More commercial standards, guidelines and building codes now mandate the use of exhaust air energy recovery ventilation to meet not only basic energy efficiency requirements of standard construction projects, but also the needs of high performance building applications where the objectives are to provide enhanced ventilation strategies and optimized energy performance. Air-to-air energy recovery has moved from being a niche product that once only served industrial applications (where the economics of payback needed to be constantly provided and the first thing to be “value engineered” out of the project) to a mainstream technology where the benefits are continually demonstrated, accepted and duly codified.
As a result, there are no longer specific “applications” where air-to-air energy recovery should be used; nearly all types of projects, in all sorts of geographic locations, with a myriad of different volumetric flow rates (from the very small to the very large) can benefit from the use of energy recovery.
The effectiveness of energy recovery is its ability to recycle low grade waste energy to pre-treat fresh air being introduced into occupied spaces to provide a well ventilated, quiet and comfortable high performance building environment with substantial reductions in the costs associated with heating, cooling or otherwise conditioning that air.
Many of the recommendations that you will find in this section for schools, hospitals, office buildings and retrofit applications (or even something completely different) may seem repetitive, however in the real world each application is unique and presents its own obstacles and challenges and there are many benefits to selecting the right partner at the beginning to help you execute your energy recovery strategy correctly.
To obtain more information on our products and determine the best solution for your application, please contact your local Venmar CES Representative.
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