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.

    Thanks

    Chris
     
  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. http://www.dealec.co.uk/acatalog/vent_axiaairminder.html 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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