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

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Price Brings Thermal Comfort to Banner Health Center Maricopa

When Banner Health – one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in the US – constructed their new facility in Maricopa, AZ, they had an important goal in mind: creating a comfortable, healthy environment for patients and staff.

The team at Banner Health was curious about the benefits of Displacement Ventilation (DV) and consulted the engineers at SmithGroupJJR for suggestions. The engineering team identified Price as a solid partner for the project, noting their consistent and industry-leading product support.

As Banner Health had predicted, the superior thermal comfort, indoor air quality and energy efficiency of Price Displacement Ventilation made it a perfect fit for their new facility. Found in Banner Health Center Maricopa’s patient care areas and public spaces, this versatile air distribution technology assists in setting a high environmental standard for all future Banner Health facilities.

Full Case Study can be found here.

Banner Health Center in Maricopa, AZ

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Price Displacement Ventilation Keeps California ISO Cool and Comfortable

The California Independent System Operator (California ISO) treated the design of its new headquarters in Folsom, CA as an opportunity to demonstrate strong energy leadership. The corporation – which manages the power grid of 30 million people – wanted to achieve 25% less energy usage than outlined in California’s Title 24 standard, and targeted LEED certification as a benchmark.

Because of the building’s diverse functional areas, a Price Displacement Ventilation system was used in conjunction with underfloor air distribution. This solution provided a comfortable, flexible and aesthetically pleasing work environment.

The video below outlines the design process of the new headquarters, and shows how Price’s hybrid solution helped California ISO exceed its energy performance goals.

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Price Displacement Ventilation in San Francisco International Airport

The revitalization of San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 2 (SFO T2) included a redesign that set out to redefine the passenger experience and provide airport travelers with a distinctly “San Francisco” flavor. Very influential in this redesign were the goals of reducing the terminal’s environmental footprint and achieving LEED Gold Certification – both of which were achieved through the inclusion of various sustainable products and practices.

Price Displacement Ventilation was selected to condition the space for its ability to meet the energy efficiency and comfort goals of the customer while also seamlessly integrating into the architect’s design. Because of this innovative technology, airline travelers arriving to and departing from San Francisco now enjoy a more comfortable environment with excellent air quality.

The following video discusses the requirements and challenges of the project, and explores why Price Displacement Ventilation was the ideal solution for SFO T2.

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