25/05/2012 Fun in the sun? Not for hayfever sufferers...
We have been enjoying some long awaited sunshine this week, but it's not been good news for everyone. Tree blossom and glorious fields of vivid yellow rape may represent the start of the British summer, but for the 16 million hayfever sufferers in the UK, it brings on a battle with itchy eyes and runny noses.
Hayfever expert, Professor Jean Emberlin, director of PollenUK said, "The weather profile this spring with the early warm weather in March, followed by record rainfall levels through April and early May, has led to near ideal conditions for grass growth causing a high production of grass pollen." The British Allergy Foundation's website, Allergy UK , has lots of advice for sufferers to alleviate the symptoms of hayfever, including different forms of antihistamines and desensitisation techniques, but number one on their list is to simply avoid allergens wherever possible. Minimising pollen, dust mites and other allergens in the home or workplace greatly reduces the symptoms of hayfever, asthma and other forms of Allergic Rhinitis.
A heat recovery ventilation system (MVHR) has a major impact on the quality of air within a building. Our systems remove dirty, stale and damp air, and replace it with a constant flow of fresh, filtered air - meaning your environment is healthy for you and your family. Pollen and particles, which affect hayfever and asthma sufferers, are filtered out from the incoming air.
To find out more about how a heat recovery ventilation system can help you survive the hayfever season, contact us on 01756 701051 for more information.
18/05/2012 What is Passive House?
Passive House is today's highest energy standard and promises to slash heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%! If application of Passive House design was more widespread it would have a dramatic impact on energy conversion!
A Passive House is a virtually air tight building, very well insulated and mainly heated by passive solar gain and electrical equipment etc, the loss of energy is minimal. This type of system works with natural resources instead of relying on active systems. Triple glazing and heat recovery ventilation are a couple of ways to reduce energy and carbon emissions.
If you are wanting to build to Passive House standard you need to make sure the products you choose meet Passive House standard. We supply Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems that meet Passive House approval, contact us on 01756 701051 for more information.
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11/05/2012 UK needs to go green to stimulate growth!
For all you eco warriors out there, sounds like you are doing the very best to stimulate growth in our country!
Chris Huhne, former cabinet minister, has warned that the UK's economic growth strategy won't work unless the government pursue 'green growth' that means investing in energy efficiency industries.
He states that without green growth there will be no growth at all! It is a good job we are all working towards a greener future by making energy efficient improvements to our homes. These changes save us energy making our hard earned money go further towards things we really want to spend it on! Investing in a Heat Recovery Ventilation System (MVHR) is one of these energy efficient improvements which really does save you money on your bills in the long run. This is something I am sure we could all benefit from given the fact that high energy prices are set to stay.
As well as focusing on energy efficiency My Huhne also wants to see us recycling metals, repairing and reusing. He finished his comments 'if we want sustainable growth, we do not have a choice. We must go green."
Here's to a green future!
04/05/2012 Changes to Building Regulations
The building regulations are set to change again! This time in 2013 and then 2016 and they are set to be very ambitious!
I'm sure energy efficiency and carbon emissions are likely to be very high on the agenda. Part F and L are set to be even closer intertwine. Part L will have a heavy emphasis on air tightness, reducing the gaps in many buildings. As insulation levels improve, there is a risk of poor indoor air quality which can effect the health of the occupants. These changes to Part L must have an impact on Part F (Means of Ventilation), maybe having an effect on the design of ventilation systems.
Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems (MVHR) are the best solution for buildings designed to be airtight, not only do they lower your heating bills, therefore saving energy, they also drastically improve indoor air quality.
Don't forget that MVHR needs to be considered at the start of your self build project as this will ensure the smooth integration of an appropriate system designed! Read this article in full here.