Friday, August 17, 2018

3 Trends Driving HVAC Innovation and How to Take Advantage

Three trends continually drive innovation in the HVAC industry. Solar, green building and the unique needs of critical environments are making heating and cooling systems more cost-effective for engineers and architects, more efficient for building owners, and ultimately more enjoyable for occupants. Even better news; cutting-edge technology in our field has never been so accessible. 

Solar Power

Solar power has moved from promising to a proven solution and it’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Indeed, as adoption continues to increase, the cost of components and installation continues to improve. The advantages are clear. Not only does renewable energy pay benefits for years to come, but solar is also enabling innovative product designs. Helios, for example, is a new digital diffuser from Titus that is powered by ambient light. It requires zero building power and no additional ductwork making it easy to install. Every Helios diffuser has a digital, wireless thermostat, so instead of having multiple offices lumped together in the same zone, each one can be controlled separately by the occupant of each space. That means no more back-and-forth over the ideal temperature, so the Helios solar-powered diffuser delivers even greater energy efficiency.

Green Building

Green building isn’t just a feel-good choice; it also makes good business sense as client demand continues to increase. The trick is finding cost-effective options that meet the rigors of LEED certification. A solution that delivers on both counts are chilled beams. This convection HVAC system utilizes hydronic coils and induced air to reduce energy consumption associated with the removal of sensible thermal loads. Since water is more efficient for space cooling and heating than air, chilled beams use considerably less overall energy than the other traditional options available, such as VAV and fan coil units. The hydronic capabilities of chilled beams complement the conditioning of the primary air ventilation system to optimize savings in ceiling cavity space, maintenance, and energy consumption. If you want maximum flexibility, the CBAL-24 chilled beam is available in lengths from two to ten feet.

Critical Environments

Since the safety of people and the protection of critical assets are at risk, critical environments, such as operating theaters, laboratories, and clean rooms, must meet specific requirements that are more demanding than typical commercial spaces. Air filtration, humidity, temperature, and pressurization must all be tightly controlled. The Atlas Operating Room Ceiling System (AORCS) is a field-assembled, gasketed, heavy duty ceiling grid designed to make it quicker and easier to build these highly regulated spaces. Every AORCS is custom engineered to meet all codes and guidelines while delivering lower operational costs, less maintenance needs, and increased energy savings. 

All three of these trends are having a positive effect on both the performance and cost of HVAC systems. With a history of being first to market with the most innovative approaches to air distribution, Titus remains focused on providing technologically advanced products that create the highest degree of comfort and energy efficiency.

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Jenny Abney Sivie, LEED AP BD+C - Director of Advanced Business Development, Titus HVAC

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