Originally Posted by tillie f
Myself and my partner have just started building a house and we are planning to have an open fire and I want to put a back boiler in to help with heating costs down the line (our main heating system is oil) our builder says the house is to big (2500ft2) and it wont make much of a difference
has anyone got any advice or pros and cons that can help us
when you get to your BER (you should already have a provisional one by now
) you will realise that an open fire is heavily penalised... modern homes can now be built to such a high standard that an open fire is not required or
much heating at all if your willing to design and build carefully....
I appreciate your desire for an open fire, and you do have options.
if you go for a stove or open fire, I would recommend a back boiler and I cannot think of any cons to putting one in.. just, that your chosen methods of heating are generally outdated and leave you open to expensive fuel bills in the future!
may i ask what is your architect recommending?
what your BER will be?
have you looked at Passive house methods?
why you decided on oil central heating?
and why you are listening to builder regarding the size of your house!