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

    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.

    Visit site


    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.

    Visit site

    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.

    Visit site

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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.