SOCIAL HOUSING IMPACT OF MOULD AND POOR VENTILATION REVEALEDNews
Posted by: electime 21st June 2018
Leading ventilation manufacturer EnviroVent and campaigning consultancy Sustainable Homes, an organisation that helps landlords and suppliers to improve the quality and environmental performance of their homes, will reveal the illuminating results of its ‘Breaking the Mould- Should landlords be doing more?’ at the Housing 2018 exhibition (Manchester, 26-28 June)
Sustainable Homes will be hosting a panel discussion session seminar on Wednesday 27th June at 12:15 at The Fringe where experts will discuss the implications of the findings and the response needed from housing providers and also smaller workshops on the EnviroVent stand throughout the exhibition to discuss the results of the study which has involved four social landlords in the South East and Midlands.
Dan Bourke, Social Housing Regional Sales Manager at EnviroVent, explains: “The much anticipated results of the ‘Breaking the Mould – Should landlords be doing more?’ study give a fascinating insight into the issue of black mould and why it is so prevalent in social housing. Delegates are invited to join the seminar and we will also be welcoming visitors to our stand throughout the show to discuss the full results of the report, as well as advising on eradicating condensation and mould in homes.”
Many causes contribute to high humidity in homes, primarily high occupancy, poor ventilation and poor insulation. Resolving the underlying causes: reducing occupancy or replacing failed insulation is beyond the remit of the resident.
The research covers the factors that reduce mould in homes and also looks at the impact of mould on health. A major reason for mould occurring in the home is due to high humidity, which can be removed with adequate and effective mechanical ventilation systems.
Bevan Jones, Managing Director of Sustainable Homes said: “This research challenges the standard assumptions in social housing about mould in homes resident behaviour and that in fact, landlords should be doing more”.
One way of reducing indoor air pollution is to install a whole house ventilation system, like Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) from EnviroVent. A PIV system works by delivering clean, fresh, filtered air into the home from a central position. The unit gently ventilates the property and dilutes high levels of humidity so that condensation and mould cannot form. It also reduces the level of harmful household contaminants, thus creating a healthy all-year-round living environment.
The report highlights a need for both landlords and residents to better understand the most practical ways of dealing with condensation in homes. While residents can take practical action up to a point, it is to landlords’ advantage to step in sooner with remedial measures.
EnviroVent offers a range of Positive Input Ventilation (PIV), Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), Mechanical Extract Ventilation (MEV) and local extract ventilation solutions to the new build and refurbishment sectors. Its award winning products are UK manufactured and can be installed by EnviroVent’s own dedicated team of nationwide installation engineers with after sales support.
For more information on ventilation solutions from EnviroVent, visit the website www.envirovent.com or call 0345 27 27 807.