First Fix complete
Thursday 24th November 2011
You may remember that we stopped work on site for a while last month to open the Show Centre for another Open Event. This ran between 12 - 15th October and was a great success attracting nearly 200 visitors including the Mayor of St Neots, Cllr Barry Chapman.
Everyone visiting the centre was provided with a tour of the barn and, if they wished, the factory. The feedback has been great, with comments posted on the Potton Facebook page stating “We had a really good visit - loved the barn, and enjoyed the factory visit too!"
We are now just finishing off the first fix work. Outside, the brick work and feather-edged boarding has been virtually completed so that the house has that barn-style look and feel. Manor Roofing have completed the roofing work, and solar thermal panels have been installed at the back of the house which will provide the hot water for the entire property.
Inside, Allergy Plus have been working hard to finish the second fix pipe work for the Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery system, and Thinking Bricks have finished the wiring for the SMART technologies aimed at providing some of the ‘wow factor’ once the property is completed. The pipe work and the electrical cabling has been installed and the insulation is going in around the rest of the house. The aim is to make the property as thermally efficient and air tight as possible in order to achieve the credits required for Code Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. This has been achieved using the Kingspan Logic Plus wall solution supplied as standard with this new Potton barn style package. This will be coupled with the addition of further Kingspan Kooltherm rigid insulation in the sloping ceilings in the roof, which will ensure that this property is as thermally efficient as possible.
The internal walls and floors will have an insulative product which is made from re-cycled glass bottles, but before that goes into the bathroom area, we have chosen to put plywood on the bathroom walls in order to comply with the requirements under Lifetime Homes. The Lifetimes Homes design criteria is all about future proofing the house to make it accessible for anyone who lives there, regardless of their age or ability. This is a key part of the Health and Wellbeing section of the Code for Sustainable Homes and will help us achieve the credits needed to obtain Code Level 4. The aim of the plywood in the bathroom walls is to create a fixing that is substantial enough to attach a grab rail should it be required in the future. This avoids the problem of unsightly alternatives at a later date in order to accommodate the needs of someone with limited mobility .
Next month, with the insulation in the walls, J H Bevan, our drylining specialists, can get on with fixing the plaster-boarding throughout the house. It’s a big job, but once finished, we will really be able to see the spacious interior of this barn style home.
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