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News

Protection from flooding

The BRE has launced an innovative prototype home to help homeowners mitigate the risk of flood damage 

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East Kingskerswell development plans

Plans for new development in East Kingskerswell, Teignbridge, include allowances for self and custom build

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Could self build costs increase?

A new report from the FMB highlights a surge in the cost of materials since the referendum

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Custom build in East Staffordshire

New custom build development to launch in Burton upon Trent

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Planning overhaul in Scotland

Plans for major changes to Scotland's planning system have been unveiled

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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.