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NaCSBA’s Custom and Self Build Market Report 2022 offers insights into the CSB sector

By Victoria Purcell | 4 August 2022

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) published its first annual Custom and Self Build Market Report in May 2022. The most comprehensive assessment of the sector to date, the survey tracked the experiences of those who have built their own home in the last five years.

The results show that 50% of self-builders included a sustainable heat source in their project, while over half chose to build using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). The main reason cited for choosing an owner-commissioned house was greater choice, and the report suggests that for many self-builders, these choices often result in higher quality, greener homes.

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The Seymour-Smiths’ Cotswolds build, featured on Grand Designs, was the UK’s first Passivhaus. Photo: Chris Tubbs

Unsurprisingly, the number-one barrier to self-building is sourcing a plot of land, despite the Right to Build legislation and the National Planning Policy Framework’s requirement for local authorities to identify land to accommodate at least 10% of their housing requirement on small sites. This was closely followed by the intricacies of the planning process as the second largest barrier.

‘This first-ever NaCSBA annual Custom and Self Build Market Report is essential reading for all those keen to access quality insight, analysis and data on the sector and on the views and aspirations of past and current self-builders, as well as those thinking of the route,’ said NaCSBA CEO Andrew Baddeley-Chappell. ‘It is a stark reminder of what the new homes market could and should be about – quality, sustainability, community and value.’

The eco-credentials of Leah and Craig's custom build wowed Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs: The Streets. Photo: Channel 4

The eco-credentials of Leah and Craig’s custom build wowed Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs: The Streets. Photo: Channel 4