Supporting simple test data and wider adoption of fan standards will be the focus for Tony Breen, Nuaire Test Manager, as he takes up the role of ISO and BSI Fan Committees Chairman.
The ISO and BSI committees are the international and British standards organisations that issue standards on fan products. This affects anyone who buys, makes or uses ventilation equipment that includes a fan. Mr Breen, a long-standing technical employee of ventilation manufacturer Nuaire, has just begun a three-year post as chairman.
Creating a “level playing field” for fan manufacturers and fan buyers by creating simple, standardised test data are of particular interest to Mr Breen, who believes wider adoption of ISO standards around the world will benefit the marketplace.
He said: “During my term, I hope to see increased membership of ISO/TC 117 and further improve the cooperation between the CEN and ISO fan committees so that they can share common standards. This will benefit manufacturers who would only work to one set of rules and produce data to one common standard. A better understanding of product data would allow the building industry to make more informed decisions when buying fans.”
Mr Breen described feeling “honoured” to be following in the footsteps of Fläkt Woods technical director Dr Bill Cory, the former chair of the BSI and ISO fan committees. “Dr Cory has been a major influence in the fan world for the last 30 years”, he said.
According to data from the ISO technical committee for fans, ISO/TC 117, the energy usage by fans has been calculated as nearly 20 per cent of worldwide demand, driving a need to produce more environmentally-friendly fans in the future. ISO has worked with its 160 member countries to improve energy-performance through a new grading system for fans between 125 watts and 500 megawatts, giving these consumers the same clarity that has been enjoyed by homeowners buying domestic white goods.
Mr Breen explained: “This new Standard has given some much-needed clarity to the marketplace and has helped fan manufacturers to focus on a common set of goals that, ultimately, will benefit the environment. The wider these standards are adopted, the more environmental benefits we can expect to see.”