UK Ventilation 2020
These reports provide an in-depth analysis of the United Kingdom ventilation market as well as an examination of key challenges facing the industry. They examine technology innovations that will influence the future direction of the market, and also feature detailed profiles of key industry players. The market coverage includes core ventilation technologies (mechanical 'forced' ventilation systems) for residential and commercial applications. Historically, legislation was a key driver for the uptake of mechanical ventilation products in both the residential and non-residential setting across Europe. As national and EU legislation led levels of insulation in new buildings to increase, a higher level of ventilation was also required to prevent indoor air quality from suffering and moisture problems from occurring.
As legislation was a key ventilation market driver, countries that made ventilation products mandatory in new build at an early stage have mature residential markets. The ventilation only market includes the more mature ventilation products such as unitary fans, roof fans and central extract/supply systems. Due to their relatively low efficiency compared to heat recovery units, these are increasingly becoming less favoured particularly in new housing, often due stricter regulations. The heat recovery market has seen one of the highest growths within the ventilation sector over the last decade, increasingly becoming the most popular ventilation system in new dwellings. Local heat recovery also became a popular substitute for single zone systems such as unitary fans, especially in the Nordic countries. The air handling market has been predominantly characterised by a growing shift towards systems with heat recovery, either through legislation banning low efficiency systems, or simply due to consumer demand for higher efficiency in buildings. 2019 saw similar developments with further growth recorded across majority of European nations as need for more efficient products in new housing and non-housing sectors was still prevalent and many countries continued their efforts of renovating old dwelling stock. This in turn drove sales of heat recovery ventilation further and exacerbated the declining trend of less efficient products such as roof fans. The impact of the current COVID-19 crisis on ventilation sales varies across countries, however, overall demand is likely to drop due to hampered construction output and private consumption in most of the regions. In the long term, the industry is anticipated to return to its expansion as need for ventilation surges and economies get back on track.