Get First Hand Ventilation Advice at the Southern Home Show London

Self-builders and home improvement enthusiasts can get first-hand advice on the best ventilation strategy for their properties at the forthcoming Southern Home Show in London from 31st January to 2nd February 2014.

Nuaire’s dedicated Self Build Team will be showcasing a full range of products, including Mechanical Heat Recovery (MVHR), Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) and the new Ductmaster thermal ducting range.  As well as product demos, self-builders can find out about the best methods of meeting building regulations and ensuring their ventilation strategy is effective and efficient.

Nuaire Design Estimator Llyr Davies explained: “The Southern Home Show London will be a great opportunity for home owners to get personalised tips directly from the experts. Visitors to the show can come and discuss their ventilation scheme with us, gain understanding on how the different systems work, see the design service that we can provide and ultimately get a free of charge, fully specified quote for their projects.”

Come and speak to Llyr and his team on stand number D19. For further details of Nuaire’s self-build and retrofit ventilation products you can download our Self Build Brochure or you can visit our website.

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Dynamic Insulation Spot On For Green Deal

Nuaire, the market leader in the design and manufacture of commercial and domestic energy efficient ventilation systems, and Energyflo, experts in dynamic insulation technology for both new build and retrofit projects, have teamed up to complete an innovative carbon reduction retrofit project for Willmott Dixon and South Cambridgeshire Council.

Rampton Drift is a development of properties in Longstanton, Cambridge. Willmott Dixon, main contractor for the project, was looking to explore different retrofit technologies in a bid to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Alan Cochran, Technical Director for Wilmott Dixon, said: "Dynamic Insulation was selected because it is one simple solution that easily integrates the insulation and ventilation system to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality."

Leading the design consultation process was PRP Architects, which specified Energyflo's dynamic insulation to be retrofitted to the properties' external walls. , Nuaire was appointed to provide the ventilation solution to meet the carbon reduction objectives of the project.

Andrew Peacock, Technical Director from Energyflo said: "One of the key aspects of our unique technology is that we can deliver the solid wall U-values in hard to treat buildings well beyond any other external wall insulation from a thinner and less intrusive build footprint.

"We chose to work with Nuaire because they are leaders in ventilation technology and could provide the technical support needed. Nuaire's Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) technology integrates easily with dynamic insulation to provide one simple solution, which is highly effective yet hidden in the home, reducing household bills for occupants".

The Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker, recently visited Rampton Drift to witness the homes piloting the Government's new 'Green Deal' initiative.

Launching next year, Green Deal supports the implementation of energy efficiency measures to households and businesses to reduce energy usage and save fuel costs.

Andy Mudie, Marketing Manager from Nuaire, said: "we have been using Positive Input Ventilation for both existing and new properties for many years. PIV is an ideal retrofit solution as it is easy to install and unobtrusive. The Rampton Drift project has been an opportunity to link ventilation and dynamic insulation to create an exciting new low carbon solution ."

Following on from the success of Rampton Drift, similar projects are being undertaken elsewhere in a bid to lower fuel costs, reduce energy usage in existing housing stock and go some way to helping the country towards its carbon reduction commitment.


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Nuaire Answers DIY SOS Call for Help!

When the DIY SOS team came to Monmouth to reunite a mother, devastated by a stroke, with her young family, Nuaire seized the chance to donate ventilation equipment.

The BBC DIY SOS programme filmed last April will air on TV tonight, telling the story of Charlotte Fairlie, her husband and her twin sons, whose lives were shattered when Charlotte suffered a major stroke just moments after giving birth.

Despite having just a one per-cent chance of survival, and suffering partial paralysis, brain damage and short-term memory loss, Charlotte has slowly taught herself to walk again and is making strides in her speech. 

However, the Fairlie family’s home was completely unsuited to the care and rehabilitation that Charlotte needed, and, with two babies to care for, the family were forced to spend much time apart.

Nominated for support from the prime-time BBC TV show, Charlotte’s home was transformed by a double-storey rear extension built to create a physio room and en-suite wet room, together with other adaptations to support the family.

Nuaire are proud to have supplied three Cyfan universal extract fans to ventilate the new parts of the Fairlie’s home, installed by Richard Petitt of RSP Plumbing and Heating.

The Cyfan extract fan is a powerful 60 litre extract fan that is quiet and very efficient. It will protect the fabric of the building and protect the home from excess moisture whilst improving the indoor air quality.

Residential Product Manager, Wendy Thomas, explained: “Our hearts went out to Charlotte and her family. We were delighted to play a small part in the transformation of their home which means that Charlotte can be with her husband and young sons whilst still receiving the care needed to get better.”

Nuaire learned of the Fairlie family’s plight through the brother of a Nuaire employee. Richard Petitt of RSP Plumbing and Heating played a key role in the installation of services to the new extension and was keen to involve Nuaire in the supply of ventilation equipment. 

Mrs Thomas continued: “Family is at the heart of Nuaire and the opportunity to help this family in need and support the brilliant work of the DIY SOS team has been truly rewarding.”

Watch this episode on BBC1 tonight, 9pm or on catch-up TV. 

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Nuaire Sets Up Stall at the Southern Home Build & Renovation Show

Self-builders and home improvement enthusiasts can get first-hand advice on the best ventilation strategy for their properties at the forthcoming Southern Home Build & Renovation Show.

The popular event  takes place on 28-29th June  at Sandown Park Surrey. Exhibiting at the show, Nuaire’s expert Self-Build Ventilation team will be on hand to explain which products are best suited to the particular property type, layout and needs of the individual. We will be showcasing a full range of products including our New award-nominated Ductmaster Thermal. The innovative all-in-one system solves the issue of insulating ducting through un-heated spaces; an area highlighted by the NHBC guidance document.  Visitors can also find out how to save heating and energy with our range of compact MVHR systems, and how to combat condensation and reduce allergens with our Drimaster Positive Input Ventilation (PIV), the UK’s most popular method of low energy whole home ventilation. 

Come and speak to the Self Build team on stand number 561. For further details of our self-build and retrofit ventilation products you can download our Self Build Brochure or click here.

Follow the link to claim your free ticket to the show 

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For more information please contact our dedicated team on 029 20858363

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WIN a Nuaire Ventilation System for your Self Build Home during National Self Build Week

To celebrate the first ever National Self Build week, Nuaire is giving away one of their ventilation systems to two lucky Self Build customers.

How to enter

Email in your plans between the 4th and 12th of May 2013 and request a Nuaire design and quote and get automatically entered into a competition to win a Nuaire ventilation system.

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The Prizes


MRXBOX95 is Nuaire’s Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation range.  Its compact, lightweight design, coupled with its high efficiency heat exchanger and low noise levels, make it the ideal ventilation solution for new build homes.

One lucky winner will win a suitable system from Nuaire’s MRXBOX95 range. The product selection will be made by one Nuaire’s expert designers to ensure the right product is selected to meet the design needs of the winner’s new build project.


Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) is the UK’s most popular method of low energy whole home ventilation.  Founded by Nuaire in 1972, PIV is the ideal ventilation solution for retrofit projects. 

One lucky winner will win Nuaire’s PIV Drimaster unit for their retrofit project, that can be easily fitted into a loft and provide reliable all year-round whole house ventilation.


To be entered a request for a Self Build design and quotation must be submitted to Nuaire by email between the 4th and 12th of May 2013.  Opening Date: 4th of May 2013 and Closing Date: 12th of May 2013. 

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Nuaire’s Residential Technical Advice Now Six Times Better

Ventilation manufacturer Nuaire has strengthened its residential customer offering with the appointment of six Residential Business Development Managers.  Members of the new specialist team have been selected based on their technical expertise and will offer a higher level of advice to Mechanical & Electrical consultants and end users who specify Nuaire products.

Covering the UK and Ireland, six managers have been appointed from within Nuaire in order to capitalise on their existing knowledge of ventilation design and legislation.  With heat recovery ventilation (MVHR) becoming an increasingly popular ventilation strategy, Nuaire has been vocal in highlighting the importance of best practice design, installation and commissioning for several years through its design service and free BPEC installer training. Now with the appointment of this specialist team customers can benefit from in-depth technical understanding of domestic ventilation design, including the effects of Part F the Domestic Ventilation Compliance Guide and Part L Building Regulations, and the impact of systems on SAP Appendix Q. The new appointees are also tasked with identifying future product and service opportunities which will answer problems being faced by the construction industry now and in the future.     

Managing the team, Residential National Sales Manager Andrew Sellman explained:

“I am extremely pleased to announce this new service from Nuaire. We are now able to offer detailed advice and guidance to more customers including Mechanical & Electrical consultants and national house builders, answering challenges facing the construction industry such as how to overcome noise critical sites, and how to combat overheating when temperatures rise.”

"When consultants require ventilation advice for residential projects they can now deal with an expert at a very technical level. Residential building designers face similar issues as our Commercial customers. They are concerned with reducing energy and meeting legislation, and providing good indoor air quality for occupants. Our new Business Development Managers provide expert knowledge on residential regulations and legislation as well as the correct system design and ductwork, helping customers to achieve a high SAP Q score and to follow best practice.”

Andrew Nash will cover London, Shaun Gustard will cover the South West, Max Burton will cover the North East, Bob Gormley will cover the North West, Jim Glass will cover Scotland, and Ryan Gregg will cover Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The new Business Development Managers will work in conjunction with the company’s free in-house design service which advises customers on the most suitable ventilation solution that are fully compliant with regulations, and offers free drawing with designs that are underwritten with Nuaire’s own guarantee.  

Mr Sellman said: “We are confident that alongside our market-leading range of innovative products and our design service, the expert knowledge offered by our new team will give our customers the most comprehensive service.”

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Nuaire advise on curing condensation – for good!

It’s at this time of year that poor ventilation is really obvious.  Streaming windows, lots of humidity and, for those that suffer the most, this could mean mould and dust mites in the home.

There are various ways to ventilate according to building regulations, from extract fans and passive stack to mechanical extract and MVHR (heat recovery). Yet, often overlooked is a ventilation strategy that sits under ‘alternative methods of ventilation’ - ‘PIV’ or Positive Input Ventilation.

PIV is the process in which fresh air is supplied by a fan located in the loft area into the upstairs landing area of a building, where air is tempered using the heat that naturally accumulates at the top of a house. It is then filtered and gently pushed into the home, causing positive pressurisation. By continuously supplying fresh, filtered and warm air this method displaces the damp, stale air that causes condensation, which escapes via natural leakage points. As a result, indoor air quality, and health, is improved.

The same PIV principle can also be applied in apartments and flats where a wall mounted unit delivers the air into a central corridor.

PIV was developed by Nuaire in the 1970s in conjunction with the North Eastern Gas Board, which was seeking a low cost solution to clear condensation and humidity caused by sealed up chimneys and modern central heating systems.

Wendy Thomas, Residential Product Manager at Nuaire, said: “People do not appreciate that bathing, cooking, washing and drying clothes creates up to four pints of moisture in the home per person per day. There’s no way to see this moisture until it clings and condenses on to colder surfaces – such as windows. This moisture can encourage mould and mites, which can trigger allergic conditions, such as eczema, conjunctivitis, rhinitis and even asthma.

“Positive Input Ventilation systems are proven to be quiet, energy efficient and shown to significantly improve indoor air quality with incoming air that is controlled and filtered.”

By filtering the air that enters the home, the process can reduce the overall maintenance costs of a property by protecting the fabrics and materials in a home. PIV is also a known method that can help reduce high levels of Radon gas within homes in affected areas.

Positive Input Ventilation is ideally suited to repairs and maintenance, yet is also gaining popularity in new build homes. So, if you are dealing with steaming windows, mould, radon gas or just considering all ventilation strategies, don’t forget about PIV.

For more information about PIV, and products visit our Condensation pages.

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Nuaire Ductmaster Thermal Shortlisted for a Housebuilder Product Award

Nuaire’s innovative and time-saving thermal ducting solution, ‘Ductmaster Thermal’, has been recognised by the judging panel at the Housebuilder Product Awards 2014, to the delight of the company.

Nuaire introducted Ductmaster Thermal to support housebuilders in meeting building regulations and to help them save time and costs on site. The innovative all-in-one system solves the issue of insulating ducting through un-heated spaces, an area highlighted by the NHBC guidance document.

Residential Manager Stephen Smith explained: “When installing MVHR systems, a great deal of time is spent on the labour-intensive practice of insulating PVC pipes, and in many cases the processes used to insulate ducting don’t actually confirm with building regulations. Unlike other insulated materials that wrap around the PVC pipe, Ductmaster Thermal is an all-in-one system where the Insulation used for thermal protection is the duct itself.  It is the only all-in-one solution that is fully compliant with building regulations.”

Ductmaster Thermal features a unique clamping mechanism that forms an air-tight seal, eliminating the risk of condensation forming in the duct. With no need for any sealant or tape, installation is simple and quick, helping to lower labour costs for installation on site.  The new product has recently achieved LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Certification for both round and rectangular ranges, meaning that Ductmaster Thermal is approved for use and backed by the LABC on any of their new build and refurbishment projects.

The Housebuilder Product Award nomination further confirms the popularity of the thermal ducting system.  Stephen Smith said: “Being shortlisted for such a competitive industry award is a highlight for Nuaire’s Residential team, proving that our efforts to design a system that saves time and costs for installers whilst meeting building regulations have been recognised by some of the key players in the home building industry. We are in good company in the Building Services Category and wish our fellow nominees the best of luck at the awards lunch in July.”

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Feedback from contractors and installers has been extremely positive. Sean Flaherty, Project Manager for Bullock Construction gave his views on the new ducting system as part of the awards entry, commenting in particular on the increased manoeuvrability of the ultra-light weight ducting. “The Nuaire Ductmaster Thermal is more user-friendly for the operatives to install. It is lighter; the clips come with the ducting and are easy to fix, and the ducting is much easier to use. The old method was time-consuming and much heavier for the installers. Now they can use a step ladder for access which is much easier.”

Bullock Construction MVHR installer Miles also commented: “Normal ducting takes us two to three days to install, but with the Nuaire Ductmaster Thermal it takes half a day to a day, maximum. For me, the best feature is how lightweight it is compared with the old plastic types. It’s much easier going up into the loft and easier to move around when you’re on a step ladder.”

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Dear Wendy column launches in January edition of HA Magazine

Housing Association Magazine is targeted at the Social Housing sector and has been in print since 1999.  Nuaire are pleased to announce that HA’s January edition will include a Dear Wendy column featuring Nuaire’s very own Residential Product Manager Wendy Thomas.

Dear Wendy will be a regular feature in HA magazine throughout 2013, replacing Ken’s Corner. Wendy Thomas, Product Manager for Nuaire said “I am really looking forward to tackling every day issues facing Social Housing providers and offering some valuable information that makes their job that little bit easier”.

Read this month’s edition of Housing Association Magazine to hear Wendy’s advice on removing condensation this winter.

If you have a specific topic that you would like Wendy to address, please let us know by emailing

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Nuaire promotes best practice for MVHR System Installations

Nuaire is a BPEC accredited training centre and together with their many years of experience in the design and installation of Ventilation Heat Recovery Systems, Nuaire have produced a guide to pass on their knowledge and enable housebuilders, developers and MVHR system installers to correctly install designed ventilation heat recovery systems.

The Nuaire MVHR best practice guide has been designed to provide guidance on not only how to comply with Building Regulation ADF2010, but also some key hints and tips for getting it right first time and avoiding costly mistakes.

Nuaire’s Residential National Sales Manager Andrew Sellman commented “At Nuaire we want to promote best practice for our customers and do everything we can to help them get it right first time.  The advancement of MVHR systems in recent years has resulted in far greater requirements and skill with regards to installation, together with our free BPEC training for all Nuaire customers; we want this guide to raise industry standards”. 

Nuaire are advocates of Mechanical Heat Recovery with their MRXBOX95 range and services are being continuously enhanced to both improve indoor quality for occupants and ease of installation for installers.  Nuaire’s Product Manager Wendy Thomas commented “Heat Recovery Ventilation is growing in popularity, as it’s the ideal solution for ventilating new build properties adopting today’s air tight construction methods. At Nuaire we want to do everything we can to help our customers understand the impact getting the product installation right has on both conforming to building regulations and ensuring properties have the indoor air quality they need to stop condensation dampness forming once the property is occupied. We will soon be launching our Thermal Ducting to ease the installation of insulating unheated spaces and our first fix box to reduce the risk of spigots not lining up with the fan unit.  These product improvements together with our BPEC training offer and Best Practice guide, will as Andy has already mentioned raise industry standards and improve indoor air quality for consumers purchasing air tight homes”.


To download Nuaire’s MVHR Best Practice Installation Guide or view their video version of the guide click here .

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