An Updated Guide to Window Ventilation in 2012 - May 2012

This article appeared in Glass News, May 2012

As a follow-up to January’s ‘A Guide to window ventilation in 2012’, Tyson Anderson, Sales and Marketing Director at Titon, reviews the industry to date and what to expect over the next six months.

“The Games” are finally here and the greatest sporting show on earth is under starters orders. It has taken over seven years of meticulous planning and a colossal amount of UK public funding, but we’re now set for a fantastic spectacle and a momentous summer. So before the country goes games crazy, it seems like an ideal time to give Glass News readers an updated guide to window ventilation in 2012 and what to expect for the rest of the year.

Notwithstanding the hive of activity around East London, the fluctuating construction industry has created some tough trading conditions for fabricators and installers in recent months. But looking forward, there are still some updates and important changes on the horizon, and getting ahead of the game might help put companies on top of the podium.

Backing the winner

As we move further away from the date that vents were first required in the Building Regulations, there are more and more refurbishment situations that require trickle vents for background ventilation. Only windows fitted to properties prior to 1990 would be totally exempt, so it’s still an ideal opportunity for fabricators and installers to take the lead and recommend incorporating trickle vents as an added value feature. This can be achieved by advising customers that they are an effective way of reducing the risk of condensation, air staleness and black mould caused by poor ventilation, without the need for any major cost or upheaval.

Another development and a potential opportunity for fabricators and installers is the increasing demand for coloured vents, in both PVCu and timber windows. Integrating the ventilator and canopy into the overall design of a coloured window is an option which, up until now, hasn’t been widely available in a durable finish, so it makes it an excellent selling tool for installers and fabricators. Titon has substantially increased the spectrum of colours available in the more challenging area of plastic vents. And as a result we’ve already supplied a wide range of models on various projects throughout this year – further highlighting their popularity and market demand.

All systems go

With the increasing complexities of Building Regulations, ventilation strategies and system layouts now have to be a major consideration at the early stages of building design. Despite a growing number of developments incorporating System 4 MVHR units, there are still a few major house builders utilising the more traditional System 1 form of ventilation. And that’s because the development has either gained planning prior to the introduction of the 2010 Regulations, or the developer is implementing other energy efficient technologies to obtain the SAP rating.

For installers and fabricators, it is even more important than ever to be aware of the changing requirements to ensure the correct size and quantity of vents are fitted to comply with the 2010 Regulations. For instance, System 3 (CME/MEV units) requires fewer vents than System 1, so effective communication throughout the supply chain is crucial to reduce any wasted materials, time on site and unnecessary costs. The last thing a developer wants is windows fitted with trickle vents in System 4 dwellings - which don’t require them at all - rendering the more ‘sealed’ system ineffective!

Making history

For over 40 years, Titon has not only been advising fabricators on window ventilation, but also developing an extensive range of products to provide customers with a unique insight into the pros and cons of each type of ventilation. So if you’re looking for some gold medal coaching during this 30th Olympiad, as well as some guidance on the changing regulations, why not give us a call - we’d be pleased to help.

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