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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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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Price Supports USGBC’s Project Haiti

The earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 devastated the country and left many children orphans. Price is proud to be a part of the U.S. Green Building Council’s project to build Haiti’s first LEED Orphanage & Children’s Center.

Price’s Winder, Georgia Plant Manager, Steve Bittle, has had two opportunities to travel to Haiti since the earthquake. In the video below, he talks about his experiences and what Project Haiti means for the orphaned children in Haiti.

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AIO Tech Tip: Defining Custom Columns

In this latest Tech Tip you can learn how you can customize the column names on your terminal performance report as Phill Litkowich looks at the ‘define custom column headers’ feature of Price All-In-One.

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