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DRAUGHT PROOFING a period home

Replacing modern plaster with a breathable equivalent, such as clay, will act as a defence against draughts in the building envelope. This project in Cornwall was undertaken by specialists Clayworks (www.clay-works.com)

Some of the most important priorities for homeowners are energy efficiency and comfort. There is generally a perception that period homes are colder and more draughty compared with modern ones, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.

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