Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance MVHR shortlisted in HVR Awards

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted in the prestigious HVR Awards 2016, which celebrate innovation in the building services sector. The company’s award-winning Sentinel Kinetic Advance is a finalist in the Commercial Ventilation Product of the Year category. This is the second time the Advance has been shortlisted in a month, with the HVR nomination following hot on the heels of the Advance being named as a finalist at the Electrical Industry Awards.

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.

Jenny Smith, Marketing Manager, Vent-Axia said

“We are thrilled to have been recognised in these prestigious awards and it’s a real testament to the Sentinel Kinetic Advance that this is its second award nomination in a month. 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 per cent 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 per cent 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.

Part of Vent-Axia’s Kinetic range of MVHR units, the Advance is a whole house heat recovery system combining supply and extract ventilation in one unit. Warm, moist air is extracted from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting, passing through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers 93 per cent of the heat that would otherwise be wasted.

Attended by the biggest names in the industry, the HVR Awards ceremony will take place at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London on Thursday October 27th. For further details visit

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