Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted for a prestigious Heating and Ventilation News Award 2015. The Sussex-based company has been recognised in the ‘Building Services Project of the Year’ category for the Waste House project at the University of Brighton that features a Sentinel Kinetic Plus Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) system, which Vent-Axia donated and installed.
Designed by University of Brighton senior lecturer and architect at BBM Sustainable Design Duncan Baker-Brown, the Waste House was built by over 350 students from City College Brighton and Hove and the University, with main contractor Mears Group, running the construction site. As well as being an exemplum of sustainable design and zero carbon living, the Waste House is a ‘live’ research project, the base for the University’s Sustainable Design MA, and an open venue for schools and local community groups wanting to learn more about ‘green’ issues and solutions.
Described as Britain’s first house made almost entirely from thrown-away rubbish, the cavity walls are packed with materials otherwise destined for landfill – denim, VHS tapes, audio cassettes, floppy discs, remnant wallpaper, carpet tiles etc. As the structure is highly-insulated and airtight, an MVHR system was specified to provide ventilation and heat distribution. Vent-Axia therefore donated a Sentinel Kinetic Plus and, in the true spirit of the project, it is an ex-test model.
“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for a prestigious H&V News Award for our involvement in such an innovative project as the Waste House. At Vent-Axia we are committed to designing products that reduce a building’s energy consumption and carbon footprint, we are therefore very proud to have been recognised by our peers for a project and a product that does just this,” said Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager – New Build Residential at Vent-Axia.
The ‘Building Services Project of the Year’ category aims to award the highest standards of excellence in a single building services installation project and has a heavy weighting towards environmental considerations and how they were incorporated into the project. The Waste House project certainly met this brief since it is made from approximately 85% discarded materials, enabling it to achieve an impressive negative carbon footprint. Plus the project leads the way in efficiency as one of the first buildings in the UK to gain an ‘A’ rated Energy Performance Certificate, with the Sentinel Kinetic Plus MVHR a significant factor in achieving this.
Mr Baker-Brown said, “I am thrilled the Waste House has been shortlisted in the H&V News Awards. The purpose of the Waste House is to show that we can re-use materials in building so re-using Vent-Axia’s second-hand MVHR system is an important part of the picture. The unit was a significant factor in the Waste House being awarded its A’ rated Energy Performance Certificate. Keeping the system very visible inside the building draws attention to it. Students ask what is it and soon learn how our current and future buildings rely upon MVHR to achieve super low carbon emission targets. It’s a great learning tool for all of us.”
Manufactured in the UK, Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon Sentinel Kinetic Plus MVHR offers a whole house heat recovery system combining supply and extract ventilation in one unit. Warm, moist air is extracted from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting and passed through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers up to 92% of heat energy that would otherwise be wasted. The unit’s energy saving Vent-Axia DC motors further improve efficiency and carbon reductions.
Considered to be the ‘Oscars’ of the Building Services Sector, winners of the H&V News Awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony on the 16th April 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane. Over 1,000 heating and ventilation specialists from across the supply chain will be in attendance, with winners selected by a panel comprised of over 50 respected industry experts. For more information on the awards and details of how to book tickets, please visit https://awards.hvnplus.co.uk.
For further information on the Sentinel Kinetic Plus Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery as well as other products and services offered by Vent-Axia, telephone 0844 856 0590.