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The home of inspiration,expert advice and homebuilding specialists returns to the NEC in full force

27-30 March at the NEC in Birmingham is a must for those building a new home from scratch or tackling a renovation project. For 2014, the exhibition, aimed at the serious self builder, is re-energising itself with a host of new features including the Energy Saving Home and Sustainable Homes Show. Visitors will be inundated with niche products and over 500 specialist exhibitors that you won’t find on the high street. Piers Taylor, award-winning RIBA architect and co-presenter of BBC2 series The House that £100k Built, will be making his debut appear- ance at the show this year by joining one of the country’s leading property experts, Michael Holmes, editor-in-chief of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, and Charlie Luxton, sus- tainable architectural designer and presenter of More4’s Building the Dream, who makes a comeback for the first time since 2011 to edu- cate and inspire visitors about the innovations and trends within the industry. Piers is joining the show to share his knowledge on striking the bal- ance between high quality architecture and amazing value when building your own home, including the importance of investing time and money in design detail and recommendations on selecting the right designer. For bespoke advice, attendees can take advantage of a free 15 minute consultation with Piers in the Ask The Experts zone. Reducing energy and making financial sav-


ings is increasingly at the forefront of Britons’ minds, and this year, the first ever interactive consumer Energy Saving Home is making its debut at the NEC. The Energy Saving Home is a walk-through experience offering insight into the latest technologies to help you save money and control your household energy consump- tion. Eco living is made simple by guiding consumers around the Energy Saving Home, equipped with all the expertise, knowledge and first-class products you’ll need to retrofit your house. In addition, a series of 15-minute semi- nars will run alongside this purpose-built feature to educate visitors on how to maximise the savings on their home. The best possible time to think about sustain-

ability is when you are in the planning stages of building or renovating your home. This year’s new Sustainable Homes Show is where serious builders will gain a greater understanding of how to incorporate ecological materials such as

All the experts provide credible commentary

and recommendations for every aspect of your project, ranging from design, finance, renew- ables, energy sustainability, restoration and legal issues. The team of specialist property

visit to The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, one of Britain’s biggest self build and renovation events, from

organic insulation, sustainable wood flooring, solvent-free paints and rainwater harvesting sys- tems into your project. Visitors will unearth the best products and technologies for 2014 and meet credible tradesmen, all in the one dedi- cated mini-show. Charlie Luxton offers 12 years’ experience in

designing eco homes and has a passion for envi- ronmentally friendly community projects. Charlie will be on hand to guide home builders through the steps involved in making greener decisions when considering home improvements.

experts to join Michael Holmes, Piers Taylor and Charlie Luxton this year also includes: Jason Orme, editor of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine; Roger Hunt, award-winning writer and eco expert; David Snell, self build and plot finding expert; Chris Reeves, chartered builder and lawyer; Hugo Tugman, architectural designer and Real Homes magazine design expert; and Bob Branscombe, chartered sur- veyor and builder. For fresh comprehensive tips and solutions tai-

lored to your requirements, head over to The Advice Centre where you will discover all the expertise you need to achieve your project. Within this centre, visitors can book a free 15 minute consultation with a property specialist

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