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  1. Hi We have been asked if we would consider using "Thermal Bead Screed" on the ground floor, it's an Italian product, real name Politerm Blu 110. It appears to be a lightweight screed with insulation beads used as aggregate. My original ground floor build-up gives me a respectable U-Value of 0.14 and is as follows; 100mm Sand & cement screed with UFH pipes embedded 3mm Polythene 125mm Thermafloor TF70 insulation boards with hot & cold water pipes embedded 3mm Raydon barrier 150mm dense concrete sub-floor The key to reaching the U-Value of 0.14 is that the boards are installed correctly without gaps or voids. The "Thermal Bead Screed" approach appears to remove the risk of gaps & voids and the floor build-up is as follows; 50mm Liquid Hemihydrate screed with UFH pipes embedded 3mm Polythene 175mm "Thermal Bead Screed" with hot & cold water pipes embedded 3mm Raydon barrier 150mm dense concrete sub-floor This won't give me as good a U-Value, I've been told 0.16 by the company selling it to me and 0.18 by an independent energy assessor. Have any of you used "Thermal Bead Screed" or know anything about it?
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    Importing lights from China

    @Dudda Can you tell me where you sourced the replicas from please?
  3. Thanks @JSHarris - I've been playing with your fabulous spreadsheet (never thought I'd ever use those 2 words together) for some time now and it appears that changing the floor U-Value doesn't have a very big impact on the overall results. I tried Floor U-Values of 0.14, 0.18 and a Regs matching 0.25 for comparison and the results are shown below; What surprised me most, apart from the low values, was that the adjusted July & August figures appear to show the house over-heating more with a U-value of 0.25 than at 0.14 or 0.18. Can you confirm that this is what you would expect?
  4. I know the lower U-value I achieve for my ground floor the better but is there a maximum U-value beyond which under floor heating is not advisable?
  5. Thanks all for the explanations. I think I now understand that the P/A ratio has an impact on the overall U-Value and it sounds like potentially a negative impact in many cases. How does the P/A ratio take into consideration the fact that all our external walls have thermal blocks for the first 2 courses and 25mm insulation to mitigate horizontal thermal transfer? In my example, I know the P/A Ratio and the U-Value of the floor build-up but I would really like to know how the P/A Ratio reduced our overall floor U-Value from 0.17 to 0.14. It seems to me that there are many variables at play e.g. soil type, which could allow a more cynical person than me to achieve whatever result they want by simply tweaking those variables.
  6. Hi I think I understand how U-Values are calculated e.g. (Layer thickness) X Lambda = R in m2 K/W Add up all the R-values for each of the layers and 1/(Total R-Value) = U-Value in W/m2 K However if you look at the calculations from my "As-designed" SAP 2009 report below, the calculated Total R-Value = 5.844 m2 K/W and if you take the inverse of that the U-Value is 1/5.844 = 0.171 W/m2 K and not the 0.14 shown on the report below. Can anyone please explain how the 0.14 was achieved...what am I missing??? Thanks
  7. I've replaced a couple of phone screens for my kids and used the double sided tape each time and it worked a treat. Loads of video help on YouTube - I found the hardest bit was removing the broken screens. Softening the adhesive with a hair-dryer worked well for me. Also most replacement screens come with a small tool kit which includes everything you need, apart from the adhesive. A 30m roll of adhesive is about £2 Good luck
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    WiFi standards change name.

    Makes it a bit easier for consumers to follow and a bit harder for retailers to get rid of old stock.
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    UFH upstairs - alternatives?

    Great - Thanks
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    UFH upstairs - alternatives?

    @Alphonsox can you recommend a make of electric underfloor heating?
  11. Hi, I'm thinking of going with Rehau Total70C triple glazed uPVC windows, with a height of 1500mm. The documentation on the Rehau website suggests a maximum for side hung openings of 900x1500mm (WxH). I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has used these frames with 3G and a height of 1500mm and whether they have functioned properly in day to day use. Thanks
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    Windows screwed in the wall !

    Looking at that Velfac installation document linked to above there are 2 ways to fix the windows, and option 1 appears to be through the frame.
  13. I must confess to not fully understanding all the results displayed above - could some kind soul please explain them to me in very simple terms? e.g. Space heating requirement of 6,922 kWh/year...does this mean using average external temperatures I will need to purchase 6,922 kWh each year (from oil, gas or electric supplier) to maintain a constant internal temp of 20 degrees?
  14. This sounds like a sensible approach, if you know what you're doing. However the problem would then be finding someone to service the ASHP in the future.
  15. When looking for cost reductions in our specification we replaced the ASHP with Oil fired heating and the build cost was reduced by £11,500....I know, I nearly fell over too!!