Eco-friendly Building Advice & Demos

Eco-friendly Building Advice & Demos

At Build It Live North West you can gain invaluable FREE advice on all things sustainability. From face-to-face consultations with environmental experts, to eco-friendly construction demonstrations and tailored workshop sessions from industry figures, our shows are dedicated to bringing you alternative methods of building.

Head to the Workshop Theatre on Saturday to hear Fervo talk about a “Beginner’s Guide to Energy Efficient Heating” and Green Building Store discuss “Windows for Eco Homes”, at 3.30pm and 4pm respectively.

At Build It Live visitors can book a one-to-one meeting with Build It’s eco-expert, Nigel Griffiths, a consultant working mainly on energy efficiency policy and evaluation. Nigel is also the author of the Haynes Eco House Manual and the director of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance, a collaborative not-for-profit organisation, acting as a council for sustaining and improving traditional buildings in the UK. His focus is on high-quality research, education and policy development.

Nigel will be available through the weekend at Build It Live North West, to discuss all aspects of sustainability, from renewable energy to environmentally friendly building techniques. Bring your house plans, designs or ideas along and Nigel will share his wealth of knowledge with you.

Make sure you head to the Ask Our Experts lounge early to book your slot with Nigel as these sessions book up quickly!

Find out about our other industry experts here.


Exclusively to Build It Live North West, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), an educational visitors centre, will be informing the public about all aspects of green living, including environmental building, eco-sanitation, energy efficiency and organic growing. Head to their stand at the following times, to catch their live demonostrations.

10am Traditional Timber Frame Joints
Watch a demonstration of how to make a traditional mortise and tenon joint in wood.

11:30am Straw Bale Building
Learn the basics of building with a non-toxic, easy to source, low cost, waste material – straw. Pick up some practical tips and techniques for working with straw bales.

12:30pm Curves in Wood
See how to build curved shapes with wood on this glue laminating demonstration.

2pm Building with Hemp and Lime
Lime has been used in building for hundreds of years, and is ideal for both renovating older properties and new builds. Come and learn how it can be used with hemp to create an insulated wall.

3:30pm Timber Cladding
Practical demonstration of different ways timber cladding can be used in your build project.

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Tutor Profiles

Carwyn Jones is an experienced carpenter and eco-builder. He teaches a range of courses at the Centre for Alternative Technology including traditional timber framing, timber frame self-build, build a tiny house, green roofs and upcycling with pallets.

Kit Jones is an eco-builder working with timber and straw bales, based at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Alex Sparrow is the founder of UK Hempcrete and co-author of The Hempcrete Book. He teaches hemp and lime building at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Bee Rowan is the director of Strawbuild Ltd. and teaches straw bale building at the Centre for Alternative Technology.