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  • 1/5: Warm Air Heating

    Warm air heating has come a long way since the 1970s, and eco expert Tim Pullen believes our...

  • 2/5: What is Cohousing?

    Mark Brinkley introduces us to cohousing projects and how they could be a viable alternative route...

  • 3/5: Causes of Damp

    Damp is simply an excess of moisture that can’t escape. As expert David Kinsey explains,...

  • 4/5: Problems with Non-standard Construction

    This traditional style home was built out of 425mm-thick ThermoPlan Ziegel clay blocks Being ahead...

  • 5/5: Converting a Basement: The Process

    Where an ordinary extension or loft conversion isn't possible, homeowners are looking below...

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  • Using Green Roofs to Control Flooding

    Updated

    Making hard surfaces into water retention areas will make rainwater easier to manage.

  • What is Custom Build?

    Updated

    Custom build is set to be one of the ways that the Government will help solve the housing shortage. But what is custom build and how does it differ from self build?

  • Dealing with Bats

    Updated

    Finding bats before you start work is the stuff of nightmares for many renovators. Paul Wagland looks at the options and discovers why it’s not quite as disastrous as you might think

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