March 13, 2019

How to Achieve Scotland’s High Background Venting Requirements

Scotland’s high ventilation criteria of 12,000mm² per habitable room ensures good quality indoor air for healthy living.  However, it also means window trickle vents can no longer provide all the required airflow and a new approach to ventilation is required.

Here’s our two step recommendation for background ventilation in Scotland’s new build properties.

1. Start with window trickle vents.
It is unlikely that many habitable rooms will have windows big enough to accommodate vents for the room’s entire provision but start with the biggest vent possible.

2. Adjustable through-wall vents.
Make up the shortfall from the window vents with through-wall ventilation.  Rytons background range offers a wide selection of sizes and styles, with many able to provide the ventilation deficit in a single unit.

Full technical guidance may be found here in the Building Standards Supporting Guidance, Domestic Ventilation, 2nd Edition.

Should you have any queries or wish to discuss your background ventilation requirements further please call our technical sales office on 01536 511874.

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