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  1. @trialuser we did something very similar. We wanted a larder that was thermally broken from the rest of the house, accessed from the kitchen. We got a company to make us an airtight door and frame. Our internal doors are pine, and so the airtight door is too (looks like the vertical planked oak, but in pine. Wasn't cheap though, so I'd imagine the doors strips might be more cost effective if you can get them to work.
  2. We have a termatech streamline. We didn't spend a lot of time researching stoves, we needed a stove around 5kw output that was fairly efficient and could take decent length logs. The installer recommended them and he had fitted quite a few. It does most of our heating.
  3. I'm not convinced by some of the arguments used above, in particular the one suggesting ecodesign stoves may have poorer draw and lower flue temps. The ecodesign standard was brought in to help reduce emissions and I can't see why the flue temps would lower or the draw be worse as that would surely be counterproductive. FWIW our stove is evodesign ready, has a good draw. Don't measure the flue temperatures so can't comment on that.
  4. Welcome. I am just outside Inverness, around 40 mins west. We are technically 1 and 3/4 storeys. Most people just refer to it as 1 and 1/2 though. If it's outline costing, I'd just use floor area of ground and 1st floor together. The £/sqm costing approach is pretty rough - many site specific details and design choices can have a big influence. If it's more detailed costing then you'd just itemise the different elements (foundation, roof etc) and so the problem goes away. Some TF manufacturers give kit prices, so you could look at the difference between bungalows and room in roof type houses to understand the cost difference for the structure alone? Then use the housebuilders bible to understand potential differences in standard foundation costs?
  5. Because there is a big drive to reduce emissions from wood burning. One of the ways to do that is by ensuring the fire chamber is at the correct temperature.
  6. I would say it's not overly impressive. We have a much greater difference between our TER and DER and that's without going to the lengths that many on here do. It always grates on me a bit when houses like these are described as low carbon/low energy. Per m2 they may be better than a standard developer bought house, but in this case it looks about 5 times bigger. Total footprint needs considered as much as m2 values.
  7. I think there's two different questions in the original post. One is how long it takes for the building warrant to be approved once submitted and the other is how long it takes to gather all the info, submit and then get approved. For the first, 6-8 weeks seems reasonable based on our experience, but it depends a bit on how busy the council are and also on how much back and forth there is between council and architect. I'd also imagine 4 months is reasonable to collate, coordinate and submit info for approval. No doubt it could be done quicker but it doesn't seem unreasonable to me.
  8. I think that's the nub of it though. Comfort at a particular temperature is very subjective and relative to the surroundings (to an extent). Most of our house sits at around 16-18 and we find it fine. But I completely accept that 16 would feel cold if the rest of the house was at 22.
  9. I used to work on a west coast estate. My anecdotal experience is that many continental hunters are much more switched on when it comes to sustainable hunting. They have a strong culture of hunting for a purpose, rather than fun. On the other hand, some (but definitenly not all hunters) from the UK couldn't care less about the impact of what they were doing and were by far the most ignorant people I took out. Stereotyping entire populations is a lazy way of constructing an argument.
  10. Some treatment tank manufacturers will not guarantee/warranty the performance if a softener is discharged into it. The quantity of salts discharged into the treatment tank will widely vary between softener and operation and the size of the treatment tank is also relevant in understanding the dilution factor. As mentioned above, in a normal domestic setting it's probably not a problem but it does have the potential to reduce the tank performance in certain circumstances.
  11. EU spending has been audited and signed off every year. It doesn't take much effort to check this. Jacob Rees Mogg and the ERG tried to peddle this and were widely derided for it.
  12. @LA3222 couldn't agree more. There is a current line of thinking that the vast increase in access to information over the last couple of decades has not been accompanied by an increase in the ability to critically analyse the source and veracity of it. Although even if these skills did exist I'd question to what extent they'd be employed - most of us exist in bubbles and reasoned debate, with an ability to alter opinions based on evidence is a rarity. There are good reasons to think that our political system needs a complete overhaul - if you haven't read it then 'Why we get the wrong politicans' covers some interesting points.
  13. I couldn't quite figure out from your post if this is more about having the systems in place to ensure you self-use generation, or just a way of monitoring that you are? I have a similar setup for my PV, slightly different brand names but that's not important. Our heating and DHW is all-electric. I have a pv diverter (eddi) with a CT clamp on the supply cable and a CT clamp on the generation cable. It then tells me at a glance what I'm generating, using and exporting and I can scroll through recent days, weeks/year to look at historical figures. Apparently I can also hook it up to a hub/app to get the info on a phone or a computer but it's not a priority at the moment.
  14. @AliG although our house is on a much smaller scale to yours I have come to similar conclusions. Our air test was ~3.5m3/m2/hr which was a bit disappointing given the effort we went to in trying to think through airtightness. That said, we don't need a lot of heat to get it to temp and it stays warm for a while. Even on the windiest days I can't find any obvious draughts. So while I may try and work on this a bit more I think I'm at peace with it. Would second the recommendation for others re an air test earlier in the build.
  15. The build cost including land seems remarkably cheap. Unless my sums are wrong they can build for ~£1000/sqm including the land?