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    Architect in Scotland, have worked with self builders and looking to find a site to practice what I preach!
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  1. the_r_sole

    Flat roof: abutment ventilation

    No but warm flat roofs are the way most people go these days, I don't think you can even do a cold flat roof build up which complies in scotland any more
  2. the_r_sole

    Flat roof: abutment ventilation

    have you got a cold flat roof that needs ventilated?
  3. Tbh I don't see the point in a manufacturer producing standard sizes when a huge amount of their business is retrofitting buildings... Most just charge on the area of the windows, so the bigger the window the more expensive it is - makes sense to me. If you are doing a self build put good windows in it, ones that have a good uvalue and look decent, imo there's no point in putting windows which you'd find in the worst house builder box - if you can find them in b and q you can be certain that the manufacturer is producing them for a lot less than that too
  4. I don't believe such a thing exists any more, windows aren't really held in stock to be available "off the shelf" When I worked for house builders they tried to have windows sized to brick coursing with as few different sizes as possible over the housetype range.
  5. the_r_sole

    Timber vs Aluminium windows acoustics

    the fitting and sizing of the window are going to have a big impact on the acoustic performance too... Interested to know what the spec is of the aluminium units if they are the same price as lower grade timber windows?
  6. the_r_sole

    Planning success for hut number 2

    what local authority is that? have seen some of the applications in Argyll and Bute where the planners seem to be deliberately misinterpreting the guidance and refusing huts...
  7. the_r_sole

    Edpm at edges

    you could and it'd probably still leak! I had a friend who lived in a second-top floor new build flat and they had the same construction as you forming a roof terrace for the penthouse, friends flat had a leak in it which took 6 years to get sorted as no one could find the leak, ended up ripping up the whole lot and starting from structural deck again
  8. the_r_sole

    Edpm at edges

    as I said - world of pain!
  9. the_r_sole

    Edpm at edges

    if the water is coming under the rubber then it really looks like the rubber has been compromised at some point, world of pain here but it really looks like start again from first principles. something may have punctured the membrane during construction, it's an absolute nightmare to find a leak in a rubber roof!
  10. Sounds like the engineer is putting their concerns back as an issue with the system - speak to the icf company and ask for engineers known to them. Some engineers are very conservative and only like to do things they know, with a system like this you are best to get someone that knows and understands the system to do the engineering.
  11. the_r_sole

    Pre-App Site Meeting

    Might be worth speaking to a local planning consultant and get them to be the agent for your application...
  12. the_r_sole

    Thinnest known floor slab?

    To work out the uvalue of the floor you need the perimeter to area ratio... Are you going for ufh? Is the slab ground bearing or is it a suspended slab? If it's ground bearing you could go for insulation under slab and scrap the screed altogether, if you're using ufh I don't think I've seen any less than a 65mm screed
  13. Yeah, there's zero reason for the seller not to get it formalised by the planning authority
  14. the_r_sole

    Rockwool EWI ?

    I'm not saying you can't do it, it is definitely a way of building it's just not the most risk adverse way of doing timber frame so wondered if there was a particular reason for it. Standard kit for us would be fully filled kit with a layer of insulation inside forming your vapour barrier then strapped and lined to form a service cavity. Ventilated cavity on the outside. As noted above, dew point analysis is absolutely critical
  15. show your alternative using the same/similar radius for turning the turning circles and mark the dimensions on it, roads only really want to make sure it's achievable and tick their wee box... they usually have standard drawings to show how it can be achieved rather than tying you into it. Even if you show a layout on your planning drawings, don't be surprised if that drawing is attached to an approval as a standard condition