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22 AIR CONDITIONING & VENTILATION


diesel pollution particles, too. The technology is nothing short of a game- changer when it comes to air quality. So once you have identified that you want to move into this century with your ventilation, what next? First, you need to make sure you take


it into account in your planning. While the systems can be installed into proper- ties which are already occupied, and this would actually help cure the problems caused by poorly insulated airtight homes in the past, it’s easiest to install during the build. The ideal time to minimise any


interruption to the rest of the process is just before the electricians and plumbers arrive, so it’s important that you have this in your thoughts from early in the planning process. It’s also important to remember the old maxim that, as with anything, you get what you pay for. The cheapest system on the market is cheap for a reason. When you are building, you don’t want to cut corners on comfort or end up with something noisy. If people advise against it, because ‘you can get through Regulations without it,’ think about what residents could be missing. Imagine building a car to spend over 12 hours a day in for the next 10 years. In terms of features, climate control would be a no brainer. So now it’s available for homes too, why miss out just because its not mandatory under regulations? It’s time for building control to change, you can’t demand airtightness as well as holes in every window frame. It doesn’t make sense. Look again at the benefits of 21st century ventilation, set higher minimum standards, and do what’s best for homes and the people who live in them.


Eliot Warrington is managing director at Solarcrest


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