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This month the Build It team are fresh from our annual awards event, where we celebrate the very best products, inspiring projects and initiatives out for self-builders and renovators. The competition seems to hot up every year, and it’s tough to even make the shortlist – so you can imagine how heated the judging process gets! To give you the full lowdown, this issue comes bundled with our guide to the Best of Self-Build & Renovation 2017. As you embark on your own scheme, make sure you don’t miss out on this invaluable resource.

If you’re at the specification stages of your scheme, we’ve got plenty more advice for you in the main magazine. With the autumn chill upon us, Nigel Griffiths gives his expert insight on whether a ground source heat pump would suit your needs (page 84), while on page 69 we help you choose between radiators and underfloor heating. You’ll also find tips on the benefits of Passivhaus eco design (page 62), creative lighting solutions (page 77) and planning your plumbing installation (page 100).

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