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star letter: A renewable nightmare

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We have just completed our Hanse Haus eco home following two years of planning and hard work – and reading Build It, of course. It has been tough but well worth it for the end result. However, there’s one niggle: on applying for a Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) for our solar electric panels, we found that we will only be eligible for the lowest rate (barely worth it at 0.48p per kW). This is because we received our energy performance certificate (EPC) after commissioning the array. It seems that we should have waited before installing any renewables – but we wanted to be generating power from the date we moved in.

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The November edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A self-built first home for just £47,000 (page 48) • Why build with oak? (page 64) • Rainwater goods: repair or replace? (page 67) • 5 renovation tips for a healthy home (page 81) • Is open plan living right for you (page 103) • Expert guide to lighting and electrics (page 112) … and more!