Xpelair Specified at Major Affordable Housing Development

Xpelair Ventilation Solutions has been specified for a major affordable homes development being built on a Greenfield site by Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht) and West Mercia Housing Group.

The £16 million scheme, supported by a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency and Bromsgrove District Council, aims to tackle the housing shortage that sees over 3,000 residents on waiting lists for homes in this area.

Developed by Wates Living Space, the project features 158 new properties comprising of one and two bedroom apartments; two, three and four bedroom houses and two bed bungalows available as shared ownership and rental.

Eamon Thompson, new business manager at bdht, commented: “This is a fantastic partnership that is delivering essential affordable homes to local people.

“Every property has been built to the highest standards and as part of this, it meant installing a high performance ventilation system that exceeded the specification requirements and would provide a better quality of clean, fresh and healthy air to our tenants.”

As part of the development, Xpelair has supplied its popular Premier Ultra DC3 range of fans.  Designed to meet the latest Building Regulations for either intermittent or decentralised MEV extract use, the Premier Ultra DC3 unit is suitable for through the wall or ducted applications in bathrooms, kitchens, toilets and utility rooms.

Steve Mongan, Head of Marketing at Xpelair Ventilation Solutions, said: “With new homes being built tighter to meet Building Regulations, ventilation is now a key priority for specifiers.

“Ultimately, if the incorrect type of ventilation system is fitted into a home, not only can excessive condensation cause mould growth, leading to cosmetic and structural damage to the fabric of a building, but this also creates extremely poor indoor air quality, which can lead to potential health issues for tenants.

“It is therefore essential that properties are properly ventilated to ensure a comfortable indoor environment.  Whilst traditionally this was achieved using intermittent extract fans with replacement air from window mounted trickle ventilators and natural infiltration, the market is now moving to whole house ventilation like MEV and MVHR, continuous running  systems that offer a quieter more energy efficient installation whilst improving the indoor air quality.

A key benefit of Xpelair’s Premier Ultra DC3 is the constant trickle feature.  When it is installed in every wet area of a property it can be classed as a decentralised MEV whole house system, allowing it to comply with current building regulations for either intermittent or continuous extract ventilation.

Steve continued: “An extremely common issue faced by many social housing organisations is tenants switching off their ventilation fan because they perceive it as expensive to run and want to save money.  With a whole house ventilation system installed, the risk of this happening is eliminated.”

Another feature of the Premier Ultra DC3 range is an integral power supply, which means no additional external electrical connections are required.  This simplifies the installation process and saves installers time on site.  Each unit has  energy efficient  DC motors, a simple to remove front cover and clip off impeller and an easy fit motor cassette for simple maintenance and cleaning.  Finished in white as standard, each unit comes complete with a 5-year motor guarantee.

Xpelair is well placed to help social housing providers meet their ventilation requirements for both new and refurbishment projects, from the initial pre-planning design stages, right through to installation and commissioning and after sales advice.  The company is also experts on legislation, enabling it to advise and help specifiers understand all the implications and requirements of regulations so systems can be installed competently.

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