Vent-Axia welcomes the first World Ventilation Day, a day dedicated to recognising and promoting the importance of ventilation and indoor air quality (IAQ). Taking place on 8 November, the day aims to raise awareness of the importance of ventilation as a crucial part of enabling health and wellbeing. It also seeks to recognise and celebrate the ventilation and IAQ community. World Ventilation Day has been initiated by a group of researchers and professional bodies who are passionate about the importance of ventilation.
Indoor air can contain over 900 chemicals, particulates, biological materials, viruses and bacteria. Each of us breathes 9,000 litres a day, with poor IAQ affecting the health of everyone. It is therefore vital to reduce indoor air pollution by reducing the number of pollutants put into the air. On World Ventilation Day, Vent-Axia is therefore continuing to recommend three key actions to take to improve indoor air quality: reduce the number of pollutants introduced into the air, dilute the pollutants in the air by ensuring there is adequate ventilation (introducing fresh clean air into the home and buildings), purify by adding an air purifier to remove the remaining pollutants from the air.
“Vent-Axia has proudly led the way in ventilation for over 85 years. As well as launching a number of ‘firsts’ in our product lines, we have also led the way in reducing our environmental impact and always strive to be at the forefront of providing essential advice on ventilation to both the industry and to our customers”, says Lena Hebestreit, Marketing Manager at Vent-Axia. “Our message of reduce, dilute and purify is simple but essential for achieving a healthy indoor environment. We are delighted to support the first ever World Ventilation Day and continue to educate everyone on the vital role ventilation plays in our homes and businesses.”
The launch of the first World Ventilation Day is well timed since the COVID pandemic put a spotlight on the essential role of ventilation. This led the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance to commission the ‘Infection Resilient Environments: buildings that keep us healthy and safe’, which was published in July 2021. This research set out to identify the measures needed to reduce transmission of infectious diseases in the UK’s built environment and transport systems with ventilation were found to be a key part of achieving this.
Prior to the pandemic, the vital importance of clean air for children’s health was highlighted in the 2020 report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Royal College of Physicians, ‘The inside story: health effects of indoor air quality on children and young people’. It found growing evidence that respiratory problems among children may be exacerbated by indoor air pollution in homes, schools and nurseries. Furthermore, the ‘Indoor Air Quality at Home’ guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) also highlighted how reducing exposure to indoor pollutants helps protect health. In it, NICE confirmed the critical role ventilation plays in removing pollutants and improving IAQ in the home, helping people to stay healthy.
To help protect health, Vent-Axia has been working hard to provide ventilation solutions to improve IAQ in homes and buildings. Over the last 86 years, ventilation has evolved significantly and has seen Vent-Axia launch the first Lo-Carbon range of fans with DC motors, the first smart app-controlled fans, and the first fans manufactured from recycled plastic.
Vent-Axia is always looking at ways to reduce its environmental impact. Sustainability has always been core to product innovation and Vent-Axia is committed to continuously improving its products’ energy performance, reducing waste throughout a product’s lifecycle, and significantly increasing the use of recycled plastic from the circular economy in the manufacture of products. By 2025, over 70% of its products sold will be from one of its Lo-Carbon ranges, and 90% of the products that it manufactures will be made from a recycled source.
Vent-Axia recently re-launched its Lo-Carbon PoziDry ProTM Loft Positive Input Ventilation (PIV), which is now made from recycled plastic. Using recycled plastic for the PoziDry Pro Loft PIV is designed to lower social housing’s carbon footprint, helping social housing providers meet their carbon targets, while providing a solution for hard-to-treat mould. Manufactured from recycled ABS plastic, the units are still market-leading but are now more sustainable as well. Meanwhile, Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon Multivent mechanical extract ventilation (MEV) range, which is designed for housebuilders to meet the Future Homes Standard, is also made from recycled plastic and offers a total of nine units.