Vent-Axia’s cooker hood with MVHR provides fresh air for residents at Clippers Quay

Vent-Axia has supplied ventilation to the impressive Clippers Quay in Salford. Vent-Axia ventilation systems were specified to provide good indoor air quality (IAQ) for all 614 apartments. The largest build to rent development outside London, the scheme comprises 614 apartments and is set to be home to more than 1,200 residents and seven new retail businesses. One of the UK’s largest providers of MEP services, HE Simm, specified and installed the ventilation for Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed professional landlord, who owns and manages the property.

At the project, 550 Lo-Carbon Sentinel Kinetic Cooker Hoods and 64 Lo-Carbon Sentinel Advance mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) units were specified to provide ventilation. The five-building development also offers a 24-hour gym, communal living rooms, co-working space, a cinema room and more.

The Lo-Carbon Sentinel Kinetic Cooker Hood from Vent-Axia combines a cooker hood with MVHR unit in one. It was selected for the majority of the apartments at Clippers Quay since there was no extra cupboard space for an MVHR unit. Successfully meeting the specified overheating requirements and strict noise requirements for the development, the Sentinel Kinetic Cooker Hood works seamlessly as an MVHR unit supplying energy efficient ventilation to the home and, when the cooker hood is needed, it is simply pulled out to provide a 100 per cent purge of cooker fumes.

Glyn Fryer, HE Simm’s Project Manager for the project, said:

“We were keen to specify MVHR ventilation for the project but there was no extra cupboard space in the apartments to install it. The Vent-Axia Cooker Hood was therefore ideal as it combines a cooker hood and MVHR in one unit and it met the specified overheating and strict noise requirements.”

Jordan Lilford, Product Marketing Manager at Vent-Axia, said:

“The Sentinel Kinetic Cooker Hood proved to be the ideal solution at Clippers Quay where MVHR was the desired ventilation solution but there wasn’t sufficient space for a traditional unit. It offers whole apartment ventilation combined with extraction during cooking all in one unit, saving valuable space and improving IAQ for the tenants. And for the bigger apartments at the development, the Lo-Carbon Sentinel Advance S MVHR unit is providing good IAQ for the larger living spaces. The project has gone extremely well and the commissioned units have met all the criteria.”

The unique Sentinel Kinetic Cooker Hood provides all the advantages of MVHR with all the advantages of a cooker hood. Designed to fit in a 600mm wide aperture above a hob, the unit fits inside a kitchen unit for a seamless finish. The telescopic hood is pulled out when required and this triggers the MVHR unit to switch to a pre-defined boost speed and the summer bypass automatically opens to prevent cooking by-products entering the heat recovery cell. The hood incorporates removable metal grease filters; low energy lamps to illuminate the hob top; and is available with a white or brushed aluminium front trim.

With the highest rating on SAP PCDB in its class, the Sentinel Kinetic Cooker Hood is very energy efficient and also incorporates a SELV unit, reducing the distance needed between the hood and the electric hob from 650 to 550mm, making it even more economical with space. The unit also features an integral fire damper in the hood, which creates a seal if a fire is detected, and is connected to the heat recovery unit by a galvanised steel duct with access for cleaning. As an additional safety feature, the duct also contains a thermal cut-out fuse which turns off the MVHR unit in the event of excessive temperature in the airway.

Both the Sentinel Kinetic Cooker Hood and the Sentinel Kinetic Advance S offer an integral humidity sensor option that increases speed in proportion to relative humidity levels, saving energy and reducing noise. The sensor also reacts to small but rapid increases in humidity, even if the normal trigger threshold is not reached, ensuring adequate ventilation. The night time relative humidity setback feature suppresses nuisance tripping as humidity gradually increases with falling temperature. Both units also feature a revolutionary programmable 100% summer bypass to ensure year-round thermal comfort avoiding overheating, particularly where windows cannot be opened.

The Sentinel Kinetic Advance S MVHR is ideal for air-tight thermally efficient new builds, such as Clippers Quay. It offers exceptional performance and features time-saving commissioning and control via a unique web-enabled App. Low carbon, energy saving and clean, fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers up to 92 per cent of heat energy that would otherwise be wasted. Advance also features filters up to F7 (ISO ePM1 50 per cent and 65 per cent) grade which ensure that even buildings in heavily urbanised areas can filter out most impurities, including damaging PM2.5 particles.

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