Eco-friendly Building Advice

Eco-friendly Building Advice

If you’re hoping to build a low-impact, environmentally-friendly home, read on to find out how a visit to Build It Live can help you.  From face-to-face consultations with environmental experts, to tailored seminars and workshop sessions from industry figures, our shows are dedicated to bringing you alternative methods of building.

Talk with Build It’s eco-expert

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 all of our shows, 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.

If you are interested in using eco-friendly building techniques in your next project, but can’t wait until the next show, then why not check out some of the articles on the Build It magazine website? Find out more about green building techniques and be inspired by some of our featured eco homes.

Natural Building Demonstrations

Build It Live Bicester on 8th and 9th of June presented a series of demos including hempcrete installation, natural insulation and lime render. See the full timetable below.

Keep an eye out for the 2020 programme- coming soon!


11:00   Pumping insulating lime plaster

12:00   Hempcrete installation

13:00   Lime plaster top coat

14:00   Coloured Cork top coat render

15:00   Natural insulation

16:00   Pumping insulating lime render



11:00   Natural insulation

12:00   Pumping insulating lime plaster

13:00   Hempcrete installation

14:00   Coloured cork top coat render

15:00   Pumping insulating lime render

16:00   Lime plaster top coat

Visit the Natural Build website to learn more about the organisation.