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  1. We hope to achieve the same end result & it has been bothering me too. My assumption was that we would have to shutter the exact void we want (I will buy the shower trays so they are on site to make sure it all works) and get the siting of the drain pretty accurate. Hopefully @Nickfromwales will sort it all out! A 75mm slab seems thin, our design arrived earlier & looks to have a minimum thickness of 150mm, with areas of reinforcement for areas under high load.
  2. Gaulhofer do external blinds. I have specced them on our south facing windows, mostly for managing the solar gain, but the optional extra privacy will be good too. We are considering shutters for the 3 veluxes & will probably put the infrastructure in so that they can be added later if required.
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    before starting work

    What is the definition of 'heavy plant'? Does a small digger count? Alternatively is there any potential access from farmland. I am in Cornwall and a friendly farmer is worth his weight in gold (or something a bit less precious, but still v. valuable!).
  4. Thanks @ProDave If the limiting inverter isn't too expensive presumably I am better off 'over-panelling' for when the conditions are sub-optimal. I'll try WP tomorrow to see what they say about putting in more.
  5. I am trying to get my head around the best options for our roof. The current plan is for 17 panels & 5 veluxes. As I am concerned about overheating I was thinking of reducing the veluxes to 3 upping the Pv to 19 panels, or even more. Once I discovered the £500 per window cost of the integral flashing I became even keener! It turns out that, according to Wagner, who sell the in roof kits, that I will have to apply to the DNO (western power) for permission to feed in over 16A if I go over 17 panels. Given I will not be getting any money for the power fed in am I likely to get any worthwhile use from the extra generation? Presumably in the near future both electric cars & batteries will become more attractive. I assume I will be charged for supplying free power to the grid, but have no idea how much 🙁
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    SunAmp : Snog, Marry, Avoid?

    Back to reliably charging sunamps..... would one or two solar thermal panels do the job using the water based variety - the temperature requirement of the pcm means that ashp's (mostly) don't work at a good cop, but those sorts of temperatures could fairly easily be hit by a st unit & boosted if necessary by an electrical element. Or it it too expensive.
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    Combining in-roof Pv with roof lights

    Just had a quote for this, the Velux flashings are £500 each!!! I gave them a call to talk about it - funnily enough they don't sell many.... Transport (from France) was over £700 too.
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    Small Megabad order

    On the up side Reuter still are accepting uk orders.......
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    Small Megabad order

    I have just had an email saying they won't ship to the uk. Thanks a lot "call me Dave" 😤
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    Small Megabad order

    Thanks Ian, I tried the number yesterday but the dash beat me. Maybe getting the site on my phone & dialling from that might be more successful.
  11. I managed to get a uk retailer to match Megabad for most of my bathroom stuff, but they couldn't get close to the sink tap/ bottle trap prices so I would like to get 3 of each (+ 3 pairs of angle valves) from them, total cost €340-ish. When I try to check out I seem to only have the option to pick up. I have been working on my bathroom German, but my delivery German is rubbish. I would be grateful if one of the linguists on the forum could let me know if I am just being inept or if there is a minimum spend before they will ship to the uk. It looks like I could use Reuter, but they are €40 more.
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    Servicing and foundations/passive slab

    You need to talk to an engineer. We are having a passive slab & he wanted non made up ground, I am sure there are ways round it (presumably at a cost!), but you need to go with what they say. It would be worth contacting Hilliard Tanner in Ireland if your engineer isn't that familiar with this method of construction.
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    Good value mixer taps

    I have a Grohe eurosmart M in our current bathroom and may well get them for our new house - but probably not with the pop up waste option as the seal isn't great. Megabad was v. reasonable when I looked, a U.K. based store price matched them for Duravit & Hansgrohe, but couldn't get near the Grohe prices.
  14. If you are having 90m2 of glass have you thought about overheating? We will be having roughly half that glazing and I am more concerned about being too hot than too cold. It may be worth running the design through PHPP to get an idea. In our case we have opted for external blinds on some windows and UFH (with the potential of using it for cooling).
  15. I have no direct experience of this (currently living in an old granite barn), but as I understand it MVHR is not an efficient way to purge excess heat due to the relatively low volumes of air, which itself has a low specific heat capacity, being moved. It seems to me that the best way to manage this problem is to try to avoid it in the first place by having a building with a low decrement decay and effective shading (ideally external) of glazing that receives direct sum. If that proves to be inadequate some form of active cooling will be needed, @JSHarris has success with using his ASHP in cooling mode - maybe a remote control for that would be of most use. If you have Pv panels it would also have the benefit of using self-generated power as it is only likely to be a major problem when the sun is out!