- Rising energy prices are making energy efficiency a key factor for new ventilation systems
- Steel, Nickel and Zinc, key materials in making galvanised duct work, are also seeing steep price increases
- Higher energy prices are also increasing transports costs for installing new ventilation systems
Rapidly rising costs for energy and galvanised steel could see the construction industry adopt cheaper and more environmentally friendly ventilation systems according to Khansaheb Industries – manufacturer of innovative Spiralite ventilation technology.
Wholesale electricity prices have remained high since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This has a twofold impact on the ventilation industry, firstly it increases the costs of running existing systems and secondly it puts up the cost of manufacturing new units. This last point is critical in determining the costs of new ventilation systems.
The latest announcement from British Steel says that rising energy prices have pushed up the cost of steel by £250 to £1,000 . This could act as a catalyst to encourage more construction firms to move away from steel-based ventilation systems. Other increases in the costs of galvanising steel and transport are again favouring non-metal ventilation systems, which are less expensive to make and to transport.
Spiralite ventilation systems are made from resin and deliver better airflow, improved insulation, and a drastic reduction of leakage, all of which reduces energy consumption by as much as 48 per cent, in some cases. This reduction in energy results in CO2 savings of around 28,000 tons/year in one ten-storey building.
Resin-based ventilation systems are lighter than steel and in Spiralite’s case arrive as a prefabricated kit, these key features cut transport costs by 85 per cent. Resin construction also offers significant health benefits by stopping harmful mould that builds up in steel duct work ventilation systems.
Abdulrahman Khansaheb, Managing Director of Khansaheb Industries, commented: “Rising energy and steel prices are making resin-based ventilation systems much more competitive compared to traditional steel duct work and as result we are already seeing a lot of interest in Spiralite’s unique energy saving design in Britain.
“I believe this will become a long-term trend in the ventilation industry and signals a move away from steel duct work. This is good for the construction industry as it keeps the cost of buying and running ventilation systems as low as possible. It also delivers benefits for public health as resin-based ductwork stops the build up of harmful mould, which is harmful to public health.”
Spiralite has been installed in 300 projects in the United Kingdom and 600 world-wide, with properties including the Google Innovation Centre in London; the Media Centre of the Lord’s Cricket Ground; and in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s leading higher education institutions.
Spiralite, which was originally designed in Britain, is manufactured, distributed, and fabricated exclusively from Khansaheb’s facilities in Dubai.
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 Spiralite is free from condensation issues which are typically associated with poor air quality from steel ventilation systems. Condensation causes mould, which is a key factor in poor air quality, which poses a threat to public health. In addition, the inner surface is bacteriostatic which does not allow bacteria to adhere to the duct lining and multiply, as is the case in traditional systems.