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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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  • Building a Green Roof; Which is Best? Do-it-Yourself or Hire a Contractor?


    Most self-builders, architects and developers have considered adding a living green roof to their properties. A green roof is the ultimate in sustainability. It all sorts of benefits with it including added insulation, BREEAM credits, stunning good...

  • Insulating Old Homes


    Period homes appeal to many due to their character and charm, but what is not so appealing is their tendency to be cold, draughty places to live. Natasha Brinsmead looks at easy ways to make your old house more comfortable  

  • Achieving Airtightness


    It's a key ingredient in creating an energy-efficient home, but what does airtightness mean and how do you build an airtight home?

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