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Eco Workshop - Eco Workshop: Retrofit Eco Solutions - Sat 25th August 2012

Eco Workshop - Eco Workshop: Retrofit Eco Solutions - Sat 25th August 2012

Our experts will explain the options available to those interested in retrofitting eco technologies into their homes and advise on everything from achieving air tightness, insulation requirements and design considerations, to ventilation issues and how to choose between the array of windows and doors that are on the market.

The Experts

David Hilton ExpertAbout David Hilton: David frequently leads seminars, workshops and CPD lectures as well as eco and sustainability training on the Self Build & Renovation Courses at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon.

He has completed various self builds in South Africa and renovations in the UK and has been involved in designing and installing Solar and heat pump systems since the early 1980s. On the technical side, he is Gas Safe registered, an accredited installer of Ground Source and Air Source heat pumps and has recently achieved an MSc Architecture: Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies.

David will also be joined by the 'Green Team' of eco experts.

Eco Technologies Experts

Glow-WormGlow–worm - With over 75 years of experience in providing UK homes with value for money heating and hot water solutions, Glow-worm has built a reputation on providing straightforward and reliable systems you can depend on. Speak to the experts from Glow-worm about their Clearly Hybrid system which gives you the opportunity to use the technology of tomorrow - by automatically choosing when to use low carbon renewable energy from the heat pump or traditional energy from the high efficiency boiler.

Evolved Design & ConsultancyEvolved Design & Consultancy - Can take you through all stages of Design, Planning, Specifications and Building Processes. They offer a range of design and building solutions that are environmentally friendly using Modern and Traditional methods of construction to provide energy efficient homes. Working closely with their clients to design a home in keeping with the environment in which they wish to live, they can offer advice, guidance and project management every step of the way to create that 'ideal home' perfectly tailored to your individual needs

MCZMCZ - MCZ manufacture wood pellet boilers for central heating that reduce your energy bill. The type of renewable energy fuel used by the MCZ technology is wood pellet, a biomass heating fuel manufactured in the UK according to European standards.

Discrete HeatDiscrete Heat - DiscreteHeat are manufacturers of the unique ThermaSkirt system, that combines the skirting boards and heating in one. Recently independantly tested by BSRIA, ThermaSkirt demonstrated a 13% energy saving compared to a double panel radiator.

South West Heating SolutionsSouth West Heating Solutions – South West Heating Solutions are one of the leading installers of highly effective and economical electric radiators throughout the South West, with experienced engineers and electricians fully qualified, registered and trained to install their radiators with utmost precision.

Landy VentLandy Vent – Have been installing effective, efficient chimney lining systems since 1998 and have developed the Ecco Stove, our own energy efficient wood burning stove. Since its launch, the revolutionary stove has become popular in Europe, Canada and the United States of America as well as the UK, thanks to its low emissions and running costs.

Nu HeatNu Heat - Nu-Heat are one of the largest specialist suppliers of warm water underfloor heating systems to the UK domestic market, delivering fully designed underfloor systems to housebuilders and installers nationwide. The Nu-Heat range of warm water underfloor heating, ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and solar thermal collectors, all integrate seamlessly to provide a heating and hot water system tailored to the individual needs of each customer.

Xpert EnergyXpert Energy - Xpert Energy design, supply and install bespoke energy saving solutions for domestic and commercial properties. Their range of products are inclusive of Solar Thermal, Photovoltaic, Heat Pumps, Thermal Stores, Windows, Under Floor Heating, efficient Radiators, LED Lighting, MVHR, Biomass and much more.

The Seminars

10.30 - 11.30 Intro to Retrofit David Hilton
David Hilton will provide an overview of the various types of retrofit solutions that can be applied to your home, highlighting those that you can easily take yourself and those that are best dealt with by the professionals.
11.45 - 12.45 Soap Box Session All Experts & Exhibitors
Hear a quick 10 minute overview from each expert on how they can help you with your retrofit choices.
13.40 - 14.10 Expert Guided Tours of Retrofit options of the Renovation House David Hilton & Chris Dewhirst
14.15 - 14.45 Insulating ‘hard to treat’ solid walled properties Sue Dewhirst
Advice on how and what to consider when dealing with solid walled properties that require insulation. Internal, External or not at all?
14.45 - 15.30 One-to-one appointments with Experts & Exhibitors
On a one-to-one basis question the individual Green Team experts and Centre retrofit partners in more detail to find out answers to your specific queries on the relative benefits of retrofitting different technologies with regard to sustainability and energy efficiency. Booked with the individual expert on the day (15 min slots).

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Permanent Exhibits

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre has been built on a scale previously unseen in the UK. Here you can walk through exhibits that explain - in exploded detail - every step of the self build and renovation processes.

Trade Village

The permanent exhibition area containing over 200 exhibitor stands, covering everything you'll need to undertake your project.

Wolseley Building

The Wolseley Building has four key zones; the Wolseley Theatre, a Bathstore Showroom, a Moores Kitchen Showroom and a builders merchant branch area where visitors can place orders! The house has numerous different products installed for visitors to see in situ; many of these are 'eco' products such as LED lighting, sun scoops, thermowood timber cladding, sheepswool insulation and others.

Educational Journey

A fully guided audio tour taking you round a fantastic selection of life-sized exhibits, featuring cutaways of groundworks, foundations, walls, roofs and more. If you're considering self building then don't miss this!

Renovation House

Take a walk through the front doors of this full-size renovation project and see the house come to life before your eyes. The audio guide explains every step of the process to give you a deeper understanding of what a renovation project entails.

Potton Show House

Full of character and the latest technology, this show home is an inspiration to self builders, no matter what your tastes.

Outdoor Living Zone


Everything you could need to finish off the exterior of your home, from hard landscaping to living roofs, to the Potton Zone Studios.

Design Centre

Browse through hundreds of designs and get ideas for your own home.

Finance Zone

Speak to our specially trained self build & renovation finance advisors to find the best way of funding your project.


Search thousands of plots and renovation projects across the country, the first step to building your dream home!


Chat to our TradeCard advisors and learn how to save £1000s on materials.


A selection of experts are based in the Centre on a permanent basis to speak to you about your particular project and answer any questions you may have about self build, renovation, planning, design, project management and so on.

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