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With its extensive range of market-leading ventilation systems, products and accessories designed to work in harmony, Domus Ventilation is in the enviable position of providing customers with a single source for all their residential ventilation requirements. A new short video has been uploaded to its website – domusventilation.co.uk – that clearly explains the benefits of this approach for customers.

Domus Ventilation manufactures high quality and solutions-based ventilation products that save energy and improve indoor air quality from its state-of-the-art production facilities in South Wales. It takes a whole house approach to ventilation, with mechanical extract appliances, ducting and accessories designed and third party tested for end-to-end system performance. A ventilation system designed and installed entirely from Domus Ventilation components makes for a highly efficient one, with smooth air flow and minimum energy usage.

Established over 30 years’ ago, Domus Ventilation built its reputation for quality on its ducting systems in the early years. Today, Domus rigid ducting is available in six different profiles, with high efficiency duct bends, supported by patented duct insulation, and sound attenuation components, for a complete duct system solution. The company has expanded its product portfolio over the past decade to include mechanical ventilation systems such as the award winning HRXE range of Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems; the highly energy-efficient CMX Mechanical Extract Ventilation (MEV) units; and a comprehensive range of intermittent extract fans.

But the benefits of buying from a single manufacturer doesn’t stop just at the product range. By using a single brand, you can benefit from the full range of support on offer. In the case of Domus Ventilation, this includes technical support from a dedicated, in-house technical team offering a range of services from duct take-offs and estimations, to Revit MVHR and MEV system drawings, all completely free of charge. The company also provides a detailed Specification Guide and offers several CIBSE CPD accredited courses.

Domus Ventilation, part of the Genuit Group, has a well-deserved reputation for quality, supported by excellent technical support, from a market leading manufacturer and designer. The company provides differentiated ventilation solutions, transforming the way developers, contractors, installers, home owners and distributors meet Building Regulations Parts F & L and emerging environmental standards.


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With its extensive range of market-leading ventilation systems, products and accessories designed to work in harmony, Domus Ventilation is in the enviable position of providing customers with a single source for all their residential ventilation requirements. A new short video has been uploaded to its website – domusventilation.co.uk – that clearly explains the benefits of this approach for customers.

 

Domus Ventilation manufactures high quality and solutions-based ventilation products that save energy and improve indoor air quality from its state-of-the-art production facilities in South Wales. It takes a whole house approach to ventilation, with mechanical extract appliances, ducting and accessories designed and third party tested for end-to-end system performance. A ventilation system designed and installed entirely from Domus Ventilation components makes for a highly efficient one, with smooth air flow and minimum energy usage.

 

Established over 30 years’ ago, Domus Ventilation built its reputation for quality on its ducting systems in the early years. Today, Domus rigid ducting is available in six different profiles, with high efficiency duct bends, supported by patented duct insulation, and sound attenuation components, for a complete duct system solution. The company has expanded its product portfolio over the past decade to include mechanical ventilation systems such as the award winning HRXE range of Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems; the highly energy-efficient CMX Mechanical Extract Ventilation (MEV) units; and a comprehensive range of intermittent extract fans.

 

But the benefits of buying from a single manufacturer doesn’t stop just at the product range. By using a single brand, you can benefit from the full range of support on offer. In the case of Domus Ventilation, this includes technical support from a dedicated, in-house technical team offering a range of services from duct take-offs and estimations, to Revit MVHR and MEV system drawings, all completely free of charge. The company also provides a detailed Specification Guide and offers several CIBSE CPD accredited courses.

 

Domus Ventilation, part of the Genuit Group, has a well-deserved reputation for quality, supported by excellent technical support, from a market leading manufacturer and designer. The company provides differentiated ventilation solutions, transforming the way developers, contractors, installers, home owners and distributors meet Building Regulations Parts F & L and emerging environmental standards.

 

For more information, and to view the new short video, go to domusventilation.co.uk

 

 EXPANDS ITS VENTILATION RANGE WITH

WHOLE HOUSE HEAT RECOVERY SYSTEM

EnviroVent, one of the UK’s leading ventilation manufacturers, has launched a new MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery) range, which is Passivhaus certified*.

The Sabik 350 & 500 series has been designed to provide balanced and sustainable ventilation for new and refurbished homes, incorporating modular features, with user-friendly controllability.

Mark Isles, New Build Director at EnviroVent, said: “These high efficiency whole house ventilation systems are a major innovation in ventilation system design, as part of our commitment to helping the new build sector meet increasingly stringent ventilation and airflow requirements. The Sabik 350 & 500 Series includes modular options offering Passivhaus compliance and incorporates key features as standard, including on site unit handing configurations providing installer flexibility, in addition to optimised ventilation, good indoor air quality and reduced overall energy consumption.”

The Sabik 350 and 500 systems have significant airflow capacity of up to 414m3hr** and 601m3hr** respectively, and are suitable for handing airflow directions and drain on site to offer flexibility when it comes to ducting configurations.  These modular units incorporate a range of features as standard, including integrated relative humidity sensor, touchscreen controller and frost protection.

The Sabik 350 unit is Passivhaus certified providing that the modular preheater and enhanced ePM1 70% filter are installed. The Passivhaus concept is the only internationally recognised, performance-based energy standard in construction.

Optional features of the Sabik 350 and 500 systems include a pre-heater, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) sensor, wall spacer bracket for tight installations, and constant flow module which provides the ultimate versatility.

The units offer flexible commissioning methods to ensure easy install and commissioning which includes the use of the modular constant flow control.

Available in two sizes to suit different properties, the systems benefit from minimal noise levels thanks to reduced air leakage, as well as offering energy efficiency benefits which help to save on annual heating costs.

The range’s mechanical summer bypass function provides an improved comfort level in warmer weather and can be controlled manually or automatically.

When connected to an AirSens® sensor, the Sabik 350 and 500 systems react automatically to changes in air quality, instantly increasing the extraction rate to maintain a healthy environment when needed.

EnviroVent has been a ventilation solutions provider to UK housing for 35 years, working with developers, consultants and specifiers.  The company often works with architects and consulting engineers at early stages of design, to ensure the ventilation strategy meets Building Regulations, SAP requirements, environmental conditions or Passivhaus requirements. EnviroVent’s technical and customer service teams, area specialists and engineers deliver support and expertise at each stage of a project cycle and aftercare, integrating seamlessly with all project stakeholders.

For more information on ventilation solutions from EnviroVent, visit the website www.envirovent.com or call 0845 27 27 810.


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Right product, right environment: Domus Ventilation provides valuable advice at Specifi Mechanical Services events

 

Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR). HRXE-ZEUS has been introduced to meet ventilation requirements for large residential properties, which require a more powerful system to deliver the airflow required to meet Building Regulations Part F. HRXE-ZEUS joins Domus Ventilation’s existing range of MVHR systems, including HRXE-HERA which is suited to use in smaller properties of up to two/three bedrooms, and HRXE-AURA designed for homes of up to four/five bedrooms. All units are listed on the SAP Product Characteristics Database (PCDB) and come with a warranty of five years, with the first year covering parts and labour.

 

Other Domus Ventilation solutions led products that will be highlighted at Specifi, include the NOX-FILT filter which prevents up to 99.5% of NO² pollution from entering a home, and the award-winning non-combustible Solis Air Brick™ that enables compliance with the revised Building Regulations Fire Safety Approved Document B.

 

Domus Ventilation has a well-deserved reputation for quality, supported by excellent technical support, from a market leading manufacturer and designer. It is well placed to offer immediate, practical solutions to Building Regulations Parts F & L.

 


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Balancing effective natural ventilation with reduced noise pollution poses specifiers with a challenge, but leading product manufacturer Passivent has the perfect solution in the form of its patented SoundScoop® acoustic air transfer unit.

 

Passivent’s SoundScoop offers superior natural ventilation whilst simultaneously reducing sound transfer between noisy and noise-sensitive areas thanks to its patented internal lining and ribbed design. It has been designed in association with Arup in a collaborative approach to acoustic design, natural ventilation performance and product development.

The innovative design of the SoundScoop system allows air to pass through freely whilst sound waves are reflected and absorbed by the unit’s lining. The system targets mid-frequency sounds such as speech and footfall, helping eliminate noisy distractions and providing greater privacy.

The combination of low airflow resistance with high-performing acoustic attenuation, provides greater crossflow ventilation between internal spaces of buildings, allowing more schemes to adopt a natural ventilation system without the worry of excessive noise travelling from room to room. The SoundScoop system is particularly suited for education, residential and hotel projects, as well as commercial environments that are adjacent to noisy spaces, such as cellular offices, as it can reduce speech noise levels by up to 50%.

SoundScoop has been tested for acoustic performance and complies with BB93 (Acoustic Design of Schools – a design guide), Priority Schools Output Specification for Acoustic Design, BS8233 (Sound Insulation and Noise reduction for Building Code of Practice) and Building Regulations Part F (Ventilation). The system boasts a lightweight design, with units ranging from 3kg to 18.3kg for ease of both installation and transportation, and with a variety of different sizes available, is ideally suited to a range of different applications.

 


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Cost of living causing consumers to think again about retrofitting

 

RICS and YouGov survey shows homes therefore less likely to be able to cope with climate impacts or to mitigate rising energy costs

The cost of living crisis, has cast new doubt on the progress towards the United Kingdom’s Net-Zero ambition. Previous research from RICS* had found that homeowners were citing cost of retrofitting as a barrier, but despite new policy measures, new research from RICS and YouGov shows that consumers are now concerned about paying for the cost of living above upgrading their homes.

Retrofitting has obvious benefits, such as being able to maintain a constant temperature in the home, as well as increasing the desirability of your property – the December 2019 Residential Market Survey*, prior to the energy crisis, cited almost two thirds of the survey’s respondents believed that the willingness to pay for energy efficient homes would rise in the next three years.

However, the latest consumer research from RICS and YouGov shows that homeowners are unsurprisingly looking to concentrate spending on escalating household costs.

The new research backs up previous calls made by the institution in 2020 for more policy measures to incentivise industry and consumers to retrofit the UK housing stock. The research found that while 34% of homeowners said they would invest in green technology to lower bills in the future, 45% would be focusing on using any savings to pay for their existing living expenses, meaning more incentives and cheaper options must be made available if the country is to stay on track to meet target and green 15million properties*.

This latest research follows the RICS January 2020 Residential Market Survey* where members operating in the residential sales and lettings market stated that without strong market driven incentives, regulation was the policy lever with the greatest potential to improve energy efficiency outcomes. Alternatively, a tax policy could achieve a similar effect through a mix of stamp duty and a reduction of VAT on home improvements.

Currently, the Government’s ambition to hit Net-Zero carbon emissions requires significant numbers of private homeowners to retrofit their properties to make them greener.

51% who confirmed they hadn’t already installed new energy saving measures in their homes but would know how to, said it was because of the costs involved. And of the same group, even those who would consider it to make their home more attractive to prospective buyers, 40% said they’d only consider spending around £1000 to £5000 on energy improvements, which could pay for some solar panels** but wouldn’t cover the heat-pump.

As the cost of living continues to consume more household finances, measures are needed to avoid many properties failing to meet targets and becoming un-mortgageable. To review the potential impact that failure to support consumers would have on the housing market, most homeowners (55%) would consider installing energy saving schemes if they knew it would make their property more attractive when it came to selling up. With figures from Rightmove showing that greener homes can attract a higher premium, properties need more than an EPC assessment to help inform decisions**.

As EPCs aren’t the best measure for all properties, as some listed buildings can’t have triple glazing for example, RICS is recommending and working with lenders and government to look into ‘Retrofit Surveys’ which would enlist the expertise of a professional – such as a building surveyor- to provide detailed advice on what technologies homeowners could install to help inform their decisions. This is supported with 77% of homeowners saying they’d find this advice helpful when thinking of buying a new home.

Sam Rees, Senior Public Affairs Officer at RICS, said:

“The retrofitting of millions of UK homes will be essential to helping to meet our net zero ambitions, however homeowners’ immediate concerns are understandably with the rising cost of living, especially their energy bills. It is important to recognise that retrofitting and the cost of living are not mutually exclusive issues.

“A suitably retrofitted, low-carbon home can help with the long-term challenges of the cost of living and reducing high levels of energy consumption. Achieving this however is not cheap. With the UK Government giving financial support to homeowners to support them with rising energy prices, RICS is calling on the government to extend this support and provide additional financial incentives to homeowners to encourage retrofitting and ultimately helping to tackle the cause of high energy usage.

“Before any significant investment is made on retrofit measures, RICS urges homeowners and the government to ensure a retrofit assessment is undertaken on the property first – ensuring that no unintended consequences occur such as overheating or increased energy demand. This is critical to protecting consumers and RICS is undertaking significant research to support such assessments.”

FURTHER INFORMATION

*RICS UK Residential Market Surveys UK Residential Market Survey (rics.org)

**Rightmove-Green-Homes-Report.pdf

The top energy saving measures homeowners who know how to make their home more environmentally friendly said they already had installed in their property were:

Double or triple glazed windows – 71%
Energy-efficient lighting – 69%
Loft/cavity wall insultation – 63%
Energy efficient appliances – 52%
Solar panels – 17%
Air source heat pumps 5%
Geothermal heating – 2%

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 4357 adults of which 2776 are homeowners. Fieldwork was undertaken between 31st May – 3rd June 2022. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

* 15 million homes need energy efficiency upgrades – Lloyds Banking Group plc

** Solar panels typically cost between £2,900 and £6,700 according to the Energy Saving’s Trust.

Models from Air Vent Technology’s extensive range of heat recovery units are particularly suited for installation into schools, ensuring that buildings are properly ventilated, whilst keeping heat loss during the winter months to a minimum.

The new range of Infinity® low profile heat recovery units are available in 10 standard sizes with airflow up to 4.33 m3 /sec. Options are side, or bottom access, a stacked arrangement if desired, and for internal or external installation.

Units are available with either an EHB or LPHW heater battery, and are only some of AVT’s extensive range of ventilation products (air handling – heat recovery – energy efficient with EC motors – cabinet and twin fans and emergency smoke extract units).

For further information please contact Email: Sales@airventtechnology.co.uk Web: www.airventtechnology.co.uk

 

Vortice is striving for a greener tomorrow and is asking its customers to participate! As part of this, the company will be gifting Christmas tree seeds this December. Clean air cannot be taken for granted and as air experts, Vortice’s mission is to improve the quality of the air that we breathe and to work towards maximum well-being in the buildings we inhabit. Assisting in this mission by providing additional trees to improve outdoor air quality, is a long standing tradition of the company.

Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow and also help to reduce ozone levels in urban areas. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen that we breathe. In the same way, house plants can improve oxygen levels indoors. Their leaves also help to collect dust and debris from the air, allowing the householder to wipe them clean and remove the dirt.

So, how else can we improve the quality of the air we breathe within the home?

1          Use good quality ventilation fans installed correctly to ensure that moist, stale air is taken out of the building. Prolonged exposure to damp indoor air can cause asthma and nasal congestion.

2          Ensure that you turn the fan on or open a window when you’ve had a shower, when you’ve been cooking or doing the washing, in order to allow damp air out.

3          Capture the heat! If you have a heat recovery system, ensure it is working correctly and is maintained. These units capture the warmth contained within stale air, by passing it over a heat exchanger, transferring the heat to the incoming fresh air thereby saving energy which would have otherwise been lost.

4          Clean any mould that appears within the home immediately, its spores can be damaging to the lungs and inflame the airways.

Having an issue with condensation and mould? The Vortice technical department would be only too happy to offer advice on the best ventilation solution for you. Vortice has a wide range of fans suitable for bathrooms, wet rooms, utilities and kitchens, as well as whole house units.

For this and more useful information visit the Vortice website www.vortice.ltd.uk

Popular Welsh manufacturer, GRH Food Company, has toasted its latest expansion which is set to double its production capacity. Work on the state-of-the-art facility includes the installation of The Kingspan KoolDuct System which provides a lightweight solution for the facility’s ventilation and cooling requirements.

The expansion at the Snowdonia Business Park includes the creation of a Cheese Innovation Centre to test new trends for blends, flavours and high nutrition cheeses for UK and international markets. Overseen by mechanical contractor, DD Cooling Ltd, 800 m2 of the Kingspan KoolDuct System was installed on the Air Handling Units by delivery partners, Holders Sheet Metal Ltd.

Ductwork fabricated from the Kingspan KoolDuct System can help to reduce operational costs as it is capable of reducing air–leakage rates to a fraction of those typical of rectangular sheet metal ductwork, in addition to limiting heat transfer, which will help to maintain a controlled temperature for the cold rooms. The System can also weigh up to 75% less than ductwork constructed from galvanised sheet steel and insulated with mineral fibre. This was key to its specification, as Craig McNaught, Project Manager from Holders Sheet Metal Ltd, explained:

“Air Handling Units have been used to make servicing and cleaning easier but, with the ductwork needing to be installed on a suspended ceiling, weight was an issue. Kingspan KoolDuct was ideal as it could ensure the cool air that passes through the ducts remains unaffected by the heat generated through cheese production, and the ductwork is also much lighter than other options.”

An additional challenge for the project was access to the ductwork. Kingspan KoolDuct is pre-insulated ductwork that allows the installation to be much easier and less time-intensive than lagged ductwork as it can be installed in a single-fix.

Craig McNaught added:

“Due to access issues, the duct needed to be manufactured and assembled in the roof space. Being able to take a selection of hand tools up with the Kingspan KoolDuct meant that the project could be completed on time.”

Ductwork fabricated from The Kingspan KoolDuct System is also well suited to projects targeting high standards in energy efficiency. The system panels have been assigned a highest possible BRE Green Guide Summary Rating of A+. The Kingspan KoolDuct System is also UL Listed as a Class 1 Air Duct, to Standard for Safety UL 181 (Underwriters Laboratories: Factory Made Air Ducts & Air Connectors), when fabricated to a specification clearly defined by UL.

For further information, please contact: Tel: +44 (0) 1544 387 384 email: info@kingspaninsulation.co.uk Website: www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk

Titon has introduced a new CPD seminar aimed at increasing awareness of how purge and overheating affects everyday quality of life.

The latest seminar has been created to help specifiers and designers within the residential sector interpret the current regulations regarding ventilation and overheating. It will also aid them with identifying areas that need special attention during the design and build of a dwelling.

The CPD, which is designed to last an hour, is an ideal opportunity for specifiers and designers to speak to dedicated engineers who understand and can explain the importance of understanding this hot topic. The seminar aims to cover the forms of ventilation available and how it fits in with Part F and Part L(a), as well as giving an insight into overheating.

The CPD focuses on how purge ventilation design plays an important part within a dwelling. It also covers compliance with Building Regulations, and gives an overview of overheating.

Commenting on the newly created CPD, Lee Caulfield, Sales Director, said: “The issue of purge and overheating in dwellings is a key one, as it needs to be addressed at the earliest stages of building design. We believe this CPD will give designers and specifiers the tools to deliver the best possible outcomes for their projects, as well as a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complex requirements when it comes to ventilation strategies.”

To register for the new CPD from Titon, visit https://cpduk.co.uk/directory/profile/titon. Seminars can be conducted at a specifier’s or designer’s premises, or at Titon’s offices in Essex.

For more information about Titon and its range of ventilation systems, please visit: www.titon.co.uk

Vortice Limited has always been committed to educating its customers about the importance of ventilation and is now thrilled to get behind DEFRA’s new clean air strategy consultation. This new draft outlines very simply that ‘Air pollution is the top environmental risk to human health in the UK, and the fourth greatest threat to public health after cancer’. The draft clearly shows the connection between suitable, correct ventilation and good indoor air quality which maintains the health and wellbeing of the occupants.

Vortice knows only too well the importance of this and has made it its mission over the years to be a voice within the industry ensuring customers get a correct and compliant ventilation system by offering a complete design, aftersales and training service.

The DEFRA consultation also discusses how occupant behaviour can affect the ventilation requirements of a home. Vortice has listened to housebuilders and specifiers and works hard to provide a range of ventilation solutions for many different applications to improve indoor air quality in airtight dwellings.

For new build properties, Vortice offers a range of whole house solutions such as the compact Vort HR 200 BP heat recovery unit which has a 100% fully filtered bypass meaning no outdoor pollutants can enter the home. The unit also has a smart controller which indicates when the filters require cleaning and changing. For existing households there is a wide range of stylish bathroom, utility and kitchen fans, complete with many sensor options such as the attractively designed Punto Evo Flexo axial fan.

Marketing Manager Jennifer Quinn said ‘Vortice welcomes this new Government strategy as this will underscore what we have been talking about for years. It is important for us as a ventilation manufacturer always to offer a compliant solution suitable for the end application and to provide education to the installer and end user. We find lack of education is the key issue here so it is great to see this consultation highlighting the risks of bad ventilation and what damage this can have on the occupant’s health.”

Vortice will be promoting good practice during Green Great Britain Week, which begins on 15 October 2018 and is designed to engage the public in the debate on air quality alongside climate change and highlight the economic opportunities it offers for the UK.

For more details about Vortice products visit www.vortice.ltd.uk.