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DECIDING ON YOUR HEATING SYSTEM: the basics

Tim Doherty shares what you need to know to get this crucial element of your new home right

F inalising your new self build’s central heating system is an important decision that needs to be made at the start of your project. But who chooses what’s needed, what are the options and where should you start? Here’s what you need to know.

Fabric-first approach

The type and performance of your building envelope is crucial to the design of your heating system. You’ll probably have heard of the fabric-first approach, where building designers talk about extra grades and higher specifications of insulation and how airtight their detailing is proven to be. This really does matter, as reducing heat loss and air leakage should be one of the core design criteria for your space heating system.

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