How To Build Your Own Home In A Week 30th November – 5th December
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Date(s) - Mon 30 November - Sat 5 December
All Day





To celebrate Bristol’s European Green Capital 2015 and use this as a springboard for real action on new housing, Ecomotive are creating an open-to-all series of events for people to come and actively participate in developing solutions. A week long event to generate inspiration and the self-belief that communities can take full ownership of their housing future, each day with five training events that will target the key topics to enable groups and individuals to take positive and immediate action.

This week long series of talks and workshops is aimed at addressing the barriers to the creation of more people involved housing projects, and to set the scene for a positive future where decent, good quality homes and communities are the foundations to an empowered city.


Join the self-build revolution!

Individual day tickets or week tickets available.

Dates: Monday 30th November – Saturday 5th December 2015.
Venue: SPACE, People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, 35 Jamaica Street, Bristol BS2 8JP
Day tickets: Professionals £20, Wannabe self builders £10, Concessions £5, free for those who can’t afford to contribute.
Week ticket: Listed on the Monday 30th November Eventbrite. Only £60 / £30 concessions for 6 days packed with speakers and workshops! 
The event is open to all. Join us for the whole week or as many days as you like.

Limited spaces are available. 


Day 1. People power: Innovation in models, design and housing solutions.
Monday 30th November, 10:00-13:30
Day 1 of this fantastic week we start with some of biggest ambassadors in the UK for people-led housing, this is certainly not to be missed.
Speakers: Jon Broome (Jon Broome Architect), Mark Brinkley (Author), Geoff Stow (Self-builder/ trainer) & Jo Gooding (Cohousing Network).
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Day 2. Community Economy: How do we finance self-building and custom build housing?
Tuesday 1st December, 10:00-13:30
Day 2 will navigate us around the different models of community asset ownership and protection. Affordability and all the issues around equity and land strike the heart of making many projects viable. We will be getting to grips with what financial solutions are actually available, and what the needs are for the future.
Speakers: Steve Bendle (Community Land and Finance), Jari Moate (Resonance Ltd), Mark Ogden (Triodos) plus Guest Speaker to be confirmed.
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Day 3. Landing Safely: How and where to find affordable land?
Wednesday 2nd December, 13:00-16:30
How do we find land, what are the opportunities and challenges facing people-led housing? Our experts provide the insights and expertise to unravel what can seem the maze of all mazes.
Speakers: Tim Crabtree (Schumacher College), Ed Rowberry (GW Regional Capital), Chris Askew (Askew Cavanna Architects), Plus guest speaker TBC.
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Day 4. Inside Out : Sustainable homes, the design, materials & benefits.
Thursday 3rd December, 13:00-16:30
How can dreams become reality, the practical steps and what does it mean to be sustainable/build your own home? What is Passivhaus and what impact do ‘smart designed’ homes have on energy bills? What new solutions are available in 2015/16 for self build and custom build? Come and join this festival of solutions.
Speakers: Alex Whitcroft (WikiHouse), Craig White (White Design), Rob Elkins (Elkins Architects) & Alex Dutton (Barton Willmore)
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Day 5. Home & Away: Lessons from the UK and Europe on successful self-build/community projects.
Friday 4th December, 13:00-16:30
Day 5 we look at what it takes to create successful community projects in the UK and across Europe.  Ted Stevens will be presenting the fruits of a year’s research programme that reveals the very best of 30 self-build projects across Europe.
Speakers: Jane Serraillier (Stroud Cohousing- Springhill), Ted Stevens (NaCSBA) + Special Guest TBC.
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Day 6. Let The People Build! (followed by our “Make It Happen Party”)
Saturday 5th December, 14:00-17:30/17:30-20:30
Day 6 of this festival of people-led housing rounds up with 2 key speakers (Ben Adam-Smith and Sam Brown) who in very different ways have been on a journey to explore and understand the lay of the land in sustainable self-build housing. The Bristol housing agenda will be put in the spotlight as Ecomotive director Jackson Moulding and Bristol CLT chair Keith Cowling address key issues they see for the European Green Capital 2015.
Speakers: Sam Brown (Jon Broome Architect/NaCSBA), Ben Adam-Smith (House Planning Help), Keith Cowling (Bristol Community Land Trust), Jackson Moulding (Ecomotive)
Make It Happen Party featuring: Toyface, Rebecca Tantony + More TBC
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We need friendly, approachable, volunteers who enjoy working in a team to help make this event a success. Volunteers will form a team each day and be involved in welcoming and guiding event guests and speakers, serving drinks in the event café, and helping to organise the different sessions. Get involved for one or more days with flexibility around the hours you can do, and we can guarantee an enjoyable learning experience, job references, and of course you will be contributing to an inspiring community-led housing movement. For more details please email Richard at

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