UltimateAir Inc. has officially become a sponsor of the New York Passive House organization. Informational communities such as these are imperative to furthering the continued growth of passive house construction techniques in The United States. The team at UltimateAir is always searching for these types of partnerships to supply quality information about Energy Recovery Ventilators and the benefits they supply to high efficiency building techniques. New York Passive House provides a plethora of passive house manufacturers and professionals who can aid customers in their search for healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient homes. As stated on their website “NYPH facilitates the exchange of information practitioners of the Passive House building standard – striving to give NYPH members and the New York public access to the most useful tools toward making the best possible buildings.” Sounds pretty good to us! Make sure to check our NYPH to not only view information about UltimateAir, but also many of their partners who offer only the highest grade of products.
The Passive House standard strictest building energy standard in the world—and that standard is not met without UltimateAir’s RecoupAerator. Buildings that meet the Passive House checkmarks use 80 percent less energy than buildings that don’t, all while creating an environment of finer air quality.
UltimateAir’s own Jason Morosko attended The Passive House Conference in Denver last month. In addition to giving a lecture on the importance of earth air tubes, Morosko also had the opportunity to see ten current Passive Houses at various stages of construction. Sponsored by Passive House frontiersman Brian Fuentez, the tour showcased his current projects.
The 2012 event was the 7th annual North American Passive House conference. This year proved to have an increase in attendees, exhibitors, and presentations. The Passive House standard is growing rapidly in the United States. It truly is the standard of tomorrows building market.
Passive House is the only standard within the US that requires mechanical ventilation like the RecoupAerator in its building code criteria with minimum performance standards. “This is the best market for us,” said Morosko. “It’s the only building code that mandates our product.”
The best way to get started on your own Passive House is to find a Passive House consultant near you. Mososko serves as a consultant in Athens, Ohio. Morosko's personal work can be viewed here.
For Morosko, the best part about owning a Passive House is that there is no utility bill. “That just doesn’t get hold,” he said. “It’s nine times more efficient than any standard construction.”
UltimateAir's RecoupAerator waiting to be installed in a Passive House. Passive House standards cannot be met without the installation of our product.
Report on Energy and Climate Change:
Problems and Opportunities
Talk and Discussion with Pat Murphy
Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions
Today the world is facing increasing CO2 from fossil fuels, declining quantities of suchfuels, record income and wealth inequity, and a population that has reached 7 billion.
The common factor to these is cheap plentiful fossil fuel energy, which will not be as cheap in the future. CO2 has reached 387 parts per million (ppm) in the Earth’s atmosphere – above the 350 ppm considered to be the maximum allowable without causing damage to the climate.
Most people, over 95%, assume some kind of technological breakthrough will deal with these issues. Possibly 5% believe that our current lifestyle can be maintained with renewable energy and breakthrough bio-fuels. Far less than 1% of the population has any sense of the real need to reduce per capita energy consumption.
Technology breakthroughs such as fuel-cell or electric cars have not borne the promised fruit. Nuclear fusion has made no progress. Carbon sequestration is still only a dream. Renewable energy is growing rapidly but from a very small base. The low energy density and intermittency of most renewable energy sources are often overlooked limitations. The main focuses to date, electrification of transport and “green” building are still in the range of 1% improvements.
Community Solutions proposes a paradigm shift – Plan C, where the C stands for curtailment and community. This involves measuring the ideas and proposals that are so popular by using such evaluation techniques as “energy return from energy invested” (EROEI) and Lifecycle Analysis. These techniques are ways of measuring the feasibility or fallibility of proposed options. Using per capita measurements in a global context is also vital to determining what is possible. It addresses the huge difference in energy recourse use between the first and third world.
Today it is clear that a CO2 reduction target is necessary. According to the UN’S International Protocol on Climate Change the target must be to reduce CO2 80% by 2050. Community Solutions is exploring ways to do this in the areas of personal consumption: our cars, homes, and food, more than 60% of the nation’s CO2 emissions.
Pat will discuss possible solutions in detail, sharing what is being done in the three consumer areas – by individuals, private organizations and the U.S. government, and make specific recommendations for personal actions one can take.
When: November 15 from 7pm to 9pm Where: The Dairy Barn
8000 Dairy Lane, Athens OH 45701
For more information call 740 466-5289
Since joining the UltimateAir team, I’ve learned first hand that sustainable living isn’t just a fad—it’s a lifestyle sweeping the nation.
That is exactly why I was so excited to attend The Mother Earth News Fair. I was impressed with the booths and exhibits and I’m convinced: sustainable living can positively affect a household and it doesn’t need to be a complicated process.
I was tempted to visit some of the demonstration booths; making mozzarella cheese sounded fun. But I knew my time would be better spent discussing modern building sciences and techniques.
First, I met the builders of a sustainable community in Belize. Their Ruralist community known as Carmelita Gardens emphasized some amazing passive and sustainable building techniques. I was sure to discuss their forms of natural ventilation, and many other unique building processes they are emphasizing.
Steve Linton of Deltec homes, was another must see. Based in North Carolina, Deltec Homes works with homebuilders step-by-step to create some of the most modern green homes in the United States. They don’t hold back either—Deltec home’s often feature solar paneling, as well as superior indoor air quality.
I also spent some time at the booth of Pittsburgh’s own Chatam University. They’re excited about their newly offered masters program in sustainability and it's easy to see why. The best way to secure the future of the green-industries is to have new talent come in.
With over 15,000 people in attendance, it is clear that green lifestyles are becoming a much more common event. In the end, I can say that someone from UltimateAir will be attending the next Mother Earth News Fair. I can only hope that I will be assigned the privilege next year.
Director of Business Development
Jason Morosko started working at Ultimate Air in 1996, literally the day after he graduated high school. He continued throughout college and is now an engineer and the Vice-President of UltimateAir. Jason's career and lifestyle go hand in hand, for he lives with his wife and guitar-toting son in an energy efficient Passive House (which he built himself!). While financing the project was a “nightmare,” Jason wants everyone to know the relatively easy time he had constructing the home. He elaborates on the wonderful experience, "I was looking for the option that made the most sense to me in regards to carbon footprint and energy efficiency. I found out about Passive House around 2004, and built my home in 2010. It took about 18 months. It has the Green Building Council, Energy Star, and Passive House Institute US stamp of approval - but what really matters to me is my utility bill and the comfort of my home. Seriously, I heat and cool a 3200 sq. foot home for next to nothing; the inside temperature is always the same too. I sleep directly under my vent, and for someone who doesn't register pollen, even I notice a tremendous difference from my last home.”
Jason's family life and interests are characterized by the same attributes that dominate his profession. "My fathers side of the family are all engineers. My father is a wannabe engineer, my brother is sort of an engineer, I AM an engineer!" laughs Jason. His biggest hobby is building things. "I've been building things since I was three: Legos, cabinets, houses, you name it, hehe. On my day off last week I started building a tree-house by myself. Right next to my passive house, I've built a passive chicken coop. If someone were to drive by my house they would think, 'Man this guy has a passion for shed roofs!'"
You can check out Jason's Passive House on his website: http://www.sustainablepath.us/home
Ming Wu, UltimateAir’s Electrical Engineer, is from China. He came to Athens several years ago, in order to attend graduate school for electrical engineering. In 2009, Ming was asked by a friend to help translate for a group of Chinese visitors looking to form a partnership here at UltimateAir. From there, he got a chance to know and become a part of the company. “I liked the feeling of working with people here” Ming says of his initial impressions. He officially joined as UltimateAir’s “super-electrician” after completing his degree.He is married to his lovely wife and has a handsome 3 year old boy. Ming likes to play soccer, "although he cannot finish a game anymore 'cause he has gained some unnecessary weight.” He loves the atmosphere of his work; "Like a big family, everyone knows each other and cares for each other.”
While attending Ohio University, Travis Burbridge started working at UltimateAir part-time. After graduating with a degree in Engineering Technology and Management, Travis Burbridge became a part of UltimateAir full-time as a Production Engineer. Travis says “My favorite parts of working here are the great people and family oriented atmosphere. Also the fact that we are continuously improving our product which makes it stand alone in a very competitive market.”
Travis is from Albany, Ohio. In his spare time he enjoys tractor pulling, kart racing, and working on diesel trucks. Travis is a three time Points Champion and member of The American Farm Pullers Association, as well as the Big Bend Farm Antiques Club.
An UltimateAir employee for 12 years, Gilly Starcher makes RecoupAerators. She is also is a RecoupAerator owner and explains that, "It really makes a difference in my home! At work, I love making a product that I know will help thousands of people all over this world breathe better air.” Gilly is from Pomeroy, Ohio and has lived there almost all her life. She has been married to her husband, Coy, for 35 years, and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren; as well as 5 dogs, 2 fish, and a rabbit. She says "My grandchildren are the best pleasure of them all." Gilly enjoys camping, fishing, gardening, boating, going for a motorcycle ride, and being with her family. As you get to know Gilly, it is immediately apparent that she loves talking (to whoever will listen).
Chelsea Croston is a customer service representative at UltimateAir. She has also worked in the factory, and has gained hands-on, working knowledge of the RecoupAerator. From checking materials, to finishing and shipping final products, her experience translates into a value-added aspect of the job that customers appreciate. “I enjoy working for an American manufacturing company with a conscious that stands behind its products, supports its customers, and its employees” says Chelsea. “I became aware of the importance of healthy indoor air quality when I joined the company in 1996.” Chelsea, a Southeast Ohio native, has two sons. One produces comic books and sells his own artwork, the other is a student pursuing a master’s degree and is a coaching assistant. Chelsea has an adventurous and do-it-yourself spirit; she describes herself as somewhat “raw and earthy.” She prefers preventative and alternative approaches to home and health. “I like to learn, experience, and explore new things. I’m always looking for ways to be healthy (mind, body, and spirit) and become financially fit.” In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys surfing the web, reading, journaling, gardening, hiking, and target shooting.
Originally involved with Sunpower Inc, there Sherry Walker became acquainted with company founders Catherine Chagnot and Craig Kinzelman. She has been part of the UltimateAir family from the beginning, in a secretarial position that has taken on many facets over the years. Sherry likes "that the company has been on the cutting edge of alternative energy and efficiency, while promoting a healthy environment."
An Athens County native, Sherry loves spending time with her family which includes two children and three grandchildren. She is a member or officer of several organizations pertaining to genealogy and Native American Affairs. Currently, Sherry is part of the Tutelo Nahyssan Tribal Council; Research and Identification of Early Occupancy of Southern Ohio; the Federal Creek Indian Center; and the Multicultural Genealogical Center. She is active in her church and likes to read, bicycle, swim, and walk.