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Ventilation hygiene and cleaning standards at heart of new campaigns

EnviroVent and BESA announce separate ventilation initiatives respectively focused on aiding housing associations with condensation issues and meeting technical standards for appliance cleaning

Manufacturer EnviroVent and trade association BESA have announced the launch of separate campaigns that will focus on training and best practice around installing and operating ventilation systems in residential and commercial properties. Both of the campaigns focus on understanding and addressing the health and fire safety implications of improper ventilation.

EnviroVent is offering free workshop events on condensation and mould awareness for housing associations and local authorities to try and tackle health considerations linked to ventilation issues.

The manufacturer has said it will use the events to try and curb the maintenance burden for social housing providers during colder months where condensation and mould issues are most prevalent.

The events form part of a broader campaign to raise awareness on poorly ventilated properties, with the company already working with a number of authorities on providing ventilation equipment.

“Condensation and mould growth can prove to be a major headache for social housing maintenance teams in the winter months,” said John Moss, head of social housing sales at EnviroVent.

 “This course is designed to provide comprehensive training on how to identify the signs of condensation and mould in the early stages, assess which solutions will solve the problem in a property and prevent it from reoccurring.”

According to the company, the workshops will be delivered by trained ventilation specialists as a means to give attendees more in-depth understanding about improved indoor air quality for tenants.

EnviroVent has also launched a new website as part of its mould and condensation campaign that provides housing bodies with more information on the workshops, as well as online booking functions.

It has also produced a pocket size guide book outlining how social housing providers and its tenants can curb condensation and the onset of mould in properties.

Demonstrating standards

The launch of the campaign comes as industry association BESA has announced a new scheme for ventilation hygiene specialists to better demonstrate the quality and standard of their work.

According to the organisation, the programme will cater for increased demand for verifying work to clean ventilation systems, especially for grease extract functions in commercial kitchens, to lower possible fire risks.

“This growing awareness has created a booming market, which has attracted some non-specialist hygiene providers who don’t necessarily understand their responsibilities; or the importance of delivering clean systems, good advice and proper post-clean reporting to clients,” said the association. “This has led to increased scrutiny by insurance companies alarmed by the high number of claims following building fires.”

The ‘Ventilation Hygiene Elite’ programme will be overseen by BESA’s own independent certification body, BESCA. It is based around the TR19 standard.

Under the focus of the certification, companies will have their work audited by BESCA in order to ensure standards are being met during cleaning. Post-clean reports will then be kept in an auditable trail by stakeholders, according to the association.

“BESA will also carry out ongoing surveillance of each registrant to confirm continuing compliance. The amount of surveillance may reduce year-on-year if the company continues to display a high standard of work,” said BESA in a statement. “A BESCA certificate for all notified cleans that meet the requirements will be automatically generated for issue to the end client.”

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