The UltimateAir® News

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

7th Annual North American Passive House Conference

Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2012

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.

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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.”

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UltimateAir's RecoupAerator waiting to be installed in a Passive House. Passive House standards cannot be met without the installation of our product. 

 

Tags: indoor air quality, ERV or HRV, Passive House, Passive House Design, Air Filtration Passive House, UltimateAir.

Jason Morosko's Passive House

Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2012

jasons family 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 characterizedJasons passive house 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

Tags: indoor air quality, Passive House, Passive House Design, recoupaerator, UltimateAir., green building

Jason Morosko to speak at PHIUS Consultants Training Program

Posted on Wed, Jul 27, 2011

describe the imageJason Morosko, Vice President of engineering of UltimateAir®, will be teaching the HVAC portion of PHIUS (Passive House Institute US) Consultants Training Program throughout the month of August.

As an evangelist for the RecoupAerator and its value to any Passive House project, Jason is a recognized ventilation practitioner and Passive House certification trainer. At the training program, he will be providing educational lectures on Passive House principles in whole-house ventilation, something that is crucial in today’s homes as a means of impacting the health and comfort of residences while also prolonging the life and durability of the individual buildings themselves.

This training program is geared to North America’s unique climatic, building code, and materials challenges. Jason will be teaching on the following dates: 

  • August 8th – Chicago
  • August 24th – Portland, Oregon
  • August 31st – Denver

While Jason will be providing his expertise to HVACs, the training program overall will allow participants to:

  • Understand the implementation of Passive House principles in residential, commercial, and retrofit scenarios.
  • Learn from instructors who have designed and built Certified Passive Houses.
  • Work in inch/pound or metric units—PHIUS has adapted course material and Passive House Planning Package software for North America.
  • Study built examples—including mechanical systems—for each North American climate zone. 
  • Learn about local materials suited for Passive House applications
  • Perform cost optimization and economic feasibility tailored for the U.S. market. 
  • Work with custom climate data sets for North America.
Also be sure to check out Jason's blog "SustainablePath" on his latest Passive House Project... his next home!

Tags: Passive House, Passive House Design, Passive House Design Tips

The Growing Popularity of the Passive House

Posted on Thu, Mar 31, 2011

SLC Certified Passive House 2New international standards for environmental efficiency have ushered in a global consciousness for clean air and energy savings; and homeowners and builders across the globe are paying attention. Developed in Germany, PassiveHaus, or Passive House is the emerging gold standard for energy efficient building, and has gained popularity for successfully saving money in heating and cooling costs while improving indoor air quality.

On average Passive House dwellings, which are built with airtight insulation that maximizes the use of natural heating systems such as the sun, achieve an energy savings of 90 percent when compared to existing houses.

In the recent past, guidelines such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard (LEED)-- an internationally recognized green building certification program--has sought to standardize basic principles of constructing homes and buildings. These standards apply to energy savings, water efficiency, reduction of CO2 emissions and improved indoor air quality. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED guidelines give building owners and operators a best-practices framework for green design, construction, operations and maintenance. Innovative designs like the Passive House model are at the forefront of this movement, pioneering practices to be adopted around the world.

At the most basic level, a unit built to Passive House standards employs good insulation with minimal thermal bridges, contains well designed use of solar and internal resources, maintains an excellent level of airtightness and has a ventilation system that provides efficient heat recovery and good indoor air quality. The home is engineered to be so airtight that little heat can escape through the cracks in doors and windows of most other homes. Thus, there is little need to use expensive temperature-manipulating systems. The Passive House framework, which employs these core principles of efficiency, is fast becoming an international standard for building as the design and ethos take hold across the globe.

In Europe, the European Parliament has proposed that all buildings meet passive-house standards of airtightness and energy efficiency by 2011. In Asia and Canada, builders are replicating the design and principles. Worldwide, there are approximately 17,000 buildings constructed to the Passive House standards.

Passive-house is also gaining popularity in the United States because of the demand for environmental friendliness, long-term energy savings and good indoor air quality.  As consumers strive for more natural resources to power their heating and cooling costs and continue to move away from traditional methods that are costly and inefficient, the principles of passive house will gain in popularity.

What’s more, there are advocates in all sectors--from government to professionals in the architectural world who are spreading the message about this type of design. Architects and homeowners from California to Massachusetts, are replicating the passive house design and meeting a warm reception.

Tags: Passive House Design, Home Energy Efficiency Best Practices