Windows with no openers or trickle vents

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by collectors, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. collectors

    collectors Member

    Can you have a room with large picture windows with no openers or trickle vents.(Just one big d/glazed unit) This will be in a new SIP house (self build) with a heat recovery system fitted to every room with flow & return air ducts.


  2. irish builder

    irish builder New Member

    if its a bedroom u need one to act as a fire escape
  3. Ĥ

    Ĥ New Member

    Flippin eck. I never thought you could use a trickle vent as a fire escape.
  4. gadget man

    gadget man Screwfix Select

    Maybe he's a midget? :)
  5. big rick 1

    big rick 1 New Member

    Regarding the fire escape aspect - if the house is on 3 stories then the windows dont have to be fire escape as the stairwell acts as a protected corridor, cant see any reason why you wouldnt fit an opener on it?
    Regarding the trickle vent option - just spec windows without them, should be no problem.

    Out of interest what recovery unit are you fitting. Just starting a site using NIBE units.
  6. nearnwales

    nearnwales Member

    I think if its a habitable room you must put one in .
  7. collectors

    collectors Member

    Will have to phone the local DS & see if they can shed any light on it. With most of the new builds i have been on, none of the windows have an emergency escape, as they don’t open far enough & are not fitted with hinge releases to enable a wider opening.
    This build will only be a 1 ½ story building (sort of Chalet bungalow style) & was looking for a well sealed building for good climate control.
    Hi, big rick 1
    i think the NIBE units are more than just a heat recovery as they put some heat back into rads & hot water. I believe are quite expressive. We are looking more towards just an air recovery unit. but this will be connected to an underground air duct of about 80 meters.
  8. Nickam

    Nickam New Member

  9. joinerjohn

    joinerjohn New Member

    "Regarding the fire escape aspect - if the house is on 3 stories then the windows dont have to be fire escape as the stairwell acts as a protected corridor"

    Not if the fire happens to start in the stairwell ;)
  10. tonynoarm

    tonynoarm New Member

    They could put a sign up 'No Fires Beyond This Point'.
  11. inkpad

    inkpad New Member

    only if the sign is double tacked in 2 layers of plasterboard!

    you could have no openers/vents if you have a protected stairwell and a properly designed ventilation system
  12. mightyapu

    mightyapu New Member

    ventilation system

    ...and providing there are no inner rooms on the ground or first floor

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