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Washroom design for the well educated

With so many rules and regulations surrounding the practicalities of washroom design in educational settings, Daniel Ward, Senior Ceramics Product Manager for Twyford, talks us through the dos and don’ts of sanitary specification for the school environment.

Specifying products for washrooms within the education sector may seem like a fairly straightforward task, but there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account to ensure not only that regulations are met, but that the space is well designed, comfortable and practical.

Lack of privacy, vandalism and inadequate cleaning and maintenance can make a visit to the toilet an unpleasant and unhealthy experience for students. In fact, recent research undertaken by charity Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence (ERIC) highlighted that the quality of school toilets has a huge impact on pupils’ health, education and happiness. Therefore the design of washrooms in education premises needs to be about a lot more than simply providing enough toilets and washbasins.

Laying out the order

The overall layout of school washrooms is a good place to start. As well as adhering to regulations regarding wheelchair accessible cubicles, all standard cubicles must have a minimum 450mm-diameter manoeuvring space that is clear of the door swing. And of course, when you are designing spaces for growing children, the sizes and fixing heights of sanitaryware must be suitable for the relevant user age groups too. Short projection WCs offer a good solution here, creating the necessary space while still ensuring user comfort. Wall-mounting the pan with a suitable framing system will enable the height of the WC to be easily adjusted during installation, to better meet the needs of the user.

Hygiene first

Aside from layout, hygiene in this environment is extremely important too, with ease of cleaning being key to students’ health and wellbeing. So much so that the Department for Education offers guidance on the issue, stating that to avoid build-up of dirt and germs, the toilets in schools should be wall-hung or back to wall.. This also offers a solution with regards to ensuring plumbing work is tamper-proof, a particular point of note when specifying for colleges and universities which serve older children and young adults. The cistern and pipework concealed within the framing system, preventing interference, while being easy to access for maintenance purposes. A dual-flush cistern sitting neatly behind the wall will also help to significantly reduce the amount of water used, while not affecting overall flushing performance. This is particularly important in educational establishments, which are high-traffic areas with the potential for toilets to be flushed literally hundreds of times in any one day.

It is also worth noting that in schools, particularly where younger users are present, the recommendation is also to avoid urinals, but where they are specified to opt for individual bowls rather than a trough, with modestly panels for privacy.

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Twyford offers a Rimfree school pans and Flushwise water-efficient WC flushing options.

Water-saving pays off

The washbasins in school washrooms should also be subject to a number of practical considerations. Of course, ease of cleaning for hygiene reasons remains imperative, making ceramics that are coated with an easy to clean glaze a particular benefit, while the choice of brassware is also important. Not only should mixer taps for washbasins be robust and tamper-proof, ideally they should be fitted with an automatic shut-off too, either through a built-in timed delivery feature or infra-red sensors.

Energy and water are a major proportion of non-staff costs in schools, colleges and universities and a major part of their environmental impact. While some schools will have greater scope for savings than others, overall more than 20% of energy is wasted, and a school that is equipped with water conservation devices, such as taps with automatic shut-offs or flow restrictors, plus dual-flush WCS, typically use less than half the amount of water used in schools where such features are not present.

Longevity guarantee

Keeping maintenance levels as low as possible is an important requirement in school buildings, where downtime in washrooms can be at best inconvenient for staff and students. This makes the specification of quality sanitary fittings that will be hard-wearing and durable, of particular significance. To limit the frequency of replacing such fixtures and fittings, their life expectancy should be around 15-20 years, with a manufacturer’s guarantee providing the best scope for this.

There are undoubtedly a lot of things to consider when designing washrooms for educational establishments, with all elements really carrying an equal weight of importance. The trick to ticking all of them off and achieving a successful design is to establish a strong relationship with a manufacturer who is able to respond to all aspects of a washroom’s design, from layouts and dimensions to styles and materials as standard, so that there is never any need to compromise.

For more details contact Twyford on 01926 516800 or visit www.twyfordbathrooms.com.

All hands on deck for refurbishment of The Ship

When the owners of one of Plymouth’s most iconic building were looking to refurbish and upgrade the derelict office within weeks instead of months, they needed a team of installers able to hit the ground running, and a flexible heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that would still deliver the energy savings needed.

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“When we first decided to buy The Ship we knew that the existing HVAC system was just inadequate and the whole system would need upgrading,” explained Rob Monroe, managing director of owners Burrington Estates.   “New tenants were keen to move in so we also had limited time in which to make the drastic changes that were required.”

What was needed was a company that would be able to design, install, commission and maintain a far more energy efficient and sustainable system and be able to do this in a very short space of time.

“We would normally expect the timescale for completion of a job like this to be three or four months and we were given 10 weeks,” said Kurt Hedgley, managing director, JCW Energy Services Ltd.  “Not only this, the client needed us on site just seven days from the date of receiving the purchase order.”

The company was able to build a team from a number of its nationwide offices and called upon the technical and logistical support of manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric.

“JCW Energy Services was a perfect fit,” said Monroe, “To finish a project of this size in the tight timescale given, I applaud their speed, organization, engineering team and work ethic.”

Built in 1993, The Ship used to be home to The Herald and Western Morning News but in recent years it has been left empty and was even being considered for demolition until a leading city property development company, Burrington Estates, acquired the building
Now The Ship is being restored to its former glory, and has been renamed Spirit of Enterprise with hundreds of jobs being created by the businesses that will take up residence.

Mitsubishi Electric

“It was clear that reducing the building’s energy consumption was of paramount importance to Burrington Estates, who are renowned for their sympathetic development of historic sites in the region,” commented Kurt Hedgley.

“We worked within our partnership agreement with Mitsubishi Electric who provided us with innovative support to ensure the most suitable system that could be designed, installed and commissioned within the tight deadline specified.”

For the first phase of this impressive project, 12 City Multi Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) outdoor condensing units and four Mr Slim split air conditioning systems were installed to serve 89 individual ceiling units.

City Multi was chosen as it could be installed in a modular fashion providing JCW engineers with the flexibility needed to work around the other elements of the refurbishment.

“We chose this VRF system because of its high performance and that fact that it only uses two pipes rather than the usual three which was ideal in a job with such tight deadlines,” added Hedgley. “It also comes with intelligent controls that make it easier to interface with the Building Management System.”

As a Business Solutions Partner with the manufacturer, JCW is also able to offer a seven-year warranty on the equipment.
With the whole building under refurbishment, it was also imperative that JCW engineers could work alongside a large number of tradespeople and engineers from shop fitters, life system installers to window cleaners and even mural artists.

Working around existing equipment was also a challenge with regard to integrating systems and negotiating new pipework around old. The shape of the building and also the positioning of the plant has added to the challenge with some units being fed through over 150 metres pipe runs, putting added pressure on the system.

“One of our engineers told me that this was one of the most challenging but also the most rewarding projects he’s ever worked on,” added Hedgley.

The final solution needs to provide a regular temperature, even with the architectural challenges of the building. It also demanded a system that can be easily controlled, provide the best energy efficiency and be sustainable.

“The energy rating will drastically improve immediately and our design provides effective, simultaneous heating and cooling which can offer substantial savings on the annual running costs,” explained Hedgley.

A complete planned preventative maintenance programme has also been prepared to run alongside the seven-year warranty.

The Ship’s next phase will include the completion of the restaurant and gymnasium for the use of the staff within the offices. And finally, the amazing Board Room with its spectacular views.

This will see the completion of the plan to breathe new life back into the building and see it restored to its former glory and become a major hub for business in the area.

Further details on the services provided by JCW can be found at http://www.jcwes.com/.

https://airconditioning.mitsubishielectric.co.uk

Make sure you choose low maintenance timber windows and doors

Any homeowners considering buying timber windows and doors will know that there is always a high level of maintenance and upkeep required. External facings on timber windows and doors need regular coatings to ensure they do not rot, as well as making sure they look good for aesthetic reasons.

Accoya Wood

Traditional exterior windows and doors, in oak or other hardwoods, need to be checked several times a year, to ensure there are no cracks in paintwork or varnish. Wear and tear in exterior coatings means that damp and moisture can creep in, which can see the onset of rot if not seen to straight away. The movement in oak timber, particularly, can cause cracks within the wood and coatings.

The majority of homeowners don’t actually realise that they have the option to choose the appearance of timber windows but without the high maintenance aspect. This choice – Accoya wood – is hugely growing in popularity and is already well-known within the joinery industry.

Accoya Wood

Accoya is a modified sustainable wood product which is highly durable and therefore, very low maintenance compared to traditional timber windows and doors. The non-toxic Accoya process prevents any water bonding with the wood, greatly reducing the chance of rot and creating a highly stable product.

In fact, the Accoya wood is so durable it comes with a 50 year guarantee against rot above the ground. Its improved durability and coatings performance means Accoya offers significantly lower maintenance and upkeep costs over the lifetime of the product.

An additional benefit of using Accoya is it is a 40% better insulator than hardwoods, so using Accoya external doors and windows can offer significant savings in energy costs for homeowners.

Accoya is a non-toxic product and has won many sustainability awards for its environmental credentials.

You can find your nearest Accoya supplier by clicking here.

Inspired by design? Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

 

 

Diffusion Keeps Things Comfortable at Prestigious London Riverside Development

Diffusion HVAC

British heating and cooling equipment specialist Diffusion is supplying a large number of its Highline 270 fan coil units to provide heating and cooling at The Corniche, a new landmark development in London. This exclusive riverside development is situated opposite the Houses of Parliament and offers a selection of luxurious one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, boasting magnificent views over some of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Diffusion is supplying 580 of its Highline 270 units, an energy efficient waterside control fan coil unit that provides heating and cooling to both residential and commercial properties. The Highline 270 is fitted with high efficiency EC/DC motors and boasts a specific fan power as low as 0.16W/l/s and infinite fan speed control. It is the most efficient fan coil on the market, offering the best possible energy savings. These versatile 270mm deep fan coil units can be mounted in horizontal (ceiling), vertical (wall) and underfloor applications. In The Corniche development the fan coil units are discretely mounted in the horizontal ceiling void. 

“We are delighted that the Highline 270 has been selected to provide heating and cooling at this prestigious development. The Corniche provides exceptional living with apartments, offices, restaurants and a residents’ club lounge with terrace, private screening room, gym, infinity pool and spa. Residents will expect very comfortable living conditions and the Highline 270 will help provide this” explains Jon McDonald, Sales Director at Diffusion. “Thermal comfort is an important factor in modern homes and energy efficient fan coils offer discrete on-demand heating and cooling to homeowners.”

Diffusion’s Highline 270 is ErP Directive 2015 Compliant and has a lifetime ECO wire mesh filter, fitted as standard, that can be vacuum cleaned in situ or removed for cleaning elsewhere if required. Flexibility of design allows the Highline to be configured to suit a variety of installation requirements; including circular, rectangular and bulkhead ducted connections. Inlet and discharge attenuator options are available and the fan coil performs at system pressures up to 50 pa.

Diffusion has manufactured heating and cooling equipment in the UK for over 50 years, during which time it has established an enviable reputation for both quality of product and service. Its competitively priced product portfolio comprises a wide range of fan coil units, air curtains, fan convectors and general purpose heaters. Diffusion’s main objective is to deliver high quality solutions to meet clients’ needs, designing and manufacturing energy efficient equipment that can accommodate specific requirements in the most cost effective way, where the standard is never compromised.

For more information on Diffusion, please visit www.diffusion-group.com.

British Manufacturer Vent-Axia Wins at Prestigious CIBSE Awards

Vent-AxiaLeading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is celebrating winning ‘Energy Efficient Product or Innovation of the Year’ at the prestigious Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards 2017. Scooping the award for its revolutionary Sentinel Kinetic Advance Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), the Sussex-based company received the accolade at Grosvenor House, Park Lane in London on Tuesday 7th February at an event that was attended by the biggest names in the industry.

Now in its 10th year, these respected awards recognise excellence in the built environment. This year over 750 people came to hear England International rugby star, Matt Dawson, announce the winners. The esteemed CIBSE Building Performance Awards recognise outstanding new and innovative products which significantly improve building performance. The awards focus on actual, measured performance, not design intent or performance specifications so only proven products are shortlisted and award winners are acknowledged as best in class.

Judged by a distinguished panel of industry leaders the ‘Energy Efficient Product or Innovation of the Year’ award recognises building services solutions that reduce the amount of energy used in buildings through the efficient use of energy by the innovation itself. Following a rigorous judging process the ground-breaking Sentinel Kinetic Advance was chosen as the winner of the award. The Judges were impressed by the Sentinel Kinetic Advance’s ingenious use of very modern technology, its ability to “deliver strong performance” as well as “ease of installation” and that internally it is made from all recycled materials. 

“We are delighted that our innovative Sentinel Kinetic Advance MVHR has won the “Energy Efficient Product or Innovation of the Year’ award at the CIBSE Awards 2017. To be recognised by the industry in this manner, and in such important awards for the built environment, is a real honour” said Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager – New Build Residential,. “At Vent-Axia we are committed to innovation and continuous development and the Advance really is a new breed of MVHR unit.”

With best in class performance and offering near silent, energy efficient and high pressure operation, Advance is perfect for care homes and student accommodation as well as New Build residential properties. It extracts warm, moist air from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting which passes through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers over 93% of the heat energy that would otherwise be wasted.

Designed for air-tight thermally efficient new build properties, the Advance is the first UK-manufactured web-enabled App-controlled MVHR unit, providing energy efficient ventilation and pioneering control. Featuring groundbreaking commissioning and control via the App, Advance encourages best practice and high performance through simplified commissioning, saving installers time on site. USB functionality also allows pre-commissioning, thus saving time on developments with same specification builds.

There are many other benefits that this new technology brings. Firstly a key specification driver is efficiency. The Advance tops the PCDB list as the best performing MVHR system in its class, boasting a specific fan power of 0.38W/l/w with 93% heat recovery and airflow of 100l/s at 150Pa, offering high pressure development. This new breed of MVHR is not only efficient, it is also extremely quiet with trickle settings up to 40% staying below 20dBA, achieving the Holy Grail of high efficiency and low sound levels.

Offering a range of features that improve indoor air quality (IAQ) the Advance features a unique and innovative free App which residents can download onto their smartphones to allow them to control their IAQ. Via the App residents can boost the unit and view efficiencies and temperatures. Filters up to F7 grade ensure that even buildings in heavily urbanised areas can filter out most impurities, including damaging PM2.5 particles. A filter check warning tells building occupiers via the App or email when filters need changing, thus helping to maintain the quality of incoming air.

Developed for modern thermally efficient buildings, Advance also features a revolutionary programmable summer bypass to ensure year-round thermal comfort. The summer bypass is pioneering since it is fully automatic and truly intelligent, a first. The summer bypass is set for both comfort temperature and minimum external temperature. These settings enable the controls to determine whether it is winter or summer allowing it to run without resident intervention. 

For further cooling the Advance summer bypass has an evening purge feature that boosts early evening and then runs on a timer until about 10pm so there is no nuisance noise at night. Additional cooling is also available for periods of several days of high temperatures and warm nights. Here the Advance utilises a Night-Time Purge. This allows a building to be pre-cooled for the following day by taking advantage of cooler night-time temperatures.

For further information on all products and services offered by Vent-Axia telephone 0844 856 0590 or visit www.vent-axia.com. For further details visit on the CIBSE awards, visit www.cibse.org/building-performance-awards/2017-winners

The Future House

This is how Scadinavian design looks like. This family home is a perfect combination of energy efficiency, sustainability, comfort and design. Developed by Ovaform Arkitekterne, the “future house” combines natural materials to get the highest efficiency.

Cupaclad

The natural slate rainscreen cladding system named CUPACLAD® has an extremely low heat transfer coefficient, and in combination with an insulation layer, means less heat loss overall from the structure.

Future House

CUPACLAD® solutions are lightweight, easy to install and they help to create a modern building appearance. In new constructions and in renovation works, CUPACLAD® slate cladding systems can be adapted to every architectural design.

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rainscreen cladding

The use of highly durable tectonic slate, new fixing systems and rainscreen cladding efficiency make CUPACLAD® a competitive, totally sustainable alternative for cladding any type of facade.

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www.cupapizarras.com/uk/rainscreen-cladding

Email: uk@cupapizarras.com

Phone: +44 (0) 1312 253 111

Vent-Axia Quadruple Finalist in H&V News Awards 2017

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted four times across two categories in the prestigious H&V News Awards 2017.

Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance MVHRThe Sentinel Kinetic Advance Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery unit (MVHR) and the Lo-Carbon Revive have both been shortlisted in the Air Movement Product of the Year category and the Domestic Ventilation Product of the Year category. This four-in-a-row nomination follows a long line of awards successes for the company whose products have received recognition in the HVR Awards, CIBSE Building Performance Awards, the Electrical Industry Awards and Ireland’s Energy Show 2016 in the last year alone.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted four times at the H&V News Awards,” said Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager, New Build Residential at Vent-Axia. “These nominations come as we have just celebrated 80 years of innovation, we are therefore delighted to gain industry recognition for our market-leading Sentinel Kinetic Advance and Lo-Carbon Revive.”

Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance is a new breed of MVHR unit. With best in class performance and offering near silent, energy efficient and high pressure operation, it is perfect for New Build residential properties as well as care homes and student accommodation. ‘Advance’ extracts warm, moist air from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting which passes through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers over 93% of the heat energy that would otherwise be wasted.

Designed for air-tight thermally efficient new build properties, the Advance is the first UK-manufactured web-enabled App-controlled MVHR unit, providing energy efficient ventilation and pioneering control. Featuring groundbreaking commissioning and control via the App, Advance encourages best practice and high performance through simplified commissioning, saving installers time on site.

The Advance also tops the PCDB list as the best performing MVHR system in its class, boasting a specific fan power of 0.38W/l/w with 93% heat recovery and airflow of 100l/s at 150Pa, offering high pressure development. This new breed of MVHR is not only efficient, it is also extremely quiet with trickle settings up to 40% staying below 20dBA, achieving the Holy Grail of high efficiency and low sound levels. Advance also features a revolutionary programmable summer bypass to ensure year-round thermal comfort.

Meanwhile, the intelligent Lo-Carbon Revive is a new filter-less unitary fan designed to meet the specific needs of social housing, boasting powerful, quiet, efficient ventilation. It provides good indoor air quality and comfort for tenants while being quick and easy to install, low maintenance and reliable. Highly versatile the Revive offers a choice of run speeds for multiple installation options and can be ducted or through the wall, making specification easy. Revive is also low maintenance since its market-leading Multi-Vortex™ technology does not require a filter and the highly sculpted interior actively repels dust, avoiding clogging, thus helping to avoid call backs. Revive also boasts reliability backed by up to seven years’ warranty.

Featuring Smart Sense™ intelligent technology Revive is quick and easy to install with the fan featuring a simple alpha numeric LED display which is clear and easy to read and a three-button menu for commissioning and data gathering. Smart Sense™ also provides real-time data via an intuitive interface to communicate the fan’s energy efficiency; a Day Logger which tracks how many days a fan has been running to ensure it is used as intended; and features an ambient response humidistat to avoid nuisance tripping. Tenants will appreciate that Revive has been designed to be powerful enough to remove moist air to avoid mould and condensation and ensure good IAQ, but at the same time quiet enough not to disturb them, while remaining energy efficient.

The winners will be announced at the H&V News Awards on Thursday 20 April 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London. Attended by the biggest names in the sector the H&V News Awards have firmly established themselves as the Oscars for the building services industry. For more information on the awards and details of how to book tickets, visit https://awards.hvnplus.co.uk

For further information on the Sentinel Kinetic Advance MVHR and the Lo-Carbon Revive, as well as other products and services offered by Vent-Axia, visit www.vent-axia.com or telephone 0844 856 0590.

Kensa unveils an evolutionary new heat pump for 2017

ground source heat pump

Kensa Heat Pumps, the UKs confirmed leading supplier of ground source heat pumps, has released details of a brand-new ‘Evo’ series, which claims to deliver significantly improved efficiencies. 

Manufactured in Cornwall, the new Evo ground source heat pump series builds upon Kensa’s eighteen years of experience designing heat pumps specifically for British properties.

Simon Lomax, Managing Director comments:

“The Kensa Evo represents a significant step forward and is a testimony to the ingenuity of an engineering team which focuses exclusively on ground source heat pumps.  The Evo series is more efficient and we have also worked hard to reduce noise levels to industry-leading levels.  And we have not forgotten that the Evo must be simple-to-install and maintain.”

Offering a 15 per cent gain in efficiency in order to minimise running costs and maximise income via the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, the Kensa Evo is available to pre-order in January 2017 for delivery from Spring in 7kW, 9kW, and 13kW single phase models.

The ERP A++ rated Evo delivers heating and hot water efficiencies of SCOPs to 4.2 at 35°C along with significantly reduced noise outputs, packaged in a contemporary contoured gunmetal and gloss-white finish, punctuated by a custom built control panel unique to the Kensa series.

According to James Standley, Operations Director:

“All of the ‘off-the-shelf’ controllers failed to deliver all the functionality demanded by our specification so we have designed a bespoke control unit.”

Designed for larger new builds and renovation projects, the Evo will supplement Kensa’s market-leading Shoebox 3kW and 6kW models which are ideally suited for smaller new builds.

Lomax continues:

“With the Kensa Shoebox Heat Pump, we revolutionised the ground source heat pump market and opened up the potential for the technology to be used in the mass market new build sector. Since then, we have focussed on the Evo development which is the evolution of our Compact series, the original Kensa heat pump launched in 1999. With the Shoebox and our new Evo series, alongside our Twin Compact and Plantroom models, Kensa has a product portfolio that suits every application, and all models are backed-up by our exceptional technical support. 

“We are proud that BSRIA Market Reports have confirmed Kensa as the leading UK supplier of ground source heat pumps for the past four years, and we are confident that we can build upon this success with the Evo series to support the Government’s ambitious targets for heat pump deployment.”

Performance:

Each model in the Kensa Evo series has optimised sized stainless steel heat exchangers, which allows the compressor to respond more efficiently, increasing SCOP performance and delivering 60°C domestic hot water.

Appearance:

The ergonomic steel casing has been designed with a focus on ease of access, whilst providing sturdy yet stylish protection from ageing and wear and tear.

Installation:

The Evo has been designed to be easy to handle and install.

With just one single cross head screw in its unique bevelled front panel, the Evo’s electrical component and wiring terminals are easily accessible with the removal of just one panel.

The heat pump has four rear water connections, two for the ground collectors and two for the property’s heating distribution system. The connections consist of four 28mm straight brass fittings designed with tight tolerances, ensuring compatibility with easy to install push fittings.

The external side panels feature a curved cut-out offering the installer an extra level of flexibility to install the Evo according to the demands of the site, with vertical and horizontal pipework exit points from the sides and top of the unit.

Controls:

Kensa has developed its own control board which is the brain of the new Evo heat pump. The customer interface is an intuitive touch screen that facilitates commissioning and parameter settings, and provides live status readings supported by LED light indicators.

The custom built software also permits the control board to pre-empt system irregularities using warning safety levels, which may previously have resulted in a fault if left unchecked. This pro-active system will ultimately reduce costs and call outs and enable better diagnostics and system resolution, aided by Kensa’s technical support and UK wide installation network.

https://www.kensaheatpumps.com

Dependable Heating from Vent-Axia

New energy efficient electric heating has come of age. Whilst many of the UK’s 3.9 million off-grid households have been benefitting from this highly efficient heating technology for some time, those on the gas grid should consider electrical warmth too. With gas security now being brought into question with gas reserves lower than usual at this time of year, the option of electric heating is coming into focus. Sussex-based Vent-Axia’s range of energy efficient electric heating includes Opal Aluminium Radiators, towel rails and Bluethermal™ underfloor heating as well as portable heaters for occasional use.electric heating

“As gas supplies begin to dwindle and the question of energy security is brought into focus, now is an excellent time for homes and businesses to look at electrical heating either as a whole house solution or in certain rooms. With electric radiators, towel rails and underfloor heating all available, there is great choice for efficient, attractive heating” says Tom Emson, Product Marketing Manager, Vent-Axia. “Vent-Axia’s latest heaters are cost effective with low capital and installation cost and are almost maintenance free with no moving parts. Electric heating also offers households the comfort of not having to worry about costly annual boiler checks or plan in fuel deliveries.”

For occasional use, such as during a cold snap or when only a single room needs to be warmed, Vent-Axia has a range of portable heaters which are ideal for providing a heating boost around the home or workplace as well as for warming up summer houses etc. Vent-Axia’s convection heaters and fan heaters both offer multiple heat settings and thermostatic control for added comfort and are lightweight, making them easy to move around to where they are needed.

For more permanent heating, Vent-Axia offers a range of electric heating solutions for every room in the house that are cost effective to install and easy to use. They also cause minimal installation disruption as they don’t require the pipework needed by traditional boiler heating systems. A simple connection to an electricity circuit makes electric heating easy for installers to fit it in a few minutes rather than the day or two needed for a traditional boiler heating system. Not only do these products offer greater flexibility to households since they quickly warm a room providing almost instant comfort, but technological developments now mean their accurate controls ensure they are more energy efficient than ever before.

Vent-Axia’s Opal aluminium radiators feature a digitally controlled thermostat, are slim and stylish in design and offer households attractive, energy efficient, controllable comfort with the radiators featuring dynamic fluid with high thermal inertia. Manufactured from 100% recycled aluminium derived from drink cans, the Opal features 5 pre-set life style functions enabling an easy install. The fast programmable controls and an energy monitor also mean that households can lower energy consumption and so reduce fuel bills.

Also included in Vent-Axia’s electric heating range is a series of attractive towel rails featuring high quality white or chrome finishes with ten different models, split into flat, curved and designer styles. Control is central to the range, with the series featuring an optional advanced controller offering five heat outputs. This not only provides lovely warm, dry towels on chilly mornings but acts as primary heating source offering greater comfort when in the bathroom. 

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Meanwhile, Vent-Axia’s Bluethermal™ underfloor heating allows low temperature radiant heat to provide evenly distributed warmth, with accurate controls ensuring this form of heating is more energy efficient than ever. And with the thermal output being 2-3 °C lower than using a convection based system, savings of 5-10% of the running cost are realised. The system includes a thermostat controller that monitors both the floor and air temperature so customers gain maximum control over their environment by allowing them to set the thermostat at either the ideal floor or air temperature.

For further information on all products and services offered by Vent-Axia telephone 0844 856 0590 or visit www.vent-axia.com.

The Vent-Axia Pure Air Sets the Benchmark for Indoor Air Quality

Vent-AxiaventilationWith a growing body of research pointing to the health implications of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in our homes Vent-Axia has set the benchmark for high-level filtration with the launch of the Vent-Axia Pure Air.

Designed specifically to answer the needs of the new build residential market, this indoor air quality filtration system has been developed to work in conjunction with Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) units to offer the ideal indoor environment.

MVHR not only extracts harmful pollutants but also allows the air coming into the home to be filtered, taking out harmful airborne bacteria and dangerous contaminants. The Vent-Axia Pure Air filter then goes one step further to improve IAQ, working with the MVHR system, it is fitted to the intake airflow and incorporates two types of filtration—activated carbon and G4/F7 particulate filters to achieve even higher levels of filtration.

Offering housebuilders a choice of filtration to suit the application, the Vent-Axia Pure Air is available with G4 or F7 particle filters. G4 filters can remove up to 90% of the PM10 particles in the air, including some bacteria, most pollens and many types of industrial dust. Meanwhile, the finer F7 filters are ideal for inner city areas with heavy traffic since they remove up to 80% of the tiny PM2.5 particles, this includes fine diesel particulates.

Meanwhile, enhanced activated carbon filtration removes unpleasant odours and harmful gases such as Nitrogen Dioxide (NO²). In urban areas vehicles are responsible for approximately 99% of Nitrogen Dioxide pollution. High levels of NO² can cause respiratory problems and increased incidences of asthma. The Vent-Axia Pure Air therefore filters incoming air, helping to meet World Health Organisation guides for NO².

“Indoor Air Quality is rising up the agenda for housebuilders. This is due to a combination of changes to local construction legislation which puts the responsibility on developers to ensure air to dwellings is filtered to increasingly higher standards and recent IAQ research which has led to increased awareness among homebuyers of the health issues connected with poor indoor air quality in the home. The Vent-Axia Pure Air is designed to give both housebuilders and homebuyers peace of mind by helping provide a healthy indoor environment”, said Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager, New Build Residential.

Designed to improve IAQ in a wide range of new build buildings the Vent-Axia Pure Air is available in different sizes for use in properties from small apartments to large offices. The size of the filtration system needed is determined by the required airflow of each application. Plus the Vent-Axia Pure Airalso has a range of rectangular and round spigot options, including combinations of both to offer unique versatility at the point of installation. The filter unit can be installed vertically or horizontally to optimise available space and fit a multitude of MHVR configurations, this makes the filtration system accessible to wider range of applications.

The Vent-Axia Pure Air provides high-level filtration levels with the particle filters conforming to EN 779 and combined with specially formulated gas filters help meet IAQ levels conforming to EU Directive 2008/50/EC. In addition, the Vent-Axia Pure Air is designed to improve indoor air quality and comfort for occupiers and so external noise is attenuated as it passes through the unit thus reducing induct noise and helping to achieve specified sound levels in dwellings.

A raft of research has recently reported the importance of good IAQ and how the nation’s health is dependent on it. Earlier this year the Royal College of Physicians published the report ‘Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution’ revealing how air quality affects health and it has been proven that poor IAQ is a particular health risk. Since this report, consumers have become increasingly conscious of the need for better IAQ.

Meanwhile, ‘The Future of Indoor Air Quality in UK Homes and its Impact on Health’, a report by Professor Hazim Awbi’s at the University of Reading, forecasts that asthma could double by 2050 due to increasingly air-tight homes. It also found that indoor pollutant levels could increase beyond World Health Organisation recommended limits. The research cites MVHR as the most cost-effective solution for achieving an energy efficient air exchange rate and a healthy environment for building occupants.

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