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  1. @temp is correct and this is already applied commonly to Planning Permissions on commercial buildings to make the use of renewables compulsory above and beyond the requirements of the Building Regs
  2. @PeterStarck all new bare (mill finish) aluminium will form a very thin and hard layer of aluminium oxide on the surface. That’s what gives it resistance to any further corrosion and it makes it highly durable
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    Garden Office

    @hmpmarketing A caravan is not a building so is not subject to the rules for "Permitted Development". You wouldn't therefore need Planning Permission as long as there is no change of use of the land. If the caravan is incidental to the main house then it will not involve creating a separate dwelling so will be okay. Useful guide and free Pdf booklet here: http://www.valuemobilehomes.com/planning/
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    Foundations for Concrete Block Walls

    @Oz07 +1 @hmpmarketing in England it's called a Class 6 exemption for small detached buildings. As @Oz07 said, the building needs to have an internal floor area not exceeding 30 sq.m and there are some other limits listed here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/2214/schedule/2/part/6/made Unfortunately, it sounds from your description that the building is a little larger than this.
  5. @haddock @jack You can get condensation in Summer in situations like this. On hot summer days if you get a sudden rain shower it can cool metal roofs and rooflights enough to cause condensation.
  6. I replaced all our plastic mesh with stainless steel but I was more concerned with keeping the mice out rather than insects. I managed to source cheap rolls of SS offcut from this company: https://www.themeshcompany.com/
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    raft foundations

    There's also a breather membrane between the battens that support the cladding and the main structure of the building
  8. Quote I read in the press today in an interview with the head of the Timber Trade Federation, David Hopkins: "Some 90% of timber used in construction is imported from Europe, which British timber suppliers are insufficient to replace. Under the proposed Taxation Bill, once the UK leaves the EU and its VAT area, VAT on EU imports will have to be paid up-front. This will cause considerable problems for the SMEs who make up the majority of our sector." The article goes on to warn about delays in clearing imported timber through customs with knock-on costs for timber storage at ports together with additional admin and documentation costs.
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    Stove flashing

    @Thedreamer You could buy one of these lead flashings and get the roofers to fit it now. You'll need to check with the stove supplier to find out the diameter of the eventual stove pipe that they will be fitting so that you can correctly size the diameter of the lead flashing. The stove pipe will pass through it and they will install a weather skirt at the junction. The lead flashings are available in a variety of sizes. If you want a stove pipe without any bends it will also be important to very precise with the location of the lead flashing. https://www.roofingsuperstore.co.uk/product/6-lead-roofing-slate-450mm-x-450mm-x-45-degree.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwwJrbBRAoEiwAGA1B_T59_q_aZ-zcEN0Q3W33OElZ6cpUSJqX5FjKsh3wwMYmFJIHcBsv3RoCpjcQAvD_BwE For a 5" stove pipe you'll need a 6" flashing
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    Window film latest

    Online guide to compatibility of various solar films with various types of glass inc toughened and laminated https://www.windowfilm.co.uk/content/files/1045/The Window Film Company - 2016 Film Compatibility Chart.pdf
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    Which manufacturer?

    @willbish It looks like cast stone. You could try Haddonstone: https://www.haddonstone.com/en-gb/type/custom-made-stone
  12. another possibility for low users of electricity is "Power Up" from Scottish Power which is who we use at our holiday home which only gets used at weekends - total annual usage is about 1,500 kWh. There's no standing charge or membership fee which is what makes it cheap but you have to pay for the electric in advance and the pence per kWh is quite high - last time I looked it was a little over 17pence per kWh for a 6 month block purchase.
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    Dry rot in our 1930's semi detached

    I see you are in Marple. I work as an architect locally to that area and have used Robinsons Preservation Ltd several times with success inc dry rot issues. Try contacting Neil Faulkner who is the MD. They are based in Salford.
  14. Brilliant result! Well done!
  15. I’ve recently switched to Pure Planet for electric and gas 12.138 pence per kWh for electric 2.625 pence per kWh for gas + £100 approx each for standing charge per year (they call it a membership fee too) Dual fuel discount of £15 x 2 = £30