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Vent-Axia launches Knowledge Hub app Industry-leading ventilation company, Vent-Axia has launched a new app that provides comprehensive product information at the touch of a button.


he innovative Knowledge Hub app promises to both improve customer service and reduce Vent-Axia’s environmental impact. Offering

easy and quick access to: Vent-Axia’s product brochures; datasheets; technical manuals; Building Regulations; downloadable leaflets on condensation, mould, and indoor air quality; as well as ventilation guides; the Knowledge Hub will ensure useful information is located in one place. This will mean vital guidance, such as product price or installation instructions, will be available at customers’ fingertips, even when they are offline. UK manufacturer, Vent-Axia, is leading the way in the

ventilation sector with this new app while aligning with the electrical industry’s ambition to move to digital platforms. By providing customers with access to extensive product information via its Knowledge Hub, the company will reduce its environmental impact since it will result in less printed material being published. “We are very excited to provide our customers with access to Knowledge

Hub, enabling them to obtain all the information they need on our products quickly and easily. Users will find the app straightforward and accessible,” explains Jenny Smith, Head of Marketing at Vent-Axia. “Available wherever a customer is, whenever they need it, the Knowledge Hub means the correct

information is always there at the touch of a button – with no need to carry around brochures, catalogues or instruction manuals.” Knowledge Hub offers users the most up-to-the minute

product information thanks to quick and immediate updates each time users log on. This means unlike printed material, such as brochures, the Knowledge Hub will not go out of date. Once the app is downloaded to a smart phone or tablet, on either iOS or Android platforms, there is a menu where users can choose from three categories: brochure, datasheet or manual. Providing a comprehensive search tool, users searching

for a particular product will find everything relating to it, with the information easily viewable in a choice of formats. Crucially, Knowledge Hub allows access to product

information even when users are offline which is essential for installers who often have poor or non-existent internet access when on construction sites. The Knowledge Hub can be accessed by all customers; from electricians, wholesalers, contractors and consultants through to landlords, social housing providers, housebuilders and tenants. This new app offers comprehensive product information and is already set to save customers time and so money. However, further functionality is set to follow with exciting subsequent phases of the Knowledge Hub app already in the pipeline, which will allow customers a tailored experience.

To download the android app, please visit To download the iOS app, please visit


Good Sports – Thorn’s solution for Surrey Sports Park is a winner

When Surrey Sports Park, one of Europe's premier sites for sport, health, wellbeing and leisure, needed an upgrade to its existing lighting, Thorn Lighting came up with a perfect solution.

with today’s technology and that can be easily upgraded. Surrey Sports Park is the permanent training base


of Harlequins Rugby Club, Sure League netball team Surrey Storm, British basketball league club Surrey Heat, and UK top-five swimming club Guildford City. The facilities include a 50 metre 8 lane swimming

pool, a 120 station gym/strength and conditioning area, 6 squash courts, two large exercise studios/conference rooms, spinning studio, a 1,000 seat arena, three artificial pitches including 3G turf and changing/multi-purpose rooms. There is also on-site accommodation with en-suite rooms, extensive catering facilities and event delivery services. The overriding factor in the brief for the lighting solution was to upgrade to energy efficient, low maintenance LED lighting whilst improving the

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tilising a variety of Thorn’s luminaires, a scheme was designed that is compatible

overall illumination of the facility using funding recouped from the energy savings obtained. The use of Thorn’s Glacier II, modern and efficient decorative LED pendant luminaires in the reception has created a bright and vibrant space. Glacier II is a high performance luminaire (91-124lm/W) with a long, maintenance-free lifetime of 50,000 hours that offers an efficient alternative to HID pendants. Thorn’s Areaflood Pro with a special coating for harsh atmospheres was chosen for the illumination of the swimming pool. A low-energy, low-cost LED alternative to HID floodlights, the IP66 rated Areaflood Pro is highly efficient (>110 lm/W) and has a substantial 100,000-hour lifetime for both the LED (L90B10) and drivers (Ta25°C). Areaflood Pro offers high class-leading optical performance and control with minimal spill light in a compact, lightweight design. Duoproof, a range of sealed, IP65 rated, recessed fluorescent luminaires and Chalice LED downlights have been installed in the

swimming changing areas to creating the ideal ambience. Duoproof and Chalice have also illuminate the general changing areas along with Omega LED, a versatile fitting with a slim 12mm profile and a UV- stabilised opal acrylic diffuser so it will retain its clean look. The IP44 rated Omega LED provides excellent glare control (UGR<19/22) and is easily retrofitted, whilst maintenance is significantly reduced by the 50,000 hours’ life. The studios have been lit using IQ Wave, Thorn’s

next generation smart recessed LED luminaire which focuses on intelligent controls, optics, design and installation. Distinctly different to flat panels, IQ Wave benefits from a modern wave design, providing great lighting quality, high user comfort and a communicative environment for the activities taking place in the studios.

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