Best of Self Build and Renovation 2022: Award-Winning Products and Services

The Build It Awards is the UK’s most prestigious, independently-judged scheme celebrating the best of self build and renovation every year – read on to see our winning products and services from the 2022 awards
Articles by Build It magazine
by Build It magazine
19th January 2023

Now in its 11th year, the Build It Awards is the UK’s most prestigious, independently-judged scheme celebrating the best of self build and renovation. We have scoped out the best products and top-notch services so that you can find the highest-quality goods to make your self build or renovation a success.

What sets the Build It Awards apart is they are scrutinised by an expert panel, which includes some of the self build and renovation industry’s leading lights. Unlike some awards schemes, this isn’t an arbitrary gong or a social media popularity contest – all of these winners have been decided by our expert judging panel.

So, winning or being shortlisted for a Build It Award comes with an expert-backed seal of approval that can give you, the self builder, real confidence when specifying the best products and companies to use when setting out on your home building project.

Here we give you the run-down on our 2022 Build It Award-winning products and services, from the best glazed doors to rooflights and air source heat pumps to self build financial lenders.

Best Heating System or Product

NIBE for the S2125 Air Source Heat Pump

NIBE’s S2125 is an intelligent air-to-water heat pump that adapts to your home’s power needs to optimise energy savings. It uses the eco-friendly R290 refrigerant, which has an extremely low global warming potential and enables the unit to provide higher output temperatures than other ASHPs.



Best Roofing System or Product

Made for Trade for the Korniche Roof Lantern

The Korniche roof lantern comes in a range of designs and colours to match your style preferences while delivering high-quality top-down daylight into your home. Its aluminium construction keeps sightlines to a minimum and the system is quick and easy for builders to install.

Best Glazed Doors

Lacuna Bifold Doors

For many, bifold doors are the epitome of the house-garden connection. Lacuna’s bifolds are made using thermally modified timber, their profiles are the slimmest you’ll see in a timber product, U-values are excellent and the hardware is all marine-grade.

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Best Self Build Lender

Darlington Building Society

In addition to launching the first low-deposit Help to Build mortgage, Darlington offers guaranteed cash-based lending during the build and supports modern methods of construction while offering arrears and accelerator mortgages up to £1.5m.


Best Plumbing or Drainage Product

Saniflo for the Sanifos 110 Automatic Lifting Station

Designed for underground use, the Sanifos 110-litre automatic lifting station deals with grey and black water waste. Compact and affordable, the unit has an integrated wastewater grinder, enabling the use of small-bore pipework, and a powerful 1,500W pump that can lift waste up to 14m.

Best Sustainable Technology or Product

Bee Solar Tech for the Heliomotion Solar Tracking System

This dual-axis mounting system for solar electric panels rotates to follow the sun’s path throughout the day, generating power from sunrise to sunset. Data suggests this can deliver 40-45% more power compared to static panels in the UK.


Best Cladding System or Product

Vastern Timber for Brimstone

Brimstone’s cladding solution not only looks great and performs well, but also uses timber from well-managed UK woodlands. It’s produced using a thermal modification process that turns locally-grown species such as ash, poplar and sycamore into stable, long-lasting cladding.

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Innovation in Insulation

WB Timber Innovations for Larsen Panel System

The Larsen Panel System stood out for its fabric-first appeal and goal of making it easier for self builders to achieve Passivhaus, via a quality-controlled offsite solution. The system achieves excellent U-values through combining twin-wall panels with flexible, breathable insulations.

Best Stove Product

Stovax for its Riva2 Woodburning Fires

Available in outputs up to 8.1kW, Stovax’s Riva2 A and A+ rated fire range not only looks sleek and stylish, but it also significantly outperforms the Ecodesign criteria for efficiency and particular matter emissions. It can even heat up to two additional living zones via a warm air ducting system.



Best Home Technology Product or Installation

Drayton for the Wiser Smart Home Range

Wiser includes a room thermostat, heat hub, app and two radiators thermostats for £246.99. This smart heating control is an affordable retrofit option for homeowners looking to get that little bit more efficiency out of their heating system.

Best Windows

Origin for The Origin Slimline Window (OW-70)

The OW-70 is Origin’s slimmest window to date with 65mm sightlines achieved via a premium grade aluminium construction. This efficient design is available as either a flush casement, bay or fixed window in sizes of up to 4.8m2 and over 150 colours.



Best Joinery Product

Camel Glass & Joinery for Inspiration Doors

Camel Glass found their traditional designs subject to a shrinking market in the face of PVCu, aluminium and composite styles. So, they struck out to diversify with the idea of unique liquid metal and stone flush doors. The result is these statement-making, one-of-a-kind entrances.

The Build It Awards 2022: Sponsors and Judges

We would like to say thank you to all of our sponsors of the Build It Awards 2022, and our headline sponsor BuildStore.

Category sponsors: Self-Build Zone, Korniche, Protek, IDSystems, Stovax, Steenvlinder.

General sponsors: Insulating Concrete Framework Association, The Brick Development Association, The NaCSBA, The NSBRC.

Our Judges: Chris Bates, Jane Duncan, Mike Hardwick, Tim Doherty, Nigel Griffiths, Julian Owen, Raymond Connor, Calum Taylor, David Hilton.

See more and download an entry form for the 2023 Build It Awards through visiting the Build It Awards Website.


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