How to prevent overheating in homes as summers get hotter in the UK

House with sheltered balcony to help with overheating, with doors to balcony open
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Overheating in homes has been the subject of many a headline this year, with the UK experiencing hotter, drier summers and heatwaves.

In our temperate climate, and to comply with Building Regulations, we focus on heat retention when building new homes and renovating existing houses. However, this means that we often overlook another major issue, overheating, and how to mitigate it in the summer.

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.

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