Structural choices

contemporary brick clad home
Rebecca Foster takes an in-depth look at the pros and cons of brick and block construction to assess whether it’s suitable for your scheme
prefab timber home
These outstanding dwellings demonstrate the sheer versatility of timber frame, oak and structural insulated panels in making your dream home ambitions a reality
stable block conversion
Conservation expert Alan Tierney explores how to take a sensitive, informed and realistic approach to making a traditional home more energy efficient
self build stone Passivhaus
Architect Julian Owen looks at a range of eco considerations to include in your house plans if you want to create a truly sustainable home
contemporary log home
Ideal for rural settings, these charming homes are growing in popularity on UK shores. Jane Crittenden finds out why
Thermafleece CosyWool natural insulation
One of the best ways to lock heat inside your home is to pack in plenty of insulation. From sheep’s wool to hemp, Rebecca Foster explores the array of natural options available for sustainable home building projects
wheelchair ramp in lifetime home
Consider your family’s current and future requirements at the planning stages of your project, and you’ll be rewarded with a home that can be easily adapted over time to suit your lifestyle
Cellulose insulation laid  on a membrane between the joists of a suspended timber floor
Historic properties not only have low embodied energy, but many are not as inefficient as you may think – and there are lots of ways to make improvements without harming the character, says Alan Tierney
Facit Home eco house
Taking a fabric first approach to design and construction is the best route to achieving a comfortable, low-energy home for life. Emily Brooks puts together the crucial components of a sustainable project
beam and block floor
Mike Hardwick looks at the popular options for your ground floor system and explains the pros and cons of each


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