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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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  1.  
    Some pictures from our loft, for your entertainment.

    We just bought this house, it had an EPC of "C" though we didn't believe that.

    Light coming through gaps round the edges of the uninsulated loft hatch:
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  2.  
    An enthusiastic sparky has notched these joists.

    They support the HW cylinder, above the head of the bed in the room below.

    Note also the absence of insulation...
      IMG_20200113_145704711-1040x780.jpg
  3.  
    Someone was apparently paid by the previous owner to put insulation in this loft.

    They have stacked it there nice and neatly, still in the wrappers:
      IMG_20200113_145809204-780x1040.jpg
    • CommentAuthorgoodevans
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2020 edited
     
    Hmm, Is that your sparky? - I particularly like the careful placement of a hole almost directly under a notch :shocked:
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2020
     
    And the wood chip insulation.

    It truly amazes me that sparkies are incapable of cleaning up the mess they make. A hand-held Dyson (or similar) and he can make an effort at leaving a tidy workspace.
  4.  
    At least he didn't remove any important structural timber - he's left it all up there, in the pile of sawdust :devil:

    Does anyone have a best practice for sealing gaps round loft hatches? Am thinking of battens round the edges, arranged so they will compress a brush seal.
    • CommentAuthorborpin
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2020
     
    Posted By: WillInAberdeenDoes anyone have a best practice for sealing gaps round loft hatches?
    I think you can buy complete hatches and frames that have a degree of insulation in them and seal reasonably well.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2020
     
    Door stops with self adhesive brush seal strips on here sides, on hinge side strip SHOULD go on the same face as the hinges. Don’t use push latch use nor that turns

    Insulate trap

    And crucially seal round architrave/ceiling interface
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