I'm a quantity surveyor and this is how much an MVHR system will cost

inside view of open plan living area with vaulted light wooden ceiling and floor
This new-build eco home has a Passivhaus standard MVHR system (Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

MVHR system costs for a project will come down to installation and running expenditure – with Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery designed to run all year long, once in place.

The system works by controlling ventilation by removing stale air in the home from multiple rooms and providing fresh outdoor air. It is not to be confused with MEV (Mechanical Extract Ventilation) systems, which are shown to waste around nine times more energy than its MVHR equivalent.

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Tim Phillips

Tim is a quantity surveyor and runs Quantiv.uk, with almost 30 years of experience across the commercial and residential sector.

Tim Phillips is an experienced senior quantity surveyor and estimator and has worked in the construction industry for over 35 years. He has worked on many varied projects in this time, for corporates, public bodies and private residential clients, managing multi-million budgets. 


For the past 13 years, Tim has worked on a freelance basis, whilst managing his rental property portfolio. He has extensive experience of undertaking his own full-scale house renovations. He is also a speaker and expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows.