Ep 3 – Heating systems: what’s the best option for a self-build in Ireland?

We have a chat with Belfast-based energy advisor Patrick Waterfield about how you will generate heat and hot water in the home. Some of the main points we cover are:

– Boilers vs heat pumps
– Underfloor heating vs radiators
– Fabric first approach
– How the building regulations affect system choice
– The situation in NI
– ROI new building regulations coming into force in November
– How to design a house without central heating

What do you think?

Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

Ep 1 – Self-builder Nicola Thorpe of Co Down chats about her Clachan style new build

County Down project with main contractor