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Energy efficient home extensions


Energy efficient home extensions

Extending your home can be an attractive idea for many reasons; a larger living space thought out carefully and with energy efficient goals that go beyond Building Control, can have a truly positive effect on your lifestyle and carbon footprint.

A home extension will mean you have to heat and light a larger area or more rooms, which can be expensive and contribute to increased carbon emissions. Building Regulations stipulate that you must take on certain energy-efficiency measures when extending, such as insulating cavities and floors (and any lofts), making provisions for low-energy lighting wherever possible, and installing Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRV) on any new radiators. A TRV gives better control over the individual room temperatures. It is also encouraged to place TRV's on existing radiators.

According to the Energy Trust: