Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) is covered under System 4 of the Building Regulations, Part F. Heat Recovery ventilation provides fresh, filtered air, energy efficiency and a comfortable all year round climate. Stale, moist air is extracted out of the wet rooms of a home.
These include the kitchen, bathrooms, utility and en-suite rooms. MVHR systems should always provide the minimum whole building ventilation rate, which can be calculated using the following steps:
Step 1: Determine the whole dwelling ventilation rate in Table 5.1b:
Step 2: Calculate the whole building extract rate from Table 5.1a by taking the ‘minimum high rate’ and multiplying this by the number of individual ventilated rooms in the dwelling. E.g. if an individual dMEV fan is fitted in the kitchen, bathroom and utility room, the total minimum high rate would be 13l/s, plus 8l/s for the bathroom and 8l/s for the utility room = 29l/s.
Step 3: The required extract rates are as follows:
The maximum whole dwelling extract ventilation rate (i.e. the boost rate) should be at least the greater of Step 1 and Step 2. The minimum whole dwelling extract ventilation rate should be at least the whole dwelling rate as found in Step 1.
For any design permeability, controllable background ventilators having a minimum equivalent area of 2500 mm2 should be fitted in each room, except wet rooms, from which air is extracted.
The required airflow rates are as follows:
Background ventilators are not required with System 4.
The IDEO provides a constant supply of fresh tempered air into the living spaces of a home whilst extracting condensation, smells and smoke from kitchens, bathrooms and toilets.
Achieving exceptional thermal efficiency, the enegiSava 280 unit is designed for houses or apartments with kitchen and up to seven additional extract rooms.
Recovering up to 93% of heat, the energiSava 380 reduces carbon emissions whilst providing continuous,all year round good indoor air quality. This system also performs to the highest efficiency on SAP Appendix Q.
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