which building system to use.  The building system is the method used to construct the superstructure of the house. 

This new free virtual workshop, all about ‘Building Systems,' is aimed at people at the early stages of a project, who have yet to decide what building method they are using. 

Key features of the virtual workshop include:

  • ‘Battle of the building systems’ Panel discussions
  • Exhibitor Presentations (with the opportunity to ask our experts questions online)
  • Tours of the ‘Wall Zone’ in our new build educational area
  • A selection of exhibitors offering virtual '1:2:1' appointments via Zoom

The workshop will cover key issues such as:

  • The different building systems available in the UK
  • Pros & cons of each option
  • Performance factors – Air tightness and energy efficiency
  • Cost implications
  • Time on site required
  • Impact on gaining finance and planning consent
  • Site access implications

Using our own unique educational zones, and working with a selection of NSBRC exhibiting partners, we’ll explore each of the main options, including: Timber Frame – Masonry – Insulated Concrete Formwork – Steel Frame – Passivhaus – Structural Insulated Panels – Log homes – Straw bale



  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • NSBRC - National Self Build & Renovation Centre
  • Agenda
    • 10:00 – 10:45 The NSBRC Guide to the different Building Systems – David Hilton, NSBRC
      An introduction to the many building systems available to a self builder – including an ‘as live’ tour of the NSBRC’s
      educational wall zone.

      11:00 – 11:30 Timber Frame – Sarah Mathieson, Fleming Homes
      Learn about the perennially popular Timber Frame as a building system and building structure from an experienced
      timber frame expert.

      11:30 – 12:00 Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) – Garry Dyke, Point 1 Building Systems
      Discover more about these cassettes of high-grade insulation sandwiched by oriented stranded board (OSB) to make
      strong, flexible and high-performing structures and hear about the Kingspan TEK system.

      12:00 – 12:30 Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) – Robin Miller, Insulated Concrete Formwork Association /
      Beco Wallform
      A method of construction using hollow polysterene blocks, or recycled compressed timber blocks, filled with poured
      concrete. This system offers excellent insulation and airtightness and can be quick to build with.

      12:30 - 13:00 Straw Bale – Phil Christopher, Straw Bale UK / Huff & Puff
      If you dream of a sustainably built, natural, healthy, breathable building – whether it’s a home, a garden room, an
      extension, whatever you desire – straw bales offer you an ideal solution in the UK.
      Short break in the programme for lunch.

      13:30 – 14:00 Masonry Options: Brick & Block – Chris Stanley, Modern Masonry
      Explore how Masonry materials offer the most flexible and adaptable option for your resilient, high performance,
      self-build home.

      14:00 – 14:30 Passivhaus – Chris Herring, The Passivhaus Trust
      The Passivhaus standard is designed to deliver comfort, quality and lower running costs, in any type of building.
      We spend most of our time indoors, so buildings play an important part in our health and wellbeing.

      14:30 – 15:00 Why use Timber? – Simon Orrells, The Structural Timber Association / Frame Technologies
      Hear about the many quality and innovative solutions that timber can offer and why you should look for the quality
      standard STA Assure.

      15:00 – 15:45 Building Systems ‘Question Time’ – with today’s panel of experts & hosted by Dave Hilton
      Your opportunity to have any questions you have answered by our fantastic line up of experts.
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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