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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

    Jason Orme explains how to choose the right one and why their cost-effectiveness is really all...

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  • Self Build Guide


    Includes what it means and information on mortgages, finding land, costs and much more.

  • New green roofs can gather BREEAM credits on old buildings


    I’m sure that most people who are involved with designing or building new properties are familiar with the BREEAM system. It’s a way of measuring a development’s impact on the Environment. BREEAM covers such things as fuel efficiency, wildlife habitat,...

  • Underfloor Heating Explained


    If you’re interested in installing underfloor heating in your home, but don’t know how to proceed next, Michael Holmes answers your questions, including information on cost, energy efficiency and design.

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