Below details the free 25 minute drop in seminars from the 2019 show, this will be updated for 2020 in August.
Join us in the seminar suite for daily 25-minute drop-in talks, presented by experts in the field. Our comprehensive, educational seminar programme is free to attend for all visitors and no booking is necessary.
1100hrs £5 a Month Energy Bills
Expert advice from Naked Solar
A real life case study on a 4 bed average property that now has a total energy bill of £60/year (£5/month). Using Solar, Battery storage and diverting devices this is very achievable and we’d like to let people know how.
1200hrs Designing your self build home ‘The Process Explained’
Expert advice from Sean Parker and Sean Adams
If you are looking at buying a plot or trying to understand how to budget effectively for your own self build project, this seminar will identify the main points to consider. From pitfalls to avoid when looking at a potential plot to planning policies that could affect the design of your home, this seminar will give you an insight into ‘everything self-build’.
1300hrs How to navigate through the planning permission maze?
Expert advice from Planix
Starting with the audience providing their own experiences and then leading on to planning consultant and former Cornwall Councillor Simon Rix providing his perspective on how the planning process works in practice, who will have a say on your application and how to influence them. Finishing with a run through of the often hidden routes to gaining planning consent, including some real life examples.
1400hrs Insulated Concrete Formwork, Design and Build Benefits
Expert advice from The Fell Partnership
A presentation detailing advantages of using ICF from the design stage, certain applications, construction and the finished article.
1500hrs Getting the most out of your development
Expert advice from A & K Architectural Services
An overview on how an Architectural Practice can assist you with your project featuring information on design, planning permission, building regulations, contractor tenders and project management to ensure a smooth and on budget development.
1100hrs Get the best from your barn conversion
Expert advice from Ercle
Using case studies we will look at how to use PART Q of the permitted development rights to gain residential permission for barn conversions. The seminar will look at best strategies to use the spaces available in typical barns and will explore the common pitfalls people come up against when they undertake barn conversions.
1200hrs Ev, Solar, Batteries, Time of use Tariffs and the end of the energy system as we know it
Expert advice from Sungift
A talk about the changing energy system, is it possible to be totally self sufficient, are batteries and Time of use Tariffs the answer, what happens when I combine multiple generation or add more energy consuming items such as an electric car or heatpumps in the system?
1300hrs Building Your New Home with The Environment In Mind
Expert advice from ZLC Energy
Discussing things to take into consideration when building your new home, such as the environment, design and renewable energy. RE such as solar pv, air course pumps, smart switches, battery storage and electric vehicles.
1400hrs ICF in a Changing Climate
Expert advice from Stanchura
Delivering the UK’s 2050 net zero target requires new thinking about how we build and run our homes. Thermally efficient and versatile, Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF) is a key part of the solution. In this seminar, we provide an expert overview of ICF, looking at the features, benefits, applications and practicalities of using the system, including case studies to illustrate what can be achieved.