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Vent-Axia’s Cooker Hood 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 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 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% purge of cooker fumes. 

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/cupboard above a hob, the unit fits inside a kitchen unit for a seamless and discreet finish. The telescopic hood is pulled out when required to trigger the MVHR unit to switch to a predefined 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 surface; and is available with a white or brushed aluminium front trim. Additional SELV models are available for scenarios where it is required for the cooker hood to be as close as 550mm to an electric hob. 

With the highest rating on SAP PCDB in its class, the Sentinel Kinetic Cooker Hood is highly energy efficient and also incorporates SELV models, reducing the distance needed between the hood and the electric hob from 650mm to 550mm - making it even more economical with space. The unit also features an integral fire damper within the hood, this safety feature completely seals the hood as soon as flames or high temperature fumes enter the MVHR unit and thus prevents fire or products of combustion being spread around the property. The hood is connected to the heat recovery unit by a galvanised steel duct with access for cleaning and, 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. 

The Sentinel Kinetic Cooker Hood also offers 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 and minimal disturbance. 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.

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.
Glyn Fryer, HE Simm Project Manager

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