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C – Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture

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 […]

Insulation and wall thickness

See also – How much insulation?

There is a peculiar and not instantly obvious relationship between wall insulation, population density and planning regulations and it may have a bearing on the type of wall construction you choose.

With increasing levels of insulation, the total thickness of a wall becomes an issue in […]

Heating controls

Providing good heating controls can be a vexed question as the publication “Controls for End Users: A guide for good design and implementation” makes clear. It points out, for instance, how “many control systems in buildings are nowhere near the functionality of a typical car dashboard”. It is free online and well worth viewing if […]

Ground works

The Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more to do with whether you can put up the building in the first place). See more on the regulations cover aspects of […]

Air tightness

‘Build tight – ventilate right’

Building Regulations

The subject of ventilation is fully incorporated into the Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more to do with whether you can put […]

Insulation properties

A cork oak. The bark (cork) is stripped about every 8 years and regrows

The qualities of insulation types

Assuming that the question of designing in enough insulation into your self build project has been dealt with the question is about what kind of insulation materials to use. Here the issues are –

the […]

Healthy buildings

Ideally your home should be the place where you are best protected from the woes of the world, from pollution and all the nasties out there. But it’s not so for most people.

The concept of ‘sick building syndrome’ has now moved from speculation into widespread acceptance with several well designed studies showing how people […]