Taking an holistic approach to the changing seasons
Joe Bradbury of Housing Association Magazine discusses the importance of protecting tenants from the extremities of our climate.
Last week saw the hottest day on record. As Britain (and most of Europe) was steeped in sun, temperatures rose to as high as 38.1C (100.6F) in parts of the country.
Whilst most of us saw that as a chance to don a pair of shorts and sit outside, it cannot be dismissed that extreme weather in either direction can spell disaster for vulnerable people.
Significant changes to Building Regulations are likely to take place in 2018 to raise domestic boiler installation efficiency. How can you stay ahead of the curve? Chris Yates, Managing Director at
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In December 2016, the government ran a consultation entitled Heat in Buildings – the Future of Heat. The purpose of the consultation was to ask views on options the government proposed for raising domestic boiler installation efficiency. The aim was to bring in measures that reduced energy bills for tenants, giving more choice of ways to heat homes but also support the government’s targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through to 2050. Gas boilers play a huge part in our heating industry accounting for around 1.5 million being installed every year. The UK is by far the largest boiler market in Europe and the proposals do show that the government does recognise how big an impact these appliances make.
Johnson & Starley offer a complete range of energy-efficient solutions for heating and ventilating - from the smallest house to the biggest blocks of flats - ensuring a warm, healthy home with clean air and a clear conscience!
Johnson & Starley’s LE155 whole house ventilation systems with heat recovery are playing a major role in the refurbishment of social housing within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Over 70 units have been installed within the kitchens of apartments in Hazlewood Tower to provide an energy efficient means of ventilating the properties, preventing condensation and combating the problem of mould growth which affects so many properties of this type built in
Johnson & Starley is recognised as a leading provider of innovative solutions for the domestic heating, ventilation and renewables market, with an extensive range of residential heating and ventilation solutions.
Johnson & Starley's latest QuanTec boilers address all the key areas of condensing boiler design. Build quality, for example, is reflected in the use of full condense stainless steel heat exchanger technology, as it is by far the most durable material.
Their flagship model the QuanTec HR28C, praised by a leading consumer magazine, is the only boiler currently available on the market with integral heat recovery whilst still retaining a standard sized cabinet. The result is a super-efficient combi with heat recovery integrated in the primary heat exchanger and all within the normal boiler cabinet size; a first by any manufacturer.
The most recent sign of Britain’s ‘cost-of-living crisis’ is rarely out of the headlines; reports of damp and mould in social housing and privately rented properties are on the increase. A key contributing factor to this growing concern is that tenants have been struggling to afford to heat their homes to a reasonable temperature while maintaining adequate levels of ventilation.
Considered only a marginal issue for landlords up until last winter, social housing providers are now facing an increasing number of legal challenges from tenants as a result of a new condensation ‘damp phenomenon’. The problems surrounding damp and condensation, such as asthma, allergies and overall negative impact on well-being are said to be a direct result of rising energy bills and increasing levels of fuel poverty.