Natural ventilation in buildings delivers fresh air to interiors, ensuring safe, healthy and comfortable living and working conditions for domestic and commercial properties. By replacing stale air with fresher air from outside, it’s possible to regulate internal temperatures and humidity.
Understandably, natural ventilation is generally much cheaper and easier to deliver and maintain than mechanical ventilation, which is driven by fans or other mechanical plant machinery. As a result, most designers and architects will consider the prospect of natural ventilation first and move on to mechanical ventilation as a last resort.
Generally, natural ventilation in residential and commercial properties is classified in two ways:
The issue of ventilation within buildings is covered by Part F of the UK’s Building Regulations. Approved Document F outlines industry standards for air quality and ventilation for buildings of all uses, as well as the need for condensation prevention.
Part F Approved Document 4.18 states that it is important that ventilation is controllable so that it can maintain reasonable indoor air quality and avoid waste of energy. These controls can be either manual or automatic. Demand-controlled ventilation systems employ sensors – such as our very own Weather Pack – to detect the level of occupancy, water vapour and other pollutants.
The overall ventilation strategy adopted by Part F Building Regulations centres around the following three types of ventilation for a building or dwelling:
As we’ve already discussed, fresh air is equally as important as ensuring interiors get enough natural daylight. That’s why at Sunsquare we’ve developed a range of rooflights that are engineered to open electronically, providing abundant natural light and ventilation when the weather is still and dry.
The Aero Electric Vent is a classic, stylish rooflight, which looks almost identical to our SkyView rooflights when closed. However, the Aero Vent incorporates state-of-the-art technology to deliver a winning combination of light and ventilation for interiors below.
Fitted with a high-quality, reliable opening mechanism that’s concealed within the sleek framework, the Aero Electric Vent offers easy operation via remote control and can be opened to a maximum opening of 400mm.
When paired with any of our electronic accessories, the Aero Electric Vent is an incredibly intelligent rooflight. If you opt to combine your Aero Vent with a rain sensor, it will trigger the closure of your rooflight from the moment it senses wet weather conditions – protecting interiors below without you having to lift a finger.
For the full weather sensor package, we recommend our Weather Pack, which also triggers the closure of your Aero Vent in the event of high winds as well as rainfall.
If you’re a self-builder or contractor that’s interested in how an Aero Electric Vent rooflight is installed, make sure you check out our comprehensive installation video here.
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