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J – Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems

The Approved DocumentsApproved documents (England) are detailed publications which come under the English Building Regulations. They are based on tried and tested methods of building and if you follow them you are assured of complying with the Regs. The equivalents for Scotland are the Technical Handbook, for Wales: the Approved documents (Wales), and for N.I. […]

Domestic hot water

Traditionally, domestic hot water has simply been a choice between a combi boiler or a vented system (with the odd Point of Use water heater thrown in).

With water saving design, and zero carbonbit of a slippery fish. It tends to mean that a building uses no carbon (oil, coal, etc) to heat it (meaning […]

Flues

Flues are pipes or ducts which carry waste gasses away from a building to the air outside. This can work in two different ways:

the exhaust gasses are hot and rise naturally up the fluepipe to conduct gas, typically ventilation air or boiler exhaust. see Flue by convection (as with a wood burning stove or […]

Energy Harvesting

There are several methods of harvesting energy for a house but non of them are as important as providing excellent levels of insulation, air tightnessA measure of how leaky a building is to air. In other words, how draughty it might be. There are now standard fan pressure tests to check how air tight […]

Central Heating Plumbing

Depending on which type of central heating system you have chosen there are several factors which can influence how ‘green’ the plumbing is

Is the circuitry as compact as possible? Is the circuitry zoned where necessary? Is the pipework sized properly? Is the pipework well insulated? Will the materials be reusable or recyclable at […]

Solar Collector Plumbing

Existing buildings

Plumbing for solar collectors is normally carried out by specialist companies when they retrofit systems to existing buildings.

New buildings

The challenge with solar collectors is to do with working out pipe runs that go from the collector outside and through the roof to the inside space where there is a tank to […]