Inspirational show to help you build and refurbish

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THE National Homebuilding and Renovating Show returns to the NEC in Birmingham for the 19th year this weekend.

Running until Sunday, the show offers new ways to educate and inspire visitors wanting to build their future with a whole host of new and innovative design ideas.

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show spokesman, Jason Orme believes that with spiraling utility bills and the recent increase in VAT, installing energy efficient systems to your new build or renovation can make an immediate and significant difference to your energy bills.

He said: “With energy and fuel prices expected to increase by around nine per cent in 2011, self-builders are becoming increasingly aware that improving energy efficiency and investing in renewable energies in the home will save them money now and in the future.

“As well as making a saving on your home energy bill, installing renewable energy saving technologies in the home can add up to approximately five per cent to the retail value of a home.”

He said there are a number of ways in which a house can be brought up to average green standards including installing solar panels, heat pumps, under floor heating, biomass fuel and recycling water.

However, self builders and renovators must understand that the job does not end with installing solar panels, and heat pumps.

It’s about consuming less energy as well as generating your own, the house must be highly insulated and have low energy appliances and lighting. These simple green finishes are relatively inexpensive and will result in a big saving on your total energy bill. ”

Here are ten ways to make your home greener and make both short and long term savings:

1. Insulation

2. Solar heating

3. Water recycling

4. Heat pumps

5. Biomass

6. Eco lighting

7. Boilers

8. Secondary glazing

9. Underfloor heating

10. Green finishes

For more information on a greener approach to building, The Eco Home Show at The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show has hundreds of the latest eco-friendly products and developments.

It will showcase a range of green home solutions which reduces energy costs around the home.

The masterclasses will also cover sustainable building topics including insulation, roofing and heating.

The show is at the NEC in Birmingham. For more information and tickets, visit www.homebuildingshow.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 581 1377. Tickets are £10 in advance or £14 on the door. Children under 16 go free).