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IMPROVING THE AIR QUALITY IN RENTED ACCOMMODATION THROUGH PASSIVE HEAT RECOVERY CLIENT: MAJOR UK HOUSING ASSOCIATION LOCATION: SURREY COMPLETION DATE: SEPTEMBER 2013 SECTOR: HOUSING

For more information: EMAIL contact@ventive.co.uk LONDON +44 (0)208 560 1314 BIRMINGHAM +44 (0)121 250 5707

PROJECT BACKGROUND Ventive work with a major UK Housing Association who has provided high quality social housing for rent and sale for the past 40 years. They strive to provide their residents with excellent homes to live in from their extensive portfolio of over 20,500 homes across the UK, which over 34,000 residents call home. The Housing Association approached Ventive to help solve an ongoing problem with one of their rented properties in Camberley. A mother and young baby lived in the semi-detached house, which had been subject to concerns over condensation and recurrent mould growth within two rooms of the property. Despite routine maintenance and remedial works, the issues seemed to reoccur, which was having a negative and distressing impact on the residents, including early asthma symptoms and skin irritations for both mother and child.

I am delighted with the difference in air quality within the property. Not only has the mould problem completely disappeared, I have noticed fewer asthma symptoms as well. It’s a really simple, yet clever system that caused us minimal disruption but provided maximum results for me and my family.

PROJECT CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS Ventive arranged to trial their unique Passive Ventilation System with Heat Recovery in the property to demonstrate their non-intrusive ventilation solution which would help solve the damp and condensation problems. The Ventive products are designed to breathe fresh air into a house through the existing chimney stack. Their two products, Ventive S and Ventive S+, were installed in two rooms, where they replaced the chimney pot with a cowl and cassette that features an innovative, patented and incredibly efficient heat exchanger. The Ventive products used a combination of air buoyancy and wind (active from very low wind speeds) that created a flow of air within the interior of the house; ensuring greater than minimum standards of air quality were achieved and maintained. The equipment was easily ported into the property, with no plumbing or electrical work required. Since the property had the Ventive S and Ventive S+ installed, the mould and condensation problems have not returned and the health and wellbeing of the residents has improved significantly.

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WHY CHOOSE A PASSIVE VENTILATION SYSTEM WITH HEAT RECOVERY (PVHR) FOR YOUR PROPERTY? LANDLORD BENEFITS: •E  radicate damp, and future remedial costs •N  o on-going maintenance cost

Ventive’s Passive Ventilation System with Heat Recovery is perfect for housing associations and is simple, quiet, non-intrusive and a lot more cost-effective. Some of the immediate advantages to both Landlords and Tenants are listed below: VENTIVE & LANDLORDS 1 Minimum disruption and time to install 2 Minimal number of trades involved (saves effort, time and money) 3 Minimum damage to property and remedial works 4 No maintenance requirement (no filters to change or parts to replace)

TENANT BENEFITS:

5 No ongoing cost of upkeep (electrical testing, balancing etc)

•R  educed heat loss, for lower fuel bills

7 No energy use therefore no CO2 emissions in operation

• No  on-going cost to run

9 Market leading energy efficiency (80% to 95%)

6 No breakdown call outs

8 Enhanced thermal performance of the building (no pressure induced heat loss)

10 Eradicates damp and associated remedial costs 11 Reduces the requirement for redecorating (by reducing internal moisture and smoke).

For more information: EMAIL contact@ventive.co.uk LONDON +44 (0)208 560 1314 BIRMINGHAM +44 (0)121 250 5707

VENTIVE & TENANTS 1 No running costs (saving £50 – £100 per year) 2 No fan induced noise or discomfort 3 No visual impact – discreet and non-intrusive 4 No breakdowns requiring action/remediation 5 Fresh, healthy and comfortable air all year around (no damp, dust mites, VOCs etc) 6 Minimised heating costs (saving up to £200 per year vs traditional ventilation) 7 Simple – no controls to learn to operate.

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UK Housing Association Case Study