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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by New Home Expert on March 20, 2019, 09:01:53 am »
The first house for each house type on any site are supposed to be air tightness.
I would imagine the one next door may have been tested as it has the higher leakage rate.
Even then it can and is, fiddled!
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by user2000 on March 19, 2019, 09:30:21 am »
Came across the proper EPC for my property.

It says "Air Tightness" and in the description "Air permeability 4.5 m³/h.m² (assumed)" - now remember I also had this page in the EPC for my semi detached neighour, and hers said in the description "Air permeability 6.0 m³/h.m² (assumed)"

Hmmm - so neither of these two houses were actually tested - and why does mine have a lower assumed air permeability than the exact same (but mirrored) semi detached house next door?  At the time of construction there were NO house types like these two as far as I am aware - they were designed in conjunction with the housing association and Stewart Milne.  Our two semi detached houses were certainly the first of their kind built on this estate - then six months later they constructed another two, and now they have almost finished a final two of the same type to give 6 in total.

I don't know what to think about all that?!?
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by user2000 on March 19, 2019, 07:26:51 am »
I thank you once again.

I had just been thinking about the fire risk last night and this just confirms my fears.

I will report back after I've had my "lesson" from this "site manager" today.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by New Home Expert on March 19, 2019, 07:23:54 am »
You definitely have issues with cold air from outside getting in.
The pictures are quite clear and this breaches building regulations.

More of a concern is the revelation that this is a semi=detached house AND timber frame.
Any breaks in the fire barrier could have serious consequences.
http://www.brand-newhomes.co.uk/timber-frame-new-home-fire.htm
http://www.brand-newhomes.co.uk/quality-issues-with-timber-frame-new-homes.htm


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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by user2000 on March 18, 2019, 09:21:57 am »
Sorry that last picture should read that the next door semi is on the LEFT hand side of the stairs.  Also my house sits a foot or so above the semi next door.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by user2000 on March 18, 2019, 09:18:35 am »
OK, I'm understanding a bit better.

So, looking at my photo above - "CEILING ABOVE LARGE BEDROOM WINDOW" does this show that it has not been sealed properly at the ceiling level, or that the seal has broken - or is that to be expected?

Obviously they have not sealed properly around the windows given what you say, as there is a constant cold air coming in around all window frames.  They appear to have created a cold/thermal bridge from the reading I've already done.  I've noticed cold spots around the plug sockets as well, so no doubt that's another bodge job.

I have a couple of other photos showing the same thing in different rooms upstairs...  is it supposed to be like this?  Am I expecting too much from the walls?  I cannot accept the windows and/or frames are correct - I've been in a lot of houses over the years and I've never seen anything like this.

And anyone on this building site always refers to "timber kit frame" or suchlike.

Is there anywhere (on your site or elsewhere) where I can get a quick readup?

If he is coming to fob me off as I expect I'm just wondering what I should really be expecting to be done to remedy this - the cold air from the windows especially as it is just intolerable.

Thanks again for any ammunition you can give me against these charlatans!
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by New Home Expert on March 18, 2019, 08:50:27 am »
Timber frame houses should have draughts.
The Inside directly behind the plasterboard is supposed to have a continuous polythene vapour barrier.
It should be sealed at the ceiling and floor levels, around windows and electrical switches and sockets.

Timber frame needs a ventilated cavity so any gaps on the inside of the frame mean cold air gets in.
In addition, the space between the studs should be fully filled with insulation quilt too so there shoud be no gaps.

Finally the timber frame dries out it shrinks meaning it drops in relation to fixed parts such as the external walls and any steelwork. This means that any mastic seal around windows and door frames could be broken.

I am always wary when anyone refers to timber frame construction as a "kit" too. 
It shows to me at least a lack of understanding of what they are actually building.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by user2000 on March 17, 2019, 10:41:05 am »
Got the site manager coming on Tuesday with his thermal camera, along with the Housing Association (HA) independent Clerk of Works.

Need some advice guys - it LOOKS like I'm in for an excerise in fobbing off - can't say this will surprise me.  I spoke to two lovely, but not technically minded, ladies from the HA the other day who told me they had met with the site manager who had "given them a lesson in how timber kit houses were built".  Oh dear....   
They've told me that he has told them that there will ALWAYS be cold spots and he will "explain" this to me on Tuesday (skirting boards were mentioned even though I hadn't said anything regarding this).

What should my riposte be to this?  Never mind that my house is VERY cold from all the bottom corners of all the windows, I cannot see how he is going to talk his way out of that one - I will mention the cold bridging and how if more care and attention had been taken then this would have been eliminated when the windows were installed, is there anything else I should say about this?

But I am concerned he is going to waffle away all the could spots along every part where the interior walls meet the ceiling - is this a case of them not being sealed on properly?  I'm looking for the correct terminology here.  Is it REALLY the case that I should expect cold air ingress from all the windows, and massive cold spots in the corners and edges of the interior walls? 
The picture above, showing the ceiling in the large bedroom window - theres a small bedroom to the left of that room, so I'm not sure why there is a big cold spot there, it's only the top edge that faces outside, the left hand side is a wall separating the bedrooms!  It's like that along every edge of the building (on the inside) and every corner...

Spoke to him already about the bin path and the drive as well - says it's been "passed up to the architect" - whatever that means - if the guidelines haven't been followed then what difference does it make who designed it?  The architect could have put a helter skelter on top of my house by that reckoning!

Thanks in advance for any help, it's much appreciated!
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Bloor Homes / Re: Bloor show home purchase - bad experience
« Last Post by New Home Expert on March 16, 2019, 07:48:17 am »
Plenty of evidence for others to see!
Terrible.
Decking is too high.
Downpipe is  leaking at the joint.
Cracking render some of the worst I've seen too.
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Bloor Homes / Re: Bloor show home purchase - bad experience
« Last Post by Bri on March 15, 2019, 01:28:58 pm »
Render cracks
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