Bryan Smith

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Tuesday 27th April 2021


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 3

Bryan Smith

13:28 PM, 10th November 2021, About 3 weeks ago

What do changing EPC and heat pump requirements mean for the PRS?

Reply to the comment left by PJB at 10/11/2021 - 12:25
PJB, as an engineer in oil & gas I can let you know that the trunk lines around the country are close to 100Bar. 90Barg is probably the norm, but feeder lines from offshore etc can run at 200bar. This is stepped down progressively to city levels and eventually end users. What is being trialled in places like Germany is 20% injection of hydrogen. Replacing 20% of all natural gas in this country would be a big achievement but it comes with more problems. Steel pipework can be subjected to hydrogen cracking, but most of the network is lined now. Unfortunately with plastic pipes so we need oil to produce. Maintaining our affluent lifestyles and being totally environmentally friendly is an ideology impossible without a Star Trek leap in technology. When the environmental ideologists come to their senses we can have a real discussion about where the efforts should be. Landlords in a country where less than 1% of the world pollution comes from will not solve the problem.... Read More

Bryan Smith

8:50 AM, 10th November 2021, About 3 weeks ago

What do changing EPC and heat pump requirements mean for the PRS?

Melissa,
I am just doing a property strip down and remodel. It had no gas supply so the alternative was heat pumps or storage radiators. Heat pumps were not suitable due to floor conditions and height restrictions on the conversion. They were also very expensive to install and run according to the suppliers we discussed this with. Cheaper and more efficient option was to install a gas supply and run a high efficiency gas combi boiler. These boilers are 90%+ efficient compared to very low efficiency of heat pumps. On the EPC front, I question what the criteria is and who sets this. Installing LED bulbs is a big plus on the EPC but is insignificant against insulation or double/triple glazing? They also do not apply to some buildings. The system needs major overhaul. Finally, why the PRS sector is always being targeted. A lot of social housing is appalling. Plus if the Government is committed to renewables then why are the 2000+ houses being built around my area right now have no heat pumps, no solar panels and no water recovery systems. Builders making a mint again and yet building regs do not force them to install renewable energy. The excuse is it would be too expensive. Yes, we landlords know!... Read More

Bryan Smith

16:53 PM, 3rd October 2021, About 2 months ago

Labour would fix the housing crisis?

Benefits were to catch those in trouble, temporary need and see them through until they get back into work.. For many it is now a way of life. Low wages is a problem although JL wants to pay £50k py for drivers now. Council/ex-council estate nearby has many "workers" who do not go to work. They do part-time cash in hand jobs. Claim full benefits and all that goes with it. Our ex-gardener lives in a 3 bed, on full benefits, can even afford 2 dogs. Council recently upgraded his heating system (new boiler, rads) then gave him a new bathroom. He is due for kitchen upgrade too. He is capable and a bit of an entrepeneur collecting other peoples junk and selling it on. Trashed the house with his collections and drinks way too much (expensive?). He does pretty well so why on earth would he want to go to work. He needs help on a one to one basis. Can labour organise that?... Read More