Tyco Fire Protection Products introduced the BFV-300 Butterfly Valve. The company says the BFV-300 is now a lighter, more compact design that allows for more efficient installation, easier operation, and long-term performance. New features of the valve make it smaller and lighter.
Weil-McLain® is now offering an enhanced line of its SlimFit™ high-efficiency condensing gas boilers. The company says new features include improved boiler-to-boiler communication, Modbus® and BACnet® for linking with BAS, express set up wizard, 10 preset typical heating systems, and updated controls interface for simpler navigation, at-a-glance boiler status, diagnostics, and troubleshooting.
The new Premium Efficiency vertical stacked water source heat pumps (VSHPs) from Johnson Controls offers efficiency as high as 16.6 EER and up to 18.5 EER in ground loop (geothermal) applications. The company says the design allows for simple zoning, tenant metering, and building expandability.
WaterFurnace International has introduced the Envision® 30-ton water source heat pump, which the company says offers efficiencies that exceed ASHRAE 90.1 standards. Featuring a modular, take-apart design, the 30-ton unit can be moved into a building in two different sections, providing a reduced weight, smaller footprint, and improved maneuverability. Each piece fits in freight elevators and through doorways for convenience. When the unit is ready for installation, the sections can be rejoined.
Johnson Controls says its reinvented York® Custom Air-Handling Unit is designed to adapt to the unique needs of the environment, providing balanced performance by matching AHU features and efficiency against precise building demands.
Bosch Thermotechnology is introducing 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 chassis sizes with inputs ranging from 85MBH up to 1024MBH, and are applicable for use in small studio units all the way up to commercial buildings. Bosch is introducing the new SSB Series in phases with mid-size range 255,399 and 512 MBH models available initially.
All Laars commercial NeoTherm boilers now come with a large color touch screen as standard equipment. The company says the screen allows quick access to the control’s full functionality. A new variable speed boiler pump control option, VARI-PRIME™, is also available that optimizes total installed efficiency by matching boiler input modulation to pump flow.
Titus HVAC introduced the RevolutionTFX air-handling unit. The company says the air handler expands the contractor’s ability to meet the wide range of retrofit challenges present in office, government, and educational projects.
Rotobrush® International LLC has launched the BrushBeast, which was designed with a 90% increase in vacuum power. The company said that the BrushBeast allows for easy maneuvering into tight areas such as attics and crawl spaces.
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.