Membership: Frequently Asked Questions


Why join?

You understand the bigger picture. You want to make self or custom build easier in the U.K. You want others to appreciate that self/custom built homes offer the most beneficial and effective way to get the best quality or most cost effective homes. You want the benefits to be available to far more people. You want to have a share of a much bigger national self build industry.

What’s in it for me?

At present we build about 12,000 homes a year via the self or custom build route. NaCSBA has been successful in persuading the Government and other agencies to at least double this; so if you are part of a company supplying products or services to the sector this massive increase should almost certainly lead to more business for you. Self/custom build is now being mentioned in reports and policy documents as an important route for housing provision. NaCSBA continues to work hard to get self and custom building mainstreamed, as it is in so many other countries.

People planning to build their own home are probably going to look more favourably towards a company that supports NaCSBA’s work, rather than someone that does not.

The more members we have, the more influence we have with Government.

The membership fee is excellent value compared to the charges levied by most professional or trade bodies.

Who is already a member of NaCSBA?

Many major suppliers including the leading builders merchants, product companies, kit home suppliers, plant hire businesses, custom build developers, planning and architectural consultants, utility companies, mortgage and warranty providers, specialist magazine and exhibition organisers… the list goes on and on.

How many members do you currently have?

We already have thousands of would-be self builders who have registered as supporters. In addition we have hundreds of large and small businesses and many trade organisations and public sector bodies. Collectively they represent a significant proportion of the people employed in the self build sector.

Can I have access to the membership list?

No, sorry, but the Data Protection Act forbids this. However, you can explore the Self Build Portal's Suppliers Directory which highlights companies/organisations that are members.

How often does NaCSBA meet? And can I attend the meetings?

There is an Executive Committee that manages the day-to-day activities of NaCSBA, which meets about four or five times a year. Members with particular, relevant expertise may be invited to attend one or more of these meetings. There is an AGM towards the end of the year to which all members are invited, and usually another open members meeting in the early summer. We tend to rely on e-mails and the website to keep members up to date throughout the year.

Can I attend any of the meetings that you have with the Government?

That’s probably not very likely as we are normally required only to send one or two of our most senior people to these. However, from time to time people like the Department for Communities and Local Government will ask us to field a specialist in a particular area, in which case we may co-opt a suitably qualified member to represent NaCSBA. For example the Government wanted us to input to some research it was doing into funding the housebuilding sector, so one of the finance experts from Buildstore prepared a detailed paper on the funding of the self build mortgage market.

How quickly do you expect to see an increase in self build in the UK?

We don’t expect it to increase suddenly overnight. But we are already making good progress, and hope soon to see a discernible increase in the sector. Of course, the bigger NaCSBA gets, and the more members and income it has supporting it, the more pressure we can mount on the Government and its agencies, and the faster things will happen.

Can I use the NaCSBA logo on my own website?

Yes, and if you want to set up a link from your website to ours that’s fine too. All we ask is that you say above or below the NaCSBA logo that you are a member of the organisation, and do not suggest that we 'approve' or 'endorse' you in any way. Simply get in touch with our Web/Digital Media team and we can sort this for you.

Can I get my logo on NaCSBA’s website?

At present this is not possible unless you become a Corporate Partner.

If I want to raise something with NaCSBA - how do I do it?

Check the 'Contact us' page for details. Issues can be discussed at the next Executive Committee, or we may invite you along to meet with us. We are a fairly small group and are happy to talk individually to members; but bear in mind that nearly everyone volunteers their time, so we cannot always be available.

If there’s something you feel passionately about we’d be more than happy to hear from you and get you involved.

I want to offer my services, or offer additional financial support – are you interested?

Yes; it is thanks to time and effort voluntarily donated by NaCSBA members and leading experts that we have made such good progress already. We are also very grateful for special donations without which larger projects could not happen.

How long does my membership last for?

Membership is for 12 months and we shall contact you with regards to renewal in advance of this date.

How can I pay?

The preferred payment method is via Paypal using the button on the membership page.