Heating and Ventilation
In a previous article for Mitsubishi Ecodan’s ‘The Hub’ (https://les.mitsubishielectric.co.uk/the-hub/good-indoor-air-quality-is…) I mentioned that the average British person spends 22 hours a day inside… or around 90% of their overall day. Unfortunately, this is also true of our children too; 36% of parents think their kids are not spending enough time outside, whilst 1 in 6 are uncertain themselves of how much time outdoors is actually sufficient, according to various studies.
With all this time being spent indoors, it’s easy to think we are protected from the various coughs, colds and illnesses typically associated with prolonged exposure to adverse weather. We don’t tend to think about the harmful gases, chemicals and toxins that we breathe in unknowingly whilst inside throughout the course of any given day. Yet these pollutants are to blame for many of the migraines, skin and eye irritations, allergic reactions and general tiredness that we all suffer from, from time to time.
The i-Sense is a British designed range of Wi-Fi electric radiators delivering convection and radiant heat via cast aluminium radiators that contain a patented Thermodynamic fluid that heats up in seconds, controllable to within +/- 0.1 degree and fully compliant with the ECO Design LOT 20 regulations for SMART controls and energy efficiency.
i-Sense is a state-of-the-art SMART control technology which delivers maximum comfort with minimal energy consumption. With every radiator connected to your Wi-Fi and communicating via the IoT to a cloud based central dashboard, you can control the performance of up to 1,000 radiators on each dashboard.
Condensation and mould presents a real issue for landlords. Under the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 it’s a legal requirement that rental properties are fit for human habitation, including having effective ventilation and being free from damp. Therefore it’s essential that landlords ensure their properties are protected. Jeremy Cleeter from condensation and mould control specialist Airtech shares his top tips for staying on top of this enduring problem.
Just one year since The Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM), part of the ASCP Group - along with campaign partners CORGI Technical Services - celebrated a landmark victory in bringing a long-awaited change to regulation 36a into force, the introduction of MOT-style gas servicing has had a significant positive impact on landlords, with one council saving over £150,000 this year alone.
Under the new scheme – the result of five years’ tireless campaigning by the ASCP and its partners – LGSRs can be completed up to two months before the anniversary of the previous check, whilst retaining the existing expiry date.
Condensation is a topic that continues to dominate the housing agenda, as misdiagnosis and tenant behaviour patterns contribute to the worsening problem. With the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 putting pressure on landlords to act, Paul Harrington, Head of Residential Sales at Elta Fans, highlights the major issues surrounding condensation, and how landlords should go about tackling the problem.
The importance of raising awareness surrounding condensation issues amongst landlords is best highlighted with the numbers: 20% of UK households are privately rented, with a further 17% being social housing. That means that over 1/3 of UK households operate with a tenant-landlord relationship, with occupants reliant upon their landlords to fix issues with the property.
Residents living in the refurbished ‘Boat Blocks’ high rise apartments in Duddeston, Birmingham, are reaping the benefits of new ventilation systems from EnviroVent as part of a major refurbishment project.
The Boat Blocks, owned by Birmingham City Council, consist of four 12 storey tower blocks of 66 apartments each, with EnviroVent’s whole house ventilation units installed in all 264 properties.
Birmingham City Council was aware of condensation and mould issues in the apartments, which were at risk of being exacerbated when External Wall Insulation (EWI) was fitted as part of the upgrade that would effectively reduce natural ventilation to the flats. The council wanted to take a proactive approach to ventilating the flats to protect the health of residents and the fabric of the building and avoid potentially costly disrepair issues in the future.