Useful Links

The following organisations are sources of information for anyone considering a building project. None of them have paid for a link – we just think that each one provides a useful service.

Self Build Blogs

Architect’s Registration Board (ARB)

Check on their on line searchable database of registered architects whether a designer is a registered architect.
8 Weymouth Street
020 7580 5861

ASBA Architects

A national network of small architectural practices, whose members specialise in alterations and improvements to private houses.
0800 387310

Centre for Alternative Technology

A great place to visit if you have any interest in sustainable constructions and environmental issues. Also a good bookshop (online).
SY20 9AZ,
01654 705950

Communities and Local Government

An excellent website, with links and information on all areas of local and national government that is connected with the building industry. Also a complete set of the current building regulations can be downloaded for free, as well as guidance on all the relevant legislation and government recommendations.

Energy Savings Trust

A government backed organisation that was formed after the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Its objectives include achieving the sustainable use of energy in the UK and to reduce carbon emissions. The website has plenty of practical advice for home owners and businesses.
0800 512012

National House-Building Council (NHBC)

Established in the UK during the 1930s by a group of building companies, this is the world’s largest warranty and insurance provider for new houses built by developers and self builders.
01494 735363

The Association of Self Builders

A voluntary group of self build enthusiasts.
0704 154 4126

The Community Self Build Agency

Community self build is about a group of local people in housing need, building their own homes and gaining much more besides. Some projects have already been initiated by groups of individuals. Those without building skills participate on the basis that they are prepared to make the necessary time commitment and be prepared to learn new skills.
020 7415 7092

The Land Registry (England and Wales)

Find out who owns land and average property prices for an area.
020 7 917 8888

The Planning Portal

An organisation set up by national government to act as an internet gateway for submitting planning applications.  All online applications are made through this website, which records the submission details before forwarding them via the internet on to the relevant local authority.

The Walter Segal Trust

A pioneering organisation that specialises in helping people with a relatively low budget to build their own timber frame homes.
Robin at
or Geoff at

Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA)

Members of this world-renowned organisation represent all aspects of the UK timber industry including producers, manufacturers, contractors, engineers and merchants.

Stocking Lane
Hughenden Valley
High Wycombe
HP14 4ND
01494 569600

Wood for Good

Aims to achieve a substantial change in attitudes to wood, leading to an increase in consumption in the UK, through promoting wood’s unique properties.
0800 279 0016