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WELCOME TO THE SUMMER 2016 ISSUE OF YOUR BUILD
There's been a lot of talk about overheating in new build and refurbished properties, especially as we move towards the goal of zero carbon homes. As we strive to meet ever-tightening energy efficiency regulations, reduce CO2 emissions and in the process, hopefully save money on our monthly bills, the properties we now build often have more thermal insulation and improved standards of airtightness. This is great but with this we also have to think about how we ventilate properties and the steps we can take to combat overheating. This is an issue touched on by Ged Ferris in our Questions and Answers article this month (p.24). Ged explains: "There is an increasing demand for more energy efficient properties. With greater insulation comes the need for more ventilation for buildings, which 50 years ago would not have been required."
Elsewhere in this issue, we take a look at a project where the plot was the focus and the owners renovated a bungalow to make the most of the surrounding views. As owner Paul Davis explains: "I think that feeling the weather, the changes in sunlight, is really good for us, as individuals. Even in urban environments, being able to see elements of nature is incredibly important for our sense of wellbeing." Read how the Davis's maximised their views on p.46.
Our interiors focus this issue comes from interior designer Susie Rumbold. Susie takes a look at incorporating vintage pieces into modern properties with the goal of creating a timeless interior. Susie explains in her article on p.34: "If you don't have a collection of existing things then you can enjoy hunting for the right pieces to accent your rooms. Again, as I said earlier, don't be frightened of using an eclectic mixture of styles: you don't want it all to feel too "matchy-matchy".
So read on for all this and much, much more including; Sarah Beeny's survival guide to living with an on-going build project (p.40); your chance to win a ceiling fan from The Henley Fan Company (p.07); and our regular round-up of the latest products and materials that may help you on your project (p.28). Enjoy the issue!
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Matt Downs, Editor