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NESEA Building Energy Conference Review

Posted on Sat, Mar 10, 2012

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Reflections of the NESEA Conference

This week, two of our leading members from the UltimateAir crew attended the North Eastern Sustainable Energy Association conference in Boston, Massachusetts. While they were there they learned more about creating green energy construction and attended educational sessions about renewable energy sources. UltimateAir attended the conference to learn more information on how our company can enhance the RecoupAerator ® and bring more innovative qualities to our product.
NESEA Craig 2        Over the weekend, UltimateAir’s Craig and Matt attended the conference bringing our product as well as an open mind. Craig and Matt attended several educational sessions where they learned how to create a product that can operate to filter air in larger spaces. They also learned the importance of air quality in a passive house to improve an overall lifestyle. UltimateAir also got the opportunity to go on a passive house tour where Craig and Matt got the chance to learn the background behind the passive house and new efficient additions being made to the newest passive homes. The tour of the convention showed off many products that are a must in a normal passive home including our product the RecoupeAerator ®. Katrin Klingenberg speaks about the tour in her passive house tour blog. Along with attending important learning sessions, Craig and Matt also had the chance to connect with other businesses to learn their sales strategies and renewable energy ideas for the future.
        We definitely cannot wait until NESEA’s describe the image conference next year but most of all, we cannot wait to set forth our new ideas and designs and get to work. We would like to thank NESEA for the invitation and for the wonderful weekend and Katrin Klingenberg for the much enjoyed passive house tour.
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Tags: NESEA, Trade Show, Building Energy Conference, Passive House, recoupaerator, Show

2011 Passive House Conference Recap

Posted on Wed, Nov 02, 2011

The 6thAnnual North American Passive House Conference was held in Silver Spring, Maryland on October 28-29, 2011.  The event attracted a wide array of business experts, builders, self proclaimed “geeks” and one person wearing a weird hat who all shared the latest technological developments and best practices for building sustainable, comfortable, affordable passive house buildings.

ventilation guy with weird hatThe main objective of the event was to spread awareness of, and build an understanding about, best practices of Passive House buildings.  Relative themes and emphasis of the event focused on energy efficient construction as well as the amount of energy saved upon implementation. 

Specific components included technical discussion and testimonies of real world experiences from various leaders in the green building field such as Sam Rashkin, Marc Rosenbaym and Katrin Klingenberg. Speakers also offered opportunities for attendees to adopt passive house standards.

The RecoupAerator® and Passive House Projects

For UltimateAir®, our employees in attendance were proud to hear such kind words about the benefits of our air filtration/ventilation system. Additionally, the number of Passive House projects that were formally discussed at the conference and using a RecoupAerator® was more than half!

Jason Morosko, UltimateAir®’s vice president of engineering and certified Passive House consultant, offered his personal reflections at the conclusion of the event, saying, “It’s only been implemented in United States building projects for the last 3-4 years, but we’re already at a point where we can assess completed projects and hear feedback. This will help build even more energy efficient homes” 

Jason, if you’re still wondering, is the “Weird Hat Guy,” which became his nickname to many in attendance.

In addition to detailed discussion and explanation of Passive House initiatives, there was a portion of the event designated to debunking popular preconceived notions about the negativity of airtight construction.  Common confusion surrounding the complexity of air replacement involved with mechanical ventilation, a key technology that requires significantly less amounts of heating and cooling costs, was carefully clarified and simplified.

Needless to say, endless opportunities lay ahead in future endeavors and involvement with energy efficiency, and the Passive House movement will only grow in the years ahead.

You can learn more about UltimateAir®'s work with recent Passive House projects.

Tags: Passive House, Air Filtration Passive House

The University of Maryland Wins the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Posted on Mon, Oct 03, 2011

In August we announced our participation in the 2011 Solar Decathlon, where collegiate teams are tasked with designing and building a solar-powered home as a means of educating students and the public about the benefits of energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

UltimateAir® is very proud to announce that the University of Maryland, whose project included one of our residential RecoupAerators® air filtration/ventilation systems,  is the winner of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011!

Congratulations to all involved!

Maryland's Architecture Team Leader Leah Davies spoke after the announcement: “There are lots of tears of joy and relief," she said.  "We are all so proud of the thought and hard work put into WaterShed, and really excited that our message was viewed in such a positive way.”

UltimateAir®'s RecoupAerator® provided ventilation at 70 cubic-feet-per-minute and maintained the indoor air quality for the Watershed Project, all while exchanging energy and moisture between the incoming and outgoing air streams.

We are glad to have played a role in the University of Maryland's huge accomplishment and look forward to our continued participation in this exceptional event!

Learn more about the big win by visiting www.solardecathlon.gov.

Tags: Passive House, RecoupAerator Solar Decathlon, University of Maryland

Commercial RecoupAerator Part of First Public School Passive House

Posted on Fri, Aug 26, 2011

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Ultimate Air and the RecoupAerator have been featured in the Green Mechanical Contractor’s latest article, “The Building That Teaches- First Passivhaus U.S. School Building”.

This Franklin County, Virgina public school (K-12) is the first in the United States designed to Passive House standards and is equipped with the first ever  commercial RecoupAerator on the market!

Adam Cohen, LEED AP, co-owner of Structures Design Build LLC, has been involved with the CEED project (Center for Energy Efficient Design) since 2007.

When asked why his company selected the RecoupAerator over similar products he said, “There are no other products in the United States that have this type of cutting edge technology and efficiency. We also wanted to use a U.S. based manufacturer.”

Passive House design is a fabric first approach to low energy use, and the RecoupAerator lowers energy use with its high efficiency air exchanger. It’s all about numbers, Cohen says, revolving the three metrics: heating and cooling annual demand, air tightness and overall energy use.

The United States has a huge opportunity to improve our nation’s energy efficiency by adhering to Passive House standards for new commercial and residentail building projects. As a leading air filtration/ventilation system that uses less energy than most lightbulbs, the RecoupAerator is well positioned to serve this market.

Be sure to read the full article in the latest GMC, and learn more about how the RecoupAerator can be part of your next Passive House project.

Tags: indoor air quality, energy efficient, Passive House, passivhaus, air filtration systems, public school air quality

UltimateAir Participates in 2011 Solar Decathlon

Posted on Mon, Aug 22, 2011

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In order to promote best practices in the design, building and operating of energy-efficient homes, the U.S. Department of Energy has organized the “Solar Decathlon,” a biennial competition that pits engineers and aspiring design professionals from colleges across the country.

Each collegiate team is tasked with designing and building a solar-powered home, educating both the students involved and the public-at-large about the benefits of energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

Because it requires less energy than most light bulbs, and is an industry leading energy recovery ventilator, one of UltimateAir’s RecoupAerator® 200DX units was included in two participant’s submissions; the University of Tennessee’s passive house and the University of Maryland’s watershed!

UT’s “Living Light” House

The University of Tennessee “Living Light” passive house has a modular design that makes use of component systems that promote energy efficiency and sustainability, with an emphasis on simplicity. UltimateAir’s RecoupAerator® 200DX was chosen to be one of the component systems after the team decided it was the “obvious choice” for whole house ventilation and energy recovery. It functions by using a double façade system that supplies  the house with  passively warmed or cooled fresh air.

UM’s WaterShed

Due to its location near the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s submission proposes solutions to both energy and water shortages in the area. A “holistic approach to water conservation,” the WaterShed includes a RecoupAerator, which provides ventilation at 70 cubic-feet-per-minute and maintains indoor air quality, all while exchanging energy and moisture between the incoming and outgoing air streams.

While we are proud the RecoupAerator® was chosen - we are not surprised. Because energy consumes a significant percentage of families’ incomes, energy efficiency is critical. But since energy efficiency means building tighter homes so less energy escapes, it can also mean that polluted air becomes trapped inside the home. The RecoupAerator® 200DX solves this problem by not only allowing for substantial energy recovery, but allowing for ventilation so clean, fresh air is always circulating in your home!

The Decathlon will take place between September 23 and October 2, 2011 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. As the judges inspect each submission and determine a winner, the public is invited to tour and review the projects themselves as a method for gathering ideas to improve their own homes and learning how they can save money through energy efficient practices and products.

We wish the both teams the best of luck in the presentations of their project and all of the Solar Decathletes the best of luck!

Tags: Passive House, RecoupAerator Solar Decathlon

RecoupAerator Installed in Massachusetts' First Passive House

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2011

passivehouseUltimateAir and the RecoupAerator have been featured in the Green Building Advisor’s latest blog article, “Matt Beaton’s Fill-Court Passivhaus Press." 

Built last September, a home in Shewsbury, Massachusetts has become the first certified Passive House in the Bay State. 

The Recoupaertor plays a vital role; because it's so energy efficient, it's contributed to Beaton's home's Passive House U.S. Certification, which was issued in July.

Passive House standards are growing in popularity throughout the United States because of the demand for environmental friendliness, long-term energy savings and exceptional indoor air quality. Because the Passive House is air-tight it is imperative that one has a quality air filtration system installed - and that's where we come in.

These homes will serve as a model for future homes and Ultimate Air was happy to be a part of this project and many more to come.

Read the full article over at Green Building Advisor, and visit www.BeaconConstruction.com for more information.

Tags: indoor air quality, Indoor Air Pollution, Passive House, passivhaus

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

Passive House Update: Insulated Roof

Posted on Thu, Feb 24, 2011
Review - plastic up to the rafters - then 0.5" Luan + tape all joints = air seal (I HOPE). I have a cavity that is 29" so i filled it with loose blown cellulose. In PHPP (for you other energy nerds), read more...

Tags: Passive House