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Storage prediction – the first run

Right. Here are the results for the first run using the BBC weather app. Using a spreadsheet, I typed in the predicted values over 24 hours for temperature (oC), wind speed (mph) and sunshine (0-5) for two days – Wednesday … Continue reading

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Using a weather app to set storage heaters

Those of you with these devilish heating devices will have started getting ready for the usual winter guessing game: how high to set the heater’s input dial to cope with tomorrow’s weather.  A weather app on a smartphone will give … Continue reading

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Installing trickle vents : not such a breeze after all

My flat has white plastic windows dating from the last century – how posh that sounds – which tilt and turn but have no trickle vents. I tried to get a window company to put some in, but it was … Continue reading

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Contributions on energy balance – calling all engineers

Firstly, Ecobuild.  It was much reduced compared to previous years: only one (enormous) hall in use, rather than two as previously.  Very little academic presence, and those suppliers I sounded out on collaboration seemed only keen to sell their current … Continue reading

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Ecobuild

Tomorrow I train up to the Smoke (cough, cough!); and the day after, throw myself into Ecobuild which . . .” brings you a mix of suppliers that offer thousands of new and innovative products and services as well as … Continue reading

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Other people worried about flats

Take a look at http://www.ukace.org/2016/02/taking-action-to-improve-energy-refurbishment-of-flats/ This is a lead to a blog operated by David Weatherall who is particularly interested in the legal barriers to upgrading leasehold flats, particularly those created by sub-division of larger houses.  There are also some interesting … Continue reading

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Spam

I have temporarily suspended comments because of a torrent of spam.   When I have set up a suitable filter I will re-enable them

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Self-radiation

I left something out of my essay on Thermal Comfort (under Energy).  I said a lot about radiant heating,  and how the walls themselves act as radiators if they warm up and stay warm.   But of course this also … Continue reading

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Sub-menus for topic areas

Just to explain the menu layout in this site.  The Home section which you are reading now provides rolling news in date order with remarks of the moment.  The other menu items (Energy and so on) are permanent essays on … Continue reading

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Insulating my ceilings

This is my ceiling structure. Below the concrete floor of the flat above is a 50 mm cavity containing all the wiring for my flat – both power and lighting. This is faced with plasterboard mounted on timber battens.  I am … Continue reading

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