The UltimateAir® News

NYC, DENVER, & WASHINGTON DC: UltimateAir Hits the Road

Posted on Tue, Jul 19, 2016


June and July have been very exciting months at UltimateAir. Mainly filled with conferences, expos, forums, and speaking. In early June I had the opportunity to attend the NAPHN (North American Passive House Network) Conference in New York City. This was an absolutely fantastic event and represented UltimateAir’s first time having a presence. I can definitely say that we plan to attend again! NAPHN was able to secure a variety of speakers and filled each day with informational sessions. Whenever I become discouraged by the seemingly slow movement in our industry – I can insure that hearing Tim McDonald speak will revitalize my motivation. He was able to do this yet again in NYC and I cannot express enough how great it is to see the Passive House progress he is obtaining in the world of low income housing. Up next was our old friend and visionary Adam Cohen. His message of “let’s stop fighting amongst ourselves” is something that UltimateAir takes to heart. We are constantly looking for opportunities to collaborate with other industries, manufacturers, engineers, and building styles. It is our passion to create products for ANY method of high performance building. To sum up the NAPHN conference, I would encourage anyone interested in low energy buildings to attend next year’s 2017 exhibition. You will not be disappointed in the level of knowledge and real world applications taking place in the United States. The conference even has a Passive House projects tour to show attendees some completed homes which have been built in the local area.  I was able to check out 5 different sites throughout New Jersey and Brooklyn. It was an inspiration to see how the homeowners, builders, and architects were lead to Passive house and the different construction methods they used.

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A HUGE shoutout to our fearless tour leader and Passive Homeowner/Builder Darren Macri with Bleu Nest!

A week later I jetted off to Denver in order to collaborate with our local Distributor AE Building Systems. UltimateAir does not work with many third party representatives but we count AE to be among the select few who are truly using building science as a business model. We were able to do a Lunch & Learn thanks to collaboration with Sustainably Built in Boulder. I cannot thank their team enough for organizing everything and corralling a group of true “energy nerds” to hear me speak on ventilation and US manufacturing innovation. Overall, I was humbled by the number of architects, builders, raters, and contractors who made themselves available to hear about UltimateAir’s technology.

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Thank You Sustainably Built and the Boulder Public Library for allowing UltimateAir to use your facilities

After being at home base for a week, I left for the 6-hour drive to Washington DC. UltimateAir would be exhibiting at the Congressional Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Expo and I would be speaking in the Low Energy building forum. We were very excited to be attending this event for the first time and it was definitely a different kind of crowed. Normally our booth is packed with inquiring Energy Nerds and passionate builders. However, Washington DC introduced us to the world of political aids, lobbyists, activists, and Government entities. I had a great time speaking with some of my colleagues in the Passive House movement and you can watch any of the informational sessions on EESI’s website. (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) A huge THANK YOU for their team and everything they do to put on such an amazing conference.

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In the end – these two months have been a whirlwind of activity. UltimateAir’s new ER80M product has officially hit the assembly line and we are gearing up for the many units we already have on back order. Our next exhibiting opportunity will be the PHIUS conference this September in Philadelphia. Feel free to stop by the booth and say hi to myself or Jason.

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Beautitful ER80M Units ready to be shipped. You have to love the new Blue Steel we are incorporating :)


Luke Langhals

Director of Business Development

UltimateAir Inc.


 

Tags: ERV, Passive House, EESI, Blog, PHIUS, NAPHN

UltimateAir Engineering: So many ideas, So little time!

Posted on Mon, May 09, 2016

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Designing innovative products is the backbone of engineering in the high efficiency industry. Great idea’s do not begin with a market strategy – they begin with a team of professionals who formulate a desire of invention and a drive to discover. Nuts, bolts, wires, and fuses do nothing when thrown in a box; but they can accomplish endless possibilities when combined with the human mind.

I can insure you that the process of innovation at UltimateAir is not clean or streamlined. There is no group of engineers in white lab coats. There is no team of marketing professionals creating ads. There is no accounting department tracking each added cost. We are a TEAM and every person here gets their hands dirty in one fashion or the other. We work together, and in unison we bring you the most efficient ventilation products in North America. Thomas Edison once said “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This is a philosophy that we take to heart and we choose to chase every opportunity. Not for the end goal of profits but rather for the progress of innovation in our industry.

As we move forward with the manufacturing of our new ER80M ERV unit, I encourage you to give us a call. Talk to us about potential applications or let us know what ideas you have for the future. We would love to hear about your next Passive House, Tiny House, LEED construction, Living Building Challenge, Super insulated construction, or any other form of energy efficiency you believe in.

We look forward to working with you.

 

Luke Langhals

Director of Business Development

UltimateAir Inc.

Tags: ERV, Recovery Ventilator, Innovation, Engineering

Building Energy 2016 Expo and Conference

Posted on Mon, Mar 21, 2016

UltimateAir had the pleasure to exhibit for another year at NESEA’s annual Building Energy 16 conference in Boston, MA. This is truly one of our favorite events to attend and exhibit. Building Energy 16 focuses on bringing together the forefront of sustainable building practitioners and featured a number of excellent projects, technologies, and trade professionals.

The UltimateAir booth featured our new multi-family single unit ER80M ERV for the first time EVER! Naturally the new technology received much attention from attendees and our 2 man booth staff spent countless hours speaking about the new technologies many benefits.

We were happy to see numerous old friends such as industry revolutionary Adam Cohen, PHIUS executive director Katrin Klingenberg, green building maverick Steve Bluestone, as well as many more! The dedication and commitment of these individuals clearly defines what our industry is all about – it is truthfully an honor for UltimateAir to associate with such titans of sustainable construction. I believe that it speaks to NESEA’s continued commitment to attracting the greatest minds from around North America and UltimateAir is humbled to be considered a small piece of the puzzle.

In the end, we hope that we did not miss you at this year’s BE16 conference. If you happened to slip through the cracks -- please send us an email or stop by our booth in 2017!

Keep up the good fight NESEA; you are an inspiration to many.

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Tags: ERV, NESEA, Building Energy Conference, Passive House, Passive House Design, Ventilation, xEXPO

Passive House Multi-Family 2015 (Weinberg Commons)

Posted on Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Last November UltimateAir was very excited to see the completion of one of the most exciting projects of 2015. Our friends at ZAVOS Architecture & Design finished their Passive House project named the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Commons.

Located in Washington DC, Weinberg Commons represents a groundbreaking construction which is the first of its kind in the city. The project included three retrofitted Multi-Family buildings totaling 37 two bedroom apartments. The energy demands were kept particularly low by including R-41 dense pack fiberglass, triple pane windows, R-80 attic insulation, and of course Energy Recovery Ventilation units from UltimateAir Inc! Air changes per hour were tested below the Passive House standard of 0.60 ACH50 and the buildings are classified as “Zero Energy” ready (near zero energy use). PHIUS+ certification has been preapproved on one of the buildings, although all three were constructed to meet Passive House criteria.

Our team couldn’t have been more proud to be involved and working with ZA+D Architects has been an absolute pleasure. We hope to see projects such as the Weinberg Commons continue to make headway in the US building market. Yet again we witness a United States project far exceed the standard levels of energy efficiency which are commonly accepted in our industry. Great work to everyone involved and UltimateAir is thrilled to see what the future holds for ZA+D Architects and Washington DC’s hopefully blossoming addiction to Passive House building techniques! Special thanks to Architect Matt Fine for all his dedicated work on this project.

Luke Langhals

Director of Business Development

UltimateAir Inc

[email protected]

 

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Tags: ERV, Passive House, passivhaus, Weinberg Commons, Multi Family

R&D at a Small United States Manufacturer

Posted on Wed, Oct 28, 2015

 

 

Being a relatively small specialty product manufacturer can often put restraints on an engineering staff’s ability to design, build, and ultimately manufacture new technologies. However, UltimateAir has never let these restraints hinder our drive to constantly invent groundbreaking equipment. Over our 20 year history we have proven time and again that small manufacturing is very much alive in North America! In 2014-2015 our engineering team, lead by ventilation expert Jason Morosko, has designed and prototyped 2 different innovative systems. We have exhausted resources and stretched thin budgets in order to constantly reach our goal of offering more efficient options to the high performance building market.

ER80M:

The ER80M Energy Recovery Ventilation system, like most technologies, was first derived in the often crazed heads of our engineering team. The required push to prototype stage came about when UltimateAir was nudged by a United States design/build firm who desperately requested this type of technology. The main idea was to build a highly efficient ERV system which could be affordable, small in size, and easily serviced – three attributes which rarely coincide with one another. The UltimateAir ER80M was finally prototyped in the early summer of this year. We are excited to reach full production in 2016 and ultimately offer the multifamily inspired product alongside our long running 200DX and 2000DX ERV lines.

Conditioning ERV:

As you can probably imagine; anything nicked named the “Magic Box” would present a number of design obstacles for the most steadfast of engineering teams. However, this does not prevent our staff from proceeding full heartedly with this idea. The Conditioning ERV unit, currently heading towards prototype/testing phase, was again industry driven and requested by a number of high performance builders in the United States. The idea behind this technology is to provide an “all in one” system which can actively heat, dehumidify, and ventilate a super insulated structure. By pairing a number of our current technologies alongside a hodgepodge of super efficient products, our engineering staff (with the help of many others!) is nearing a full prototype of our Conditioning ERV.

Overall, these new units will most likely neither make us rich nor famous; but that is never why we got into this business anyway….We look forward to bringing you new products and continuing our work as a United States high efficiency product manufacturer.

Shout Out:

A big thank you to all our partners in the High Performance building segment who continue to support UltimateAir’s efforts. Without your constant diligence in suggesting these types of products, we would never have the motivation to continue our work here. As I like to say at trade shows “UltimateAir’s staff is full of 90% activists and 10% businessmen” – we will not stop pursuing the dream of a more efficient United States and will continue to pioneer new technologies whenever humanly possible.

I urge you to continue your support of US manufacturers who function within the energy efficient construction segment. It is not a trouble-free existence operating in this small niche environment but I believe our efforts will continue to bring about the change our world desperately is searching for. To all of our customers past, present, and future; please continue to design, build, and engineer the types of innovative projects which have already paved our way to a more efficient tomorrow.

Thank You,

Luke Langhals

UltimateAir Inc.

Director of Business Development

[email protected]

 

 

Tags: ERV, Energy Recovery Ventilator, Ventilation, Recovery Ventilator, Research and Development

Customer Thank You, UltimateAir RecoupAerator November 2013

Posted on Wed, Nov 27, 2013

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Tags: ERV, Air Ventilation System, recoupaerator, iaq, Mold

8th Annual North American Passive House Conference & Expo

Posted on Tue, Oct 29, 2013
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The UltimateAir team was very excited about attending the 8th annual PHIUS conference and expo. From the 16th through 19th of October, the frontrunners of the United States Passive House industry convened on Pittsburgh to share their knowledge, ideas, and desires for growth. Overall, the wealth of knowledge that is transferred at these yearly conferences is imperative to continued development of Passive House construction in the North American market.

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Passive House building is the world’s most extensive construction method. By utilizing highly technical building science – the Passive method reduces heat and cooling load by up to 90% over general homes built to “code.” One aspect of obtaining the Passive House standard involves highly efficient recovery ventilation. That is where the team at UltimateAir comes in! Our RecoupAerator ERV technology has been incorporated in dozens of Passive House projects across North America.

Overall, the annual PHIUS conference did not disappoint. We were able to speak with many of our great customers and learn about some amazing Passive House projects that are in the near future. The UltimateAir team is looking forward to this coming year and the continued growth of North America’s Passive House industry.

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The expo floor was littered with some great informational boards describing recent North American Passive House projects. Always helpful to see real life examples especially when they utilized our RecoupAerator ERV!

Tags: ERV, Passive House, recoupaerator, UltimateAir., Ventilation

Passive House Ventilation Webinar

Posted on Wed, Jul 17, 2013

On Thursday August 1st there will be an online webinar presentation put on by Dayton’s Passive House Alliance. UltimateAir’s very own Jason Morosko will be the panelist. The presentation will allow viewers to garner knowledge regarding the impact of air changes, cost of ventilation, and installation methods. We encourage any past and future UltimateAir customers to attend the online session through the following link (http://www.phaus.org/community-resources/national-events-calendar/national-events-calendar)

Passive House construction techniques have proven to reduce home heating and cooling demands by 90%. By using super insulated building techniques, planned window orientation, and energy recovery ventilation (of course!) buildings can adhere to the world's strictest and most effective building code. Any builder, architect, contractor, or homeowner wishing for more information should take advantage of this online webinar opportunity.

 

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Tags: ERV, Passive House, Ventilation, Recovery Ventilator

New York Passive House

Posted on Mon, Mar 18, 2013

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.

 

 

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Tags: ERV, Passive House, NYPH, Energy Recovery Ventilator

Meet the Team: Ming Wu

Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2012
describe the imageMing 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.”

Tags: Home, ERV, employee, ulitmateair, sales, recoupaerator, ohio university