Breathing Buildings’ NVHR Wins at HVR Awards

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  Posted by: electime      31st October 2018

The UK’s leading provider of controlled hybrid ventilation systems, is celebrating its victory as it won ‘Commercial/Industrial ventilation Product of the Year’ category at the HVR Awards 2018. The Cambridge-based company’s new NVHR® (Natural Ventilation with Heat Recycling) scooped the award at a glittering awards ceremony on Thursday 25th October at London’s Chelsea Harbour Hotel.

In response to the changing legislation and regulation, a wave of innovation has occurred, creating much closer competition for this year’s product categories. Ultimately, it was breathing Buildings that came out on top, winning the Commercial/industrial Ventilation Product of the Year Award fro NVHR®- which according to the judges, stood out in a hotly-contested category for its technical features, ability to tackle energy efficiency and environmental issues and to provide excellent indoor air quality in schools and other facilities.

We are delighted our NVHR® system has been acknowledged at the HVR Awards,” said Matthew Bray, Commercial Director at Breathing Buildings. “At Breathing Buildings we are committed to designing solutions to create efficient, healthy and comfortable environments in schools that enable children to benefit from effective teaching and learning spaces. The new BB101 2018 guidance sets more stringent air quality targets, is tougher on summertime overheating, and recommends pre-mixing of incoming air to eliminate cold draughts, all of which are achieved by our new NVHR®. We are therefore thrilled to have gained industry recognition.

Recognising the vital importance of good indoor air quality (IAQ) and thermal comfort, the new NVHR® from Breathing Buildings is designed specifically to meet the robust ventilation criteria set out for schools. Its patented ultra-efficient facade-based mixing ventilation allows single-sided, enhanced natural ventilation in deep plan spaces whilst making the most of internal heat gains to deliver superb thermal comfort and indoor air quality. Its award win is therefore particularly timely since it comes shortly after the launch of the new 2018 edition of BB101: Guidelines on ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools. The 2018 BB101 has added hybrid ventilation as a design solution for schools and focuses on the vital balance of indoor air quality, thermal comfort and efficiency.

This new product is the next generation of energy efficient hybrid ventilation, offering almost 50 per cent reduction in energy savings and so operating costs. Boasting the highest energy efficiency and airflow within the acoustic limits required for its school application, due to its use of both natural and mechanical ventilation. Allowing low-energy hybrid natural ventilation, even in buildings with limited façade and roof space, highly efficient mixing fans mitigate cold draughts in winter and provide a ventilation boost in the summer. Fitted with external and internal and an intelligent controller, the system monitors conditions to create an ideal indoor environment, boosting both productivity and wellbeing. It optimises indoor air quality, comfort and efficiency by automatically switching between natural, hybrid and mechanical ventilation, maximising benefits.

Designed with classrooms in mind, the system enhances the single-sided, natural ventilation dramatically but due to its small size it can also be deployed in offices, meeting rooms, public areas and other deep plan spaces. NVHR® has three modes: summer mode, winter mode and summer boost. The heat recycling strategy for ventilation offers huge heating-bill savings in the winter months. The mid-season natural ventilation enables the unit to maximise the benefits of passive ventilation, whilst the summertime boost fully opens the unit’s damper to maximise ventilation and cooler air.

With easy-to-use controls and a manual override NVHR® allows schools without a building management system to benefit from the technology while also offering full building management system integration. Room temperature and CO2 sensors in schools and compliance with BB101 ensure further comfort.

For further information on new NVHR®, as well as other products and services offered by Breathing Buildings, visit