Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

sion­als and con­trac­tors needed. ONE of the great things about self-build­ing is that it’s easy to make your home en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly be­cause you’re start­ing from scratch.

As well as ob­vi­ous things, like in­su­lat­ing as much as pos­si­ble and choos­ing energy-ef­fi­cient win­dows, self-builders can in­cor­po­rate big eco home im­prove­ments, such as so­lar pan­els, heat pumps and grey-wa­ter re­cy­cling sys­tems in a more cost­ef­fec­tive way than home­own­ers who have to retro­fit them.

Com­bine mea­sures like these with en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly build­ing ma­te­ri­als and you can cre­ate an ex­tremely green self-build.

Ask your ar­chi­tect about this early on so it can be in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign.

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