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New guidelines for Chilterns homes

PUBLISHED: 13:07 11 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:07 20 February 2013

Glazed extension to a house in Boxwell Road, Berkhamsted, which won last year’s Chilterns Buildings Design Award. ‘The extension embodies one of the main principles in the Design Guide which is that good modern design should compliment and enhance its surroundings,’ said the judging panel

Glazed extension to a house in Boxwell Road, Berkhamsted, which won last year’s Chilterns Buildings Design Award. ‘The extension embodies one of the main principles in the Design Guide which is that good modern design should compliment and enhance its surroundings,’ said the judging panel

BIGGER gutters and larger drainpipes should be incorporated into new houses to counter the predicted effects of climate change, according to advice in a newly published guide to building in the Chilterns.

BIGGER gutters and larger drainpipes should be incorporated into new houses to counter the predicted effects of climate change, according to advice in a newly published guide to building in the Chilterns.


New buildings must be designed to withstand extreme weather events including the likelihood of more severe storms, insist experts at the Chilterns Conservation Board in the latest edition of the Chilterns Buildings Design Guide.


Architects, builders and planners are also urged to have regard to the carbon footprint when they embark on a project.


The boards planning officer Colin White says using local materials like wood and flint and incorporating heating systems that use renewable fuels such as woodchips from local woods all help to reduce the buildings impact on the environment.


We strongly believe it is possible to build new houses which blend in with the typical character of villages in the Chilterns and which are also energy-efficient and designed to cope with changing climate, he maintains.


The latest guidelines, first published by the board in 1999, contain more information than before on sustainable building. Printed copies cost 20 plus p&p but an electronic version can be downloaded at www.chilternsaonb.org/publications.asp

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