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A consultation from the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government is coming to end on Friday.

 

If you agree that future homes should be built to produce significantly less CO2 than they do at present click the link and give your opinion.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TQW8GQ9

 

Its open to anyone with an interest, including builders and home occupiers (everyone surely?!)

 

AECB have uploaded a webinar discussing some of their objections to the Future Homes Plan.

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Personally I skipped a lot of questions that weren't of interest.

 

Was sure to answer Q51 though

"Currently only a proportion of new dwellings are required to be airtightness tested. Do you agree with the proposal that all new dwellings should be airtightness tested?"

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Hmm, methinks they may be setting the bar too low (or should that be high)....

 

3.27. The proposed minimum elemental standards for new dwellings are as follows:


Table 3.1 - Minimum standards for fabric performance
External walls 0.26 W/m2.K 🤣
Party walls 0.20 W/m2.K 🤣
Floor 0.18 W/m2.K 🤣
Roof 0.16 W/m2.K 🤣
Windows 1.6 W/m2.K 🤣
Roof-lights1 2.2 W/m2.K 🤣
Door 1.6 W/m2.K 🤣
Air permeability 8m3/m2.K at 50Pa 🤣
 

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4 hours ago, NSS said:

Hmm, methinks they may be setting the bar too low (or should that be high)....

 

3.27. The proposed minimum elemental standards for new dwellings are as follows:


Table 3.1 - Minimum standards for fabric performance
External walls 0.26 W/m2.K 🤣
Party walls 0.20 W/m2.K 🤣
Floor 0.18 W/m2.K 🤣
Roof 0.16 W/m2.K 🤣
Windows 1.6 W/m2.K 🤣
Roof-lights1 2.2 W/m2.K 🤣
Door 1.6 W/m2.K 🤣
Air permeability 8m3/m2.K at 50Pa 🤣
 

 

How different are those from current building regs?

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I agree with the above 

Airtightness testing should be extended to All homes 

I think it’s 1 in 7 at the moment 


last year I worked on a large commercial building with offices in it 

We where informed not to leave for forty minutes as the air test was being carried out 

Sure enough three range rovers arrived with three massive fans 

We where still installing the fire proofing and had clear daylight along the roof line 

Later I overheard the site manager telling someone that the building had scored 2 and passed Tough score to achieve on such a massive building Even when fully sealed 

 

These tests are carried out by private companies and clearly tailored to the paying clients requirements 

 

Unfortunately in there present form these tests are meaningless 

 

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Did it. Skipped lots of the questions. It all helps, hopefully.

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I was working on a 20 thousand square ft house, and the guy doing the test, did just one room, and issued a pass !!! When i was doing my daughters extension, BC wanted a sap test due to the amount of glass. The guy i used, asked me what result i wanted, and for £149 stuck the paperwork in the post to me. I bet a lot of them are just fiddled.

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42 minutes ago, Big Jimbo said:

20 thousand square ft

1858 m2

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1 hour ago, Big Jimbo said:

I was working on a 20 thousand square ft house, and the guy doing the test, did just one room, and issued a pass !!! When i was doing my daughters extension, BC wanted a sap test due to the amount of glass. The guy i used, asked me what result i wanted, and for £149 stuck the paperwork in the post to me. I bet a lot of them are just fiddled.

Much like MoT's!

 

 

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4 hours ago, SteamyTea said:

1858 m2

Yep. 20 thousand square ft. One couple (Russian) Two kids.

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