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Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2021
     
    • CommentAuthorrhamdu
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2021
     
    The light seems to be coming from behind the house. It is hard to judge, without knowing the time of day, but I think those solar panels might have performed better on the other side of the house.
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    Yes, there's a clear shadow of the gable roof cast on the white wall of the adjacent house on the right, showing the sun is on the other side of the house.
    But does the sun go round in the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere? :)
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2021
     
    Northern hemisphere
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    How can you tell?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2021
     
    I took photo
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2021
     
    Well architecturally speaking, the arch on top of the right hand ground floor window somehow looks at odds to the rest of the straight lines as does the scalloped flashing, but I guess that's not what you mean, and more my take on overall design thought.
    The windows in the boarded side of the house seem set into the face of the building a bit strange, especially at the window head, almost covering up the above window vents. Without close ups it's difficult to see the detailing, plus things like board joint positioning etc.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2021
     
    The most remarkably ugly problem to me is the lamppost with a streetlight shining straight into the bedroom windows !!!!
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2021
     
    Posted By: tonyThe most remarkably ugly problem to me is the lamppost with a streetlight shining straight into the bedroom windows !!!!

    If it bothers them they can ask the council to fit a shield to the rear of the lamp. Alternatively, fit a blackout blind to the windows!
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2021 edited
     
    Posted By: owlmanThe windows in the boarded side of the house seem set into the face of the building a bit strange

    How many houses do you think are visible in the photo? I think four. Look at the house numbers.

    Well architecturally speaking, the arch on top of the right hand ground floor window somehow looks at odds to the rest of the straight lines as does the scalloped flashing, but I guess that's not what you mean, and more my take on overall design thought.

    I agree they are ugly houses :) Making a row of terraced houses in different styles is bizarre to my eyes. The word 'carbuncle' comes to mind for some reason :)
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2021
     
    Yes; too often a hotchpotch.
    • CommentAuthorArtiglio
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2021
     
    Canopy over door of 11, has no flashing so presumably relies on a sealant to prevent water ingress.
    • CommentAuthorjms452
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2021
     
    Three panels on a large roof. Looks like the PV is there to bring the SAP score up to a given level - i.e. to make up for poor fabric.

    When you're putting up PV it make sense to get as much up there as you can - if you care about anything other than box ticking.
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    SAP10 will probably kill off boxticking PV on new build roofs, the time for it has passed.

    I don't think it is a terrace. There's a completely pointless 2ft gap between the brick clad one and the right hand timber clad one, which creates two completely pointless external walls.

    In front of that, it looks like a parking space with no EV charger.
    • CommentAuthorHollyBush
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2021
     
    I seem to recall a discussion on trickle vents, where the consensus was moving towards they imply no MHRV, and add to the energy costs.
    • CommentAuthorHollyBush
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2021
     
    oh and the handle on the gate appears very low
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2021
     
    There should be a gap between (approx 8mm) the cladding and corner trim to allow water to escape. Particularly important if it is timber cladding not so if it is cement board or plastic cladding.
    • CommentAuthordereke
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2021
     
    They've forgotten to paint the doors.
    The houses are too close together.
    Insulation hasn't been installed correctly leading to excessive heat loss.
    Plasterboard hasn't been installed correctly leading to draughts.
    Heating system is noisy as pipes are incorrect size.
    House is over priced.
    Rooms are too small.
    It faces the wrong way.
    Rear garden has a plastic lawnt to prevent maintenance issues and help increase flooding.
    Car dependency is locked in as no cycle routes or public transport and it is a long way from village/town.
    They ran out of solar panels.
    Other than it looks fine.
    • CommentAuthorNewbuild
    • CommentTime1 day ago
     
    The windows and doors look incredibly far forward in the reveals.

    I hope this isn't a standard cavity construction. Because otherwise there is a real chance that regular plasterboard finishes are attached directly to the outer leaf.
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