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London Development Agency Chooses Vent-Axia Air Minder For Number One Lower Carbon Drive


The London Development Agency (LDA) in conjunction with The Building Centre Trust has selected Vent-Axia’s Air Minder heat recovery unit for No.1 Lower Carbon Drive, a two-bedroom life-size eco-house recently built in Trafalgar Square to showcase energy saving devices. An initiative from the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone’s Climate Change Action Plan, the building is constructed in the shape of a quaint, pre-war two-storey house, and made national headlines at the start of December when it was erected right next to Nelson’s Column.

Filled with fun and interactive exhibits that illustrate what Londoners can do in their home to tackle climate change, No. 1 Lower Carbon Drive, is divided into six zones, covering energy, ventilation, appliances, water, recycling and insulation. Within the ventilation zone Vent-Axia’s low carbon Air Minder has been selected as the product of choice to demonstrate the benefits of Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR) in the modern home. The house was constructed by Hub Design through project manager Max Turner in conjunction with Andrew Scoons of the Building Centre Trust.

“At Vent-Axia we are committed to producing energy saving technology which reduces electrical consumption and, ultimately, our carbon footprint. Using proven heat recovery technology, our Air Minder system can reduce the heating system requirement in a property to save upwards of 500kg of carbon per annum,” explains Kevin Sargeant, Managing Director of Vent-Axia, leaders in air management technology.

The Air Minder combines continuous ventilation with the most advanced heat recovery system available. Sized correctly it will gently ventilate a property at a rate of about half an air change per hour, removing moist air and unpleasant smells from the kitchen, bathrooms and toilets and extracting it to the outside. Heat is extracted from this air by the unit and used to warm fresh filtered air which is drawn into living spaces such as bedrooms and living rooms, providing continuous ventilation even when the house is sealed up for the day.

No. 1 Lower Carbon Drive was opened by the Mayor to launch London Green Homes service, part of the Mayor’s Climate Change Action Plan – a comprehensive programme of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2025. The flagship London Green Homes service is unique to the capital and will offer a free comprehensive telephone advice service, a free website and a paid-for green ‘concierge’ service to provide a hassle-free tailor-made package of carbon saving lifestyle improvements.

No 1 Lower Carbon Drive was on show in Trafalgar Square until 16 December. It is scheduled to move to several locations across London before remaining at the Building Centre in Store Street, London as a permanent display.

Vent-Axia’s Air Minder is part of Vent-Axia Lo-Carbon™ collection of energy saving ventilation solutions. The aim of the Lo-Carbon initiative is to offer the latest low carbon ventilation technology in order to reduce building energy consumption and so carbon emissions. Vent-Axia Lo-Carbon™ will be showcasing its collection of energy saving ventilation solutions on Stand E356 at Ecobuild 2007, 26-28 February, where the company will also allow visitors access to its comprehensive information resource the VA Knowledge Bank.

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