VORTICE INSTALLER COURSE HELPS PODIUM PLUMBING ACHIEVE GREAT INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN A SELF BUILD PROPERTY

VORTICE has always prided itself on being renowned as the ‘air experts’ and is passionate about wanting to offer its customers not only the best ventilation solution, but also the best service and after care package. VORTICE Area Business Manager Darren Clare did just this with Podium Plumbing to help achieve a great heat recovery installation this year.

Harry from Suffolk-based Podium Plumbing, was looking to install a heat recovery system on his self-build project, but also wanted to understand more about the unit’s commissioning and maintenance. He, along with others, attended the VORTICE BPEC course run by the VORTICE technical team and Darren Clare at its Burton upon Trent Offices. The Vort Avel 350 had been chosen for the project due to the high heat exchange rate and full filtration of the unit.

Darren commented

“Harry at Podium was really keen to start using heat recovery units, not just on his own house, but also on future projects for clients. He felt it was important that he was as knowledgeable as possible first, so the BPEC course was the ideal initial step for him. We then worked alongside Podium in the design, installation and commissioning of the project. Harry and the other attendees said the results were terrific and they have already specified and used VORTICE heat recovery units on other builds.”

VORTICE INDUSTRIAL INTEGRATED REFRIGERANT CIRCUIT HRU INSTALLED IN MIDDLESBROUGH

VORTICE has recently worked with Quartz Electrical and Mechanical Services to install an impressive heat recovery air handling unit at Middlesbrough College.  The RXH/Hi is an integrated refrigerant circuit heat recovery unit, ensuring that Middlesbrough College not only has good indoor air quality, but it also reaps the benefits of heat recovery thereby reducing the energy costs and the C02 footprint.  The unit was installed in a new extension to the college creating a state-of-the-art digital IT centre.

For buildings that require air exchange and are not equipped with dedicated air conditioning systems, the installation of these RXH/Hi units allows the introduction of primary air at a controlled temperature without disturbing the internal conditions in the occupied spaces, this makes it unnecessary to use additional systems to heat or cool the incoming primary air.  On new installations the complete air exchange requirement is carried out, allowing a reduction in the size of the main air conditioning system. The unit also benefits from air cooling which can be adjusted in the summer or winter, ensuring that the unit operates at maximum efficiency.

Paul Gunner Sales Director of VORTICE commented

“We enjoyed working with Quartz and Middlesbrough College to ensure the best and most competitive solution for their requirements.  They are extremely happy with the result and we are looking forward to helping them further with additional ventilation systems.”

HR200 BP UNIT INSTALLED IN 45 PROPERTIES ACROSS TWO SITES IN THE SLEAFORD AREA

VORTICE has supplied heat recovery units for 45 new affordable homes in the Heckington and Sleaford area. The design specification for the homes meant that the unit needed to be installed under the stairs, so, due to its compact dimensions, the Vort HR200 BP unit was an ideal choice.

The HR200 BP is designed to ventilate constantly and this ensures the recovery of up to 93% of the heat which would have otherwise been lost from the property. It offers 100% filtration even in summer bypass mode, ensuring good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the tenants all year round.  The unit boasts high energy efficiency levels, reducing the residents’ energy bills, as well as producing low sound levels and providing easy access to filters for maintenance. 

Darren Clare of VORTICE commented

“The HR200 BP units were an ideal choice for the size constraints for this project, whilst taking into account the Fabric First Design and Build approach. I worked closely with all the team at RJ Wilson M & E along with our technical team to ensure both a compliant design and a smooth install.”

FLEXIBLE AND HIGH EFFICIENT AIR HANDLING UNIT FROM VORTICE 

Maximum configuration flexibility, high energy efficiency, easy and quick handling during transport and installation: these are just some of the features of the CTAE air handling unit from VORTICE. 

In addition, the CTAE series offers an efficient and innovative construction technology that allows it to be included in any building project or production process. The advanced design ensures maximum energy efficiency and reduced operating cost. The sizes of air handling units are virtually unlimited, allowing all requirements to be met with a range of airflow rates from 500 m3/h up to 190.000 m3/h.

The CTAE units represent a tailor-made solution for every commercial and industrial application, from meeting rooms, cinemas, hotels, restaurants and offices to pharmaceutical, chemical and mechanical manufacturing.  


Vortice Sales Director Paul Gunner said:

“The range of air handling units in the VORTICE range is extensive, as is the range of suitable control packages. We’re also excited to be able to offer selection software which provides all the technical data, performance sizing and dimensions of the units, helping the installer in the design of the complete system.”

Working from home? Keep it well ventilated …

The lockdown and the ‘new normal’ we all face at the moment has seen dramatic changes in our lives – one of these being ‘working from home’. As many people are still working from home, VORTICE continues to be passionate about keeping people safe whilst working in these uncertain times.

VORTICE knows that there are fundamental things people can do to improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) within the home. A better IAQ is linked to improved concentration and productivity and more health benefits such as better sleep.

See our tips below to help create healthy indoor air quality whilst spending so much time at home.

  1. Open your windows

It has been widely published by the Government that opening windows can drastically reduce the build up of contaminants and is the most effective way of reducing this build up in the home. The UK Government states that opening windows prevents the build up of virus particles from accumulating in the air in your home and therefore helps stop the spread of Covid. The more fresh air that is brought inside the home, the quicker any airborne virus will be removed from the room.

2. Use ventilation fans where possible

Many people forget to use their extractor fans or they turn them off, but it is imperative that these are utilised in order to create an air path throughout the home to improve indoor air quality.

Using these fans will also help reduce a build up of warm air, condensation and then damp.

3. Keep pollutants to a minimum

One key aspect we can do to improve our IAQ is to reduce pollutants within the home. Pollutants come in the form of pet hair, dust, cleaning products and fireplaces which emit CO2. A build up of such pollutants can include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Longer exposure to such pollutants can cause asthma, respiratory diseases and heart disease.

Pet hair is a pollutant within the home. Whilst it may be comforting to cuddle your pet whilst working, try and keep pet hair and dander to a minimum by vacuuming regularly.

Continuous use of air fresheners, gas stoves and strong cleaning products can also cause a build up of pollutants.

4. Other points to consider

  • Check houseplants for mould and repot if needed
  • Do not allow pets to sleep in the bedroom, especially with asthma sufferers

VORTICE supplies ventilation systems to aid learning and development at Lawford Green Nursery in Essex

It is no secret that Early Years Education (0-5 years) plays a key role in children’s brain development and can hugely impact their first learning experiences.  This in turn can deeply affect their future cognitive, emotional and social development. One important factor in Early Years Education is the environment in which the children learn; including lighting, heating and ventilation.

Paul Willey from Rose Builders worked alongside VORTICE to support Lawford Green Nursery in providing a ventilation solution for its classrooms. VORTICE Area Business Manager Darren Clare worked alongside Mark Coutts at TH electrical to listen carefully to the brief and specified the VORT NRG heat recovery units as a solution.

The void mounted heat recovery units extract from one side of the classroom and constantly supply fresh filtered to the other in order to create a constant air path through the space. The units guarantee high levels of efficiency and heat exchange with reduced energy consumption and are available in vertical or horizontal versions. The units also boast high acoustic insulation so they won’t disrupt or distract the occupants within the classrooms. VORTICE also specified CO2 monitors and higher grade filtration to aid the reduction of carbon monoxide within the classroom.

Marketing Manager Jennifer Quinn said: “The Duchess of Cambridge has set up The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Years to drive awareness of how we can impact Early Years development, so there has been a huge amount of focus on Early Years settings. Here at VORTICE we believe that creating the ideal healthy learning environment can make a big difference. Studies have shown that good indoor air quality can improve concentration, development and alleviate health issues in teachers and children.”

For more information click here: https://www.vortice.ltd.uk/shop/commercial-ventilation/vort-nrg-flat/nrg-flat/

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK CHOOSES VARIO FANS FOR HEALTHY CLASSROOMS AND LECTURE THEATRES

ATC Electrical and Mechanical our Irish Partners and exclusive distributor in Ireland, in conjunction with a local electrical wholesaler and contractor, has recently supplied the Vario range of mechanical fans by VORTICE to the University of Limerick, in order to prepare for a return of students to the classroom.  The Vario mechanical ventilation fans were installed in the windows of classrooms and lecture halls to maximise the intake of fresh air and guard against rising levels of CO2. 

Vario fans were chosen after extensive research and they were colour coded to match the exact RAL colour of the external windows and frames to blend in seamlessly with the external façade.  Easy to install, Vario has low noise levels so was the ideal solution for a classroom situation where noise interruption causes problems.  The fans are operated by CO2 sensors within the lecture halls so that the required air changes occur when needed and adequate ventilation is provided for occupants.

The University of Limerick was keen to improve the air quality within its buildings and to keep staff and students as safe as possible.  Research has shown that the wrong temperatures, humidity, air pollution and CO2, can all impair learning. High rates of carbon dioxide are also known to cause drowsiness, loss of concentration and headaches, so for students at the University of Limerick the Vario fans will play an important part in providing a healthy learning experience.

For more information click here: https://www.vortice.ltd.uk/product-category/commercial-ventilation/vario/

VORTICE HELPS IMPROVE AIR QUALITY AT CLEVELAND ROAD SITE IN WOLVERHAMPTON

Ventilation manufacturer VORTICE is delighted to be working alongside GA Nicholas and contractor E Plan Energy on the Cleveland Road, Wolverhampton site installing a range of continuous mechanical extract and heat recovery units. Situated opposite the iconic Royal Hospital building on the former bus depot,  the site comprises of 74 apartments and 18 houses and is part funded by Homes England.

Project Development Manager Ken Johnson said:

“We are delighted to be working alongside GA Nicholas on this site in Wolverhampton. We have specified our compact Vort HR 200 BP heat recovery units and the Vort Leto MEV continuous extract unit.  Good clean air is paramount especially in today’s world which is why not only did we specify continuous ventilation, but we also specified NOX filters to further filter polluted air entering the property through the system.”

The units create a constant air path by continuously extracting at a trickle rate from the wet rooms and boosting when needed. The range of heat recovery units go a stage further and not only extract, but temper the warmth from the air back into the living rooms and bedrooms.  

FOOTBALL CLUB EMBRACES VORTICE AIR PURIFIER FOR CHANGING ROOMS AND PRESS ROOM

Italian football club Udinese Calcio, currently in Serie A, has installed the DEPURO PRO range of air purifiers and sanitisers by their main sponsor VORTICE in its Statio Friuli stadium in Udine, North East Italy.  The air purifiers are used in the locker rooms, the entrance to the commercial area as well as in the press room of the Dacia Arena.  This is part of the efforts to make playing at and visiting the club as safe and hygienic as possible.

The DEPURO PRO EVO with photocatalysis module kills up to 99.995% of pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, by removing and killing them, thus ensuring people’s health and safety, constantly maintaining a good indoor air quality.  Tested and certified by the University of Milan in co-operation with the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences of the Luigi Sacco hospital in Milan, the DEPURO PRO EVO is being utilised in a number of health and sports facilities, places of worship, schools and commercial buildings as the world continues to tackle COVID-19.

Marketing Manager Jennifer Quinn said

“Air quality has never been so high on the agenda as it is today and we are delighted that Udinese are using the DEPURO PRO range of purifiers in their facilities. This shows how important air quality is to both Udinese and VORTICE and how imperative it is for the club to maintain good indoor air quality for both staff, players and visitors.”

NEW DEPURO PRO AIR PURIFIER CREATING PERFECT WORKING ENVIRONMENT

VORTICE INSTALLED THE NEW DEPURO PRO AIR PURIFIER IN ITS OWN BURTON UPON TRENT OFFICES AND REPORTED EXCELLENT RESULTS.

Kevin Hippey, General Manager, commented: “As part of our planning to bring our staff back into the office after working from home for several months, it was important to practice what we preach. 

“We, more than many, understand how vital clean indoor air quality is to the health of those who work in our office environment, so as well as the usual COVID secure practices, one of the first things we did was install the DePuro Pro air purifier.”

Vortice currently runs the unit at 53% during the day and it is then programmed to run at a higher rate when the office is empty to purge the atmosphere. 

The DePuro Pro unit uses two stage filtering, the pre (first) filter is an ISO coarse 65% (F7) which removes the larger partials from the air stream, the primary filter is a HEPA H14. 

The HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter) can capture at least 99.97% of particles with a diameter greater than or equal to 0.3mm.

They can filter out impurities and particles in the air, such as viruses, respirable dust, mites eggs and excretions, mould, dust, allergens, pollen, bacteria, dust mites or cigarette smoke, asbestos, various toxic dusts and aerosols from the air, dander and allergens from the fur of dogs or cats. 

Vortice is delighted that the DePuro Pro has generated a huge amount of interest in the first three months since its launch, in particular in the health (hospital and dentistry) sector and in care homes, this is now extending to shops and offices because the benefits are self explanatory as we seek to do whatever we can to ensure the health of our staff and customers. 

Andrew Dickinson said

“We’ve seen a very large reduction in airborne contaminants including bacteria and viruses within the first 30 mins of the operation of the DePuro Pro and as the unit is working 24 hours per day, the levels are kept at low or very low levels constantly unless they are introduced by the opening of windows.”