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DRAUGHT PROOFING a period home

Historic buildings expert Alan Tierney explains how to make a period home comfortable and free of cold spots, without compromising its ability to breathe
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 (

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.

If you are taking on a refurbishment project, there is bound to be some deficit in past maintenance and repair that is likely to include issues around draughts and airtightness. In most cases, that’s more a factor of age and a lack of TLC than any inherent problems with the building itself. In fact, the worst structures tend to be those built in the 1960s to 1980s.

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The January 2020 issue of Build It is packed full of practical advice, inspiring readers' homes and expert guidance on everything from planning and design through to budgets and specifying materials. The January 2020 Edition includes: - Future-Proof Your Self Build - Are Woodburning Stoves Really Eco Friendly? - Renovation Design Details - Draught Proofing a Period Home - Planning Secrets: Keeping Your Neighbours Happy - Sound Proofing: How to Create a Quiet Home ... and much more!