Instead of overhauling the existing multi-zone rooftop units or replacing them with new versions of the same technology, the firm designed a multi-zone air handler for Victoria, B.C.’s heritage site, Rithet Building, which employed air-to-air heat pump technology exclusively.
Using an overhead high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fan’s bi-directional airflow and elevated air speed is a powerful way to improve ventilation, thereby reducing the concentration of airborne pathogens through dilution. Occupant comfort can be assured in applications ranging from non-conditioned industrial spaces to commercial buildings.
In a city where construction is constant, developers are looking for opportunities to incorporate green energy solutions into their projects. Case in point: The Well project in Toronto. This new addition to Toronto’s downtown core will feature seven towers of mixed-use space, all sitting atop a new thermal energy facility.
High-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fans are easy to install in open spaces such as libraries, cafeterias, gyms, and school corridors. These cost-effective systems use minimal energy while creating a cooling effect of up to 5.5 C (10 F), thereby improving comfort in learning environments throughout the year.
To create effective barriers to noise and vibration in buildings, it is essential to clearly define design objectives, carefully select construction materials, choose appropriate finishes, and diligently design the interior space with proper layouts of adjacent areas.
The Québec City University Hospital Centre (CHU) de Québec – Université Laval opted for a deep retrofit project when addressing a backlog of deferred maintenance. Energy-efficiency upgrades at four of the centre’s hospitals included boiler replacements, improvements to the thermal plants, and reconfiguration of numerous electromechanical systems.
The world’s first Passive House car dealership is nearing completion in Red Deer, Alta. The client’s major requirement was any decisions made in pursuit of Passive House certification must not compromise customer or vehicle service. This was challenging and demanded the best of the whole design team.
The Atmospheric Fund and Ecosystem partnered with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation to retrofit seven multi-unit residential buildings. These energy retrofits have reduced annual utility bills and carbon emissions, while addressing thermal comfort and ventilation issues for residents.
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