The HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year is Jack Miller.
This house, with its copper clad roof element, is located to the rear of an existing period house facing onto a cul de sac, offering views west to the dome of Rathmines church and indirectly north to the grand canal. Views and light to the east and south were restricted by site constraints and city council planning policy.
The use of solar panel systems has known a steep rise in recent years. Despite the decline in government subsidies in various countries and regions, installing solar panels is still a very good investment. (Photo source: Fotolia)
Following on from our article last week when we explained what LED lights are and in which shapes they are most commonly available, we now go into detail on the many benefits of LED lighting.
LED lighting has found its way into our homes and will become the standard in domestic lighting within the next couple of years. (Photo source: Fotolia)
You probably do. Just consider your smartphone’s flashlight, the fixture you bought for your desk, your bike light, or the solar-powered lamps in your garden. However, chances are that in most places inside your home you are still using light bulbs, halogen light or energy saving lamps.
Winter is already well underway. In spite of global warming, a number of European countries are already experiencing some serious snow and ice. And when that happens, the only thing to do is to get the snow shovel out and get ready for some sore muscles the next day.
Image: Snow and ice on the driveway. It does not have to be this way. (Photo source: Fotolia)
You need to make carefully thought out choices during new build and renovation projects. It starts with choosing the bricks for the outer walls, followed by the floor tiles or another type of floor covering. Next you need to choose a kitchen, a bathroom, radiators, etc. For each of these choices you will spend a couple of hours or even a half a day in a showroom, and that settles it.
A well prepared design of your electric system guarantees that your system will live up to your expectations. (Photo source: Fotolia)
The Copper and the Home competition has been launched. It is a well-established design competition calling on designers to take fresh inspiration from the red metal and its alloys.
Let’s have a closer look at the future of the home’s electric system. In the upcoming years, the network feeding our homes with electricity will increasingly be under pressure.
Even manufacturers of electric cars are entering the market of home energy storage. (Photo source: Tesla)
Sprinkler systems are to be fitted in all new and converted housing from 2016. Fire sprinkler systems will be installed in all new houses built in Wales from 1st January 2016, the Welsh Government has announced.
Do you already own an electric car, or perhaps considering buying one? Remember to also think about the charging of the car. Many people assume you can charge a car just by plugging a simple cable into a simple power socket. While they are correct, this method has serious disadvantages, including the time it will take to fully charge the car’s battery.
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