Talk: Neighbourhood Construction

Home Improvement

The home improvement board game and householder engagement strategy. Peer to peer group support for the little things that make the greatest difference. Achievable projects structured with strategies, principles and tools to help get things done.

“Another excellent evening of debate and discovery.”
“Reflecting on a few things you highlighted, I’ve been feeling inspired!”
“Looking forward to the workshops.”
“Very interested in everything you’ve covered.”

When: Thursday 23rd April 7-9pm
Where: Portcullis, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4LE [Map]
Cost: Free (Closed)


Introduction – Nick Banks, Centre for Sustainable Energy
40 minute presentation – Simon James Lewis.

  • No cost and low cost interventions that make successful home improvements.
  • Occupant behaviour, draught-proofing, insulating and damp remediation.
  • Principles, design, planning and team building.

Q&A discussion.

  • Project proposal – developing successful engagement strategies combined with adult learning programmes for householder and contractors undertaking home improvements and energy retrofitting schemes.


How to create successful householder engagement with a little joined up thinking.

Before applying the costly and complex interventions, build your skills and understanding with the no cost and low cost interventions that make successful home improvements. From changing a tap washer to how and why to hang wallpaper.

Informed occupant behaviour, successful draught-proofing, strategic insulating and mitigated damp remediation. Understanding the building principles, designing more than an aesthetic, putting together a project plan, a realistic schedule and building a team.

Achievable projects structured with strategies, principles and tools to help get things done.

Watch again

Coming soon.


May workshop:
Informed occupant behaviour
The most inefficient thing in a house is the occupant.

June workshop:
Successful draught-proofing
Wind sucks, it’s not blown, cross ventilation stratification and convection.

July workshop:
Strategic insulating
More than insulation, thermal inertia and hygroscopicity.

August workshop:
Mitigating moisture
Taking apart the hidden history of repeated damp remediation.

Previous talks

January talk:
Energy retrofitting
Why it doesn’t work and why it causes damp.

February talk:
Bristol Green Roofs
Mapping the city’s green roof strategy in 2015.

March talk:
Bristol Hemp Lime
Casting hemp lime onto existing masonry.

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2 thoughts on “Talk: Neighbourhood Construction”

  1. Another excellent workshop complete. Feel ready to tare out our concrete render and reapply some sympathetic hemp lime. Safe in the knowledge i can ask question and source materials from Neighbourhood Construction.

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