September 2022

Welcome to the September edition of i-Build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.

 

As the evenings promptly draw in, we're turning our minds to the chillier, gloomier months on the horizon. More than ever, we're all preparing ourselves to economise where and when we can. Of course, this is thanks to the looming cost-of-living crisis, which has undoubtedly sent shock waves throughout the nation, and aroused fears of choices between 'heating or eating' and concerns regarding how people will survive as household bills skyrocket. For those building or improving homes, placing energy-efficiency elements before anything else on their priority lists has never been more essential.

For homebuilders and improvers in the utility decision-making process, now couldn't be a better time to consider cheaper-running heating solutions, such as ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs). To help you discover if this is a viable option for your homebuilding project, we talk to John Rodgman from Borehole Solutions to learn more about the benefits. Turn to page 10 to read John's full article.

In keeping with this month's theme of cost-effective heating solutions, Craig Edwards, Sales Manager at WMS Underfloor Heating, explains why this low-temperature technology is perfect when ensuring regulations are adhered to and that bills are controlled. Flick over to page 18 to read the whole piece.

Elsewhere, Stovax runs through the benefits of opting for an electric stove or fireplace, Yale UK advises on how to ensure your home is secure and we look around two stunning newly-built and -renovated properties that are guaranteed to provide you with some inspiration for your own project.

 

Rebecca Kemp
Editor