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Barratt uses Envirovent ventilation system for zero-carbon ‘Z House’

by Liam Turner
Barratt Developments' 'Z House'

Barratt Developments has specified a low-carbon ventilation system from manufacturer EnviroVent for its flagship zero-carbon home, known as ‘Z House’.

Z House will be the first new home in the UK built by a major housebuilder to go beyond the Future Homes Standard delivering a carbon reduction of 125%.

Last year, Barratt Developments announced that all of its new homes will be zero-carbon by 2030, and says its flagship concept house is an important milestone in achieving that commitment.

The MEV 300 ventilation system from EnviroVent was selected by Barratt Developments as it is constructed mainly from recyclable materials to reduce the impact on landfill and is designed to ensure that components can easily be replaced.

The system provides airflow rates up to 103l/s (370 m3/hr) and, as it is powered by DC motor technology, EnviroVent’s MEV range uses the lowest energy consumption.

Andy Makin, managing director of EnviroVent, said: “It is great news that Barratt Developments has chosen one of our low-carbon ventilation systems for its innovative Z House, which is testament to the sustainability and efficiency of our ventilation solutions.

“It is essential that the homes of the future have a much lower carbon footprint and we’re really proud of the part that our systems can play in achieving this.”

Other technology featured in the ‘Z House’ includes infrared panels that provide instant zero-carbon heat and new air-powered showers that will save families hundreds of pounds per year in water and heating bills.

The house also features plaster which eliminates pollutants giving cleaner, healthier air, a fridge which keeps the right humidity resulting in 60% less food wastage, and heated skirting boards delivering 10% more heat than traditional radiators whilst also saving space.

Envirovent company has recently released its Roadmap to Net-Zero, which sets out its very clear path to reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2030.

Makin said: “Our passion for providing good indoor air quality is stronger than ever as we help developers move towards zero carbon for their homes.

“We offer an outstanding service to our customers by investing in the development of award-winning ventilation products that are packed with innovative and patented features.”

Image: Barratt Developments’ ‘Z House’

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