Self-Building an Energy Efficient Home

Join our energy-efficient workshop and discover how building regulations are changing to address the need to conserve energy. Covering topics such as how to design for efficiency, energy needs and sustainability, and choosing the right build system.

Potton SBA Building an Energy Efficient Home

Energy Efficiency


Paul Newman


3 hours, lunch included



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Guide to designing and building an energy efficient home

When building your own home from the ground up, you have the chance to carefully consider all aspects of the build. There are certain levels of energy efficiency that Building Regulations require you to meet, but the thought process is an opportunity to do more than simply tick boxes. Choosing the right build system to increase air-tightness, and designing with energy efficiency in mind can lead to lower energy consumption, and so lower energy bills.

This workshop walks you through the details of energy efficiency with regards to latest Building Regulations, and guides you on what you need to consider when designing an energy efficient home.

Course Contents

  • Energy efficiency in context
  • New homes energy efficiency
  • Planning and Design
  • Building envelope and element performance
  • Building regulations and SAP
  • Passivhaus
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Staff Paul Newman

About the presenter

Paul Newman, Self Build Director

Paul completed his education with the award of a Ph.D. from Imperial College. After a brief time working as a University lecturer, he moved into the timber and construction industries where he has remained for over 30 years. Paul’s skills led him to sit on the Technical Committee of the Structural Timber Association (STA) as both a member and then chair. He also spent several years as a director of the STA. Paul joined the Kingspan group in 2007 working on some of the most exciting low-energy projects in the UK and now leads the team at Potton as Self Build Director.

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Q&A Session

An interactive day designed for you to engage and interact with our self build experts. They will deliver valuable advice with opportunities to ask questions to help you through the build process. It’s also a great opportunity to network and build relationships with fellow self builders to share ideas and useful information.

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Visit the Show Homes

There may be times during the day for you view the show homes. A final opportunity to think about the finishes and details you may want to include in your new home.

Show Centre Aerial View