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.

Natural Building Demonstrations

In addition to the seminars, workshops and one-to-one consultations with eco-experts, you can see live demonstrations of natural building techniques at the shows. At Build It Live South East on 9-10 February see demonstrations of building with hempcrete presented by Natural Building UK.

And at Build It Live North West on 23-24 February both the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) and Natural Building UK will present a series of demonstrations of alternative building techniques including sustainable timber framing, strawbale building, hempcrete, rammed earth and cob building.

To find out more about CAT’s courses in sustainable building techniques and a wide range of other topics related to sustainable living go to

Thanks to both of these organisations for their live demonstrations at the shows.