The built form

• The internal layout should place rooms on appropriate sides of the building either to benefit from solar heat gain or to avoid it where necessary.

• Shading (externally if possible) should be installed for windows posing overheating risk.

• The effect on heat gain of window frames and glazing bars can be significant.

• In the design and positioning of windows the effect of solar gain must be considered in conjunction with daylight design.

• As a general rule it is desirable to maximise south facing windows and minimise north facing windows.

• High thermal mass construction levels out the peaks and troughs of temperature.

• Internal surfaces should maximise solar heat absorption.

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• A conservatory or other buffer space can be used to preheat incoming ventilation air.

Climate change is predicted to increase the risk of flooding from a combination of rising sea level, increased storm surges, greater precipitation and river run-down. In areas where there is the probability of flood risk special measures should be adopted, for example:

• Most living accommodation should, if possible, be on the first and upper floors.

• Floor and wall surfaces on the ground floor should be capable of recovery from flooding, e.g. tiled finishes.

• Power sockets should be at least at bench height.

• Door openings should be water tight for at least 1 m about ground;

• Windows sills should be at least 1 m above ground.

• Ventilation grilles and air bricks should be capable of being sealed.

• Bathrooms should be on the first floor; where they are on the ground floor non-return valves should be fitted to WCs.

• The electrical circuit on the ground floor should be able to be isolated, allowing power to be available on upper floors in times of flooding.

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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