A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by EnviroVent's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from EnviroVent is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Andy Makin, managing director
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controls a ventilation system
through a smartphone or tablet
EnviroVent is a UK ventilation manufacturer based in
Harrogate and is one of the fastest-growing HEVAC
(heating, ventilation and air conditioning) companies. It is
regarded as a major company in the domestic ventilation market
and, over the past 30 years, the company has become one of
the pioneers of sustainable and low energy ventilation products.
These include mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR)
and positive input ventilation (PIV) to improve indoor air quality.
The company has two showrooms, one in Harrogate and one in
Swindon, which provide customers with first-hand experience of
the operation of an EnviroVent system. What follows is a more
elaborate description of the company, authored by its managing
director, Andy Makin.
As one of the only domestic fan manufacturers in the UK, EnviroVent differentiates
itself from its competitors by offering a complete service solution from design
and manufacture through to installation and after-sales service. The company is
unique in employing its own large nationwide team of local ventilation installers
EnviroVent is a market leader for ventilation in social housing, due to the fact that
its products have been designed with ease of servicing in mind, saving up to half
the maintenance costs over a 25-year period compared to traditional ventilation
units. EnviroVent’s Filterless Extract Fan (a Queen’s Award winner for Innovation),
for example, has revolutionised the extractor fan market and there have now
been over one million of these fans sold to social and private housing customers.
»Managing director:
»Established in 1997
»Based in Harrogate, North
Manufacture of
domestic ventilation products
for the social housing, new
build, private residential and
trade sectors
»No. of employees: Over 250
»Rapid growth over the past
three decades
»CAD Revit BIM design team
ensure that the most suitable
and effective ventilation
solution is correctly specified
»Complete turnkey solution:
Design, manufacture, survey,
installation and after-sales
service all under one roof
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Oneofthe reasons for EnviroVent’s
success in social housing is that it offers
market-leading guarantees (five or seven
years). Any time after the guarantee
period when the components become
worn out, EnviroVent replaces the old
for the new, leaving the carcass of the
product in situe for the lifetime of the
building, sparing tonnes of material
from ending up on landfill sites.
The company has also seen great
success with its innovative Single
Room Heat Recovery unit, which is a
modern, energy-efficient alternative
to traditional extract ventilation that
removes moisture from kitchens and
bathrooms while retaining up to 75
per cent of the energy.
Three years ago, EnviroVent established
a distribution centre close to its head
office in Harrogate, which has enabled
it to grow and expand its business
with the lucrative electrical wholesaler/
contractor sector. This has increased
orders by 10 per cent and the number
of units dispatched by 15 per cent,
creating new jobs in the process.
The company also supplies its products
to private homeowners and landlords
through its network of franchise
owners that cover the whole of the
country. This ensures that customers
receive consistency of service on a
local level, including an expert home
surveying service, all backed up by the
technical support and manufacturing
expertise of a larger organisation.
Latest innovations
EnviroVent has seen continuous
growth over the past three decades,
largely due to its investment in
innovation. This has led to the
successful launch of a number of
new products, which has enabled
EnviroVent to enter new strategic
markets, including the new-build
Recent innovations include the
launch of the energiSava® (MVHR)
range aimed specifically at the new-
build sector and designed to help
developers meet the often conflicting
requirements of Approved Document F
(ventilation) and Approved DocumentL
(energy efficiency). This has been a
huge success, securing significant
sales in its first two years and enabling
the company to develop new
business opportunities with national
housebuilders who are looking to meet
mandatory energy-efficiency targets in
a cost-effective way.
Developing new technologies is also
a key objective for EnviroVent. The
company recently became the first UK
ventilation manufacturer to develop
an app that controls an MVHR system.
The app gives greater control of a
ventilation system to the homeowner,
enabling them to change and boost
levels at the touch of a button, as
well as find out how effectively their
system is performing. It also makes
the unit even quicker and simpler to
commission for the installer.
EnviroVent was also the first company
in its sector to launch an augmented
reality app. This allows homeowners
and specifiers to see exactly how an
extractor fan or ventilation system
will look in situe in their home before
making the decision to purchase.
This has helped to stimulate sales
in the self-build market and from
EnviroVent’s Ultra Low
Watt EC motors, which
power their Lifetime
Range® ventilation
Part of the assembly
line for the award-
winning Filterless
Extract Fan. UK
EnviroVent has
growth over
the past three
decades, largely
due to its
investment in
Commitment to sustainability
EnviroVent’s Lifetime Range® products
are engineered with sustainable
components to substantially reduce
maintenance and life-cycle costs,
meaning none of these products
should ever end up in landfill. This has
saved housing associations millions of
pounds in servicing and maintenance
of their ventilation systems over
the long-term, which has led to the
company winning significant market
share within the social housing market.
The company has a strong commitment
to sustainability, which includes recently
making significant reductions in CO2
emissions from its commercial vehicles
and reducing the amount of cardboard
and paper in its packaging. EnviroVent
recently increased its recycling activities,
separating everything in its factory and
offices, resulting in it now sending zero
waste to landfill.
As building regulations require new
homes to be more airtight than
ever before, this has created greater
demand for highly efficient MVHR
systems, which has opened up a
whole new market for EnviroVent (an
effective way of providing controlled
ventilation in an “airtight” building
without loss of energy efficiency is to
fit an MVHR system).
In addition, updates to ErP (Energy-
related Products) Directive regulations
in 2015 stated that domestic ventilation
installation must meet minimum
requirements and is classed as
notifiable work. This led to EnviroVent
establishing an NICEIC-approved
training centre in Harrogate, which
ensures that installers are qualified to
inspect and test ventilation systems, as
well as to commission them effectively.
EnviroVent is a member of BEAMA
andhas been actively working to
promote the importance of good
indoor air quality in homes. Research
has found that 15.3 million homes
could be affected by poor indoor air
quality, where the quality of air indoors
can be as much as ten times more
polluted than that outdoors.
The company’s passion for designing
and developing sustainable and low
energy products is as strong now as
it was 30 years ago, and EnviroVent
continues to invest in developing the
next generation of ventilation products
that are designed to eradicate the
problem of condensation and mould
growth, in addition to having a positive
impact on health.
EnviroVent has
been working
actively to
promote the
importance of
good indoor air
quality for all
Some of the 250-strong
workforce at
EnviroVent’s HQ and
factory in Harrogate,
North Yorkshire


This article was sponsored by EnviroVent. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister