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  1. We have recently purchased a 1bed ground floor flat located in a terrace and are looking to remove the existing (poor quality) rear extension and erect a new 6m long full width extension in its place. As you will see from image 3 (attached) we are hoping to create a new bedroom within the new space. This bedroom would be entirely internalised as it falls within the building line of the upper floors (shown in blue on image 2). We would like to ensure that light does get to this room and are looking whether the solutions would be to insert clerestory windows within the building line (roughly sketched out in image 1 - attached). I have a couple of queries regarding this solution: 1) Is it acceptable in planning and building regs terms that the only windows serving this new habitable room are (likely unopenable) high level clerestory windows which would not provide an escape route in case of fire, or manual ventilation. 2) The property is south facing and receives great sunlight all year round. What are the chances that the Council (Wandsworth) would object to these types of windows on daylight/sunlight grounds 3) Structurally, are clerestory windows going to work in this instance when the majority of the existing wall will likely remain in place. This is our first home (and project) and any help this community can offer would be greatly appreciated by us.
  2. Hi I've been reading a lot of very informative posts in the forum relating to UFH & MVHR and think it is the way I will go with our new build. However...one thing I am struggling with is that we like our bedrooms to be a few degrees cooler than our living spaces, e.g. 21 in Kitchen/Living/Dining and 18 in upstairs bedrooms. Am I right in thinking that if we only have heat on downstairs, the MVHR will distribute some of that heat upstairs? If this is the case, in a well insulated, airtight house surely the temperature upstairs will eventually be the same as downstairs? Appreciate any advice, especially from anyone who has been living with MVHR. Thanks
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