For the third time, Polypipe Ventilation is delighted to have been successful at the Housebuilder Product Awards 2015, this year winning the coveted Best Services Product award with its Domus Radial Duct System.
The winners were announced at a ceremony at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham on 25 June, where Domus Radial (patents pending) was recognised as outstanding by the judges for its highly innovative design that delivers increased air flow, easier installation and commissioning and a quieter whole-house system.
Polypipe Ventilation has been recognised at the Housebuilder Product Awards every year since 2013, when it won the Best Services Product award for its Silavent Green Line HRX mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) range, followed by achieving Highly Commended status in 2014 with the Domus Thermal duct insulation solution.
Managing director Neil Tilsley said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised at these prestigious awards for the third year in a row and to achieve first place in the Best Services Product category for the second time. These achievements are testament to our dedication to developing truly innovative, specifiable solutions that not only deliver high performance and energy efficiency, but also really push the boundaries of design to enable simpler design as well as quicker, straightforward and hassle-free installation to benefit both housebuilders and homeowners.“
Domus Radial is specifically designed for use with whole-house centralised ventilation appliances, including MVHR and mechanical extract ventilation (MEV) systems. The system was first introduced by Polypipe Ventilation as a versatile alternative to traditional branch-based ducting systems, but after being tested by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for inclusion within the Product Characteristics Database (previously SAP Appendix Q) Domus Radial was not only found to be equivalent to traditional rigid ducting in smaller builds but actually to exceed the performance in properties with four or more wet rooms or kitchens.
The Domus Radial system allows each room vent to be fixed directly to an inlet/outlet plenum with optional twin duct connections. The plenum is served by a single or tandem duct run, which connects securely to a manifold and acts as an air distribution hub. The manifold is then directly linked to a centralised appliance – this being either a MVHR or MEV unit.
An optional integral flow control device enables the inlet/outlet plenum to be connected directly to a stylish grille, taking away the need for a room-mounted adjustable air valve and giving designers the opportunity to match interior decor schemes. This clever design also allows for single-fix commissioning to be carried out in advance of construction of the finished ceiling, providing peace of mind that the required air flow rates will be achieved while the duct system is still accessible. Another advantage is that the flow control device cannot be easily tampered with after commissioning, which could negatively affect system performance.
Domus Radial’s 125mm-deep slim-line manifold is ideal for installation between joists or in tight spaces. The smaller manifold size also allows for greater choice on location, removing the need to place the manifold adjacent to the centralised MVHR or MEV appliance.
Polypipe Ventilation has a well-deserved reputation for designing and manufacturing high-quality ventilation systems, backed by excellent technical support. Polypipe Ventilation is well placed to offer immediate, practical solutions to Building Regulations Parts F and L. It continues to provide differentiated solutions in the private and social housing sectors, transforming the way developers, specifiers, installers, homeowners and distributors meet emerging environmental standards.