Welcome

Neighbourhood Construction is an open source framework of systems to help you design, plan and deliver successful renovation, maintenance and improvements to your home.

The system is a knowledge-led approach, sympathetic to the needs of traditional buildings; using natural, hygroscopic materials that reduce both the demand and consumption of energy whilst effectively resolving the problems associated with moisture.

The system also recognises and embraces the importance of no-cost and low-cost interventions. These develop an understanding of how your home performs and can be tackled in isolation or as part of a thorough, comprehensive, room by room refurbishment.

A user-centred approach empowers the individual through collaborative working, building a more cost-effective, efficient project – a better job and better value for money.

The common language of co-operative working continually critiques, updates and improves the systems; and a network of practitioners provide peer to peer on-site training, structured tuition and open format learning. The systems build!


Advice and support

Advice and support – impartial guidance, focusing on no-cost and low-cost intervention.

Home improvement, care and repair, energy and damp.

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Training – workshops, apprenticeships and accreditation.

 


Open days and evening talks – not sure where to start? – come along take a look.

 


Why  –  How  –  What


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February

Evening talk

Evening talk – Neighbourhood Construction

Evening talk and social – a series of short talks from practitioners that would like to share their experiences.

The evening will be interspersed with conversation and the opportunity to meet others undertaking successful home improvements.

When: Monday 26th February, 7 – 9 pm

Where: The Portcullis, 3 Wellington Terrace, Bristol BS8 4LE [Map]

Cost: Free, booking essential

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Locks and latches

Doors

Functioning doors, managing and mitigating moisture whilst reducing the consumption of energy. Rehanging internal doors, with Rim latches, new door jambs and Vinyl draught strips.

When: Tuesday 13th February, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £120

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Thermostatic Radiator Valve

TRV’s

Consumption and installation, designing, installing and using functional and efficient systems.

When: Thursday 15th February, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £120

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Lime Plaster Basecoat

Plaster

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation, mixing and applying coarse base-coat and fine top-coat Lime plaster.

When: Monday 19th February, 10 – 5 pm

When: Monday 26th February, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Knowl, Bristol

Cost: £240

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January

Talk: Energy and damp

Evening talk – Neighbourhood Construction

Evening talk and social – a series of short talks from practitioners that would like to share their experiences.

The evening will be interspersed with conversation and the opportunity to meet others undertaking successful home improvements.

When: Monday 29th January, 7 – 9 pm

Where: The Portcullis, 3 Wellington Terrace, Bristol BS8 4LE [Map]

Cost: Free, booking essential

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December

Lime Plaster Basecoat

Plaster

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation, mixing and applying coarse base-coat and fine top-coat Lime plaster.

When: TBC, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, take a look and have a go!

When: TBC, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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November

Bio-aggregate

Bio-aggregate

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope, preparation, mixing and casting hemp lime bio-aggregate onto existing masonry.

When: Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd November, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, come take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Wednesday 22nd November, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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October

Windows

Internal weather

Functioning doors and windows, managing and mitigating moisture whilst reducing the consumption of energy. Polycarbonate secondary glazing, vinyl draught strips and the foam applicator gun.

When: Monday 30th – Tuesday 31st October, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, come take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Saturday 4th November, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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September

Lime Plaster Basecoat

Plaster

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation, mixing and applying coarse base-coat and fine top-coat Lime plaster.

When: Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th September, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, take a look and have a go!

When: Wednesday 27th September, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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September

Paper and paint

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation and application of lining paper, emulsion, distemper, primer, undercoat and gloss.

When: Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th September, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, come take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Thursday 7th September, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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August

Bio-aggregate

Bio-aggregate

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation, mixing and casting bio-aggregate hemp lime onto existing masonry.

When: Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd August, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, come take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Wednesday 23rd August, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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August

Pipe lagging

Electricity and Plumbing

Consumption and installation, designing, installing and using functional and efficient systems.

When: Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th August, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Wednesday 16th August, 5 – 7 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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July

Paper and paint

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation and application of lining paper, emulsion, distemper, primer, undercoat and gloss.

When: Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th July, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, come take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Sunday 30th July, 5 – 7 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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June

Lime Plaster Basecoat

Plaster

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation, mixing and applying coarse base-coat and fine top-coat Lime plaster.

When: Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th June, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, take a look and have a go!

When: Sunday 18th June, 5 – 7 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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May

Bio-aggregate

Bio-aggregate

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation, mixing and casting bio-aggregate hemp lime onto existing masonry.

When: Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th May, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, come take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Wednesday 24th May, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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April

Adaptavate

Open day

Adaptavate Breathaplasta is a high performance, bio-composite alternative to typical plasters such as gypsum or lime. It is mixed and installed using the same techniques as these common plasters but delivers additional benefits.

Drop in, take a look and have a go!

When: Saturday 8th April, between 10 – 5pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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March

Pipe lagging

Electricity and Plumbing

Consumption and installation, designing, installing and using functional and efficient systems.

When: Monday 6th – Wednesday 8th March, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Wednesday 8th March, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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February

Windows

Internal weather

Functioning doors and windows, managing and mitigating moisture whilst reducing the consumption of energy. Polycarbonate secondary glazing, vinyl draught strips and the foam applicator gun.

When: Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th February, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, come take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Friday 17th February, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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January

Energy and damp: talk

Energy and damp

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope, managing and mitigating moisture problems whilst reducing the consumption of energy.

When: Tuesday 24th January, 7 – 9 pm

Where: Portcullis, 3 Wellington Terrace, Bristol BS8 4LE [Map]

Cost: Free

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Open day

Drop in, come take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Saturday 28th January, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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December

Paper and Paint

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation and application of lining paper, emulsion, distemper, primer, undercoat and gloss.

When: Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th December, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, come take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Wednesday 14th December 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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November

Bio-aggregate workshop

Bio-aggregate

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation, mixing and casting bio-aggregate hemp lime onto existing masonry.

When: Friday 18th – Sunday 20th November, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open day

Drop in, come take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Sunday 20th November 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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November

Lime Plaster Basecoat

Plaster

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation, mixing and applying coarse base-coat and fine top-coat Lime plaster.

When: Monday 21st – Wednesday 23rd November, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

When: Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th November, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open days

Drop in, take a look and have a go!

When: Wednesday 23rd November, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

When: Saturday 26th November, 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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October

Bio-aggregate: workshop

Bio-aggregate

Energy-retrofitting the traditional hygrothermal envelope. Preparation, mixing and casting bio-aggregate hemp lime onto existing masonry.

When: Monday 24th – Wednesday 26th October, 10 – 5 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: £240

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Open days

Drop in, come take a look and maybe have a go!

When: Wednesday 26th October 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

When: Saturday 30th October 1 – 4 pm

Where: Bristol

Cost: Free

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