New PCA Residential Ventilation Group (RVG)
The Property Care Association has established a new group to focus on the increasingly important issue of effective ventilation in residential buildings in order to provide homeowners with a point of reference and resource to help them find the expert advice and expertise they need.
The way we are living in our homes is changing
A number of factors have an effect on the air that surrounds us in our homes.
These include increasing fuel costs which have led to a drive to reduce energy use, increased efforts of homeowners to reduce air leakage through draft proofing and insulation, increasingly sedentary lifestyles, reductions in the size of the spaces we occupy and a growing incidence of overcrowding.
Unfortunately, there can be a number of unintended consequences associated with draft proofing, insulation, reductions in fuel use and high levels of occupation. The most important and ultimately the most damaging is an increase in the moisture held in the air. This can lead to poor air quality, condensation, dampness and mould. These are usually the most obvious and immediate symptoms of these changes.
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Key is balancing moisture production, insulation and ventilation
Understanding how to balance moisture production, insulation, energy input (heat) and ventilation as well as a good technical understanding of the science of air moisture and condensation is the key to eliminating condensation and mould.
While a surveyor can usually provide definitive advice on moisture production, heating and ventilation they have traditionally passed the responsibility for the design of improved ventilation to a jobbing electrician who supplies what he thinks is about right.
Regulation and guidance setting out minimum requirements for domestic ventilation in homes is usually ignored or misunderstood and as a result outcomes for homeowners can be mixed.
A resource for homeowners
This is where the new PCA RVG will help create a point of reference and resource for homeowners to help them find the advice and expertise they need. Its creation will mean that consumers no longer need to rely on luck when taking advice on air management.