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.
Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles
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Andy Makin, managing director
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.
»Established in 1997
»Based in Harrogate, North
domestic ventilation products
for the social housing, new
build, private residential and
»No. of employees: Over 250
»Rapid growth over the past
»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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Oneofthe 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.
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 DocumentL
(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
Part of the assembly
line for the award-
Extract Fan. UK
the past three
due to its
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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
andhas 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.
good indoor air
quality for all
Some of the 250-strong
EnviroVent’s HQ and
factory in Harrogate,
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review
This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.
In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.
We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.
With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.
And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.
As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.