22 Nov 2007 07:11:35
Green self-builders ''need to get the basics right"
Self-builders looking to develop an environmentally-friendly and energy efficient property should focus on less glamorous features such as insulation to allow them to design a home that''s both kind to the planet and their pocket, an expert has claimed.
While Ross Stokes, editor of SelfBuild & Design, believes that most people would prefer to build an energy efficient property, budget is a major constraint to their plans to achieve this goal.
As a result he advised aspiring green home self-builders to pay more attention to aspects such the insulation of the property and orienting it to allow maximum natural light exposure, and less to expensive add-ons like wind turbines and solar panels.
"Most self builders would prefer to build to a green agenda - depending on budget. Budget seems to be the biggest deterrent," Mr Stokes said.
"The basics are less glamorous, like orientation and also insulation. These aren''t as gimmicky as wind turbines and solar panels," he added.
According to the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society, around 20,000 people in the UK build their own home every year.