Solar PV

Photovoltaic Systems: Solar PV from Ceiba Renewables

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Solar PV by Ceiba Renewables Continuing this month's focus on renewable technologies, this week, we wanted to bring our Self Builders some wisdom on Solar Photovoltaic Systems. Ceiba Renewables, a family run business based in Prestwick, Ayrshire, have kindly given us a great breakdown of everything you need to know about PV. Ceiba offer the design, installation and commissioning of ...
Smart Home

Smart Home Technology: Inspiro from D3

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Smart Home Technology from Inspiro by D3 With interest in digital devices on the rise, our Self Builders are constantly looking for new ways to integrate appliances and media systems using smart applications. This can be tricky but, luckily, there are specialists on hand to help. Due to a surge in interest following one of our previous blogs on Loxone Home Automation systems, we spoke ...
low energy home sips

Air Source Heat Pumps: Everything You Need To Know

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Air Source Heat Pumps - Expert Advice from Global Energy Systems As changes in regulations are now seeing people turn to renewable energy sources, we think it's a good time to teach prospective Self Builders a bit more about what options are available. One of ACA's former Self Build clients, Colin Amor, took a 'fabric first' approach to his project, ...
Triple Glazing

Does My Self Build Need Triple Glazing?

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Triple Glazing: Getting It Right with Internorm by Scotia It's a question we are often asked by our Self Builders, and it can be a tricky one to answer; do I need triple glazing? The answer depends on the type of project you are undertaking, not to mention your budget, so it's best to take a look at some of the ...
Programme of Works

Programme of Works: Setting Timescales for Your Self Build

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If it's a successful Self Build you're after - timing truly is everything! Having a structured programme of works in place with all of your professionals scheduled is the only way you can keep your project on track. ACA's Director, Allan Corfield, gives his expert advice on setting up a programme of works: Once you've sorted your land, and you have ...
Site Insurance

Site Insurance, Structural Warranty & Legal Expenses

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Site Insurance, Structural Warranty & Legal Expenses When getting your Self Build project underway, it's not quite as simple as hiring your team and turning up on site. It's really important that you have all the necessary insurances in place for your site and designs, in order to protect yourself, your team, and your new home from any difficulties. So, ...
Party Wall and Boundary Surveys

Boundary Survey, Party Wall Act & Valuation

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What do I need to be aware of before and after a Self Build Project? This week, our guest blog comes from Right Surveyors - a nationwide network of Chartered Surveyors. Well done! You’ve embarked on your next property adventure, and you’re looking to create something new to put your own stamp on. But what are the problems that lie ...
Finance a Self Build

Self Build Finance – Q&A With Mary Riley

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Ask the Expert: 'Self Build Finance', with Mary Riley It's easy to rush ahead of yourself when thinking about building your own home; distractions are all too common when people get excited, after all. Whilst thinking about what construction style you might like, or the bespoke glazing you'll need to capture an amazing view, you've also got to get down to ...
TCMA

TCMA 2016: It’s More Than Just Results (Part 2)

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by Nathan McConway TCMA 2016 - 'Reaching Higher' The bar was set extremely high for day two to follow - but it certainly didn't disappoint. Ann Handley - author of WSJ Bestseller 'Everybody Writes' - delivered a brilliant keynote about creating bigger, braver and bolder content. I learned a lot about how to develop a brand tone of voice, but ...

TCMA 2016: It’s More Than Just Results (Part 1)

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by Nathan McConway TCMA 2015 - 'Content Shock' Back in September 2015 I walked out of the COSLA Conference Centre in Edinburgh with a handful of free pens, a book about Networking and more information than I could fully comprehend. The Content Marketing Academy 2015 was a fantastic experience for me, but being fairly new to the concept of ‘Content ...