How can I finance my self-build?

If you’re seeking to build your own home but are unsure of how to finance your project, there’s a number of different routes that you can take. Read on to find out about the options you have and how to get them. 1. Bridging loans What are they? Bridging loans are a short-term finance option used to bridge the gap[…]

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Passivhaus: What is it and why should I care?

What is Passivhaus? Passivhaus is a voluntary building performance standard that can be applied by anyone looking to build an eco-friendly, low-energy home. Passivhaus is designed to provide a high level of dweller comfort, whilst providing ultra-low energy consumption for heating and cooling, and consistently good air quality. They are built using design principles developed by the Passivhaus Institute in[…]

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Why choose the Design and Build route?

What is design and build? Design and build is a procurement route that allows the client to hire one main contractor to conduct both the architectural design and construction works. This is as opposed to the traditional route where the client needs to appoint both an architectural consultant to design the work and a contractor to construct the project. Benefits[…]

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Why build an eco-home?

Eco-homes are typically built to a high energy efficiency standard, use sustainable materials that have a low environmental impact, and create an indoor environment that is healthy and comfortable for its occupants. There are many benefits to building an eco-home from saving money to protecting the environment and we wanted to outline some of the major benefits of going green[…]

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Costing your self build project

Costing your self-build project is an essential step on your journey to building your own home. As well as helping you gain a better understanding of the feasibility of your project, it will also help you secure finance – as many lenders require a detailed budget when considering your application. We explore some of the ways you can work out[…]

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The benefits of offsite construction

You might have heard of the phrase ‘off-site manufacturing’ or ‘modern methods of construction’ when looking into a self-build project – but what does it really mean, and what are the benefits? Understanding the basics Offsite manufacture and offsite construction fundamentally describe pre-manufactured structures designed to allow for quick onsite assembly. The exact levels of prefabrication can vary depending on[…]

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Common pitfalls of self-builds to avoid

Embarking on a self-build is an amazing and rewarding journey-guaranteed to return many ups and downs. However, there are some precautions you can take to reduce the negatives and ensure your self-build project runs as smoothly as possible. In this months feature, we explore some of the common failures experienced during a self-build project and how you can take some[…]

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Tips to finding land for your self build

How can the self the build register help you find your dream plot of land The quest to begin your self-build project can be daunting – and finding land is usually the first landmark step on your journey. But what you might not have heard about is local authority self/custom build registers. Introduced in the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act[…]

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Status and penetration of low and zero carbon homes

New build The introduction of the mandatory SAP assessment and CO2 performance targets in Part L 2002; in the form of the TER (KgCO2/m2), have been the major tools for ensuring the improved energy performance of new buildings. This was complimented by the introduction of the EPC system in 2008; requiring assessment of all buildings for rent, sale or change[…]

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Outlook for low carbon homes

Policy context Having set very ambitious targets for zero carbon new homes in 2006, the UK government and the ZCH hub have periodically reduced the scope of the requirements. It seems that to some extent the original definition; which included unregulated emissions, was technically unachievable for many projects (ZCH, 2011) . However it can be argued, that that anticipation of[…]

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