International Environmental Corporation (IEC) has developed the MiniReStoraMOD™, a small and minimally invasive high-rise fan coil solution. Officials said the system allows for easy and fast replacement for hospitality, multifamily and higher education applications.
Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC) has launched the U.S. MOTORS® brand 3-10 hp electronically commutated (EC) motor with an IE4 (Super Premium efficiency) rating integrated with a tuned VFD. The product is available for variable torque pumps, fans, blowers, farm vents, and hydronic pumps. This motor is a member of the ACCU-SERIES line of variable speed products.
Regal Beloit says its new DEC Star system combines patented technologies of Genteq® HEB blowers and axial flux Genteq motors to improve efficiency for HVAC appliances, and reduce input wattage by 15 to 35% over standard blowers with traditional ECM motors.
Carel introduced two new models of its humiSonic Humidifiers family. Featuring 10% energy consumption, 10,000 hours of operation, and 1 ų water droplet size, the company says its new humiSonic direct was designed to provide energy-savings solutions for direct room humidification, while the humiSonic ventilation is ideal for duct installation. The compact plug-and-play products join the company’s humiSonic compact, which is installed in fan coils.
Uponor PEX pipe and ProPEX® expansion fittings are now available in 2.5-in and 3-in sizes. The company says the new sizes offer professionals the ability to specify, design, and install even more commercial plumbing and hydronic piping systems with PEX.
Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. launched a new sealed combustion high-efficiency stainless steel boiler line with condensing technology. The Buderus SSB Series consists of a total of eight models in four separate cabinet sizes with inputs ranging from 85MBH up to 1,024MBH, and are applicable for use in small studio units all the way up to commercial buildings.
Victaulic says it has developed the first grooved piping system for saturated steam and condensate piping. Designed for use on commercial and industrial steam applications, the system features the Style 870 rigid coupling, a full line of fittings, and pipe preparation tool roll sets to process the new OGS-200 groove profile.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.