JanetE

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  1. We have a timber frame house build to passive standards by the same company that @JSHarris used which is MBC. Like you are planning, we are not passive certified. They laid the foundation installed the ufh heating pipes at the same time and supplied and erected the timber frame, and guaranteed air tightness. The house passed on the first test. We decided to go to a company that would do the whole package as the interface between different contractors is often a major stumbling block. We did visit a few different timber frame company builds before opting for them, and realised that the fewer contractors involved the less chance of problems. Which you will find from the experiences of some of the members on this forum. We have nothing but praise for the quality of their work and have now been living in the house for a year. It is such a comfortable space, no draughts and always pleasantly warm all through the winter and not too hot in the summer. If you have a look at @TerryE 's blog you will see some more information. This forum is an amazing source of very useful information. Good luck with the build.
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    Kitchen tap flow restrictor

    @JSHarris can you possibly send me the link for the flow restrictors that are suitable. I'm having difficulty finding the correct parts. Thank you.
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    Kitchen tap flow restrictor

    I think restrictor washers are probably the best solution for us. The mains pressure here is good, about 3bar. Tbh the kitchen taps are far too forceful without any kind of restriction. Thanks for all the advice.
  4. Why am I having such a problem finding a flow restrictor to fit the end of my kitchen taps to keep the Building Inspector happy? I'm looking for a female m22 with a reasonable flow rate of 8/9 lpm. All of the insert only ones that I can find seem to be too deep to replace in the existing tap end and so I am forced to replace the whole end. Also they all seem to come in shiny chrome and our mixers are brushed steel and also don't seem to give a flow rate!! Any suggestions please!!
  5. We have the same slab as @JSHarris all done by MBC. We are on clay and before the slab was laid the area was basically a lake as the water table is high. We were advised by the MBC engineer to lay a land drain 1m out around the area of the slab which we did in advance of laying the slab as you can see from the attached picture. This has done the trick as we have no problem at all now.
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    Larder

    Just to clarify, the fan drew cold air in from outside at a low level. The was also a vent high up to aid ventilation.
  7. I thought mice could live on insulation (sorry @joe90) We had one living in our mattress once, long time ago in the old house😝. Only noticed it because of the odd smell and the fact it was getting a bit saggy (I'm sure it was living on the foam/cotton filling) Lifted up the mattress and there was this hole that was between the wooden slats of the base. Moved the mattress slightly so the hole was covered by a slat and put a piece of paper under. Lifted it the next day and found scratch marks on the paper. That was it! Taped up the hole, carried the mattress outside and did a clog dance on it. Terry suggested we cut open the mattress to make sure the mouse was dead but I drew the line at that. Just had to get a new mattress after that.
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    Gas sign off

    That's a shame, I've always previously had gas cookers and was reluctant to go electric in the new house. So compromised with an induction hob and was amazed at how good they are, as instantaneous as gas but far, far easier to keep clean and look so much nicer too. I would never consider going back to gas now.
  9. I've just bought our Kinetic filters from https://filtermate.co.uk very reasonable.
  10. We have one of these fitted to our MVHR and absolutely no problems. As you can see it can be fitted horizontally or vertically. https://www.screwfix.com/p/osma-waste-valve-white-x/1819k
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    Stair lighting

    I was researching this when we were building and was horrified at how expensive this type of light was, in the end I found these; https://www.ledkia.com/uk/buy-apliques-b/464-randy-led-step-light-with-a-white-finish.html Which now we have them installed I love, they give off enough light that we hardly ever need to have the main ones on.
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    MBC slab and land drains

    We are on pretty impermeable clay and we dug out the trench for the land drain in readiness for the MBC slab. As @dogman says, 1m out all the way round the house. The MBC guys then laid down the impermeable membrane then the land drain and filled with fine gravel. Then Iaid out the hardcore etc in preparation for laying the slab. We now have no problem with standing water around the house. Prior to the slab going down there was always a mini lake which was a great attraction to all the local birds.
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    ASHP Infrastructure.

    Well we've spent the weekend fitting the ASHP pipe according to @JSHarrisrecommendation (thanks Jeremy, great help as always). Bought the pre insulated pipe that @Barney12 recommended. Stripped off the outer corrugated protection for the part that enters the access pipe. Luckily there was a double layer of insulation and we only needed to remove the first layer. Then connected the 1.5m flexis. Wrapped them in insulation and then wrapped the stripped back section and the insulated flexis in polythene and duck tape. The pipe fed in pretty easily once we got some rope tied around the corrugated section about two meters back and used it to give us a grip on the pipe and enable us to push it in. We can now just get the paving guys to bury the pre insulated pipe to the approximate position for the ASHP.
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    ASHP Infrastructure.

    Yes and it's not a swept bend either! Terry thought maybe we could leave the insulation off that end of the pipe. I assume we would use the 22mm hep20 stuff with some kind of insulation taped around it. We could finally fill the 110mm pipe as it comes into the house with expanding foam. The pipe will be under the insulated slab by then anyway.
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    ASHP Infrastructure.

    Just resurrecting this thread as we need to future proof in case we decide to install an ASHP. At the moment the Willis heater is doing a pretty good job of keeping us warm, but we may need some cooling in the summer and that will call for an ASHP. The electrical supply is not a problem but it is the pipe runs that we need a bit more information about. We are just about to have the paving done outside and need to sort the access. The ASHP will need to be installed outside against the shed. The access for the pipe runs go under the slab, this is simply some 110mm soil pipe coming into a 90° bend straight into the utility room. This is probably going to cause us a bit of grief. We didn't do our homework on this when the slab was installed and now need to work around this issue so any advice would be welcome.