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As part of our planning we have to keep the external walls of the barn. But, these are single skin breeze block, so we are going to build a 2nd skin with cavity for insulation. My question is, if you are building a new wall then BC look at the trench and onwards. But, as we are only building the 2nd skin do we need an inspection by BC. When I originally spoke to him he said that they only need to look at new walls, but at that time I hadn't appreciated about the 2nd skin.
Our BC submission specifies The price of that particular line (Rain Line, sometimes called R Line, ) is too high. I am happy to accept the diameter of the gutter and downpipe as in line with the regulations. But there's little point in the copper metallic finish guttering (not pure copper, therefore) when their galvanised products are more than adequate. Could Building Control insist on copper metallic finish? I ask because it occurs to me that were we to - with a rush of blood to the bank balance - fit the copper version, over time that would turn green. Colour shouldn't matter, it seems. So why not simply fit their galvanised steel? (And buy a new car with the money saved 😬)
I have sold my existing house, but none of the people who have previously done work on the house ever got the completions signed off. I am on Scottish regs. A couple of years ago BC came out and gave me a list of things to do. I had all of them done, but then when I called them out again recently a different person came and started asking more questions. I really need to get these things done in the next 4-6 weeks, we are supposed to complete on the sale on December 8th. I actually applied for the completions in April, but somehow the BC department lost the applications done over the internet and they didn't come until last month. Now they say they are waiting for the person who inspected the original work coming back from holiday to see what they say before they will issue the list of things needing done, they aren't exactly the easiest people to get hold of. The issues I think are. 1. Missing SVP - The drawings show a SVP terminating above the roof. They also show a Durgo AAV in an upstairs WC. connected to the same line. BC asked where the SVP was, is an AAV enough, or does every line need a SVP. There have been no issues with the drainage. 2. I had some work done on the kitchen that needed BC sign off. This meant I had to upgrade the smoke alarms from when the house was built. The alarm company have fitted a smoke alarm. BC asked for the spec, I am thinking it maybe has to be a heat detector? 3. The games room drawings show two smoke detectors, but only one has been fitted. I cannot find anything in the regs that would suggest I need two. 4. There is a downpipes that goes through the garage it enters the front wall of the extension goes through the garage then exits the side wall before going down to ground level. I am sure it was agreed to by BC at the time and the previous inspector said nothing but the new inspector has brought it up again. She said that she wasn't sure if it was allowed. 5. Loose banister - I have tightened it up by, not clear how solid it needs to be. I think the main issue is number 1, I can always get new detectors added. If they change their mind on the downpipes there is no where else to put it except across the front of the house which would not be great. Thanks for any help