Copper News

The “I can see you, you can’t see me” game

Why do we use curtains in our homes? In this pitchbook article we don’t just look at the function of curtains in our home, but also at the way in which we can control them electronically.

Window and door contacts in your home

You have probably noticed it when you stayed in hotel rooms: as soon as you open the room window because you want to let a little air into the room, the heating stops. When you close the window, the heating starts up again. This is a deliberate choice on the part of the hotel management to prevent wasting energy. The technology used here is window contacts. You can install these same devices in your home as well, or they may have already been installed for the burglar alarm system. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

New course on heat and energy

The NSBRC has a brand new course on Heat & Energy, produced specifically for Self Builders and Renovators. It considers the latest options in Heat & Energy sources - exploring both renewable and conventional systems.

Renovating with trunking and installation ducts

Smaller renovations and extensions to the electrical installation in existing homes are not always easily and aesthetically accomplished. Grinding or cutting into walls to install additional wiring and cables is usually out of the question because wallpaper, painted walls, panelling, floors and ceilings may not be damaged. The solution to this problem is the use of so-called trunking systems and installation ducts.

Choosing a plumbing engineer

Customers prefer to source a tradesperson through word-of-mouth recommendations rather than by responding to online advertising, according to research by WaterSafe.

Do you have control over your home?

Various brands of Integrated Home Systems (IHS) began appearing on the market about 15 years ago. They offered the possibility of executing actions inside the home but triggered from a distance using a standard telephone line (fixed or mobile).

Are plumbers in your neighbourhood?

New research, by education charity the Edge Foundation to mark (vocational qualification) VQ Day 2015, suggests that the British would rather have plumbers for neighbours.  It's good to have someone you can turn to when things go wrong.