Energy concerns lead to record attendance at Swindon eco workshop

By Nick Batten on 31 August, 2022

On Saturday 13th August, the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) held a workshop on Heat and Energy – to help homeowners and self-builders understand the options available to them to reduce energy consumption and improve the efficiency of their homes. 

With record gas and electricity prices, concerns over future costs and where our energy is sourced – combined with increasing awareness of the climate challenges faced by us all, the event saw a record-breaking 357 visitors attend the one-day workshop. 

Attendees heard talks on Air Source Heat Pumps, Solar, Battery Storage, Insulation, Heat Recovery systems and much more. The day featured ten talks, culminating in a Q&A session. 

 The NSBRC building on Lydiard Fields, Great Western Way

Harvey Fremlin, the NSBRC’s Managing Director, said, “We are all affected by rising energy costs and we want to do our bit to help people by providing free educational events. What is encouraging is that so many people want to take personal responsibility for reducing their own energy consumption and futureproofing their homes.

“In a survey, we produced last month 41% of self-builders said they are planning more energy-saving measures due to the cost of living crisis. We can help by displaying the options available, while highlighting the pros and cons of each in an unbiased and impartial way. We have just invested a significant sum on upgrading all our lighting to LEDs, so we are practicing what we preach too!’’ 

In addition to the workshop’s success, the NSBRC’s annual survey also showed that one of the top motivations for people building their own homes is to ensure they are sustainable and environmentally friendly. 90% of people responding said they had budgeted for higher levels of insulation than you would find in a typical new-build house. 

The NSBRC, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2022, is hosting a large show on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September. The National Self Build & Renovation Show features a host of talks, masterclasses and Q&A sessions on heating systems, along with a wide range of topics about improving and designing homes. 

For more information and to book your free tickets, visit: 

Pictured: (top of page) Attendees at the event earlier this month