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New Registers to Facilitate Residential Land Supply

Can redeveloping more browfield land help to solve the housing crisis? 

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Self-Build as Housing Market Fix

Capacity in the Homebuilding Industry: How the UK is falling short with self-building 

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Can you design a quality home on a tiny budget?

NaCSBA launches 2017 ideas competition to create a low cost retirement community or granny annex

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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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Top tips

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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.