Vent-Axia’s Kitchen Box Fan Shortlisted in HVR Awards
- Published: Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:49
Innovative British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is pleased to announce its Lo-Carbon EKF Kitchen Box Fan has been shortlisted for the prestigious HVR Awards 2014.
Organised by Heating and Ventilating Review (HVR) magazine and taking place on 26th November at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London, the awards are designed to reward and celebrate the success, innovation and technology within the H&V sector.
A panel of expert judges selected Vent Axia’s Lo-Carbon EKF Kitchen Box Fan as a finalist in the Commercial Ventilation Product of the Year category of the awards. This year the judging panel included: Mike Smith, BSRIA’s director of engineering; Michael Duggan, FETA’s technical manager; and the new Head of Specialist Group Services for B&ES, Mark Oakes. The panel had a challenging task selecting finalists since entries were from a wide selection of inventive products. Regulation was a driving force as many of the innovations entered were developed in response to changing policies.
Vent-Axia’s EKF fan was chosen since it offers a simple solution to both energy saving and regulatory compliance in professional kitchens. Fully compliant for ErP 2015, it also meets the new Part L Building Regulation requirements for low Specific Fan Power (SFP).
Reliable and simple to install the EKF Fan has been designed to offer professional kitchens a simple solution to both energy saving and regulatory compliance. The EKF Kitchen Box Fan comfortably meets the requirements for kitchen ventilation systems, as set out in 2013 edition of the Non-Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide, which calls for kitchen ventilation systems in both new and existing buildings to have an SFP of less than 1.0W/l/s.
The EKF Fan incorporates a highly efficient long-life EC motor coupled with an efficient backward curved impeller and an integral potentiometer that provides full manual speed control. These features reduce the Kitchen Box Fan’s energy and running costs by up to 44% when compared to AC motor fans with transformer speed control. As a result end-users will be delighted to experience a return, on the extra investment required to capitalise on this new technology, in as little as 12 months.
Developed for kitchen extract systems the EKF Fan is designed to operate continuously in elevated duct temperatures of up to 120°C. This innovative product has been designed specifically to accommodate energy efficient long-life EC motors to ensure running costs are reduced. This is possible because the EKF Fan’s motor is positioned outside the airstream, thus protecting it from grease and the high temperatures experienced in professional kitchens.
The Kitchen Box Fan also features a simple user-friendly potentiometer speed control giving end-users full control of the fan’s extract rate. This ensures that the air quality within the kitchen is kept at a suitable level for staff while maintaining efficiency levels and avoiding over ventilation. Alternatively the potentiometer can be replaced by a sensor with a 0-10v output for fully automated control of the air quality. The fan’s casing is also acoustically insulated so that it is quiet in operation providing comfortable ambience in an often hectic kitchen environment.
Designed for internal or external mounting as standard the Kitchen Box Fan also allows installation flexibility. Duct connections can be made in any direction, blowing straight through, or turning through 90° with the ducts positioned either vertically, horizontally or both, adding to its versatility.
Attended by the biggest and most influential names in the heating and ventilation industry, the HVR Awards are one of the most important dates on the industry’s calendar and the evening promises to be a memorable event.