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 09 November 2017 06:54 PM
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aligarjon

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When does a room become a utility room and require ventillation. A washing machine ? A sink. A worktop ?
Any ideas please.

Cheers Gary

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 09 November 2017 07:03 PM
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dustydazzler

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Good question
 09 November 2017 07:13 PM
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mikejumper

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I'd say where there are appliances that are likely to create damp air whilst in use and when unloading, such as washing machines and dryers.
 09 November 2017 07:22 PM
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AJJewsbury

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According to AD-F http://www.labc.co.uk/sites/de....JMCN_.v2.27102017.pdf the definition is:

Utility room is a room containing a sink or other feature or equipment which may reasonably be expected to produce water vapour in significant quantities.


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 09 November 2017 07:24 PM
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sparkingchip

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A utility room is a kitchen without any cooking appliances!

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 09 November 2017 08:18 PM
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aligarjon

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Well my kettle produces far more water vapour than any washing machine or vented tumble dryer. The reason for the question is i am working on a renovation at the moment where they have decided in their wisdom to have a very small internal "utility room". Its a room with a washing machine in, no sink, no worktop. The only way to vent out is boxing through the living room for a pointless extractor fan.

Gary

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 09 November 2017 09:40 PM
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mapj1

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Unless it leaks, a washing machine on its own is quite dry. However, it is an odd thing to do, and where will clothes be dried. ~A vent grill in the door may be more sense.

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 09 November 2017 10:30 PM
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aligarjon

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Originally posted by: mapj1

Unless it leaks, a washing machine on its own is quite dry. However, it is an odd thing to do, and where will clothes be dried. ~A vent grill in the door may be more sense.


I agree, a fan is pointless but its technically a utility room isn't it so has to be vented outside. I have no idea where they will dry clothes, the whole job seems poorly thought out or made up as it goes along.
I guess the bottom line is it aint my problem, i thought i would ask anyway. The builder is a numpty, i asked him to ask the building inspector and he forgot

Gary

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 10 November 2017 09:24 AM
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davezawadi

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My utility room is never wet, I have a washing machine and condensing tumble drier, which just keep the room warm whilst working. And no vent either, but I can open the window in summer! The last thing I need is a vent, but don't tell a BI!

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OlympusMons

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Originally posted by: aligarjon

.. The only way to vent out is boxing through the living room for a pointless extractor fan.

Gary

Can you, or numpty builder, core drill a 125mm hole through into the space between ceiling joists, then push a length of 100mm soil pipe to the ceiling above the utilty room?
 10 November 2017 11:52 AM
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geoffsd

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Going back to the original question:

Part F merely states that "there shall be adequate ventilation provided for people in the building".

This does not mean a fan is compulsory. If, as above, there are no problems, the ventilation must already be satisfactory.




Edit - left out the word 'provided'.

Edited: 10 November 2017 at 12:48 PM by geoffsd
 10 November 2017 05:41 PM
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aligarjon

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Originally posted by: OlympusMons

Originally posted by: aligarjon



.. The only way to vent out is boxing through the living room for a pointless extractor fan.



Gary


Can you, or numpty builder, core drill a 125mm hole through into the space between ceiling joists, then push a length of 100mm soil pipe to the ceiling above the utilty room?


Joist go the wrong way in 2 directions, stairs the other and a vaulted ceiling through the kitchen. A right pain in the bum

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