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  1. It's also way off topic and little relevance to 99+% of the membership of Buildhub.
  2. Which one of his guys did he hand on the business to? I had been trying to get hold of him about something minor but no response - your post explains why....
  3. It's a propriety system supplied with the MVHR system by PAUL. In fact, there is no control panel on the MVHR Unit. The touch screen control panel is directly connected to the MVHR by Cat6 cable and there is a special connector at the unit. From memory, there are only 3 cores of the CAT6 cable used. There is no connection to the internet for my model, but I believe that this may now be an option. https://www.paulheatrecovery.co.uk/product/paul-tft-touch-screen/
  4. The MVHR is automatically boosted when the light is turned on ( via a auxiliary relay,, and runs for 15 minutes after the light is turned off, in each of the downstairs WC, the bathrooms ( family and ensuites). Our MVHR system has a remote control panel ( which allows us to control all the MVHR settings), which is installed in the hall, close to the kitchen and utility room. So for us, it is a simple matter to manually switch the MVHR to boost when required when coking or drying clothes in the utility room.
  5. You'll be fine cutting into the EPS for the shower waste. That's exactly what I provided for on my passive slab for a wet room. i did post on this subject on e-build a few years ago but don't have a copy of that post to share. So, i have provided details again I made provision for a wet room in the Ground Floor WC, though at the present, the shower former has not installed and it tiled over. I checked all this with the SE (Hedley Tanner) and the cutout in the foundation slab was formed with EPS before the slab was poured - see attachments. The plan was to install an ACO shower former and the shower drain at some time in the future, when required. We just have to remove the existing tiles and temporary EPS, rearrange the existing posh cloakroom into a wet room and lay a new tile floor with the former and drain . The waste drain will be installed in the top level of the EPS - really no different to the various conduits installed in the EPS for the kitchen island electrics. 1528-01 Foundation Plan- REV A.pdf Eastcroft Aco Wetroom gully 2.pdf
  6. Yes, it was attached to my post in the Topic started by @ProDave above that I referenced on Tuesday. To help you, I have attached again. 38167 HRV Volumetric Design 2015-4.pdf
  7. Yes, that is correct. Stairwells and corridors, etc (rooms not normally habitable are not discounted as such, but benefit (and provide the conduit)from the airflow going from living spaces (supply air) to wetrooms - kitchens, utility rooms, bathroom and toilets. That's why it's important to balance supply and extract volumes. Also , why all doors should have the ability to allow airflow bypass/transfer pat all the doors when closed, . I believe stairwells, corridors etc are characterised as" overflow" spaces" in DIN standards and on my MVHR volumetric data sheets as "Vthrough". That being said, it is not unacceptable to put a supply/extract duct in a hall. For instance, I am aware that @Jeremy Harris installed an extract grill in the his hall, outside the kitchen door to assist with minimise kitchen smells being drawn though this overflow space and into the rest of his house. I haven't found this an issue or need with my MVHR design!
  8. On reflection, it may have been useful to have an extract in the Dressing Room, but it is a small room after all the fittings were installed and the extract volume would have been very low. A through vent is a good idea . We also fitted an extract in the Plant Room, as an afterthought during the installation, as it was very easy. It is not in the original Design calcs but it is on the Commissioning Test Sheets.
  9. Yes, I was advised this as well. I have an enthalpy exchanger for the that reason - only 2 occupants usually in a 5 bed house ( 340m2)
  10. See this Topic in which I give details of the way that my high volume MVHR system design was resolved. My system volume calculations, detailed by my MVHR designer, are included for reference. Looking at your volumes, I think my volumes are much higher and I have a single 450m3 MVHR which normally runs at less than 40% capacity. I hope it helps.......
  11. Agree- we bought fittings from all over Europe - Ireland, Germany Poland, Italy, Austria - and did exactly as outlined by others above. No problem claiming the applicable VAT on our HMRC Claim
  12. I believe this is correct but ONLY if it is invoiced as part of the total package and not separately. We had a staircase designed, manufactured and delivered. It was expensive, with a long design/manufacture schedule to suit our build and we reasonably agreed to stage payments. Unfortunately, Stage 2 Payment was invoiced as Design Service. it was only 10% of the total cost but HMRC rejected the invoice from our claim, because of the Invoice description. So, include the design services within the total package cost and if you are agreeing Stage Payments, make them Stage 1, Stage 2 etc and do not be specific on the Invoices,that is Stage 2 ( or whatever)for Design Services. The Stage Payment milestone achievement criteria can be described in a a separate document ( for, example the contract...)
  13. That's correct. Sizing MVHR is not an exact science and it seems prudent and sensible to look at various methods/standards to achieve a reasonable and practical design approach - that is what the more experienced suppliers/designers do. Ah, I can see understand your thought process - I believe the md of Paul Scotland is German and he is very experienced, bringing a sensible and pragmatic approach to MVHR design, so looking at the design from both UK BR requirements and DIN standards. It's not something you may get get from many of the UK suppliers!
  14. I can assist by providing the Volumetric Design Calculations that were produced for my MVHR systems. These were produced using two different approaches for the design target levels for each room - the DIN standards and also the BR Part F Requirements. The reason the bedrooms have different flow rates is basically because they are different volumes... Note, my house is located in England @Bitpipeand I went through the same brain twisting being experienced by @ProDave and I produced this note to rationalise my thoughts at the time. I hope it helps you ( note, the figures quoted were early in our design process and sizes changed during development of the build and the Helios Tool is an online app for calculating design volumes according to the DIN standards) .... I have been contemplating our MVHR designs and it is very clear that both designs are completely dominated by the BR Part F requirements for whole house ventilation. Table 5.1 (b). - for Eastcroft = 364m3/hr and for your house 372 m3/hr ( depending on your measured GIFA). Anyway it seems to me, and to others, that though we will have demonstrate that our systems can meet this requirement for BR , we would never operate the system at this level and the system would be set up for something completely different. Unfortunately, it is this system sizing that most of the less experienced retailers focus on when they sell their systems and thisn drives a requirement for these systems to be sized and operated at this level. I am fairly sure that where Zehnder are coming from by insisting that Eastcroft requires two Comfotair CA550 units, so that they run quietly at a much lower operating point they will never see again after the BC have approved the installation. I have also come to realise that though the DIN designs managed to produce from the Helios Tool are correct, for what I entered but I have probably entered some rooms that may not require individual extract/supply air and this has potentially oversized the system, though DIN does seem to be able to take into account the practicalities of operating systems at various levels - Moisture Protection, Reduced, Nominal and Intense ventilation So, realisng my lack of MVHR experience, I have trying to found some practical and sensible technical approach to sizing MVHR systems and even tried to get a copy of the DIN standard (no joy, it costs 140 euros). Finally, I came across a recent Passivhaus document that was actually highlighted on ebuild only within the last week. I attach a pdf version of the Chapter 5 which provide practical and passivhaus approach to sizing MVHR systems see http://www.ebuild.co.uk/topic/16037-how-to-build-a-passivhaus/page__pid__121081#entry121081 So, I have quickly used this simplified and practical approach to re- look at both Eastcroft and your house. For your house, if we just take the quoted extract rates for your kitchen, Ensuite bath, two family bathrooms, utility room and cloakroom this gives a Extract Requirement of 240m3/hr. Then for supply, I reckon you have nine habitable spaces at 30m3/hr = 270m3/hr. In any case, your house will only have 4 occupants and this should also be taken into account. So, taking the Standard (or nominal setting as per DIN) as 0.3 ACH = 0.3*853m3 ( the volume of your house from Helios) = 255.9m3/hr and the Boost Rate = 1.3* 255.9 = 332.6 mm3/hr. So these "passivhaus" recommendations are not too dissimilar to the Helios Fan supported airflow volumes, according to DIN, on page 4. In Part F the boost rates for extract volumes are for kitchen =48.83m3/hr, cloakroom/toilet = 21.6m3/hr and bathrooms = 28.8m3/hr. so the passivhaus recommendations are all higher except for the cloakroom /toilet which was 20mmm3/hr This starts to provide a little more confidence about sizing of our MVHR systems, rather than to start and finish at Part F Requirements . 38167 HRV Volumetric Design 2015-4.pdf How_to_build_a_Passivhaus_Chapters_5_to_9(3).pdf