Advancing the State of the Art in Sustainable Design

Fraunhofer’s Boston Headquarters

Energy efficiency, design innovation, and historic urban architecture – Fraunhofer’s Building Technology Showcase (BTS) represents the bright future of sustainable design; a future that Price Industries is deeply committed to being a part of.

The BTS is Fraunhofer’s headquarters in Boston’s fast-growing Innovation District, a deep energy retrofit of a 100-year-old building that serves as a “living laboratory” for R&D of advanced sustainable energy technologies. Prior to beginning the retrofit, Fraunhofer reached out to BR+A Consulting Engineers – a noted leader in the sustainable design community. BR+A then enlisted Price to supply the majority of the HVAC equipment on the project, as no other manufacturer could respond to the strict demand for highly innovative, research-driven products. Price jumped at the chance to participate in this sophisticated living lab, which would allow us to test our products in a variety of new and interesting applications.

One such application can be found on the sixth floor, where Price Natural Ventilation (NV) technology is used in combination with a radiant ceiling. This system is governed by an experimental controls sequence that attempts to satisfy space conditions using NV and operable windows first, and then brings on the radiant panels for cooling simultaneously if necessary. If conditions can still not be satisfied, the NV system will turn off and the controls will switch over to fan coils.

This space will be used to evaluate occupant comfort and indoor conditions during various periods of the year. Tests will compare conditions when using NV alone, as well as when the system is coupled with radiant panels. Our goal is to better understand flow sensing for NV systems, and to develop algorithms that predict ventilation rates based on differential pressures, fan speed, and damper position.

Price is working hand in hand with Fraunhofer on a number of other research initiatives as well, including sustainable energy analysis and real time data logging. Price has always been eager to collaborate with research leaders – including USC Berkeley and the National Research Council of Canada – and our work with Fraunhofer is a continuation of this relentless invention. Installing new products and learning from their application; collecting real-time data from an occupied building – this is where the true value of the Fraunhofer project lies.

To arrange a tour at the Building Technology Showcase, contact the Price events team at events@price-hvac.com.

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