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  1. NSS

    Hi! Summerhouse

    Yeah, fun like watching paint dry!
  2. NSS

    Hi! Summerhouse

    I was a planning engineer at VT shipbuilders 35 years ago. We used to load all the activity detail (task description, duration, trade, dependencies, etc) into a screen in Portsmouth which was linked by leased line to a mainframe in Tyne Regional Computer Centre. Once we were happy all the data had been entered, you pressed the go button and TRCC did all the calcs and then sent a file to Vickers at Barrrow-in-Furness where a huge plotter printed it out onto 4ft wide rolls. Three days later a big tube arrived by post with the printed PERT charts. We'd then paper these around the office walls, look for errors, correct these on screen and then wait several more days for updated printouts - and repeat ad infinitum!
  3. Two letters of note while we've been away for the past week, a bland reply from some nobody at the Ministry of Housing that completely ignored the points raised in my letter, and one from HMRC saying they've now approved my supplementary claim and to expect payment in 20 working days (by which time it will be circa 7 months since my original submission!).
  4. And I should add, that's despite having multifoil insulation 😉
  5. Literally just back from a week's holiday. House has been locked up tight with just the Sageglass (it's actually electrochromic) and the MVHR left running (no active cooling). Temp inside upon opening the front door was a reasonably comfortable 25C in the south-facing rooms and upstairs, and 24C on the north side. As I've said before, the glass may have been expensive but it does the job, automatically, without losing the benefit of the solar gain when we want it.
  6. Google icatcher by icode systems. They have wildlife and security solutions. Don't know if they'll have specifically what you need but worth a try.
  7. It's coming ecohome 😉
  8. NSS

    external blinds

    I've applied a fair bit of vinyl in my time and the guy is right. However, there's a knack to getting it right (and bubble free) and there's a big difference between applying decals to a van in a controlled environment such as a workshop, or to the inside of windows, and covering whole, large panes of glass outdoors. The film may not be particularly expensive, but it would be easy to get it very wrong. I certainly wouldn't attempt it as a diy job.
  9. That's not a garage, that's an aircraft hanger!
  10. NSS


    We sold our last place through a local (1 branch) independent. Did a fixed fee deal but with an additional incentive based upon how close they got to the asking price. We got the full amount and paid a total fee of just over £1k. Had we used one of the bigger agents we'd have had a commission bill of around £6k.
  11. NSS

    New Privacy Rules

    It's a bloody minefield, and hasn't helped that (for my organisation) the ICO moved the goalpost less than 4 weeks ago.
  12. We used Scandia Hus, but deleted many of the items you mention (stairs, windows/doors, MVHR, internal doors, skirtings etc) not only to save money but to improve choice. Could we have got a cheaper TF kit? Almost certainly. If I was ever to do another self-build would I invite Scandia-Hus to tender again? Absolutely. As @PeterWsuggests, quality comes at a premium.
  13. The TF supplier we used has numerous 'standard' designs but, as we understood it, they rarely build two exactly the same as most clients want a degree of bespoking. We actually went to them with our own design and then they produced the manufacturing drawings, structural calculations, etc. Of course, these 'services' don't come free, but their price for that work was very keen (a fraction of what an architect/SE would have charged) but I guess they make their money on the TF manufacture and erection.
  14. NSS

    Sageglass live

    In that case, the film seems the logical (and most economic) solution for your specific situation 👍
  15. NSS

    Sageglass live

    @PeterStarck, I accept the up front capital cost is high, but I'm beginning to think it's probably a very cost-effective solution in the longer term, and it's such an elegant one also. Reading the latest in a long line of threads on the subject of overheating caused by excessive solar gain (posted by @lizzie ) it's obvious that this is a significant issue. It's also obvious that other solutions, such as solar reflective film, external blinds/shutters and the like, come at variable cost (both in capital and ongoing terms), and at least some form of aesthetic compromise. Reflective film may (reasonably cheaply) cure the issue of too much gain, but it also stops you from benefitting from it when you want it, and that means spending more on heating the property year after year. I'd also question what it may look like after several years of exposure to the elements, window cleaning, etc. External blinds/shutters will I'm sure be equally effective as reflective film (albeit at a significantly higher cost) and will allow the benefit of solar gain when desirable, but at the expense of the view out of the windows when you perhaps most want to enjoy it (and with the aesthetic compromise of the external frame/box of the blinds/shutters). And' of course, for such a solution to be reliably effective it needs to be automated, which I suspect brings this solution close to the extra cost of our Sageglass (bear in mind that whilst electro-chromic glazing is expensive, it replaces the 3G glazing units you'd otherwise be paying for). By contrast, excessive solar gain is controlled automatically but we still get the full benefit of it when desirable (reducing heating costs); the need for active cooling (and the cost thereof) is reduced/eliminated; there's no compromise to the external aesthetic of the building; and (perhaps best of all) we enjoy an uninterrupted view out, regardless of the solar intensity. As I said previously, it just works.