Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance MVHR Shortlisted in CIBSE Awards
- Published: Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:07
Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted in the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2017.
Now in its 10th year, these prestigious awards recognise excellence in the built environment and the company’s award-winning Sentinel Kinetic Advance has been named as a finalist in the ‘Energy Efficient Product or Innovation of the Year’ category. This follows on from a number of recent nominations for the innovative Advance, which has received accolades in the HVR Awards, the Electrical Industry Awards and Ireland’s Energy Show 2016.
Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance is a new breed of Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) unit. With best in class performance and offering near silent, energy efficient and high pressure operation, it is perfect for care homes and student accommodation as well as New Build residential properties. ‘Advance’ extracts warm, moist air from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting which passes through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers over 93% of the heat energy that would otherwise be wasted.
“It is such an honour to have the Sentinel Kinetic Advance once again recognised in prestigious awards, particularly as the judges have commented about the high quality of entries and how they found it particularly hard to single out the winning entries this year. We are delighted to have made the cut!” said Jenny Smith, Marketing Manager, Vent-Axia. “This nomination comes at a very special time for the company as we are celebrating 80 years of innovation this year, so it is fitting that we are acknowledged as being leaders of innovation through these awards.”
Designed for air-tight thermally efficient new build properties, the Advance is the first UK-manufactured web-enabled App-controlled MVHR unit, providing energy efficient ventilation and pioneering control. Featuring groundbreaking commissioning and control via the App, Advance encourages best practice and high performance through simplified commissioning, saving installers time on site. USB functionality also allows pre-commissioning, thus saving time on developments with same specification builds.
There are many other benefits that this new technology brings. Firstly a key specification driver is efficiency. The Advance tops the PCBD list as the best performing MVHR system in its class, boasting a specific fan power of 0.38W/l/w with 93% heat recovery and airflow of 100l/s at 150Pa, offering high pressure development. This new breed of MVHR is not only efficient, it is also extremely quiet with trickle settings up to 40% staying below 20dBA, achieving the Holy Grail of high efficiency and low sound levels.
Offering a range of features that improve indoor air quality (IAQ) the Advance features a unique and innovative free App which residents can download onto their smartphones to allow them to control their IAQ. Via the App residents can boost the unit and view efficiencies and temperatures. Filters up to F7 grade ensure that even buildings in heavily urbanised areas can filter out most impurities, including damaging PM2.5 particles. A filter check warning tells building occupiers via the App or email when filters need changing, thus helping to maintain the quality of incoming air.
Developed for modern thermally efficient buildings, Advance also features a revolutionary programmable summer bypass to ensure year-round thermal comfort. The summer bypass is pioneering since it is fully automatic and truly intelligent, a first. The summer bypass is set for both comfort temperature and minimum external temperature. These settings enable the controls to determine whether it is winter or summer allowing it to run without resident intervention.
For further cooling the Advance summer bypass has an evening purge feature that boosts early evening and then runs on a timer until about 10pm so there is no nuisance noise at night. Additional cooling is also available for periods of several days of high temperatures and warm nights. Here the Advance utilises a Night-Time Purge. This allows a building to be pre-cooled for the following day by taking advantage of cooler night-time temperatures.
Attended by the biggest names in the industry, the CIBSE Awards ceremony will take place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane in London on Tuesday 7th February 2017.