Join us in the seminar suite for daily 25-minute drop-in talks, presented by experts in the field of self builds and home renovation. Our extensive, eye-opening seminar programme is free to attend for all visitors and no booking is necessary.
The below programme was created for Southwest Home & Garden Show’s 2020 event, these will be updated for 2021.
£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 The handling of Dampness in Old Buildings: Top 5 Renovation Mistakes and Doing it the Right Way
Expert advice from Core Conservation
The top 5 (often costly) renovation mistakes, including: sealing the moisture into the walls, using cement instead of lime, skimming, dot & dabbing, not using salts resistant base plaster, why these are problems, back to basics: how did the ancient Romans deal with these problems, best industry practices today – how to renovate old buildings the right way.
1400hrs Working within Permitted Development Rights to Achieve your Project
Expert Advice from Ercle
What you can and cannot do without needing to seek formal planning permission: house extension, barn conversion, changing of planning use classes.
1500hrs Why Consider Smart Home Control for your Home
Expert Advice from Intelligent Abodes
As expert designers and installers of smart home control, we offer advice on lighting, heating & control, curtains or blinds to enhance the appearance of your home, whilst improving energy consumption. Learn more about discreet audio-visual, networking and security systems, including integrating the latest in technology. We help you plan your cabling infrastructure for all your smart control, to support your requirements now and the future.
1100hrs Introduction to Passive House
Expert Advice from MBC Timber Frame
Lee Broomhall offers an introduction to the popular Passivhaus standard which is the gold standard of energy-efficient buildings, Lee also explains how this is achieved with the MBC Timber Frame and Foundation system.
1200hrs Ev, Solar, Batteries, Time of use Tariffs and the End of the Energy System as we know it.
Expert advice from Sungift Solar
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 generations or add more energy-consuming items such as an electric car or heat pumps in the system?
1400hrs An introduction to the Holiday Home Market
Expert Advice from Helpful Holidays
Getting started in the holiday home market can be hard, especially without the right advice. In this talk we want to share our industry-leading knowledge; from where to start and emerging trends, to the typical mistakes we find in holiday properties. Our aim is to answer all common questions on letting a holiday home so attendees can step away feeling confident in their investment.