According to Berner International, the seemingly inevitable spread of Zika virus from South America to North America through mosquito contact this summer is prompting additional interest in HVAC industry air curtains.
Berner International Corp. named manufacturer representatives R. Williamson & Associates (Skokie, IL) and SRS Enterprises (Middletown, NJ) as its 2015 “Rep of the Year” for commission and buy/sell reps, respectively.
The Air Movement and Control Association International announced that the 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code will contain a provision enabling air curtains to be considered as an alternative to vestibules.
Besides prevention of energy losses and flying insect infiltration, a medical center maintenance staff discovered a new air curtain benefit; adding an integral awning to keep patrons dry during rainstorms and complement exterior building aesthetics.
The WindGuard® 18 belt-drive industrial series air curtain is featured in this brochure. Included are lists of features and benefits, dimensional information, a product photo, and a table comparing each model.
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.