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4 IFutlur~st'ic low en,ergy house - Stolge 2 By IECOi'8CtU H3 Ltd_

9 T clkingl lhe stress

By Denn IS Bates! Product M,anager Ior Pcssrvent.

,21 IFinger on the pulse

By 'Gary Helton. Genercl M~,anager ot Black M,il~work"

39 lnsto Hnlgl underlloor heotinq

By Kei iy Butl er I tv1a rket 1 ng IDi recto r of B EAJ\AA and Associotion DIrector for the UI,!v\t\.,

4 1 Sweet dreorns

By Arnode, B'e'tta Uvlingl! John lewis and RaInes & WiiUow.

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. e consfruction ol the Crescent Shaped hOijs€ wilhln '~he depihs of Sussex has picked u p momentum ; Jo Saady !SA [Hens] Dip.Arch MSc ~IEEB) RIIB.A Foundinq and Creotive Director of Eco·~e·cl~re ltd, tclks obout lhe progress of this exci·ting build. The weclher however hos played ~r s po r~' in holdIng up '~he bu i Id schedu Ie due ~'O one of the coldest winters the UK. hcs experienced Sli nee records bega n .

Overcoming d iH~cuhies rega rding the· pr,eformed insulated [orrnwork hos not held up the consrucfion progress. The or~glina! Nluduro quote for the pre-termed cu rve d in su IOlle d Formwo rk to be delivered, -ah,gr cosh ngs i- had been to ken ~ nto consldercnon but would hove been extremely expensive. I nsteod 'the corn heeler ode pted sto ndard blocks by cuffl~ng and infil~i'ng '~O achieve the wonderful curve that 'forms die buildinq's crescent shape. During this process plywood gussets ore used to s'~re-ngthe-n [oints prior to pum pi ng ~he concrete ii n.

An essential piece of equipment on this project is a G,PS sote] i~e syslern I ~s§d for slett~n:9I oU'~ ond, a's '~he walls hove glone UPI the esse n-flii a I need 'for accuracy had become a pporent. IDue to lhe curved shape of the bulild OilY discrepancies ol one end COil result lin o 27'0 mm difference ~n the well's poslllon at the o'~her end. When pre orderin 9 h'~g h q uOII ity w ln dow 5 a ccu racy is extremely imporlnnt, The G'PS was. used to position the steel posts 'which are situated ot the point of the curved ends" These 'wlill be hidden w~~'h~n the window Irornes ..

The windows lor the build hove now been ordered; lhe decision was mode t-o opt 'for o ptiwi n windows wh ich are Possivhcus certihed. These tr~ple glolzed energy eff~ci·en~· windows cchieve ultra low U values.

The Opdek system used for- ~he 'floors hos been instol~~ed; The system is bcsicollv concertinced

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additional t~ick lover on lop. In this instonce the flooriing system had to be fined bV c:uU'ing into '~he curve of '~he walls; the progress wos extrernelv interestinq os the. men on site were not used lo this fo rm o] construction. However, ~hey took th is l€orrdr1:g1 curve ~ n the i r stride"

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'On th is ·type of co nsfruction it is essential lhot a Ii eJectric positions are known ot the eorliest stages and all ductwork and oppropricte sleeves are provided lor the w~r~ngl; Posl-pou r dr~lIii ng for changes in lhe electric ~alyout is not acceptable

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we are a lrn i ng for on a ~ r '~ig htness ol less lho none orr change per m"/ mJ /hr at 50 poscols.

On thiis. project 'the liglh~"ing destqn was underkiken by John Cullen! london, who were involved 01 the plonninq process- \Nhen the house is lin ished th is slate o] the o rt ~ ig hti ng system will a~iow for llight) to hove vcrious mood settings: l]P ligh'l"rngl to lhe entronce area and wall wcshinq.

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A mechoniccl venlilotion and heot recovery system w'~11 be inslolled which has been desiqned by The Green Shop; the Po ul thermos 300 W~~~l an advanced control system enob~illgl moncqernent, o range o'~ peripherols e'og" frosj protection &' supplv heot, ond the s,eHtngl of all porornelers such as. summer by-poss tsmpsrofures. This hLgh perlorrncnce MVHR svstem ~ s ~d eo ~ for Possivho us a nd low energy bu i~d ~!lgs.

plans are being discussed for a soil hect exchcnqer using the temperature of the. ground to coo] a!~r on the intake ~11 summer ·or preheot orr 'in ,the· w'i·rrter ...

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go. ahead as '~he under Hoor heating on ,the upper floo rs hod n t t- bee n ln sto II ed; we I ost '~h e s io'~' d us 10 ·the snowl As a result t~e wells have had to be poured in two hits vliith extra reinlorcernent in the walls ond concrete ,edges roughed up to ensure s'fJabili~ in 'the wojls. Also due core h-ad '~O be token by the men workfing o'fJ' height due to the exlrernelv lie)! cond ifions.

I~opefui~y the weother w·ill improve e lo!bling us to catch up w·~-th our schedule.

Se Jfb u i J tiet '& Hom e m ok et wi!l con tinu e to follow this fufvristic build over the forthcoming monms.

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oulstcndinq thermol insulotion GIRd an extremely low space he(lr~~ng requirement of on ~y ] 5 kWh per sq uo re metre of floor oreo per cnnum, With Hnns€ Hous, Pnssivhaus sto nda rds eire not a n el ite id eo I!" but' 01 n afford-able code of b,u~ld where lechnoloqv con be opplled 'to on averag!e UK Iorn i'ly home w"h,e-r,eutiilily running cost's. Olf€ ol primary importonce. Th'8 Honse Hous Possivhous recllv is port of the new generatiion of h ousebuild In g; lhe 1=1 a nse

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f'!oodWaWs unique removable ~lood defence d 00 rs an d tI,~ rb rick cove rs have been owe rded the. pres~~g lous new BSII PAS 1 1 88. kilerno rk -for rernovoble Hood protection devices, following exlen sivs ~ nde pen d en t tesli 119" PAS 1 1 S. 8 sets ,0 new i'ndus~ry stando[d in flood protecnon wh€Je products are subjected to a series of r~90rous tests in a range of sirnuloted COrfd-mOnS11 ~nclud~ng o replico ~Ifv~ng room fined wT~hFloodWall doors a nd a rrbrrck covers ~nslaihsd '~n a mossive woter tal1k~, about half the size of a footba~1 p~tch holdinq 196jOOO gallons of woter. uThe BS~ K iterno rk oword ed 'to Floodwa I~ 9 [yes householders ond busmesses ccnhdence in our products. Cllld their 'e;ffeC'~hvene3s.

We are a UK, based home builder speciolisinq in con5~rUicti'rag homes for clients wi"~h '~aiior made req uirernents. Un lq uelv, W €s'lwood D',eveiopments. offe~ a service incorporotinq GI~I e~em'ents of the plonn ing J co. rstrucrion I h'nglGHon and fi no nee process. We work w~th rnojor UK and in ternonono I b ends to br~llg YOLJ a service thot is comprehensive, underwritten with guara lteesl and delivered on fime and on budget- Estalb!~shed in 1 9910, our quoli'ty of workmcnsh ip and service rs second ~"O none, 'We work to o'9reed deodlinss so you can invest ~n your dream horne w~th ccniidence. Wheiher vou ore an investor

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The new senes of C ho n nel .4 r s Insp'i ronono I Grond Designs fe,atuwes a Rund~m Meir 910r09,e door. Pro~ect orchitecl and home-owner Helen SsymolUrSm~'~l specihed the 7m by 2,2m 'Umber door 'for her Cotswold S'tea I'~h House ~ the fi'rsJ cccredued

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lookinq ,for a h igh -qu,al~ty J design-led solution thOit would complement the modern orchitecturnl Vqh,H=S and passive, credentiols of 'the, house ~ and remeln in ke§ pi ng w ['~h '~he h lstorrc barn srruclore and surround ing green belt lalld", Rundum M'e~r WOI$ able '~O meet' our .criteric.

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IEcolo9iY Building Society has been providing 0) unique brand ol green morlqcqes for olmost 30 veers. ~endiing on properhes thot bene,fii1' the, environment. Their rnoln lend~llg areas are:

• Ru l'-dow'n Dr dere~ict dw'eilingis thait require substo ntio I renovotion work

• Disused, neglected property that can be. corwerted iin to USQ'b~€ bUiildings

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Have yOlu clom,p ered your dreorn horne end wont tOI share you!r story wi h the, reeders of Se,I'fbuifde'r & Homemoker mog:os ziine?

Tell us obout your lnsplrcflons, the troubles anld triumphs 'yOU/'V'B experienced tihlrolughl youlr new bull,d or renovo ion project ..

If you Ire: willing to shore your in,sigh,ts, ond would like your horne fe,ature,d wLhin Sellbuilder & Homemaker. we: wi!.! send one of our freelonce [ournolists to interview you end photograph yOlur home of it's very best.

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olreodv ccusinq ripples os people end eo vou r 'flo bel lo n c€ th 'e' d r i v€ to c reo te b€,tte r 01 ii r nghtness w,~th 'the need '~'O provide cdequote venfilotion ond cope w~lh the cornrn issioninq OInd moi nteno nee req u i rernents

In developing lhe Regulatiions,t the Government has token into account thct ,the more oirt~gh~' OJ bu~ldir1g is, the more \dtol it is to provide adequate ventilotion; to ovoid heolth problems affecting ~~e bu~lding lobrtc and your heOlI'~h. W'e would o'~herw ise i n e ffec t be ex pe cfi n 9 yo u to I ive Ii n 01 seo led box with no ,fresh 01 i d D'oy to day I~v~ ng generates. up to 8 litres of water vapour wilhm the home everv d'ay through cooking, loundrv, bath~ng etc; moisture thal must be removed '~O ovoid heohh issues for people and 'the build~ng coused by condensotion _

The. me ~ n methods of provld 'ingl bcckq round venf I,at'ion ore:

• Possive stock (PSV or i'PSV): bosiccllv, 01 chirnnev. Damp staie cir noturaUy rises up through extrccts in the ceiling ~.which operate a utomotico liy) a nd is exnocted th roug h lhe root. Wall or window i'nle'~s provide replacement fresh oir. The system lis completely outomofic, work~ng 2.4/7". As there are 110 mechonicol ports, ~'h,e system ~S€JS no e~eC'tT~cny fond requires no operator mput or moinlenonce lo 'f~~' and forget' solution].

" Mechani'cal venfilofton ~ME.V or i'MEV}: 01 ce nlro ~ f.a t] mecheri licOIUy extracts the me isl oi r 'from r wef rooms (k~'~c hens, bath rooms! en-suites etc)! wHh [resh a ir being replaced '~hrough wni! or window vents" Th'e- fan is usuoilly !ocat'ed 'in a ctjpboOird or loh spacel m'irdmlizing no~se_

'. Me~harlicOli ventil~liion with heat recovery tMVH~'): this method ~t-iI!·iz,e·s til,e principle of me,chanjca~ vent~la'~ioni b~t posses '~he ,a~r be~ng extracted 'f1h rOijg h OJ heat excha nger ·~o remove

GIS much wa rmth as possible be'fore n is expelled. a red tron sf.e-rs thot W,O rmrh lo the fresh oir com i'ng in. In warmer months ol the, veor, convenlionol Heot Recovery systems continue to operate On 'summer' mode} even if there is no need, The svslern relii,es on accurate itlS'toU,onon and re-gU~OIr rno tntencnce to ensure iit works properly"

.' A unique development combining passive stack ventilotion wlth heat recovery ls now ovciloble. Th is u n i~' works in po ssive stock mode f. without consuminq Oily electricity. lin wormer months it uses 55% less energy then standard MVHR avera I~ ocross the, yea r, This reduces operof ng costs a nd a lso reduces. rno in tenonce costs and requirements For the occupant; up to 39'% over the I iletime of the bu dd ~ ng ,

Vell't~ lotion svste rn mo r1iufactuwe rs -ou rselves included- rnoke diverse claims ave 'the performonce' of their stTa~'e'gies,; of most value is research into real sceneries: do the systems actually deliver whet '~heY' cloim A study by De M.ontfor·~ U n iversttv' s I nS'ti'hJ~'e of Ene-rg'Y & Susto moble Development showed '~hO!l in a- cornpletelv airtight (Om3/nr/m2@50Pol) house, the average ventilation rote ,for a Passive Stock ventilation system WOlS

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The Approved D'oc~merlt also requires now that a~1 systems are, properly commissioned and siglned off I to the extent tha'~ '~he a Ii rflow rate has to be tested and recorded, wh~ch ts inev'itabiy 90i'ng to add to the total~ cost of the. ii nsto llotion. There is also 0 requirement -for occupants to aldequa'~ely mointoin thelir systems to €H1SUr'8' ophmum ventilation levels, ~t lis w'Orth flot'~n'gl the voriofion in cost of ventilotion s'~rategies; in cornporotlve lifetilme castings of ventrianon in ,an indiivi'dl1al dwel~iing over 60· yeolrs~ coverilngl inlitial p~rch,ase~ installation and on-gorng m,a~nt€ndlnCel' PSV costs u~~e_r £ 1 000. By contrastl ,MVHR can cost £, 112iOOO

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M,aking a decision over y'Our choice 'Of ventilonon depends 'to on extent on your commitment 'to ,e·ne-rgIY consumption/ ease, ol use, such as manual input to 'turn lit on or oft operatingi noise levels olnd on-qoinq moinlenonce, suc.h os fiilter cleoninq oJnd

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Ben a rid W,~'ndy Tuxworth T wlsl too k 'the possive stock approach when they built, t~e~r own home on a steep slope III Chellenhom, and hove h III m ~ d ity se n So i five extra ct s r 11 the t\NO wet bo ~ hrooms thotext act ,th,e ,Q i r th rough d ~C'~1 ng to. a roof termlnol, Wendy observes, "Both Ben and I were worried a bout mechen ileal extrocnon w~'~h 'the noise it rnckes, so really wonted to see whether '~h8re was some way of venf laili ng the house pass~veiy. Possivs stack ventilotlon seemed to be lhe only vicble option", It is cheoper '~'han mechanical ventilotion and seemed simple to instoll OIS it reqtj ires no electricol wi ri rlg or can nections ff

Architect Graham lRen nie and hls wife Rosemary bUilh' '~he~r house in a conservofion oreo and instOi!!ed MEV'. Explains Grohorn Rennie; 11~n previous a rch ilectu ral~ proctices I undertook. a lot of work For social housinq, end used MEV venlilofion os a way of ma]nt{]~rdng a condenscnon-lree home 'w~thouj' occupont involvement

'The hligh levels of insulation 'in Nobles Yord, '0 nd the Faci that it wos bu lih OIS a w'e~i sea led buiidl~ng, increased potenttcl for dam p and condensonon so we· needed (l system tholt we would be sure would work end ensure our home stayed fresh a nd comfortably dry. IJ

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The populor Atmos rotlf3€ from R(f~ionoi can be, seen ne[e in a nature ~nsplred tsxfiuJed Urbano Veneer. The wood sHeet units are complemented by Sand coloured ones in a smooth sofin ~ffect 50~ .. lcquer 'frnLsh. Th is hand le-less kilcheh has lwo tslonds 'w~th a Iflooting~ Sand coloured breokfost bar creo for a unique tJS8' of spooJ[€. Th@ worktops seen ~~re are chunky aqueJ blasted, 60mm thi@k 9'f8y granite. This contemporary kilchen hCls cluminium hand~e recesses for o cleon, Hal look. The Almos rang.E is avoi!Qble in a VOirl§'~ of f~ni:shes ~nduding: h'igh gk)S3, wood effeet, book-rnotched ook 'Dna wclnut, glass end ~arge choice of schn effe@:'~ snH-lscquers. www,.rationaLde

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Carron Bathrooms are deh,ghted to' announce some stunning new products incllJding some new designs from the in house des~gn studro of Corron Bcthrooms, and some size vorlotions to exi5ting rartg.es to meet consumer requirements. The -first f'few prodlJct 1.5 the IEchelon! a smooth flowi'ng oval desiqn which ~eah..Jfe's 0 custom de5~9ned FiI~ef/ov8~Jow; Ihis is the first ~ime CJ unique filler/overflow of this kind has been featured on a bath in the Corron range. The Echelon IS best feoltured os o burtt In bath but can be made ovcilobJe wHh on Integrated top ledge and one-piece l-shoped poneli! required. www.carronbathrooms.com

5teh'od ~ad~ator} has o. rpnge of qualrriy rodiotor .Opfli.0(19 ·thOl~' are '6xO"ct'ly right for a hu'ge' range of domestic nea'~~ng. opr?ortuWliHes.. Fpr '~hose !ookiinog for a rcdlotor d,~sr,gn with o bit more $"ty~e and ~maginationJ Stelradls P'['ancu desr,gn quite 'S~mply comes up trumps every time. Planor hQS a Herl, smooth surface wiith elega nt, ii n~$grcJ'ted top grr~lles o nd side po nels If s q sl ~m prohle; $]Iky smoolh surfaced rodiotor t'ho~ ,Simply oozes ,qllql~'ty. Irs evotlcble in Q' rClrl9fi of four he,i§h~$ and 62' models, in th,tS mQs~' POPUkH sizes, so iij' cauldfll.~, be much ecsier '~'o. s.pec~fy or install. www .. sJe1Irod •. com

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Gledhill BiUi'ld~!lg Products has devi'sed the ideoll defenCe a go inst prlcl ng u ncerto [nly caused by ~;he risiing cost of copper wHh 'l-h{~~ lou nch of the industrv' s fi rst ever SJOI i nless sha,e·1 vented cvlinder desiqned for the volume replocernent market. focused on leadingl tnnovction iin cylinder desiqn end provldlnq lhe trade with procticol solutions, GI,edhill has developed the new lEnv~roFoam Slcinless Steel 'Vented Cylinder to offer a high quo~iryl eH~cie,nt and eco-hlendlv OI~terna'~'~ve 'to copper cylmders. The ;~TOI~ Iblazirlg new sto i nless S'~eel cyl mder is b€iingl ·offered by Gied h ~~I at" a comparable price to copper under current market conditions and offers both the reo ssu ro 11 ce of pe rlo rm a nee of s to in I es s stee I o n d price sto b ii! i'ty .

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Fronihne has unv€~led its b~gge5t ever brochure I boosting over 25,6 pages illCIl]dillg o new collection of own bra nd produ cts thOit are exc Ius ~ve to F Fa n'~1 ii n e " The co ~'a log ue Ls ovo i 101 b Ie both i'n p ri n t a ndl on line. It '~eal;~u res over 6000 contemporary and clossic products f~llabllillg an entire bathroom to be destqned from one central ploce, m01kiing p 10 n n r n 9 I de live ry and i n s to ~ laj'~'~orl a sea m less process, Th e fu ~ I colou r brae h U Fe hos bee n c reoied 0 S 0 co m pre he n sive refe re nee w~lh tll e em p hosi S on qua I ity, frorl~lilnels MorketTng Director, Mlichael Sornmon, SOYS .ri20 1 1, is an exciting year 'for ~s with the lounch of so rnony exclosve own brand products. The b roch II) re h as bee n des ~g ned to to kg- th € hossls 0 ut of p u rch a s i ngl both roo m s , (I

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Scheme Gree'n is a new product rang's inlroduced by McArthur Group to conform wiith the Code for S usto i no ble Homes i ,the notionol Sid ndo rd ,for ~he susto ~na ble desig n ,and construction o] f18'W homes. famiiiy owned M.cArthur Group .estoblished over'

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n lodov's current economic clirnote, horneO\NnEnS are looking 'for somethinq exira specie I to justify the· cost of bu ~'d i ng or renovo'Hng a property. Therefore, sen builders need to have lhei r 'fingrer 011 the pulse lin lookiln9 for new end innovative WfJyS to mcke their home both unique ond destroble. and to increose irs VOI!ij8,

The look and feel of a house, inside ond out, can be lorg§ly influenced by '~he choice of windows and doors;' ·0 simple way to put a unique stamp on a property in terms of chcrccter ond .s1ylei whether this ls ln keeping! wiJ'th '~he surrcundinqs or to creole a sloternent.

IB Ii-fa Id doors co n be a n essenfio I too I i n creaj"~n:91 a premium 'feel tor any home. TheV create 'flhe efrec~ of an extension of '~'he property, openinq LUp en entire room! creating en ideal space lo live o nd enhe rio ill lin.

The large giai.zed areas olrld slender Iromes ol wh ich bi-fold doors a re com prised mokes them extremely popular wuh homeowners, as they creole the ~ llusion of spoce. B~~'fold doors COin spa n O! wa II ~ S enlire !eng·th J elonqof ng 0) room t s ~ nterlor Qindl creotl ng a sen m less €xJens ion hom the ~ nside to ·th,e· cutside.

It is not r~sl the exterior of ell prope rly that ~g 11 ires reoction: the otmosphere 'i nside is equo ~Iy imporkmt. The windows and doors 'form a primary hmcfion in nllowill9 nofurcl I~g!h·t to liller through, opemnq up a room and effort'lessly creating more spo!ce_ The ornount of light' lhot is OIliowed through ,0 window con dromoticollv OIffecl~he mood and weli-beiing of the occupants. UH~iisii ng '~h€ best i n desiq nand i nnovofion con

ensure the desi red style is rellected from '~he outside lh roug 1 into the in ~,e rior.

I n add lllon ~ the excepliono ~Iy in F:98' 9 lozed oreos thct biim·fo~d doors oFfer not only increose a person's weilbe~r1gJ but can also reduce energy consumption ,. Studies suggest' that' increosed exposure to dayl~gh'~ improves QI person's w'sllbeing and ts even mentioned in The Code 'for Susto inc b!e Homes, Coleqorv Seve-n ~ Heollh and 'Wellbe~ng oims 10 improve the quality of llife in homes rhrouqh good day ~~gh1'ing~ reduc~ng ~h·e need for energy to light 'the home. Wit'h b+

Fo~d doors chen span n ~ ng o room ~ s w~d~'h or lengtht the creo of glozing is siqniticontlv i ncreo sed J llood ~ n 9 th e room 'W ith notu ro I dQlyi ig h~J '~hus 5119 n i fica n'~!y reduc ~ng 'flne need for electrical I~gh~ sources,

Although an extremely higlh proportion o] -0 b~-fold~ng door system IS taken up by . he giazln9l1 homeowners should sHU ensure the sbucmre's fromework lis suiloble RepuhJbie door mcnulocfurers will oHer biJ·+old systems in a number of d ~nererlt colou rs ·and slvles to ensu re the door co n seornlesslv ~rrtegrate· into any property. Timber 'fr 01 m 8$ halve 10 n 9 be·e n co JI sl de red o n in sp i ro'~ionOl~ choice and are pornculorlv popular among homeowners wl:Jnlirlg 'to odd perceived volue to their property. They or's also becorninq increoshlglly popular wHh '~he eco conscious speciher, hovi'ng recently been norned the window moteriel of choice by Greenpe·oce_

SelF bu Ii Ide rs in search of a rch ileclu ro ~ d isf ncfion shou~d look to bi-foldl doors with olurniniurn h·olmes. 0 ~erling the best of both worlds, alum i n iurn fro rnes com bi ne the (on he rn para ry good looks with increosed durabi~j'jy end wecther resistance 'for ·added peace of miind ,.

Dependcbls manufacturers wil~ be oble to onew a wide portf~ol~o of bi~fold doors covering clummium, alum inium oak clod lorninoted timber, eng ii neered pine, eng i neered oo k a nd a lu m lin ii urn clod eng ineered pine, and in wh~·~'e· with odd+ tionOl~ Op~~OI1S lor more IRAL colour vononcns. Units can aha be stoined or lacquer fi·nrshed.

Our units ore tested to EN 11279 ond h;lly 9 lozed ·vv i'~h p~ I ki n 9 ton T ougl he ned Low E glazing~ with upqroded Therrmx spacer and argon fill, In oddition, diH§Tent width -frames ronglifl:9 hom ,70mm, 80mm and 1 15mm to suit' the styl's of the pornculor buiildrn:gI ore ovciloble ..

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Sen~'ine~ is seeing encourcqlnq soles of i"~s h ~g hiy e,fFect~ve domestic heof n~g Syst€HTI f~her which removes mcqnetic -and non-rnoqnetic system debris effecHve.ly 'from 01 heotingl system" II'~' leofures QI proven design! ifs recommended by ~e.ading .systern component manufacturers and because iit requires no energy to. operore, it's very environmenlojlv 'frileJld~ = both ln operotlcn, and in thcJ'~ by re'mov~ngl debrts from the system I it a~iows 'the h,en1"~lIg system 'to operore ot optimum eHic~€tlcy levels, help~ng to reduce energy ~sage and ,as a re·suh! C"02 emissions.

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,M,ark and Debbie Sompson's unique strow bale house-with-e-view, ,featured recento/ on Cho n ne~ 4 IS 'G ro nd Desi'g IlS J he s been bu~ I'~' wi"~h lo.yin~g care us'ing wherever possible the most eco-Iriend Iy mote riels. Pri me o rnonqst ,these is an Ecodan@ oir source heot pump hom Mitsubish~ Elec~ric" lE.codon wi~~ out ernissions by half over a gals boiler ond reduce runnlnq costs by 30 per cent Sovings over alit LPG, and direct electric are even greater. The Sornpsons are now considerinq odding the ab~lity to. source, their hot woler vic the Ec:odCll!l unit to supplement ~'he solo r lhermo I system and gua ro ntee 01 confin ~JOUS supply, ~~Wta hove been impressed 'w~th the r€l~abillii~ ol the Ecodan ,and it could

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Ecobulild is. the p~a~orm for rno]or launches lncludinq, ,for 201 ] I B~!~ D'uns'~€rrs slrow house StramitZED" lt's the- very la~e$~' ln hils eco hous,ingl stable; a slrow board home ,that can be, bu~I~' for ,£ 1135 IOOIO'~ ,£2'0'~OOO ~es.s then the normol cost of constructinq o code level 6 house, The 5'~ralmitZIED house is a [oint venfure be1ween ZED'factory and Snorntt Technology Group. The strew boards are combined with limber ond insulotion hom recycl,ed newspaper and made inlo cossettes to bujld the homes"

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l-iigh!y topical is Ecobu~ldts Solar hub which will exploin ,the fondam€n'~als of phoiovohotc systems; how ,they work, whot components '~he'Y include, and how and whe-re to i'n,s'f1all them, wi'th daily dernonstrotion 5 a nd la~ks on bu ~id i n:gl i nteg roted photovojkiic 'f1iles (BIPVl1 photovoltolc svslerns (PVl1 b@nefiting from the '~e'8d ~ n to riff.

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R anew' provides pmctico] odvice 0 n cch levi ngl one of the most imporlcnt aspects of Olll energy §ffilctent bu~~d~ng; a highly msuloted, aiJr 'I'iglht bUildiing envelope, with doily I ive demonstrofions of inlemol and externo I insulation for solid wells, ~o,h lin su 1'0- lion, insulated HOOf bases ond glazling solutions

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New 'for 2011 '1 j Ecobu rid is Wo'ter wise w ill bringl visitors up to dole Oil the choriqes to Part G of bu ~Id i ng reg ulofions, understc nd i ng '~h€ woter eH[Jc~ent systems and appliances that can now be insto lied i nlo bui Id ~ngs _ I~ w~U a lso explo in th,e measures t~at con be put in place to si,gnifi.conlly reduce our woter footprints by fixingl leeks, USlil1gl

water eliicient white goods and other woter-sovmq technoloqies, os 'well as irnplernenhnq simple bU'~' eHect'live behoviourol changes, ond dernonsnonnq that' not' only does a reduction in water con:SUlmp·' fion save energy ,and ccrbon, bul '~hat H brinqs fi no nclol sovlnqs for consu rners.

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Another fOlVOU rite with reg ulo r visitors to E.CObLll i'ld is the Nlatur,a~ I trod itionol suslo ina ble otlrocfion, where do li~y i nterocllve demonstrofions wiii cover a wealth of' noturol rnoteriols and trodi~iona~ techniques includinq dry stone wailrllg,t sfrow bole conshuction J ro m rned eo rth I cob brick ma ki ng J tradi'fiioTlal corpenhv ond hrne rendeririq.

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The 201 1 sernincr programme, free to attend!" is EcoblJii Id is biggest ever with over Q dozen snecrns and more '~han '] 30 seminars covering t~e most pressing concerns lor built envlronrnenl prolessiono Is:

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Sam inors ore brought- to I~'fe throu9lh a series. of in ~e rocfive Q'~~'rQc~ioflS and live dernonstrotlon s taking place on the exhlbillon fioor, lrom how to

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The IEcobui~d conference ~11 20] 1 compFises th F"€h3 streo rns ond exo mines the key issue'S surround ing SUS:~'OI lno b~!i~y ~ consfrucfton end the bUih environment, hom bii'9 piclure debcles, such as inlernctionol politico] co-operotion, global economic models, behovlour and psychology of cllmote chcnqe, and 'Ihe role of science, 'thro~gh to more domestic chollenqes such as how 'the' UK con structio n seclo r n sed s to c han gel h OVv to re~u rbish . ~e existing stock, deco rbon isinq electricity genera'~i,onl ~he flmpact of locclism and the b~:9i society on pionni'rug ~'and lin porticulor the hO-lJsing sector] ,

LAn innovofion thafs bound 'to be popular for Ecobuild 20·1 '] IS 'the tntroducnon of on onltne ilinercrv plonner which allows visitors to plan their visit i n odvo nee J i lc~~d ~Ilg th,e h rnes ond locations of conierenceond seminor sessions, and live, demonsfro nons, OIS we~1 as I iJ,sti'ng exh ~ biters '0 nd products of interest The exhibition wi] be, orqonised in '~'HC h n 0 logy zo 11 es, w 'i th slim Ii lo r prod ucts J re leva nt serninors and otlroclions, al~ located in the same oreo.

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~ ......... Steico shows. E~ropeis leodinq expertise iin nofurc I wood f~ bre msulonon and construetlon solutions for ~he perfect' year round '8'nergy saving indoor cllrnote - and healthier' buiidl~ngs ~ on Stand No 58] 5 at Ecobuildl 201 l , The range oilers quoluv and perlorrnonce usinq ce -t~H€d susie lnoble rnoleriols while reduciing C'02 emissions ond sovinq '01l energy consumption. They provide cosy worrnlh ln winter and ClI cool retreat in summer For houses! cornrnerciol ,and induslriol buildl,ings. lnsulotlons ~ike SteicoHex ond Steicotherrn help meet' new Part' LJ the Code for Sustcincble Homes,

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The populor B,enm Plonnum 335 cenlrol vacuum from Total Horne EJlVironmen~ is now ovoiloble in a iimi~ed edmon oll-in-one green unn lor a speciol ofFer price o'f iusfJ £599' ,+ VAT. fh'8' limited edition metcllic emerald green unit, mode by E.lechol~x! hots a buill-in IL.CD displov to monitor system operolion, ~-ota~ operotmq hours, lime and lernperoture os w,,@~! as keeplnq lrcck of dirt bucket copocitv 'for optimum system performance. The speciol edition unit also comes with a remote speed control hose to provide 'fur~her elnergy sovinqs and '0 kit of three inlets for a standard Iour-bedroorn house included in '~he package. _AIHra'-,one packaging of the unlit' with a 4 piece cleoninq set reduce pcckcq ing mole rials and lower lro nsporlofion resources.

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If's simple and cost effectlive' to. ochieve huge. horne energy sovmqs while making a home c os ~er - thof s ~'he m esse 9 € horn Hon i3'VW"9,i I ~Ecob~ild storld N 166 ~ }_ Honevwell experts wi U be 011 hOilld 'to provide en,ergy savlillg advice and dernonsfrotlons o'f tts rangle of energy sOlv~ng ihermostots ond 'ri mers, These include Su ldi'al Rf2 wireless control packs which are- cleon, quick ond simple flo hI, yet reduce energy wcstcqe. They feCllhJre lPI [Time Propornoncl and In~egral) advanced energy $(lvi'ng control, which provides more occurote lernperolure control than trad~'tiionOiI controls"

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We tan move on to eHici'ency ~otei but whot rnonv of our cornponies have, leOirnt from 'flheir customers is 'that under Hoor he'otilng is a desiroble feO'~ure becouse it ollows lor an i rcreosed uscble floor areal for furnishing! SiT~pp~llg away the need for whOl'~' one house- builder once described to me as w(ll~1 acne. Apart From the ceslhefics, it IS also a very Hexiible end efhcienr rnelhod for dislribulinq heot P~mpin.g heoted wa'~er throu,glh a large oren of plosnc ~LJ b~ng 9 tves a ~91reat caverag,e For heat' tronsler ond, wi't~ the heot delivered ,from lloor lrevet the room is heoled evenly. Whole room he,a~ing 'w~'f1h a low lernperofure distrlbutlon svslern lis ~nhere-nto/ more eHrch:;nt' than heating1 pockets O'~ air around rodiotors.

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A room therrnoskn is gl,enera!ly used and n i'g!~t sel-bo c k sy stern s a re co m m on I 'vV he re ro th,e r th all '~U r n ~ 11 9 off '1"11'8' 5YS t"e m t the '~h e rm os to t drop s to a lower tern perofu re seff ng1. Th is ~ s con sid ered to be good practice OInd more eHliclellt than simple on/offl especially with heol pumps thot prefer connn UO~$ operolion for moxi m urn system ,e.ff~-, clencv. However. '~emperature set .. back should nol be set so low thot it becomes CJIl oFF period.

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'f1ully programmable room lhermoslots or€: dl~SIO Q popular option. You w~~1 need to ask vour system provider for odvice on whe'~her compensonon os some UHMA members favour it to enhonce eHT· ciencv. A,s with ,aU heot systems, the more controls speclhed th·9 better 'flhe svsjem perlormonce. However, ev,e'rl wi~h basic conncls, ~nder floor heanng can giive better desigln emission rctinqs 'for carbon cornplicnce under reg~lat~ons t~an rodiotors for bO'f1h heat' p~lmp ond condensing boile-r heat' sources.

Wh'ot is ~~e moximurn permitted flO-Of' temperahJ f'e fa r UI F IH ror a Ive n SoU rfclc e 'f'i In i ,s h,e s?'

A commonly OIsked question from customers olnd s pee j'fi,ers! bLJ l' Hoo r ~e,m pe ra ~'u re has ~,o be vii ewed in its proper con'~e.x,fI. Withou~ {li tern perature d iHer· e rl ce be1vvee 1'1 the· 'fl 00 ran d lh e roo m th ere Cal Il be rlD he,ot 'transfer! $0' to 01 gr'eO'~' extent" it is t~e room heal requirem'ent ~'ha't v1~~1 QlHec~' the cho~ce of fioor '~iJt1~sh and can occals~onally complete,ly change p re'fe r en ces .

However I '~he cu rre nfl Bu lild ~ ng Regl u~aflion s rsquilre such good the'rma~ insulohon in constrljction thot only ma~or renovoJHon pro~ects ~oid bu~ldiJngs.} have to re"consider the suiilabiiiity of a Hoor 'finish"

• BS, E.NI 1 26,4 Pa rt 2 sets the rnoxi m urn foot cornlorl ternperotore as 29 C

• Port 4 sets 'floor lim its for wet' rOOn1$ (33 C,} ond perimeter zone up flo ] m l~r35 Cl

• Vinyl Flooring [stondord products} and linoleum floorin'9 carry a 27 C surioce ternperolure lim~"t .. Wood Iloors should normally NOT cperole Cit more flhon 27 C lmoisfure dependent)

• As amOrlg the most used Hoor coverings, carpets a nd cal rpet 'fJi les w'j!~ occepl any Hoor tern perature in the ran'gi'e permuted.

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A wide range ol systems ore alvaliiable~, ,and eoch under f~oor he'a~'ing provider promotes their OW!! preferred systems. UHMA members have systems suitoble -for Hoarr ce'il~r1g 'Or wall fitHng i.e. for renovoiions, extension s or new builds;' lor domestic or cornmercio] projects: for he.ating or for COO~fI ng or for both: for bockqround hea't~'ngl or prirnorv heofinq: Ior m i;dng wHh other heo: emulers ~ for a II tvpes of heot source; for solid I lim ber or fl 00 'I'~ II 9 floo rs,

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A~~ UHMA members are cornmitled to promote o susrcinoble Gnd qualio/ ~ndushy backed by good and best prochce principles.

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Hot f~oors Underfloor l-iealing is a speciolist com pOI ny whose expe rnse loc LlI ses so I,e,~ on ,the underlloor heaHng rnorket. This ~n~lep'~h know'ledge, all low's l]S to 'oHer 0 ur ell S~Dm ers the very best products and odvice at' the lowest' prices possible. The pipe, monilolds and U n d erlloo r ~ eon n 9 kits woe offer a re mal n u fa clu r,@d to 'f1he h i:9I he st poss i ble s to n do rds by Riferlg~ ~he world's ~argest manufoc[Jrer lin this market sector whose position in 'tJe market has been cemented due to their unrelenting quest ,for q~uOlli'ty- for your con ve nience ~ w-e hove ossemb led ev€ry1hfi ng you need for 01 com plete IinskJ lio,g ti Oil Ii n a S€ ries of reodv '~O IOJY po c ks accord ii ng to 'fioor '0 rea. A Ii po c ka 9 es i nclude Professiio no I Grade 5 layer :R~fellg Pex-A lPex M~ It-i loryer pi pe"

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Wii~h o rs'surget1ce in upholstery 'trom slronq, conlernporcry fabrics~ Amode are '8XC i ted to i n hod uoe a rH'8W,r exc ilUs~ve co I lecti 0 n of up ho I slered beds lhot debuted at Milan this year; designed and made in Iitaly. 65 leolher and

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john lewts hos ln~roduced i~xury fitted bedrooms to ~1~ cornprehenslve rdnge of bedroom f~rnH~od. NjO'~ only wlH you €;Il~oy oil ~he~ benehts of o prolessionol des~gn service and q[1a~i1)( products, b~t youtll olso be able to reiolx safe in th'e kn ow'led 9 e ,th G t" jo h rl Lew is IJ.l i' II P rovide everyth i' ng, from 01 fre e no me des Ig n visit, to ftjll lnslo lIat~on end a 1 Q-yec;Jrr guoro nlee. The Metro pol r'~a n rang€, in hextured 1 sok (1 Whi'~\e high sheen, off~rs ,0 COnh8mpOrary look w~'~h .su btle ecce nts uf colour a 9 o'i nst a n Q fiiu ro ~ wood fu n ij s h .

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Be'Ub Living desiqner Jamie Ds'an odvises, "The Cdssio is perfect for customers vvko wont '~O creete this seoson.s new trend for 'the, bedroom; zen ~n;9," Seporote OU'~' sleeplnq a nd enterto j'r1ment/dre.ssrng spac{:~,~ with ln OI1'el bed roo m by usln 9 con trash ng f~oo,rin 9 - waive used porcelo rn !I'~ les in "f1h,e dressing IJT80 and phlSh ccrpel wi'th thick pile rug in the sleeping zone. Cr@.ot~ng~ d~Her'e·ni levels, for each orec IS olso on eosv way to zone, and Hoor-Ieve,~ f~tted hun l~ur,e, Is. 01 ~rerj'~' way of >dchiev~1I9 '~h is or, ]f you wa nt to keep '~h,€ space a iitj~e more open ond spacious, bu~' strll crea'l'e (]I ZOrHg\~ IUSe' 9 lass ptuH~~1 i1ng. IJ

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Toolsrofton r S newlY' 10 unched coto log ue 3. 8 is brimminq with new prod ucts J top brands end low trade prices. lake for exornple the new range of heavy du'ly pow'e,r tools lrorn Milwa~ke,€,. W~th h~glh performance pipe cutters, ii nspecfion corneros 01 nd d ri lls, these are sure to be '0 h ~L lB~g bronds leolu re

- ~'h~oug hout, i'ncl~d ing new rOWlgles of Yo Ie locks! Earlex spraye'!s end Lee Cooper 'work weer All ,of Toolstotion's Caucdogue lines are stock items, and customer orders pieced before 5 pm ore despctched For next business day with free delivery on orders 'Over £ 1 0-

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Bodd ~ng'~ons 'wil~ be exh ibilinq rhetr G'rassPrO~'8cta®' grass reinforcement mesh end I!.~t~e!~. BodPave® 85 porous povinq griids 'for 'glrass and gravel surioces ot EcobtJild thlis yeor" Designed ~'O reinforce and protect the 9 fOU nd wh i Ie (lilowing roirrwcler to ~nHhrate drrect~' into ,the 9 round at source, Applicotion 5 ~ nclude trarf~ hcked oreos: gross car perks, grOlvel coach perks, access roads, grass poths, fiire access lones, wheelchoir polhs ,and driveways. Other exhibits include B'odlcel~i,," geocell for lree root

protection where -0 trollicked surloce. is required vV"i'~hout couslnq damage '~'O 'the tree roots. For more i rrformci'~ion vis~I' iUS o! st.and S] 452 at Ecobu~ld_

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polystyrene rigiJd 'foam ponels p<r-'S) vvith an innovolive prod uct _, The new insu lofion moterio I is coled SJyrodu~ HT (HT ;;;;;; high '~emper(r~ure}, Its key Ieo tu re is e he at d i,~to r~'u on te m pe ra t u re of up. to 1 05° Celsius [opplicotion llmit t'8:m,p~rature)_ This makes the, foam suitaible '~or ol~ opplicolions exposed to h i9 h tern perohres a nd requl ring ,the proven pro pertles of SlVrod wr C: h i'g h com pressive s~reng!th I low w'Oi'er· obsorption i resi$ta,n~e to rot' and au tsto n din 9 i nsu lotio 11 perform 01 n ce , IU ke 0111 :of BASF's Styrodur C ponels, the insulotlon panels con be r-~c[)grdz;@d by th~ir glreen color. Corrvenf ana I XIPS co n be used Olt a te m pe roture of ,up '~Q 75.oC ..

For on effortless kitchen or bolhroorn updole, ChOOSi~' fro'm the exlensive bmsswore co~.lecti 0 n from jus:~' Tops Plus! de~igned to make, a ,s~'li,5h featu re i n any horne" Soph i $t~ca'r,ed ye~ S'~rf k ~ ng, th e metro fa ng!e offe rs Or ciea n Hili Sfl y w h ~ is~' th e GQ design odds a splosh of clossic lux~ry wi'th a wide Aa~' spout for en ul'~('a smooth wa'~e,r Ho'w" For 0

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Douglas Delobie's Sport~ng Shower Panel is neot .qnd styl ish (ch rome ,and brush a lum in ium f~ n ishes] J' cornbin ling perlormo nee It,delivers preset How rote of ei'ght inres/'m in] and durobilitv 'to stond up 'flo heovv chollgiing oreo usage potlerns, plus effec~ive warier savings", Eosy 10 II nsto II and c lea n i it" is vo ndo i~re'sistal nt. Pre,fabricatedl, 'I'h,e shower panel lis o frue second ,~~x Hem requ i d II 9 i ust '~h ne'€ wo I ~ '~ix:~ II 95. I nsto I~,atjion and wa II seoli ng requ irernents ore reduced. Low mointenonce ~ 'the nozzle j'et sh owerheod red uces sea Ie bu Ii ld-up and [eo ~'U ri n 91 01 ·59 rv i ceoble cortrl d 9 e ,- ~'h e un i t ~ s used wi'~h a TM V to provide a sOife woter tern peroture ond prevent sea Id ling.

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f IE II N pre-58 nts its m 0.$ t pow,erfu] OSC i I lo tor with balte ry t{~1',C h n 0 logy. Th e ba tery-powered F E ~!N S u pe re' ut is th e I a les~ tJ d d ,i'tio n to the I, nte r~ o'r a ti d ref! ova non p rod uC'~ range-I which has been cOr1i~iinuously further developed by the iort"g-standi"t-tSI Germon com.pony for more than A,O· yeo [5, Than ks lo stofl~f .. t~1!~~art ~i'~h rrurn~ion techno~ogy i the batt-e'ry~pow,ered FE~ N S LJperCQj~' del ivers even more Hex~bi I itty ,on the consructon site, lit is fitted w ~lh 1.8 vo I ~ be tlte r i es and ach ieV8 S exes Ile'il t work proqress cornporoble wHh lhot of the rnoinepowered fE~N 'Supe'rCu~' Co~ns·'tr~cri'on, lhe FEIN 'S~perCU't C,O n s~ruc~~ on is deve loped fo r h eovy-d,u ly ,srJW i ngl an d cuHling work ,and is -rh,e most powerful oscillotor on the rnorker. W'i'~h up to '] B!500 oscllla'~jons per minute end 01 large osclllcnon dngle~ rt works around 3.5 !~~ m'8S fa s t,g:w ,th 0 rj 'Q ny othe r osc ~ 110 tor.

W ~,th Bve of ~h e six big en:ergy su pplie rs ,a~ready onnouncinq price hikes, UK households are Ibok~ng ,for more, and more ways of redUCing their energlY consumption dlnd b~lb, Secondary gla.zjng, a klW' cost 01 nd -naxii ble aritenlotlive to double 9 lalz~ng I offers the perfect we Y' fo r homeowners '~O red uce ,e,nergy loss in -0 'time o'f Otus'ter~'ry (jlnd combat a winter tho~' has clrecdy been OI1€l of ;~he harsh €lSt 0 n f'8CO rd. E coeo se hos see n diem a tld fOF thei r eas.ily se I f-hlSha lied m.ag netic seco n db ry 9 I oz i' ngl i ncreose d ro m ofko I fly si n ce the p reChrislmos cold snop wfl'~ hundreds of consumers fee~ ~ h 9 th § ben 6f~ ~'S of a 801 uho n ~h ut COS~5 Gi l~ ny 'froc t~o fl of dou bie 9 l.GIzi 11.9" Ecoea se D'j rector jah fl IFee Iv says; r~w.fj (ue gleffiing q very posi'hve message from ail 'Of our ('U sto m ers ril a t S€c~o ndo ry 9 ~OIZ~ n 9 not {) n Iy iead.s directly to f,eductions in ~uel brl~s but" aliso (j ImoS'~ ,elim~nates COrldensCltiorl ofld nois.e pollution "II

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Straw seemed o v~ ab~e, eco option: however research ~lrew up '0 number of concerns. FirstlYI hyiing to persuade my wi'fe "to conlemplcle any of the strow ba Ie hou ses 0 FA 'the i n te met; qua ln '~' to see- b U'~' un-nervinq 'when it co me to fork.ing out the cash. Seco ld Iy concerns arose regard i ng '~he mOrSFure levels w,~th~tl the, boles ~n ~he, UK clirnole ~€SP€Cidliy as w'e knew w'e' would soon be h,eoding for Curnbnol, Overcommq 1hes8 problems/ and by kee p Ii n 9 '~Il e des igl n s'i m p le, t~ er:e' wo s a ch arlee fo r a low energYi low cost home",

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'The, most obvious way to. keep costs down is lo use th e bo les s lruclu ro ~ Iy h oweve r J aHe r reold i n 9 a n u m be r of stro w bo ie stud ies f th ese con c I u ded thol wi~'hin lime the structural loads would graduaily be lrcnslerred '~O the lime render./plosler as the show s8'HI,ed and -ogled. The engineer ill me could not accept 'thist so II declided Or! 01 'timber -trome"

lhe simplest structure ~s on A fro me which i bo'wed 51 fig h ~'Iy ~'O 9 I've 'Ih e fi rs~ ncar the SOl rn e w ~d th as the g-round Hoor ~ inspired by medheva~ cruck frames" This vaulted shape also 8nobied the 'who~e b~~lding 'flo be enc.losed by '~h€ bales so ellirriilla~'iing ~he '~e rm a I an d structu re I 'weak poin~ be'lwee-n verti'cal 'wo~1 arud ho.ri'zontai ced~~ng'i' All I hOld ~o do was ~o e rl su re ,the n a ru r:a ~ 'ie rude ncy fo~ the w'OIl ~s ,to ~h ru~J au Wvv'O rd wa s co n'ta in ad.

My construction allows for very smooth (curved ,) walls' 'which give a more solid feel to the bUitdt the roe by reos su r i n g my wife I[ the ulli m ate test) 01 n d m 0 rt:g ogle provi de rs.

S jmw heeds "to breathe so lim e render is a must/ bLJ t, I cou Id n 1,~ see '~he usuo] use of lei rB€ eave D\I'8-rho n 9 s '~O protect fJhe wcl is from ro ~ n wo rki n 9 ~ n '~O exposed locatio ns so ~ 'i n my des i 9 n I' th e liles en f~ re Iy cove r the ba les a nd the m oi slu re ~eve I co n ce'l "I is '~ackl€Jd bY' drawiing ven~lat'ion air up between the, exte no i ,of 'fIh e ~ i me re nd e red be ies. and ihe 50 rk i rig. The d iHerence be:tvvee-n '~he ,entry of 'th i's a lr ot ,three foot from th e 9 rou nd a nd its ex ita fI twe tlfy 'fiVe foo~ up creoles o strong chimney droughtJ which is furthe'f amplified by Cllny solor hea~'in9 of ~e 'tiles" The exerior ~inle is !eh rough 'to pte-sent more sudoce area for the possi 11 9 air to suck au t a ny rna istu re ;,

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S itling '~he ton k is crU~ca-! as i~' ts best to $Iliglh~~y under size the unit to al~row for purgi'ng oH lhe fop layer of woler when t~e tonk overllows '~O a 500ik away or S9\1Ver. This keeps 'the woler 'fresh and reduces the build up ol Hoa'~'ing orqonlc molter which ca~~d mul'~~p~y ond ta~n't the water. When s~z~ng '~he tank ensure you know which downpipss co n feed into '~~le roinwoter svstern as it is not always possible 10 horvesl the water hom all downpipes due '~o 9 rou nd levels a I1d aC08'S$. '0 round t~e property, so. on~y mclude in your colculonon t~e a reos of roof you cain a clu 0 I~y ho Nest from _ Also ensure you can physilcally get th,e tank to t~e

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Co relu ny se lecled slo i r be I u slrod es COl n -0 lso creote VOl I uo bie vi S~{lI! i m po ct beco u se i '0 S 0 pe n~' plan Iliving remains populcr, desiqn-led stoir bOil u sire des COl n (lisa be used ,to ere-ate and '~rac:tiy.e fea~'Ure ~hot w~~1 add sjyle to ~'he mom I~v~ng space.

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Sto ~ rC(JIS8S servi n g 01 d omesn c dwell r ng1 sh 0 U Id have bo i usfro d es -j'h a j' co n re-s~ st o h onzo n'ta I loadiing ol O,3,6kN/m; the cccepted equivolent lorce of one family member fal~illg oqcinsl ~he bolustrode.

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Self bu~~de'rs can rnoximise ~he feel ,O'~ theiJr prop~ ,8 r~l due to rll e' revive I 0 f '~rO!d m on a I tr m bers, such as W'~~te Ook end Ash. The uprnorkel luxurious fif1~sh of VVhite Oak creotes o premium look ideol for pre stigl€ pro pe r~i es I w h i ~e the- su b~e j pol e- colou ri n 9 of Ash co m pie men ts the C'U rre nt lre nd fo r I ~,g h le r nmbers tllU~ can help smeller spaces like hOlI!ways to Feel brlighter ond more spacious"

Closs!c '~i m bers w~t'h '~heir rich, mlerestlnq textures and luxurious oppeoronce con odd chorocter 'to 5 to 'i rca ses w ~th II n period pro pe rty con ve rs iio n s ~ wh ere fro d i f Oil ~ q ~OII i 1y a nd ~I uth~ nlic i'ry are '0 II h ig h Iy va i ued . Sto ~ rcoses ht~ed with '0 W h ii ~'e Oo k -0 r Ash be ~uS'~Ta de cal n ~ n d teo '~e a h ~ 9 h l-eve I ol era fl-s~ mcnship end ottenticn to dele [1_

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T O,dOly,IS sell builders end renovators cain select horn a diverse r,onge of stolrcose styles lhot can add vclue to their horne. Here, Leigh Sperrinq, Specihcction Manager for R]c,holrd Burb'idlge;. takes a Ilook a"~ the 'issues thot should be c .. onsloered when spec'ifying 01 stclrcose.

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AIt;e rn a t'i've Iy , postr~OF"poS'~ bra cke~ fi'x sy stern s u t~ ~g ISillg 0 brocket mechan~sm COIn save time and elim~ r nate '~he need for co m pi icated modjise Olrl d 'flenon joi ruts .. 'withou~' sacrifici ng the -f~rl ished joiJntillg qua~i'ty or strength.

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