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We speak to James Henderson, senior architect at RDA Associates, about the benefits of the Passivhaus approach to designing and building homes

Do you think self builders are more aware of Passivhaus than other eco principles these days?

Eco houses are in the public domain and knowledge of the Passivhaus approach is creeping in as well. Magazines and TV shows are some people’s sole source of information on this kind of construction, but greater awareness means it’s growing in popularity with self builders. Councils are also starting to recognise this method of building as well.

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Build It magazine’s January issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning contemporary oak frame home (page 22) • Revealed: your new right to self build (page 62) • The best low-maintenance cladding options (page 69) • Running an air source heat pump (page 80) • Expert guide to gaining planning permission (page 94) • Designing the perfect extension (page 106) … and more!