All the resources you need

to get your project off the ground

Access the resources and visit the websites below to find independent advice and expert opinion on every step of a self-build or custom build project.


Downloadable resources

The True Cost of Building a House

This straight-talking guide will teach you everything you need to know about the cost of self-build projects. Download it now and discover:

  • 5 things you must consider when costing your project
  • How to get cost certainty through good design
  • A detailed breakdown of costs at every stage of a Greencore self-build
  • Expert advice on procurement routes and project management
  • Details of Greencore’s fixed price guarantee for self-builders
Download the guide
Greencore Construction Annual Report 2018

Greencore Annual Report 2018

Download our short report and find out what we’ve been doing in 2018.

Read about:

  • Our mission and vision for sustainable house building in the UK
  • Recent and upcoming Greencore projects
  • Our work to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
  • How we’re supporting the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy
  • Our work with specialist sustainability charity, Bioregional
Download the report

Our Planet: Our Business

Sustainable businesses have the power to reverse the effects of climate change and secure a positive future for human life itself.

We believe it’s vital to leave a legacy of sustainable housing for future generations. This 40-minute documentary from WWF explains why.

Biond Layman's Guide

Learn about our unique construction system

In 2016, we teamed up with scientists at Bath University to rigorously test our unique closed panel, hemp-lime construction system.

You can read the findings of the research (and find out why our system outperforms some building materials by nearly 400%) in this downloadable report.

Download the report

Why timber is the best choice for your windows

Unsure whether timber or PVCu windows is the right choice for your new home?

Read this breakdown of research conducted by the Wood Window Alliance. It covers everything you need to know about the environmental performance of timber vs PVCu windows.

Download the factfile

Useful websites

Self-Build Portal

Produced by the National Custom and Self-Build Association, this government-endorsed website has lots of expert advice and guidance to help you get your self-build or custom build project off the ground.

Find information on land, planning, finance and more.

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The online home of BuildIt magazine. Giving advice on routes to self-build, designing your home, structural and material guidance and more. See readers’ homes and get inspiration for your next project.

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The Self-Build Guide

A great, independent source of information for self-builders. This site has a wealth of information on financial considerations, building methods, government schemes, project management and much more.

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Other help and advice for your project

Custom build glossary

Don't be baffled by technical housebuilding jargon. Find the answers you're looking for in our helpful online glossary.


Got a question about building sustainable homes? You may find the answer in our frequently asked questions.