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Funds for housing improvement and upgrade projects in Northern Ireland

Recently, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) published its four-year financial plan, outlining how much money councils would receive for upgrading and maintaining existing homes. According to the plan, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough councils will receive £18.72 million for... More >

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4 things new landlords need to know

Becoming a landlord might seem like a simple process on the surface: buy a flat, rent it out. But those in the property market know how complicated it can actually be. There's a lot to think about in order to ensure you're meeting both legal and ethical requirements and there are a lot... More >

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What are U values?

When it comes to specifying building materials, it's easy to get caught up in technical terms and industry jargon - and making sense of all those numbers can be pretty complicated.  For example, what's a U-value and why is it important? Simply put, U-values measure how effective a... More >


5 ways to improve thermal performance in a historic home

Historic homes can be a joy to live in - each property tells a story and they also tend to have a character and charm that's missing from many new-build homes. However, older properties also have their downsides and one big issue is that they're normally not energy efficient. However, just... More >


How long do energy-saving measures last?

When you're trying to make a property as energy-efficient as possible, there are a lot of options to choose from and deciding which methods to implement will depend on a variety of factors.  For example, you'll want to think about issues such as how much energy a particular measure... More >

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Top tips for stopping echoes

Echoes can be annoying, and many homes have serious echo problems. So how do you stop echoes in a home? The good news it's it can be both easy and budget-friendly. What causes echoes? First, let's take a quick look at why some rooms tend to echo more than others. It basically comes down to... More >

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House of Commons report calls Green Deal design 'woefully inadequate'

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has issued a report that highlights the failures of household energy efficiency schemes - in particular, the Green Deal. While these policies were implemented to improve the energy efficiency of Britain's housing stock - helping to alleviate... More >