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News

New garden villages announced

14 new garden villages have been given the go-ahead, which should deliver over 48,000 new homes across the country

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The UK’s first senior cohousing scheme

Innovative new cohousing scheme in Barnet is the first of its kind in the UK

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Murphy House wins RIBA Accolade

Stylish self build in the heart of Edinburgh named RIBA House of the Year

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Highland innovation

Plans for six new homes in the Highlands have been approved 

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New opportunities in Stoke

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is looking to create two self and custom build developments that could give 31 families the chance to create their own homes

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Case Studies

Contemporary Timber Frame Home

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Passivhaus Family Farmhouse

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Steel Farm

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Merlin Haven

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Timber Frame Home, Ventnor

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Aldcliffe Yard, Lancaster

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Walthamstow Social Rent Scheme

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Prefabricated Passivhaus bungalow

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Cookham Dean, Berkshire

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Harvest House

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Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Forevergreen House

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Housing People Building Communities

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Sülzer Freunde, Cologne

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Berlin - 'Building Groups'

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Manor Farm, Kirton

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Straw-baling, Perthshire

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Findhorn

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Almere, Holland

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Hockerton

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Heating

Heating
  • There are many heating options available to new homebuilders: traditional fossil-fuelled central heating boilers and radiators, or underfloor heating; heat pumps and other electric heating systems; solar panels; wood stoves and biomass boilers; warm air or heated ventilation systems. They can be used alone or combined together.
  • The size and the capability of the heating system is greatly affected by how well insulated and airtight the house is. All new homes have to perform to stringent energy efficiency standards, but many are built to even higher standards, such as the upper levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes (Levels 4 or above) or the Passivhaus standard. This affects not just the amount of fuel consumed but the size of the heating installation itself.
  • These two factors — heating system and build standard — are inter-dependent and therefore best decided upon at the outset.