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Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    Anyone have any experience with these? Or have an alternative suggestion?

    Thanks
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    We were thinking about one for our loft conversion but it was a bit pricey and slightly gimmicky.

    We ended up with the biggest standard velux we could fit and it was top-hung and fitted at carefully chosen height, so when fully open it swung up above head height, the space beneath then became a little balcony with a glass roof.

    The lowest edge of the velux became the handrail of the balcony, which had to be the correct height for safety and escape. Obvs it didn't swing out like the cabrio does.

    To be fair we only used it once before selling the house but this is NE Scotland so not much opportunity for roof terraces here.
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2020
     
    Posted By: WillInAberdeenthe biggest standard velux we could fit and it was top-hung and fitted at carefully chosen height, so when fully open it swung up above head height, the space beneath then became a little balcony with a glass roof.

    The lowest edge of the velux became the handrail of the balcony, which had to be the correct height for safety and escape.
    Exactly - a great feature, which I design-in frequently.
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    Hi Tom, what is your most common window sizes and design you use?
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2020 edited
     
    Er - that's entirely dependant on the geometry of the situation, and how it looks on elevation - but as you say, as large as poss. Done it with a pair, close coupled together - very spacious!
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    Okay so as a guide then..... My google search tells me minimum of 1100mm from floor level? Then measure up to above head height say 2000mm. Then look up the closest size according to Velux

    I think 2 next to eachother would be ideal BUT getting rid of the middle beam would be ideal if anyway possible??

    Alternatively, a set of French doors would be perfect and some kind of balcony terrace would be even better! Although usable internal space is reduced significantly. Not really a fan of 'dormers and given the rear annexe on my roof there wouldn't be much space/width to do so and it would ultimately lose the side view which is my best view
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2020
     
    Posted By: Victorianeco2 next to eachother would be ideal BUT getting rid of the middle beam would be ideal if anyway possible??
    As long as you can structurally trim the combined opening, so a middle rafter is not necessary, then pairs of Veluxes can be placed very close together - there's a coupling kit - without any support at the adjoining edges. You can buy a Velux cover strip for the visible uderside, or make your own.
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2020
     
    Posted By: VictorianecoMy google search tells me minimum of 1100mm from floor level?
    Isn't that the maximum if they're escape windows? No maximum other than cleaning constraints if they not escape windows. At least in Scotland, the minimum is 800 mm to prevent falls. I suspect England would be the same.

    https://www.gov.scot/publications/building-standards-2017-domestic/4-safety/44-pedestrian-protective-barriers/
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