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B1 – Fire Safety

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 […]

Larch and Lime passivhauses

Larch house entrance

Although not self build, the two passivhauses at Ebbw Vale may be very relevant to many self builders. Built in 2010 as show houses mainly for the attention of housing associations, they are attractive and innovative while being relatively modest. The 3 bed Larch House is clad with a locally sourced […]



There are two main green aspects to lighting.

how to maximise natural lighting (to minimise energy usage) how to reduce energy consumption when artificial lighting is used

There are several factors to consider with natural lighting. If it comes via a clear window (rather than a light tube) then there will be:

the possibility […]