The Passivhaus Institute has awarded Xpelair’s Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) unit, Natural Air 180, the Passivhaus Standard.
Passivhaus certification can be awarded to a building or component that meets the criteria of the standard, which aims to reduce the requirement for space heating and cooling whilst also creating good indoor air quality and comfort levels.
With more pressure on housing providers to reduce carbon emissions, homes and buildings are becoming more airtight, resulting in less natural ventilation and an increased build-up of indoor air pollutants. Xpelair’s Natural Air 180 unit has been primarily designed to address these issues.
Designed with NOX filtration for optimised safety and PIR sensor activity for enhanced efficiency and cold-climate pre-heating, each unit can also be customised with the company’s range of ancillaries.
Lee Stones, Product Marketing Manager for Xpelair, commented: “We are delighted to have been recognised by the Passivhaus Institute, as Xpelair is dedicated to improving the indoor air quality of buildings and homes across the UK whilst also ensuring they are as energy-efficient as possible. The Passivhaus Standard is further recognition of our dedication to continue to design, engineer and manufacture industry-leading products that will not only help the UK meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets but also provide real benefits to the occupants of homes and buildings.”
MVHR is gaining traction as a method of allowing for energy recovery and addressing health concerns through a cost-effective, mechanical, balanced ventilation. Combining mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, it offers both the opportunity to extract air through a central heat exchanger and recover heat into the air supply.
Using MVHR design, Natural Air 180 also features Xpelair’s Ghost Air Movement technology to deliver near-silent running. It also features the company’s Intelligent Adaptiflow Sensing for assured installed performance through constant volume technology, and an active humidistat, which will boost the unit when there is a rapid increase in humidity.
The system is 552 by 609 by 285mm and comes with a two-year warranty.