Titon Vent Systems Q & A - August 2014
This Q&A formed part of a recent article in Housebuilder magazine August 2014
Answers provided by Paul Rainbrid, Operations Manager, Titon Ventilation Systems
1. As energy bills become more expensive how are your products helping to keep homeowner’s costs down?
All houses need ventilating and the Building Regulations Guidance sets out four alternative systems, each designed to achieve the same overall rates. However, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) is the only system that recovers much of the heat energy that would otherwise be lost through ventilation – and the principal source of heating energy loss from a well insulated and airtight home. Added to which, the use of highly efficient counter flow heat exchangers and EC motor technology minimises running costs and intelligent controls – such as the Titon auralite® LED displays – can also help keep homeowners’ costs down. For example, units left in boost ventilation mode consume more electricity so our controllers actually display a warning to householders preventing the boost being left on accidentally, or indicating when filters should be changed.
2. How do your systems help housebuilders meet tightening green standards?
In the case of MVHR and mechanical extract ventilation (MEV), as dwellings become more airtight, providing adequate ventilation is crucial to maintaining the health of the occupants and the building fabric. Simply put, these systems offer the means to provide the necessary ventilation solution, whilst minimising energy losses by improving energy efficiently.
In fact, at Titon we have a highly fully trained and very experienced team that specialises in ventilation who work closely with specifiers and contractors to provide the right solutions for any housing development, ensuring compliance with Part F (Ventilation) of the Building Regulations. Also, we offer a variety of products to meet additional demands such as the need for sound attenuating products where homes may be exposed to noise pollution. Furthermore, all Titon Q Plus units have been independently tested by BRE and are EST Best Practice compliant. The combination of low power consumption and a highly efficient heat exchanger is specifically designed to enhance SAP performance via Appendix Q.
3. Has the fabric first agenda had any effect on your systems and products and how they’re installed?
No, the fabric first agenda has not had any effect as it important to consider all possible energy efficiency measures.
4. How has the domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI) impacted on housebuilders and your products?
The Domestic RHI has not impacted on our products.
5. What do you think the next innovation in ventilation will be?
Now, that would be telling! However, improving standards of integration and delivery is an issue that the Government should be taking seriously.