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Phase 2 Framing Your build Phase 4 Fuel forthought Building your own rural home can pose a set of challenges, especially if your new plot is off-grid. Here, Matthew Dunford, national field sales manager at Calor, discusses the heating options available to self-builders, and explains why Liquefied Petroleum Gas offers an ideal solution to those looking for the ease and convenience of gas on demand Selecting a central heating system that best suits your needs can be a tricky decision, especially if you are building in a rural area that doesn’t have access to mains gas. With so many options available and additional factors to take into account such as the available space, ease of installation, running costs and efficiency, choosing the right option for a particular project can prove to be a confusing task. So, what are the various options when it comes to off-grid heating and boilers, and which is the best choice for your rural self-build? Liquefied Petroleum Gas Increasing in popularity among self-builders, one of the great things about Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is that it’s just like mains gas and can be used for heating a home and providing hot water, as well as for cooking, fuelling gas fires and even powering appliances such as gas tumble dryers. It can be used on its own, or alternatively as a perfect partner to renewable systems such as solar or hybrid heat pumps. There’s a fantastic range of A-rated, high efficiency LPG boilers on the market too, which are compatible with the latest thermostatic controls, and help you reduce the amount of energy you use for your heating and hot water. Even better, LPG is also one of the cleanest fossil fuels available, emitting around 20% less CO2 per KwH than oil, and is virtually impossible to steal – ideal if you’re building in a rural area where oil theft can be an issue. Installation LPG boilers feature almost identical technology to mains-gas combi boilers, making them simple to install and maintain. In fact, there are over 35,000 LPG qualified installers across the country, and Calor offers a handy tool that provides access to this network, making the installation of an LPG boiler quick and hassle- free. Cost An LPG boiler can often be a more cost-effective option for self-builders, costing on average around £900 less than traditional alternatives Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 like oil. Aside from savings on the initial outlay, thanks to the increased efficiency LPG can offer, there are also savings on long-term energy costs. Storage A clever use of space is often one of the main priorities for a self-build property, and this is why many self-builders find that LPG is a better option for them. LPG storage tanks can be buried underground, making them a great option if you want to make the most of your garden. Not only are LPG boilers typically more compact than more traditional oil boilers, but there is no need to install a separate hot water cylinder, saving even more room. If you are building on a larger plot where space is not an issue, an above-ground LPG tank is an ideal option. The tank is installed easily on a concrete or prefabricated base and, when you purchase your gas from Calor, the tank is free of charge to install, helping to manage overall build costs. If you’re more restricted with space, or have limited access for an LPG delivery vehicle, a cylinder supply offers a more compact solution. The Calor Compact comprises four gas cylinders, neatly contained in a secure protective housing. Clever top-up technology is available on Calor tanks and Calor Compact to monitor gas levels, alerting you when you’re running low and automatically scheduling a delivery. This means you needn’t worry about manually checking fuel levels or reordering. BioLPG A further boost to LPG’s credentials is BioLPG, soon to be available exclusively from Calor. BioLPG is created from a mix of renewable materials and waste, and


Your Build - Spring 2018
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