Exhibitor News

Exhibitor News & Case Studies

Our Exhibitor News page is the ideal place to learn all about the fantastic work our exhibitors have been doing in recent months. Look out for new product announcements, browse through self-build case studies or discover fantastic competitions that will be running at our Build It Live shows!

The exhibitors at Build It Live Bicester range from windows and doors suppliers to timber frame specialists, renewable energy providers and design & home build package companies. Whatever you need for your self-build or renovation project, you’re sure to find it at Build It Live.

Green Building Store

A 19th century Yorkshire farmhouse in Cumberworth has undergone a radical transformation with a deep ‘whole house’ retrofit undertaken by Green Building Store, who trialed TecTem for the first time in the UK, an innovative internal wall insulation, from Knauf Aquapanel in Germany. TecTem is a board material manufactured from perlite, an expanded volcanic mineral, already commonly used in plasters.

The retrofit was designed using the Passivhaus methodology, modelled in Passivhaus Planning Package software, and has resulted in a reduction in space heating need of up to 86%. Researchers from the AECB carried out temperature monitoring and found that ‘the buildings fabric maintains very constant indoor temperatures, regardless of outdoor climatic conditions’. The Cumberworth radical retrofit is also the first project to beta test the AECB CarbonLite Retrofit certification system.

Read the full Case Study here.

Talk to Green Building Store about how your dream home can be energy efficient on stand C22 at Build It Live Bicester


VELFAC glazing is installed in an exemplary eco-home in Brighton, the first private house in the city to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5. Construction follows passive solar house principles, with VELFAC glazing specified for its impeccable low-energy and environmental credentials, and for its stylish design. VELFAC glazing is installed throughout the single-storey home, and is part of a natural ventilation system which minimises the impact of solar gain in Summer, while retaining the free heat delivered through the glazing in Winter.

Talk to VELFAC on stand B40 at Build It Live Bicester


Boiling Hot Water Taps

Boiling Hot Water Taps has launched a product that allows you to cook vegetables, create pasta dishes and make tea quicker than ever before. With time spent on basic kitchen preparation now eliminated, they can delivery of 99°c near boiling water instantly, at point of use. One of the many benefits of instant near boiling water is that it is much more energy efficient than a kettle by ensuring only the water required is used, greatly reducing waste and creating savings in water and electricity.

Speak to the Boiling Hot Water Taps team on stand E33 at Build It Live Bicester.

Carpenter Oak

Nigel and Annie Laing were inspired by TV show Grand Designs to build their very own self-sufficient home. Nigel found a plot with an existing bungalow on a 10-acre site before securing planning for a 4-bedroom home, to be built next to the existing property. This meant that they were able to live in the existing bungalow before it was later demolished. 

The property was self-designed by the couple with the help of an architectural technician. Having met Carpenter Oak at a self build exhibition, they decided that they wanted an Oak Frame married with block construction that offered longevity and to reflect the surroundings of the property. Read the full Case Study Here.

Meet the experts from Carpenter Oak at Build It Live Bicester and see how they can make your dream project a reality – head to stand C52.


Sylva offer bespoke design and build solutions for timber frame homes. Their Concept to Keys® is a low risk, cost certain build approach allowing you to stay in control of your build. They provide a fixed price to take your build from concept drawings to whatever stage you wish.
Sylva has built up extensive knowledge of Graven Hill, the unique self build opportunity, which is less than 40 minutes’ drive from their Oxfordshire offices. Sylva aims to guide you through every stage of your design and build project, working with Graven Hill on your behalf to ensure that your home is built on time and on budget. Their Graven Hill expert will act as your first point of contact to explain how the company works and their design team will then work closely with you during the design process.

Find out how Sylva can assist you with your Graven Hill plot at Build It Live Bicester, stand C42.

Niko Home Control by Moss Technical

Niko’s mini detector is one of the coolest new additions to the suite of products on offer. The mini detector has been designed to monitor light and movement separately, making for a superb security feature. For examples, the light at your door or landing will switch on at 30% when it gets dark and only switches to full power when it detects movement. Or, if you enter a strorage room with your arms full of shopping, the light will automatically switch on/or off.

The discreet detector also controls the security functions of Niko Home Control. If you are not at home, it will activate the lighting if it detects movement, giving the impression you’re in, send an alert message to your smartphone and it could even activate your alarm installation. Thanks to an update of the user settings software and the user settings app, your customers can adjust the light intensity and the switch-off delay of the detector too.

Niko has released version 1.14.0 of the Niko Home Control programming software. The major improvement: the settings of the installer and the settings of the user are both retained at the same time. If they conflict, the last settings will take priority. What’s more?

  • The housing is waterproof so you can install is indoors and outdoors.
  • With an overall diameter of only 36mm, it is very discreet.
  • With protective caps, you can easily reduce its dectection range from 360 to 180 degress, making it less sensitive to movement in a particular direction.
  • There are two colour choices, white or black, making for even more of a discreet appearance depending on your ceiling colour.

The new Niko mini detector is available now (Part Number 550-20220). Speak to the team at Build It Live Bicester, stand B32.


Beattie Passive

Beattie Passive has created a 130m2 single storey 4-bedroom home, in a secluded seaside location, off a private track in the idyllic Norfolk countryside. Using the Passivhaus method for the construction, the build has achieved a Wall U value of 0.11 W/m2k, a Roof U value of 0.11 W/m2k, a Ground Floor value of 0.11 W/m2k and Air Tightness of 0.309 m3/h/m2@50pa 0.52 ach, n50. Beattie Passive’s system is in keeping with the architect’s original design, fitting in with the needs of the homeowners.

Find out how the Beattie Passive team can create you a Passivhaus, at Build It Live Bicester.

Beco Wallform

This Build It Award-winning affordable home from Beco Wallform came with the design brief of a low-energy retirement home on a restricted site, with a public road on one side and rock escarpment with utility services running through it on the other. 

The dwelling needed low running and maintenance costs and, most importantly, maximise the views of the loch opposite. The Wallform 313 system was used for construction, achieving a U-value of 0.19 W/m2K when finished externally with a thin coat render system. The Wallform construction, as well as being practical and quick to build, also provides excellent levels of air tightness. Excluding the costs of forming the road access and re-routing utility services, the cost for construction of the new house and the holiday cottage was less than £750/m2.

Find out how Beco Wallform can assist you with your build on stand B39 at Build It Live Bicester.

Solar Plants

Solar Plants will be showcasing a new innovative flexible solar panel at Build It Live Bicester, as well as demonstrating how solar panels are installed on different types of roofs. Whether you’re going for a zinc standing seam roof, or more traditional tiles, visit their stand to see their demonstration roof to find out exactly how solar would be fitted.

Many people now decide to have in-roof panels rather than on-roof panels for their seamless finish. Mr Everson, from Aberdare, a customer of Solar Plants, was undergoing a major renovation project – adding a huge extension to the back of his house and completely re-developing his roof:

“It was a personal preference to opt for the in-roof option. The in-roof system just looks so much better and the panels become part of the roof, rather than stuck on top, giving a sleek, low-profile finish”.

Solar Plants only use in-house installers comprised of qualified roofers and electricians to ensure a best-in-class finish.  As a result they are currently rated number one solar PV installer on leading independent review website Trustpilot, and are a Which? Trusted Trader! Many self-build projects now install renewable technology as a way of future-proofing their new home against spiralling energy costs. Solar Plants invites you to chat to our dedicated self build team, who have years of experience in liaising with contractors to ensure a seamless and hassle free installation.

Bring along your plans and discuss your energy requirements with Solar Plant’s self-build team on stand D21 at Build It Live Bicester!


The owners of Gravel Farm House, near Ely, wanted to replace their old oil boiler with a renewable heating system that would offer lower running costs for their six-bedroom home and take advantage of RHI tariffs. Thanks to a new ground source heat pump from Viessmann, they were able to create their own communal heating system, additionally providing heat and hot water to three on-site holiday bungalows. “The heat pumps provide a really nice warm temperature in our home all year round and it’s really easy to operate,” they say.

For advice on how to add renewable heat to your home, visit Viessmann on stand C12 at Build It Live Bicester


Northcot Brick

Multi-award winning company Northcot Brick will be displaying its acclaimed range of handmade, reclaim looking bricks and matching ‘specials’ at all three Build It Live events! Talk to their master brickmakers about their intricate detailing and brick matching capabilities. Made with traditional ‘age old’ brickmaking techniques, their bricks have a timeless instant aged appearance, which will add value and individuality to your dream home.

For more information or technical advice on all aspects of brickwork, talk to Northcot Brick on stands B14 at Build It Live Bicester