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Snagging and defects / Re: 5 years on and water coming in
« Last Post by Brynelis11111 on June 17, 2019, 09:59:15 am »
Some photos of past and present
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by user2000 on June 17, 2019, 08:45:58 am »
Thanks, will take a look into that but having a break from it all for a bit, it's been doing my head in!    (plus it's summer now and I'm not feeling the cold so much)

Are the rules the same for Scotland? 
I can't seem to find out much information relating specifically to Scotland Building Standards. 
Does the fact the the air test seems to meet the requirement really answer my question on why there is coldness around the bottom of all the window sills (and evidenced by my thermal imaging shots)?
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Snagging and defects / 5 years on and water coming in
« Last Post by Brynelis11111 on June 17, 2019, 12:51:47 am »

I wonder if someone can help. We moved into our new home just over 5 years ago and ever since we have had water come in through our kitchen roof after heavy wind and rain.
Six ets of cavity trays fitted and a new new roof. Last week was their twelfth attempt  at trying to fix the problem whatever it is!!

In addition our vinyl flooring in our kitchen is bubbling and we're in the process of having it replaced for the third time.

I wonder where we stand with compensation?
I have asked if they would buy the house back and they kindly refused.
Any help would help us??

Thanks
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Snagging and defects / Re: Downstairs noise travelling through windows
« Last Post by New Home Expert on June 13, 2019, 08:19:33 am »
Quick Google will reveal the extensive campaigning I have done over the last 5+ years.
Looks like some of my website articles are 2nd and 4th on page one in Google search now.

It was announced by James Brokenshire on 1st October 2019 and as yet NOTHING further has been done except a re announcement earlier this year.

It is government that is dragging its feet by not making time for this to go through the parliamentary process. At this rate, it will all have to start again with a Labour government, perhaps sooner than later!

You could write to James Brokenshire yourself and demand he gets a wiggle on!
james.brokenshire@communities.gsi.gov.uk
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Snagging and defects / Re: Downstairs noise travelling through windows
« Last Post by MacedoI on June 11, 2019, 02:05:16 pm »
Thank you New Home Expert
Is the New Homes Ombudsman live already?
I've done a quick google and I couldn’t find it anywhere so I suspect it’s still being built.

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General discussion / Re: New Build: Placement of meter boxes - Help
« Last Post by New Home Expert on June 11, 2019, 07:16:50 am »
Site drawings are working drawings.
Approved for building regulation compliance and used to build the property.
Everything and anything can be changed at site level [and is!] - provided it complies with building regulations and warranty standards - without the need to revise drawings if it is a one-off situation.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Downstairs noise travelling through windows
« Last Post by New Home Expert on June 11, 2019, 07:13:07 am »
Firstly, I hope Barratt do the right thing and sort this out for you.
Secondly the NHBC dispute resolution service only has around a 57% success rate for buyers.
This is why the statutory New Homes Ombudsman is needed.
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General discussion / Re: New Build: Placement of meter boxes - Help
« Last Post by Maxell on June 10, 2019, 08:07:45 pm »
The fuseboard will probably be located close to the incoming  supply all electrical drawings will show this and all supplies lead off from this.
Changing the postion would mean new design drawings not something anyone will want to do at this stage.
Most drawings you are shown are an illustration, I would complain as soon ss possible.  Good luck
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Snagging and defects / Re: Downstairs noise travelling through windows
« Last Post by MacedoI on June 10, 2019, 06:16:48 pm »
So a couple of RBA Acoustics technicians came over last week to do the sound tests.
I witnessed the whole thing and their main focus was definitely the window area where I have most problems with.

I asked to measure the sound coming from tapping the frames. As a reminder one of the issues is that when someone taps their frames downstairs/upstairs I can hear that tap clearly. They’ve done that and said it’ll be added to the final report which I’m still awaiting for.

Question is though, after going through the Part E regs, I couldn’t find anything written  about this or flanking noise. Would this be measured as airborne noise?

I made it very clear that the fact I can hear the tapping Should be enough reason for remedial actions, however I’m not sure on what basis I can force Barratt to fix it if the tests come out OK.

I’ve been keeping NHBC up to speed with all this and hopefully they can help resolve any dispute I may have with Barratt.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Minor issues with new build home
« Last Post by New Home Expert on June 10, 2019, 08:52:29 am »
First of all plywood below ceramic tiles on a timber chipboard floor is standard best practice.
True the NHBC may only recommend it and most of their standards are deemed by the NHBC top be "guidance" on how to comply with the  Technical Requirements.

It is true, that if a housebuilder carries out remedial works that subsequently fail after the 2-yaer period, they are still on the hook for responsibility to repair. In most cases it is the warranty provider that will (or has to step in).

I always advise that every communication with housebuilders be IN WRITING. This includes e mails.
I am not sure about texts. They will need to be copied to a PC and/or on paper. It may be possible to later allege that the date has been altered.  In any event, I doubt many would still have a text on their phones after 3 or 4 years or even that phone!
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