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Renewed focus on ventilation


ince the country began to unlock on 19 July (Freedom Day), more emphasis is being placed on

improving building ventilation and indoor air quality (IAQ).

This is in part thanks to some of the country’s top scientists, including chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Valence, calling for better standards and expert guidance in the field, to help protect the country’s workers as they venture back into the office. It has led the Building and Engineering Services Association (BESA) to release new guidance in a bid to help building owners with their indoor environments. There’s more on this on pg 10.

This renewed focus on good ventilation is also highlighted by Elta Fans on pg 7, who see it as an opportunity to raise standards and stamp-out decades of corner-cutting. Meanwhile on pg 8, there is an overview of NAADUK’s stringent ventilation hygiene inspection standards and on pg 14 research from S+P reveals that good ventilation can halve the risk of the spread of viruses compared to simply opening the windows. Other topics featured this month include pipes & valves, social housing, training, innovations in towel rails, and there is an important announcement about the HVR Awards opposite.

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he deadline for The HVR Awards 2021 has now been extended to 20 August to allow everyone in the industry a little extra time to enter. The prestigious scheme for the recognition of excellence from across the heating and ventilating sector will be held on Thursday 7 October. Organised by HVR publisher, Datateam Business Media, the HVR Awards has served as a platform for the best products, brands and businesses from across the sector for over a decade.

All the usual categories are available to enter including a favourite from last year, the Net Zero Hero, as well this year’s new categories such as the COVID-19 Innovation Award. As virus control becomes critical in commercial buildings, this new category seeks entries from HVAC businesses who have taken

the fight against COVID-19 to new heights through the introduction of a product, service or initiative aimed at creating safe, virus free spaces for workers, students or public servants.

The newly introduced Heat Pump Product of the Year will recognise innovation in the world of heat pumps which are set to play such a significant role in the decarbonisation drive.

But don’t forget the core categories of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning products for the commercial/industrial sector. If you have launched a new product in these categories, don’t miss your chance for glory.

The HVR Awards will also reward the most promising trainee with the Trainee of the Year Award. To enter go to

Cutting edge heat & vent T

he Altecnic SATK32107 HIU has recorded industry beating results during rigorous ‘UK Standard for Heat Interface Units’ test, coordinated by BESA. The SATK32107 HIU is specifically designed to achieve maximum

efficiency on low temperature / heat pump lead networks and recorded the lowest VWART (Volume Weighted Average Return Temperature) and annual primary flow rate on the low temperature tests out of the twenty-three HIU’s previously put through the standard – a mark of a highly efficient HIU. Neil Parry, head of specification, said: “Efficient HIUs are crucially important on any heat network, but even more so, if it is a low temperature heat pump network. The performance of the SATK32107 allows you to future-proof the heat network. If the building is currently utilising high temperature sources, such as CHP or boilers, then by installing the SATK32107 now, it becomes a much lower cost and simple exercise to convert the energy centre to heat pumps at some point in the future.”

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