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jack last won the day on February 26 2023

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    Considering a move to Octopus Energy and want to help BuildHub?
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  1. Discovered/realised far too late the same thing with balcony steels for my "cold bridge free" MBC build. When I raised it, MBC foamed in PIR insulation then wrapped it in aerogel blanket. I'd probably have gone even further than that if I'd had time to consider it. Someone said to expect mould on the plasterboard where the steel comes into the house, but we've never had a moment's problem in over 8 years.
  2. You can get fan-assisted radiators that can be used for cooling. I'm sure one or two people have mentioned using them. To be honest, I think you'd be better of with aircon in most cases, given the cost per radiator of this type.
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    Sorry Susan, at least from a search of the word "Baufritz", no-one's posted about them before. Still, it's possible someone might have had interactions with them but not mentioned it. Also, BuildHub will still be a useful place to get information about everything Baufritz doesn't do (if you use them). You can get independent feedback on your house plans, for example, or about landscaping, planning, etc. Good luck.
  4. Hmm, interesting! There are a lot of people in my area who are not following this rule! 😅
  5. There are quite a few Loxone users on here, including me. It's impossible to give you useful short answer, at least partly because there's no such thing as a typical install. I'm very happy with the system. It controls lights, external blinds, and heating. It could do MVHR and other things too, but I've mostly tried to keep things as simple as possible.
  6. I don't want to be having to use my phone in a moving car every time I arrive home. More interesting for me would be some sort of geofencing function that caused it to open as I got near. Worse, my driveway entrance is right at a sharp curve in the road and we can have traffic from both directions suddenly appear as we turn in.
  7. I've been looking at electric gates recently. One thing to look at is cycle time, especially if there isn't space to pull completely off the road while you wait for the gates to open.
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    Welcome Dee. Post your question in whichever of these sub-forums looks most suitable (probably Wood and Laminate Flooring): https://forum.buildhub.org.uk/forum/41-floors-flooring/
  9. Rarely any issues with a 5 kW ASHP heating a 250 L tank. I'll admit a faster reheat time would be nice a handful of times a year, but then I just hit the immersion for an hour to help speed things along. If you want to keep your ASHP temperature low and your COP high when doing DHW, go for a bigger tank than you think you need.
  10. Unfortunately, that's the main downside to mains dimming. If you want the ability to dim very low you really need constant current dimmers rather than mains dimmers. Constant voltage dimming is also fine but is generally used for LED strips.
  11. I used a floor grinder to grind back the spalled surface in our garage before I laid an epoxy coating. It was surprisingly expensive taking into the account the wear charge on the diamond cutters. I want to say it was something like £800 for the weekend, half of which was wear, but I could be wrong about that. I'd have a word to a grinder hire company to find out the cheapest way to roughly remove high spots. It's not like you're after a polished finish. Also, some of those cracks are a bit unpleasant looking. Would you consider drilling the ends to stop them spreading, and filling with something like epoxy to stabilise? Another thought: are you certain you can't just cover the entire thing with self-leveller? Does it matter if the finished floor level is a bit higher? Are there any dependencies on that level that can't be adjusted to account for a slightly higher floor? Might be cheaper and easier than lots of grinding and localised levelling.
  12. I wouldn't worry about it. Does it really matter if the air right up at the ceiling isn't quite as fresh as it as at head height?
  13. The Passivhaus standard sets, among other things, a maximum annual energy budget for heating off 15 kWh/m2. On that basis, it's reasonable to expect that heating will be required. The standard says nothing about how the heating is supplied. If your son rarely turns the heating on, what sort of temperature does the house usually sit at during winter? Passivhaus works particularly well in places where there's a lot of winter sun, which doesn't generally describe the UK! As a point of comparison, our house temperature stabilised at about 14 degrees when we went away for a month over Christmas a few years ago. That was no people, no appliances, no cooking, and no showers for a month. In comparison, some of my friends live in Victorian houses, and during cold weather struggle to get parts of their homes to 16 degrees even with the heating running flat out for hours. I know which I'd rather! Have you read that for houses that meet the Passivhaus standard? One other point: when you say you're building a Passivhaus, do you mean a house that's been designed and modeled to meet all the requirements of a Passivhaus? Or are you building using Passivhaus principles such as using lots of insulation and good airtightness? It does make a difference. I don't think our house would meet the standard due to the size and location of our windows, for example. If it's been modelled, you should know how much energy it will use for heating in a year, and you can then easily work out how much it will cost to run an ASHP to supply that heat.
  14. Our BCO actually accepted the original design document. I did the measurements just to satisfy myself that the as-installed settings were about right.
  15. Aesthetic, agreed. If you don't have an out-of-sight place for one, they are generally pretty ugly. We're lucky that we were able to site ours on the far side of our attached garage, where it's out of sight unless you walk along that route (and there's generally little reason to do so). I'm less sure about comfort. There are lots of reports about how noisy GSHP pumps are, to the point where it's sometimes recommended they be sited in their own sound-insulated housing outside the main building envelope. I can't hear my ASHP when it's running unless it's a very still day and I stand pretty close to the unit. I'm not saying there are no use cases for GSHP, just that the economics rarely make sense if you can choose between one or the other (as appears to be the case with OP, since he mentioned both).
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