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  1. I’ve got the Fakro z-wave roof windows and would advise you approach with caution. They have been a nightmare to get working with z-wave (there is no Wi-fi option), only got one to work from a Vera platform controller and that meant not being able to use the supplied remote controller with it anymore. The instructions are dire, they should be great but user experience is terrible. If someone can help me make them work properly then I would be a convert, as there is a strangely satisfying feeling being a 100 miles away from the house and getting an alert on my phone that as the room has reached 23 degrees the window has opened. Fly screens are a good idea though, I have a fear that a bird or bat will get in and the window will then shut, trapping it in the house.
  2. Slightly off topic, but I have finally managed to get my Fakro z-wave roof windows to link to my Vera management system. Strangely satisfying being able to open my windows via my phone 100 miles away from the house, even better it is intergrated with the Heatmiser thermostats, so automically opens the roof windows when the room gets too hot.
  3. Nick1c ,thanks. I recognise it may not be the most efficient way. However the house is built, has no PV or ASHP, it does have 2m roof overhang to the South West elevation, which works well in the Summer providing shade to the large amount of glass on that elevation. i have some supposedly remote control fakro roof windows, when I open the patio doors and roof windows it dumps the hot air quickly. However the fabric of the building still takes a considerable while to cool. Having a real challenge getting the Fakro units to talk to any form of z-wave controller (smartthings or Vera),had hoped to be able to remotely open them before arrival (they have an automatic closure feature if they sense rain). Thus is partly causing my concern that I don’t end up with a mvhr that does not properly work remotely!
  4. Interesting, the manufacturers seem to make much of the different scenes, maybe it is just marketing hype... I was planning on leaving the system just idling whilst the property was empty, (which it will be most of the time as it is a holiday home) then turning up to a normal level when occupied. I’ve been surprised by the level of solar gain in the last few days, so was thinking we might want to purge the warm air before arriving. Equally I could be barking up the wrong tree!
  5. Reaching the final straight, need to purchase the main MVHR unit. Was originally going to get an Adroit DV110 but the prices have rocketed, the Kinetic Advance SX looks a strong contender, however the limited reviews of the App on the Apple App Store do not seem very favourable... A key feature for me is being able monitor and interact with the MVHR when away from the property, (new build is over 100 miles away from main house) I've seen the Adroit in the flesh and used the 'cloud' function and whilst clunky it does what I need. Anyone actually got a Kinetic Advance SX, how are you getting on with it and the app?
  6. Just realised I’ve been admiring your build as I drive out of Stroud most mornings. Looking crisp!
  7. Great part of the world, we live between Stroud and Cirencester, although our new build is in Devon. Suggest you do your homework re planning consents....
  8. @Russell griffiths indeed, I think I learnt to windsurf 30odd years ago very close to your plot!
  9. Cash saving is not the driver! Main home eats 25kw a day of electricity on stuff. No electric cars and gas heating. When i I started out building this one as a holiday home, I was keen to keep as simple as possible, not putting in all the gadgets that I have at home. i’m monumentally failing and scope creep has taken control with a vengeance, to the extent fibre gets installed next month. Would prefer to not have another house munching power, particularly when I’m not there. Think of it as a slight twinge of environmental consciousness. prefer the Cirencester prices for breakfast. My normal breakfast haunt is Jolly Nice at Frampton Mansell. Unfortunately today’s hipster version cost £45 for two and the walls were covered in OSB, bloody Marys were involved though
  10. @JSHarris simultaneous typing.. great advice. Think I might try 15 minutes off then 30 on.
  11. @ProDave quite understand! Only prompted by the other thread running this morning... @Ed Davies sadly there is no option to turn down. Either on or off, keeping the aerobic bacteria alive is key objective. Especially as during the winter months it will be doing nothing for weeks then have 8 visitors for a weekend.... then nothing for a few more weeks. wondering whether it is better to do 15 minute on / off cycles or 1 hour or 2 hours. Guess it is a balance of wear on pump when it starts versus settlement.
  12. Thread revival. Condor all installed and now been running for last six months. All good. Can confirm it seems to use circa 2kw a day. Noted that @ProDave was looking to install a timer to reduce consumption. Have you had a chance to do that? Or has anyone else? If so how, as simple as a three pin plug in timer from ikea? Our unit will only be used for a couple of weekends over the winter, so seems wastefully having it running the whole time, equally I don’t want to save £50 electricity only to cause it all to sludge up and fail! Thoughts and advice welcomed.
  13. Tyke2 I relate to your adverse experience of ‘eco’ commercial buildings. I have enjoyed operating a number of Bream ‘very good’ designed by award chasing architects, then specified by value engineeers. Not a pleasant experience for the wallet! I vowed that that my build would be ultra simple, however I have ended up with ufh, mvhr and passive inspired design. The difference is that this time I am (vaguely) in control of the specifying and can directly equate to the benefits I hope to experience over future decades. I’m not procuring my solutions from the cheapest suppliers of obsolete or unproven products, nor am I buying cheap solutions with backend loaded maintenance contracts / Warranties. I would echo the keep the control side simple, I’m astonished at how little heat (and in turn control required) says the man with 8 zones....
  14. I think I maybe looking for something that does not exist.... I’m sure we are all familiar with the 180 degree kitchen carousel units that make the most of corner storage. I’m looking for storage units that sit on the rotating shelves. At present I can find lots of wirework and plastic ‘shelves’ that rotate out. I need some containers that fit on / in these, think of a plastic crate with 20cm sides in the shape of a pizza slice. I know in the brochures they look organised and simplistic, in reality I have a car crash of 10 different packets of flour and a similar number of different sugars, all end end up lumped together.... easier to buy another packet than look to see if we already have the right one. Then add it to the pile.... Propably indicative of my lifestyle, but a organisational solution might help..... google is is failing me...
  15. We were having a problem with seagulls and pigeons sitting on the very end of the ridge over our decking. Used a metre from https://www.birdspikesonline.co.uk/Bird-Spikes/Products has worked perfectly. Not beautiful, but not that noticeable and cured the guano problem!