Plant Rooms: How to Design an Efficient Space

a plant room containing a heat pump unit
(Image credit: Viessmann)

Plant rooms are a new necessity for self build homes, especially those relying on renewable technology to provide heating and electricity. While it may not feel like the most useful use of your floor space, including a plant room in your home design will make it easier to inspect and maintain your home’s most important technology. 

But where should a plant room be located in your home? And how can you make the most out of the space you dedicate to it? Our expert answers all the questions you need to know in regards to planning a plant room.

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.