Elmhurst Energy launches Ventilation Inspectors’ competency scheme as demand ramps up

Elmhurst has launched a Ventilation Scheme that gives quality standards for individuals who are trained to provide commissioning and testing for domestic ventilation systems against Part F of the Building Regulations.

Ventilation Inspectors can assess and verify the supply and extract rates of ventilation systems within new dwellings. Part F of the UK Building Regulations requires that all 'purpose-provided' ventilation which includes MHVR Systems (Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery Systems), as well as intermittent extractor fans, are tested to ensure they are operating efficiently and are fit for purpose. Air Flow Rate Testing and Commissioning results must then be submitted to building control, which contributes to the overall building compliance process.

“With developers constructing properties which are more air tight, dwellings will need quality ventilation systems in order to reduce the risk of damp and mould build up. This trend will result in greater demand for Ventilation Inspectors, to provide a route to Part F compliance,” explains Stuart Fairlie, Technical Director for Elmhurst Energy.

“Moreover, those already offering on-site testing, such as air tightness testing, as well as SAP calculations/assessments will find that ventilation testing can complement these areas well, with a significant number of providers offering these services as a package.”

Members of the Scheme can access Elmhurst's members’ portal, Access Elmhurst, where they can gain access to technical guidance documents and create new inspections, enter client details, submit Ventilation Commissioning reports and retrieve Ventilation Inspection Certificates.

Elmhurst also offers Domestic Ventilation training. The two day course is suitable for all energy assessors, site-testers and other professionals working within the Built Environment. Upon completion of this course delegates will have all the technical skills and knowledge to join Elmhurst's competency scheme for Ventilation Inspectors. 

Article Published: 7th December 2018

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