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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorpetecooper
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2010
     
    Hi. First time poster.
    I'm curious as to whether anyone's been to the 3-day (formerly 5-day) self-build course at the NSBRC:

    http://www.buildstore.co.uk/mykindofhome/events/self-build-courses.html

    I'm not connected to the course or the organisation, and I'm just starting out on my self-build odyssey, was mainly wondering if anyone here's had experience of either that course or paid-for courses at the centre. I'm thinking I'll go on one Q1 of next year, assuming it's not a complete horror!

    Cheerio for now.

    Pete
    • CommentAuthorpetecooper
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2010
     
    Right, I'm booked onto the November course if anyone's coming - I'll report back regardless.
    • CommentAuthorpetecooper
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2010
     
    Right, I'm back from this event now.

    Massively helpful to me as a keen learner with some basic knowledge. Dave Hilton's half-day session on eco tech was the high point of the weekend. Full report will be blogged and linked later, but the bullet point review follows:

    Good stuff
    - Dave Hilton and his cut-the-crap approach to eco tech. Zero sales pitch from him.
    - Copious amounts of notes on the presented slides. Enough to make a book from, I would think.
    - Camaraderie between attendees and presenters

    Not-so-good
    - Bit too much info squeezed into 3-day course, would have been better reducing info to fit into 3 days, or make it a 4-day course. Less of a problem with the amount and quality of printed notes.
    - Some slides very busy. Presenter rushed a wee bit to squeeze things into the time allotted.
    - Questions were asked during the slides and the flow was broken up, meaning things over-ran.

    Verdict: really very good, and recommended for anyone undertaking a renovation/new build. Likely most useful in the earlier stages rather than during a build.
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