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Article Date: 28th November 2017

PVE - Refurbishment & Maintenance for Car Park Ventilation - Critical Issues Highlighted & Addressed by PVE

Car Park Ventilation - Ventilation Systems - The European Parliament

PVE - cold smoke system test

The European Parliament held its first ever debate on fire safety on 13th September and, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, with the failure of buildings across the UK to pass fire safety tests, PVE are responding to significant and serious concerns regarding the possible dangers of outdated and poorly functioning car park ventilation systems. With a new website, launched this week, PVE highlight and address issues facing construction companies and developers throughout the UK.

Part of the international SIG Group, PVE are known for their ground-breaking eco-park® car park ventilation system, specified for some of the UK’s largest and most prestigious commercial and residential developments. The advantages of eco-park® have long been recognised by architects, developers and construction companies for new build projects. However, the critical issues of outdated or poorly-functioning systems and the lack of maintenance of existing systems have often been overlooked, with many older systems remaining unchanged and uninspected since installation. Expensive and inefficient to run, under-maintained ventilation systems are potentially lethal and PVE’s engineers are routinely called out to car parks that would undoubtedly fail current regulatory compliance and certification, were they to undergo inspection. PVE work closely with their clients to address critical safety problems - always mindful of budget - through refurbishment and through their Remote Automated Maintenance Programme (RAMP).

Attached to PVE’s service and maintenance teams, eco-park® refurb audits and inspects car park facilities, including the payback period within their calculations. Any new system is PVE/SIG assured, guaranteed and warranted, providing peace of mind and compliance. RAMP offers distance monitoring and ventilation system control for optimum performance, providing maximum protection when needed most – i.e. in the event of a fire. The multi-functional RAMP control panel automatically alerts both building staff and PVE engineers of any fault, as well as the need for routine maintenance, allowing for immediate corrective action.

PVE’s new website, launched this week, brings together of all the company’s areas of expertise in one straightforward overview, with full technical specifications for eco-park®, details of refurbishment services and RAMP, as well as offering visitors to the website the opportunity to request a free air quality assessment to help maximise project design options and to avoid non-compliance.

Andrew Mowat, Managing Director at PVE, comments,
"We have long stressed the issues around poorly-functioning ventilation systems, as well as the importance of system maintenance. Compliance with regulatory obligations should be at the forefront of building owners’ minds – potentially meaning the difference between life and death. We wanted to demonstrate PVE’s expertise, not only in the specification of new ventilation systems, but also our refurbishment and maintenance services – we hope the new website brings these together in a clear, interesting and informative way."

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