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Fabric Ducting Solutions for Consumable Applications

This three minute video talks about fabric ducting solutions and the challenges presented in consumable applications, such as food processing, preparation & packaging, growing facilities, beverage & bottling, warehousing, restaurants, and grocery stores.

Highlights include:
• Opti-X – Medical grade fabric
• R-Track – Stainless steel retractable systems
• Benefits of Fabric vs. Metal

The consumables industry is a fast growing sector of the economy. It is generally defined as encompassing all areas of food and beverage production, including manufacturing, processing, packaging and growing, as well as food service, restaurants and retail (grocery).

While no two consumables industry facilities are the same, there are a variety of common air-flow related environmental challenges that they face. Metal duct solutions can contribute to poor indoor air quality and contamination due to:

• Insufficient airflow that encourages microbial growth
• The need for drip pans to collect condensation
• Remaining condensation on surfaces from washdowns and lack of airflow
• Cross-contamination in harsh washdown applications
• Safety hazards when cleaning elevated work areas
• Downtime and labour costs of system-wide cleaning

Hygienic Advantages

DuctSox air dispersion solutions provide better indoor air quality, better environmental control and a better cleaning experience.

• Targeted air dispersion options prevent condensation buildup throughout the facility
• DuctSox Opti-X fabric controls the growth and spread of bacteria, fungi and mould in consumable environments
• Anti-microbial, grade and shed proof fabric
• Can be laundered
• Healthier environment

Low Maintenance

A variety of suspension options are available including the stainless-steel food grade R-Track suspension system.

• The unique design of the R-Track makes fabric removal for cleaning, quick and easy
• Zippered segments at the end of a run to allow removal of the whole length from a single access point
• Recommended to use spare sets of socks for laundering, to minimize down time during scheduled cleanings

Reduced Condensation

The sanitation cycle in food facilities is essential to keeping operations and product clean and safe throughout the supply chain. However, that same necessary cycle introduces unwanted condensation.

Fabric ductwork eliminates this issue with the following features:

• Entire duct is comprised of breathable fabric material, condensation is not able to form or rest on the exterior of the duct
• Targeted air dispersion helps prevent condensation on walls, ceilings, floors and production equipment
• Features a zippered section design to allow for sections to be removed, commercially laundered, and re-installed

For more information please visit our DuctSox Fabric Duct Product Range page, call us on 1300 770 908 or Contact Us.

TechIN appoints ecoHVAC as a distributor of ALDAG Air Handling Units

Aldag Modular Air Handling Unit

ecoHVAC are pleased to advise we have been appointed by TechIN as the QLD, NSW & ACT Distributor for the ALDAG range of Air Handling Units.

ALDAG modular air handling units are available with airflow range from 400 l/s up to 34,700 l/s. The AHU conditions the air to achieve the desired indoor air quality, temperature and humidity. They are EUROVENT Certified and are designed to meet the customer’s specific HVAC requirements.

Since 1967 ALDAG Cooling Industry Inc. has been a pioneer and leader in the production of refrigerators by these facilities. Flexibility in design, quality in production, energy saving, customer satisfaction in service are their general policy.

  • Airflow Range: 400 l/s to 34,700 l/s (larger airflows available as special design)
  • Construction: Commercial, Hygienic, Single deck and multiple decking, Multi-zone, Vertical & Horizontal, Indoor and Outdoor installation
  • Fans: EC fans, AC fans with speed controller, Centrifugal Belt-driven
  • Cooling: Water and glycol coils, DX freon coils, Special coils like CO2, NH3…
  • Heating: Water coils, Electric banks, Vapor coils
  • Heat recovery: Wheel type, Plate type, Run-around coils
  • Filters: Any classification (EUROVENT certified)
  • Options: UVC, Controls, Humidifiers
  • Casing: T2 – T3 class. TB1 – TB3 class

For more information on Aldag Air Handling Units, please call us on 1300 770 908 or Contact Us.

DuctSox Data Centre Airflow Solutions

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Metal ducts create problems with:

  • Unusable Rack Space
  • Temperature Variations
  • Irregular Velocities

Fabric systems are custom engineered for the airflow challenges of today’s data centres.

DuctSox has the solution.

DuctSox provide targeted, consistent airflow and velocity in cold aisles with adjustability that allows for higher heat load targeting.

For more information, please visit our DuctSox Products page or Contact Us.

Room Air Purification

The Price Room Air Purifier improves indoor air quality with air filtration wherever and whenever you need it.

In today’s world, indoor air quality is an increasing concern and the ability to provide clean air to room occupants is more important than ever. Most commercial spaces focus primarily on cost and thermal comfort while air quality is based on minimum requirements, which can result in lower than optimal air quality.

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VAV Diffusers In High Performance Air Systems

Creating Comfort, Efficiency and Sustainability with VAV Diffusers

High performance air systems demand modern design approaches with leading-edge products and technology in order to optimise comfort and reduce energy consumption. A comfortable environment is achieved by providing the smallest possible zones of temperature control, allowing for individual temperature distribution and better air movement. Reduction in energy is realized by designing a low-pressure HVAC system that allows for maximum turn-down while maintaining temperatures.

vav diffuser range
High performance air systems demand design approaches with leading-edge products and technology in order to optimise comfort and reduce energy consumption.
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The Four Pillars of UVC Disinfection

four pillars of uvc disinfectionAmerican Ultraviolet uses the most comprehensive approach to UVC disinfection to safely cover all areas in a building, and they do so with a special focus on reducing pathogens in the environment. This is the core concept behind the Four (4) pillars of UVC Disinfection. Since it is known that UVC reduces pathogens in air, and on surfaces, a multi-prong approach can be used inside a building.
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The Pros and Cons of Mobile UVC Disinfection Units

american ultraviolet mobile uvc unit
If you’re responsible for maintaining a business or commercial building, this can be a very uncertain time. COVID-19 has changed the way all of us operate. Your building may either be closed, reopening, or overrun with people. Regardless, there is one thing that’s top of mind: the health of everyone who uses your building.

Germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) products can kill up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria on surfaces without the use of harsh chemicals.
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Improve Air Quality in Schools and Universities with Displacement Ventilation

Leveraging Displacement Ventilation & Displacement Chilled Beams

There is a growing demand in schools and universities for their building’s to perform more efficiently within shrinking budgets, while simultaneously accommodating the introduction of new technologies into the classroom and operating for 50-70 years in an ever-changing environment.

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As markets continue to adopt evolving standards and building codes that demand lower energy consumption, new solutions will keep gaining traction in school and university design.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “High Performance School” as “energy and resource efficient.” At Price Industries, they combine years of occupant comfort design experience with sustainable HVAC technology to assist in achieving High Performance School and University design goals, reducing operating costs, maintenance and energy usage while improving the learning environment.

Benefits of High Performance Air Distribution in Schools and Universities

Displacement Ventilation (DV) is an energy efficient method of air delivery that supplies air directly into the occupied portion of the space at low air speeds. DV improves air quality and occupant satisfaction due to the manner in which the air distributes throughout the space (see Figure 1). Displacement Chilled Beams (DCB) allow engineers to combine the benefits of both chilled beam and displacement technologies into a unified system (see Figure 2).

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Figure 1: Displacement Ventilation (DV) supplies air directly into the occupied portion of the space at low air speed

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Figure 2: Displacement Chilled Beams (DCB) combine the benefits of both chilled beam and displacement technologies

These systems benefit school and university systems in particular due to their unique design and operation requirements.

  1. Low Maintenance: Due to DV and DCB systems’ comparative lack of moving parts and mechanical equipment (fans, filters, drain pans and condensate pumps), they typically have lower maintenance costs compared to other systems.
  2. Low Operating Cost: DV and DCB systems only condition the occupied zone or lower portion of the space. Other inherent qualities, such as higher supply air temperatures and lower air speeds, combine to deliver air efficiently. In combination, this results in significant energy savings that allow for annual funds to be leveraged on other school projects.
  3. Lower Noise Levels: The use of DV and DCB systems improves acoustics due to the low velocity supply used to deliver the air to the space. This leads to an improved learning environment compared to other traditional systems that rely on high velocity air. Teachers are now able to instruct without raising their voices over the air system, and students in the extremities of the classroom can hear instruction clearly.
  4. High Indoor Air Quality: Indoor air quality (IAQ) has been proven by several independent studies to have a major impact on the health, performance and attendance of students and teachers. The use of displacement ventilation has resulted in significant improvements in air quality in a number of studies.1,2,3,4
  5. Improved Thermal Comfort: DV supplies warmer air at lower velocity than traditional air distribution systems, and is driven naturally throughout the space by the heat sources and occupants, providing superior comfort.
  6. Cost of Ownership: DV and DCB systems are first-cost competitive; once the cost of replacement and maintenance is considered, these system cost less compared to almost any other systems, including a variable refrigerant (VRF) system. The school system can realize even further cost benefits when considering the reduction in energy consumption and resulting lower utility bills.
  7. Reduced Renovation or Modernization Cost: Owners can achieve the improvements of a high performance system with minimal renovation costs (see Figure 3). A DCB system can be easily installed into a building with existing unit ventilators and chilled water piping by simply adding duct work and reconnecting the chilled water piping. Similarly, buildings with only ventilation and heating infrastructure can be retrofitted by removing the heating coil and ceiling diffusers, adding in the chilled beams, reconnecting the hot water piping and adding in a chilled water supply.
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Figure 3: Existing unit ventilator (left) and new chilled beam (right)

High Indoor Air Quality

Indoor environmental quality (IAQ) has been proven by several independent studies to have a major impact on health, performance and attendance of students and teachers. Displacement ventilation has shown significant improvements of the air quality in classrooms on a number of studies conducted. 5,6,7,8

The images below (Figures 4a and 4b) shows provides an illustration of what happens when contaminants, such as exhaled particles, enter the space. In a mixing space the particles released in a sneeze would be mixed throughout the space. In a displacement system the particles are pushed upward, and out of the breathing zone.

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Figure 4a: In a mixing system, exhaled particles (red) are mixed throughout the space

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Figure 4b: In a displacement system, the exhaled particles (red) are pushed up and out of the breathing zone

To learn more about how Displacement Ventilation and Displacement Chilled Beams systems can be leveraged for High Performance Schools and Universities please Contact Us.

References

1. Arent, J., Eley, C., & Meister, B. (2006). Displacement Ventilation in Action: Performance Monitoring of Demonstration Classrooms. ACEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

2. Smedje, G., & Norback, D. (2000). New Ventilation Systems at Select Schools in Sweden – Effects on Asthma and Exposure.

3. ASHRAE. (2013). ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013: Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality.

4. Jung, A. and Zeller, M. (2005). Analysis and Testing of Methods to Deter-mine Indoor Air Quality and Air Change Effectiveness. Original technical paper from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technical University of Aachen, Germany, 1994

5. ASHRAE. (2013). ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013: Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. ASHRAE.

6. Arent, J., Eley, C., & Meister, B. (2006). Displacement Ventilation in Action: Performance Monitoring of Demonstration Classrooms. ACEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

7. Smedje, G., & Norback, D. (2000). New Ventilation Systems at Select Schools in Sweden – Effects on Asthma and Exposure.

8. Jung, A., and M. Zeller, 2005. Analysis and Testing of Methods to Determine Indoor Air Quality and Air Change Effectiveness. Original technical paper from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technical University of Aachen, Germany, 1994.</1>