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  • 1/5: How to Solve Condensation

    Condensation is a problem in both period properties and newer homes, but what causes it and what...

  • 2/5: Eco Optimised Design

    Over the last few years, a new phrase has started doing the rounds in building circles that you may...

  • 3/5: Underfloor Heating for Renovators

    Installing wet underfloor heating pipes in existing homes has been very difficult — until now...

  • 4/5: Timber Decay

    The presence of wet or dry rot – not to mention wood beetle – can set alarm bells...

  • 5/5: Cost-Effective Woodburners

    Gallery: Jotul's F373 in white enamel finish, POA; The C-Four from Charnwood available in eight...

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  • Contracts - When Things Go Wrong


    Can a contract help ensure your building project is completed on time and on budget? Jason Orme investigates and asks whether a formal contract can help avoid disputes too.

  • Retro-Fit Underfloor Heating


    Underfloor heating (UFH) is an energy efficient way of heating rooms, and can be a replacement for radiators which are inefficient and take up a lot of room.

  • With Rainwater Harvesting You Are Never Without Water


    In the UK we are very privileged with our water supply but due to changing weather patterns and increasing demand we need to start thinking about sustainable solutions. Surely it can’t be sensible to pipe drinking quality water from miles away to simply...

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