Passively maintaining fresh, quiet living in the city

A ‘landmark’ waterside newbuild residential development only minutes from Canary Wharf is proving a hit with potential buyers, with 60% sold within two months of going on the market and almost a year before any ready for occupation!

Due for occupation in summer 2011, Aqua Vista, in Bowcommon Lane, London by developer Higgins Homes, will offer studio starter homes through to three-bedroom apartments, ranging from £169950 to £330000. Higgins Homes reports 60% of the apartments were sold off plan within eight weeks of going on the market; part of the reason for the success of the development is the feeling of light and space coupled with quiet- achieved in part through strategic use of acoustic background ventilators from Passivent Ltd.

Each of the 157 apartments features two of Passivent’s Acoustic Energy Saver Vents with Canopy Grilles, colour matched to RAL7037 matt, and integrated into the double glazed window units supplied by Travis Perkins for subcontractor LSC Facades. Humidity sensitive, the vents automatically open and close depending on water vapour levels within, removing excess moisture generated by cooking, washing etc, and ensuring an adequate supply of fresh air in line with latest Building Regulations without unnecessary heat loss, and reducing external noise penetration from the road outside into the homes to just 34dB.

A spokesman for LSC Facades explained, “Higgins Homes made the decision to use Passivent Energy Saver vents as it was felt the vents made living in Aqua Vista as easy as possible, and were discreet, helping enhance the overall ambience of uncluttered space. It was very important that the vent was not bulky and intrusive, and that it could deliver the noise attenuation demanded. Passivent’s units have the added advantage of  requiring no input from the apartment occupiers.”

The Energy Saver Vent is available in both standard and acoustic versions, and is just part of Passivent’s comprehensive window and through-wall range of background ventilation solutions. The background ventilators are complemented by the company’s ‘whole home’ natural, assisted and mechanical ventilation strategies, including the innovative iHybrid which combines natural ventilation with heat recovery to deliver savings of 55% in electrical energy and 39% in lifetime costs over other mechanical ventilators.

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