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  1. Hi @Nickfromwales no problem at all!! Pressure was tested but only once so far and it’s 5.5 bar and circa 20l/min flow rate.
  2. I'm happy to upload the Visio but I'd like to iron out any obvious flaws that exist first. @Nickfromwales any thoughts if you have 5 mins?
  3. Thanks @ProDave, I've update the expansion vessel location. I didn't know if a separate pump was required in addition to the manifold pumps but I've added one on the return. I did have an automatic bypass between the ASHP flow and return but wasn't 100% sure if it was needed and where it needs to go. At present I've got 3 valves - one for each UFH manifold and one for DHW, I could have a single one that diverted between DHW and UFH I guess but that would serve both manifolds?
  4. Hi all So things move glacially along here. Perhaps we'll actually get the ground works started in July but I am not holding my breath as it was (theoretically) supposed to have been December... But whilst we wait, I've been busying myself with plumbing design, trying to work out what the best option is here and I've come up with the attached so far: I'm quite sure there are numerous things I need to add/remove/correct in it but what I wanted to try and get to was a design that made sense, so I can get a plumber to get me up to AHSP/hot and cold manifold level, so I can do the Hep2O runs to each room as needed. I like @JSHarris idea of having a continually circulating UFH pump but I'm going to have two pumps and linked to this I am also not sure whether to do a single zone per manifold or split them up into zones per room. I think continuous circulation is only sensible if you have a single zone. Again, conscious of following the KISS principal and how far I seem to be deviating from it on this design so far...! My plans for the control system is Loxone but I will need to ensure I have the correct inputs into that e.g. use Loxone switches per room as thermostats to request heating (again makes more sense to have multiple zones then). Or do I just nominate two Loxone switches, one for each manifold and get that to run as required? The house isn't up to passive levels mainly due to the stretched out shape of it but it isn't too far off with 300mm EPS100 on top of beam and block floor and 300mm warmcell filled timber frame walls, 350mm warmcell filled roof. Anyone have any thoughts/corrections on the above? I am also happy to upload the Visio that sits behind this if that is of use to anyone?
  5. What I was after (and usefully acquired, many thanks all!) is confirmation if the foundation design is "normal" as I am no expert in these things. As you rightly say, I am paying someone a lot of money who is supposed to be and I will be having a meeting with them ASAP to tell them to design what I want. This nonsense design only came in at the end of Thursday, so not had any time to liaise with them yet. It is also the first time that it had ever been mooted that such insulation penetrating walls were in the design at all, so we're pretty unimpressed right now.
  6. No radon here, it’s all based on SE “comfort” basically. He even asked where the insulation went on and insulated raft foundations, alarm bells went off then but the company was the on our architects used...
  7. Trees were by old house and gone along with house, possibility of shrinkage due to that over time I think. Site is about 2m higher at back of house which we’ve terraced roughly into the required 2 levels with 1m difference, rest taking up by small walls/sloping banks.
  8. Exactly, it’s complicated by the slope and large trees that were right next to old house. We’ve really struggled to get sense out of SE and are tempted to revisit quotes from insulated raft companies, cutting our loses with SE.
  9. Dig down 1m and we’re on solid chalk here...
  10. So here's the layouts - I've cleaned them up to remove a lot of "noise" on the pics but hopefully this gives you an idea. Main house section is 8.5m x 11.2m (at widest, measured top to bottom x left to right), bedrooms is 5.1m x 16.3m. There's a step up in level of 1m just to the right of the steps in the bedroom area due to slope of site. I can understand the need for dwarf walls across some of the beam spans but not for any walls that penetrate the 300mm EPS100.
  11. That's what I don't get - it seems seriously over-engineered.
  12. At pub, will respond with floor plan details tomorrow! We're on chalk but some disturbed ground but nowt too crazy (trees right next to previous house and general disturbed ground over past 100 years!). The whole left section is ground floor only apart from some loft space in half of it.
  13. Hi all We're slowing getting there with our design (slow being the operative word here!) but I've had the final construction drawings from our structural engineer now for our foundations that I am concerned by (we are about to get a firm quote from our groundworker who wants to actually start soon!). The house is mostly single story with a mezzanine area on the top right corner of the image. It's timber frame with walls filled with warmcell (including internal walls) yet our SE wants dwarf walls either coming through or built on the beam and block floor (and then the 300mm EPS100 and 125mm slab) which the internal walls are supported by. I am at a loss to understand why this is a requirement as the house is circa 5.5m wide on the left section and 8m on the right section (as you look at the picture). I'm concerned that the thermal efficiency is compromised as a result. Does what the SE designed seem appropriate? P.S. I have no idea what the red dots are signifying!
  14. Most email is opportunistically TLS encrypted anyway which results in emails traffic between servers being encrypted (can be enforced between parties). This is independent/in addition to the actual underlying message being encrypted or not. Digital signatures aren't of much value tbh and the best approach is to never, ever click on a link received in an email, doesn't matter who it's purporting to be from (and also ensure you don't load external content in the message either). If you think it is genuine, copy the link and paste it in a browser (or hover over it to verify it is indeed going to the same place as the link appears to be). Going back to the original good advice from @newhome as it's so easy to spoof an email address (yes I am aware of SPF, DKIM, DMARC et al but probably somewhat off-topic), never trust bank details received via email. Verify that they are correct first with the (purported) sender; if you're viewing an online invoice, that's much harder to spoof.
  15. Interesting - https://octopus.energy/static/consumer/documents/agile-report.pdf