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8th Annual North American Passive House Conference & Expo

Posted on Tue, Oct 29, 2013
PHIUS 2013 Jason & Guest

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

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.

UltimateAir Sponsering local Energy Discussion

Posted on Fri, Oct 19, 2012

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

Tags: Homeowners, energy efficient, recoupaerator, UltimateAir., green building, Energy

Becoming Energy Efficient: The Mother News Fair

Posted on Tue, Oct 16, 2012

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.

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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.

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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.

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Luke Langhals

Director of Business Development

UltimateAir Inc.

 

 

Tags: Building Energy Conference, UltimateAir., Home Energy Efficiency Best Practices Better Build, Air Filtration

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

Meet the Team: Matt Baker

Posted on Wed, Aug 08, 2012

Matt Baker, describe the imageProduct Development and Design, studied aviation electronics at Colorado Aero Tech in the mid 90s and, more recently, completed a degree in Interior Architecture and Design at Ohio University. He started working with UltimateAir testing and protoyping a potential product in 2009. He is an experienced designer, and has practiced with architects in South Florida and was a lab technician at Sunpower, Inc. here in Athens, Ohio. He loves being in an innovative workplace.  Matt explains, "The process of good design is very interesting to me. Being a design thinking person I like to test new ideas for viability. The ups and downs of the design process is as much physical as it is intellectual. If nothing else is accomplished in the design process, I usually gain some important insight about why things are made the way they are. The wonderful thing about the RecoupAerator is the way in which it effects our architectural decisions. It makes us think about fresh air and ventilation, and I believe it has the potential to change the whole building industry. This product allows people to build more energy efficient and longer lasting buildings, while improving their indoor air quality."

Matt has been a cyclist and bicycle mechanic for over 20 years and worked
designing and developing an auto-shifting bicycle transmission concept which has been patented.

Tags: ERV, recoupaerator, UltimateAir., HVAC, Profile

A Few of UltimateAir’s Favorite Websites

Posted on Tue, May 29, 2012

UltimateAir likes to stay informed and involved in the newest and innovational ideas in green technology. To keep ourselves in the loop we like to visit a few great websites that we thought you would enjoy as well :)

 

1.  http://www.100khouse.com/

100khousePicThis website is definitely one of our favorites to visit. Its a great blog to get involved in to learn more about the science and secrets behind green home technology and passive homes. The blog is filled with interesting articles informing readers on the A to Z on everything you need to know to create an environmentally friendly and energy saving home.

 

 

 

2.  http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/

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Green Building Advisors is also one of our top choice websites to visit. Its an easy navigational website for the average person to learn the newest and important basics on building a green home including a mass amount of information on why products such as The RecoupAerator are an important commodity for your home. On this website, you have the opportunity to read interesting and new articles posted by experts on the newest trends and designs in green homes all over the U.S. Another great part about this website is you can blog and chat with experts to help you learn more about green energy and its importance in your home.

 

3.  http://www.homeenergy.org/

homeEnergyHome Energy is a fantastic website that’s based on a magazine. This website is perfect for referencing to learn about any home energy topics. The website touches on every subject and includes the most practical information on residential energy efficiency, performance, comfort, and affordability. UltimateAir loves Home Energy because all the content included on this website comes directly from the experts who are researching and employing innovative design, building, and remodeling practices and product.

 

Tags: Air quality tips, ERV, energy efficient, Recouperator, UltimateAir., Links