Still can't believe the improvement in air-quality, even more so now the MVHR system has been properly commissioned. Steve from Green Building Store and Patrick from Enhabit visited in the week and set up the controls and all the valves. It took all morning taking readings for the outside terminals, then optimising flow through each internal valve.
Like everything Passivhaus, nothing is 'near enough'.
There are numerous others, but here are the key suppliers:
Windows and external doors: Enhabit
MVHR: Paul, via Enhabit.
Timber: Stockport Timber
Roofing materials: Burton Roofing
Insulation: Rockwool, Kingspan, Dow
Internal doors and specialist panels: James Latham
Ironmongery: 3v Architectural Hardware
Parquet flooring: UK Wood Floors
Tape and membranes: ProClima
Screed: Foggs Floors
Gutters and downpipes: Lindab
Cedar cladding: HW Morgan
Lighting: Louis Poulsen, Intralite, B&Q, Darklight Design
Acoustic flooring: Hush Acoustics
Intumescent paint: Envirograf
Decorations: Johnstones, Dulux
Skips: Marple Skips
Stuff: Screwfix, B&Q, Wickes, Brickies,
It’s a curious term ‘self-build’, implying our input to the process is doing the actual building work. That may be true in part, but we have also been lucky to have worked with this great team of local craftsmen and consultants.
General building and joinery: Beswick and Son: Trevor, Joe and Tom. They got the job done.
Other joinery: Gary and Mike
Electrics: McDermott’s Electrical Services: Mark McDermott
Plumbing: David Holden Plumbing and Heating: David and Jamie
Kitchen: Prestige Kitchens, Stalybridge: Peter, Anne and Raith, Simon, Will, Tony, Sean.
Sand blasting (timber joists): Blast It! Blasting Ltd:
Spray painting: Cheshire Spray Painting: James and Sarah
Tree felling: North Cheshire Forestry
Stump Removal: Wainwright Stump Removal
Passivhaus consultants: Enhabit: Marine and Patrick
Structural engineering: Mick Hurley (house) and Frank Summerfield (extension)
Air-testing: Peak Acoustics
For the last five months, Paul (MVHR) has been waiting patiently in the loft, ductwork connected but without room terminals to avoid construction debris in the filters. That changed last week as the terminals were installed and Paul came to life.
The system has still to be commissioned but so far it's impressive. You can't hear or feel anything, but having lived without it for a week, the air now feels fresher. We used to always sleep with a window open, but don't feel the need any more.
It was great to move in last Thursday. Four days later and it still doesn't seem real. Living amongst boxes but at least all our stuff is in one place now.
Unfortunately 90% of the rooms are unfinished so there's plenty more to do, though taking a breather this week.
It's cold as we have minimal radiators and still to insulate externally. Hey-ho, spring will soon be here.
Russel and Anna Hayden