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  1. Thanks for the replies. Strange how my plans were passed with no mention of it and very little detail about windows. I will make enquiries. I couldn't find much mentioning if it also covered the glass which seems a big benefit if it does. Uprated locks seem a benefit in a rural area. There seems to be a few types of glass. Standard Toughened Laminated. Other?
  2. I'm looking to build a house next year and have had my plans and building regs accepted pre June 15th. I've been obtaining some quotes for UPVC double glazed windows and came across some questions from the various suppliers. 1. I was asked if I need PAS24/DOC Q specified windows. So one company is quoting without saying they don't make a great deal of difference and if someone wants in they'll get in but it does add a lot onto the price. Another has said it's a new build you will need them and quoted for it. My regs/plans don't specify that it was required and have been passed. Is PAS24 part of DOC Q or are they two separate things? 2. Do these standards just relate to the locks and frames or to the glazing also? Is it worth is or in reality no? I once seena video showing a standard lock being broken into vs an ultion lock. Standard was broke in under 10 seconds.
  3. So i sense a level or sarcasm but are you suggesting posi joist do or don't get blocked up between. Bricking between will help prevent cross travel of sound but services don't just run in one place so there would be a good few missing. I worked out then the 253mm joists if they on hangers would sit well mid span on a 100x47mm timber underneath to tie in with the brick courses but this means you definitely cant brick between.
  4. @TonyTAs in a standard vent slate that just fits into a pitched roof? I've seen the mushroom type on flat roofs but theres others that look much better. It's why I added this post incase others had tried similar things. I could add lots of vents and they don't even work, its a bit of trial and error. I don't mind fitting a vent on each gable or a couple of slate vents up near the ridge on the North side if it helps, I was just unsure if it makes any difference or not with them being so small compared to the size of the roof. A velux is a significant opening size so it will let a lot of heat out compared to a few vents. @TempI think unless I'm going to fully insulate the underside of the roof to keep heat out as per comments above which isn't very cost effective for my use of the room, My best bet will be to add some vents to get the air moving and consider a radiant heat barrier to the underside of the rafters to prevent as much entering and leave a gap at ridge level where the vents are to help steer it in this direction. The rest of the heat reduction will have to rely on the loft insulation on the floor.
  5. Handy little trick. If the joists are blocked up in between them over internal walls, there won't be any space for running the services in the floor void between rooms? Cables, pipes, MVHR ducting.
  6. I agree with you that for ease of installation and air tightness this is the winner, i had a post about these options a few months ago, ledger board vs masonry hangers vs tony tray vs just built in as standard. Because the ledger board sitting tight to the inner face of the wall prevented all of my services reaching the consumer, it meant that the ledger would need packed off the wall by 25mm or so which I don't see as an issue. But I struggled to get certain people to agree because it wasn't something they've experienced before, my plans were 'well' over due completion and I just needed them complete to get on with it. They are passed now but it might be worth me checking with a structural engineer to ask if we can change it. It doesn't affect the plans. Trying to hope the mid span walls tally up in height with the underside of the masonry hangers won't be easy at all. Thanks Canski, I will meet up with the builder and ask what they do and suggest this option. What is classed as a long line, my largest span will be 12m. When posi joists are supported at each end via masonry hangers, any mid span load bearing walls they cross over and rest on, do the joists rest directly onto the block work, or would a timber wall plate be bedded on, the same as you do at the top wall plate for the trusses?
  7. I was meaning the panels sitting over that area of roof slate means that the slate behind doesn't take the full impact of the heat so the radiant heat is reduced within the loft whilst also creating energy via the PV absorbing sunlight. But most panels sit off the roof on rails with an air gap behind them causing a shadow and separation from the slates. An inline PV system fixes direct to the battens via plastic panels so i think the heat stored in the black PV panel will again travel back into the loft space as radiant heat. Thinking about it now, anything fixed to the underside of the rafters to try and divert or radiate the heat back outwards from the loft space probably won't work unless it's sealed from edge to edge like the rest of the thermal envelope being airtight. Using the foil type VCL to the underside of the rafters would have been a nice way to achieve this but unless sealed it would have no where to redirect it too. As it's not a habitable loft with expensive attic trusses, It would cost me probably £5k extra to do it properly. The slates will get very hot on sunny days, we can't stop that, so it's finding the most cost effective solution to diverting that radiant heat back outside.
  8. I wasn't aware of this, so for all upstairs rooms this would be pointless then, except the bathroom if I batten the ceiling to create a gap for down lights into a upvc ceiling to maintain airtightness between loft and bathroom. Are we saying PIR does or doesn't prevent the transfer of heat into a building? If it holds the heat in when it's cold outside, I'd expect it to prevent it from allowing the outside blocks transferring the heat inside on warm days. If I can afford it, I will be adding some solar panels to the South facing front roof, but they will be the inline type so won't have the air gap behind them which shades that part of the roof. The total of panels spread gable to gable will only cover 20% of that half of the roof. I don't feel the need for aircon up North with 2 weeks of heat wave per year but it doesn't take a heat wave to heat the loft space enough to possibly affect my lagged MVHR ducts supplying rooms.
  9. I'm aware of bedding a timber wall plate onto cement at the top of the build to sit the roof trusses onto. But wasn't aware its done at intermediate floor level. So some of my joists ends will be supported by sitting into a masonry joist hanger which will bed down between the courses of the inner block work with the opposite end of the joists resting on on my load bearing internal partition walls also constructed from blocks. I'm not sure if they sit direct onto these inner walls or there also needs to be a 100 x 50mm wall plate too? I wouldn't of thought there would be, and so the internal walls and the cavity wall inner skin wall courses need to match up in courses. I will also have some joists 11.45m long that will span the full house width and each end will be secured into a masonry joist hanger, but mid way along this span will be two internal walls and if the top of these walls were, lets say 10mm higher or lower than the masonry hangers, then the long joists would be bowed.
  10. Do you have an example of the wood fibre or products your referring to that could be used in a loft situation? I always thought that foil backed insulation like PIR was supposed to be as effective at keeping the summer heat out as it is at keeping the heat in when its winter, although my experience has always been as you described, it works in winter but still gets too warm in summer and asking what else can be done to prevent this. Because PIR is basically insulating foam sandwiched between two layers of foil, does that not mean that reflective foil alone on the undersides of the rafters would be a complete waste of time? I was looking at this for example. https://www.toolstation.com/construction-insulation/foil-insulation/c626
  11. So the issue I want to try and control is the over heating of the non-habitable loft space where my MVHR ducts will pass between the unit to the rooms. I can try making a an insulated cabinet around the unit. The radial ducting will be insulated and it will also be under the 400mm of mineral wool. The ceiling between the upstairs bedrooms and the loft I will use PHS Hi-Thermia membrane as a VCL. https://passivehousesystems.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/PHS-hi-thermia-membrane-2020.pdf The roof orientation will be North facing rear, South facing front with East West gable ends. It's actually rotated 20 degrees clockwise from North. I wasn't going to continue the PIR insulation up above the first floor but the S.E side brickwork might warm up a lot more than I think. The roof slates are what seem to bring in most of the heat. Looking at your suggestions has made me think that the fans or vents won't be too effective if the thermal mass keeps transferring the heat into the loft again. Standard trusses have braces all over the place making it extremely hard to make a neat job of sealing any foil to the underside of the rafters from eaves to ridge level, but if it doesn't need to be completely sealed and will still be effective, I don't mind adding some to the South Facing side. I don't want it to be like fitting a VCL & then having gaps between all of the joints & it's an expensive waste of time.
  12. I built a dense block outside shed with a slate roof, single skin and had no problems with water ingress for a number of years before I decided to cover it so I think it will be fine over the winter, I'm assuming your PIR full fill will have a small gap to the outer skin (10mm), if correct it's not incontact causing any issues.
  13. Looking to start a self build brick construction. How do I ensure that all of my internal load bearing walls match up in height with my inner leaf cavity walls so that the posi joists are supported correctly without bows/dips. A couple of my Posi joists also span the full width of the build and rest on a couple of internal room dividing walls. Not all builders work to the same standard, some might use lasers for this, what should i be looking for to ensure the best results possible? The ends of the joists will be supported by internal masonry hangers, joist depth is 253mm which isn't ideal to tie in with brick/block course very well.
  14. What are the best options for reducing the summer heat that builds up in a 'cold' loft space on sunny days which comes from radiant heat heating the roof slates? Is air movement the most important, preventing the heat from entering or both? I'm planning to start a self build & will be siting my MVHR unit in the loft on a gable end so I'm looking at ways to reduce the heat up there. There will be 400mm of rockwool but the roof construction will be standard trusses which can make it harder to insulate to the underside of the rafters. I was wondering if adding something like a superfoil roll to the undersides of rafters would help reduce radiant heat, or be a waste of time if it's not a complete taped and sealed envelope. Possibly adding an extract fan controlled off a switch or thermostat.
  15. Can ASHP's modulate down as low as a good condensing boiler or does short cycling affect them more if zones were applied? Does rising electricity prices affect COP?
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