What’s so special about Konvekta?

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We have represented Konvekta for nearly eight years now.  In that time, we have designed and delivered over 34 separate projects.  We have supplied Konvekta equipment to a very impressive User Group including key owners like UMass Medical, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale, Novartis and Millipore.

In those eight years, there have been some key reasons why owners ask for, and mechanical engineers specify, Konvekta.

What’s so special about Konvekta?

Here is what we know is true.

  • Energy Savings – Konvekta systems achieve 75 to 90% effectiveness.
  • Flexibility – Konvekta systems provide more design flexibility than any other energy recovery device.
  • Safety – Konvekta systems are the safest possible option in any critical exhaust environments.
  • Sole Responsibility – Konvekta supplies the entire package.  They manufacturer their own coils, pump packages and controls.
  • Exceed Code Requirements –  Konvekta systems are the only pumped glycol energy recovery system that will meet the new minimum efficiencies in the revised ASHRAE code.
  • Complete Control Package –  Konvekta provides a complete control package on every project.  The Konvekta control system makes sure system data is recorded, analyzed, and available for factory and customer review.
  • GUARANTEE – Konvekta is the only manufacturer that guarantees Energy Savings.  They monitor the system to make sure that it meets or exceeds the guaranteed energy recovery efficiency.  if the system falls short they guarantee to pay the difference to the owner.

 

 

 

Contact Us to help design your next energy recovery project with Konvekta.

AGronomics IQ’s Evolution Series for Grow Rooms

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AGronomic IQ’s best selling unit, the Evolution Series is the ultimate solution for grow rooms.

Designed from the ground up, AGronomic IQ’s Evolution Series provides a highly effective and efficient environment control solution for most grow rooms.

It also comes in a wide range of sizes and options to provide the most space efficient, energy efficient and cost-effective solution possible while delivering the most stable and scalable performance in the industry. There is simply no other system on the market that provides more capacity, value or performance in a smaller footprint!

Redundant, Scalable Performance

The Evolution Series is engineered as two complete systems in one. It’s designed to provide two-stage efficiency with dual circuit reliability and redundancy. When dehumidification loads are low, only one system operates using half the energy. When loads increase, the second circuit kicks in and only runs when necessary, providing not just ideal performance and energy consumption, but also built-in redundancy should anything happen to one of the compressors or fans.

No Refrigerant Risk

Even better, the Agronomic IQ Series is designed to operate using proprietary fluid coolers and glycol as a heat exchange media, which virtually eliminates the high risk of a refrigerant leak killing plants.

Capacity Ranges

  • 45 to 170 lbs/hr moisture removal capacity
  • 3,000 to 16,000 CFM of air handling

Competitive Advantages

  • Dual-circuit, scalable performance to suit every stage of growth with ultra-conservative energy consumption
  • Fully modular system – 2 compressors, 2 supply air fans, 2 cabinets, one package
  • The security and reliability of dual, parallel, staged compressors
  • Provides precise control of the variable humidity requirements for each growing phase
  • Patent-pending design incorporates “Economizer Cooling” to save tens of thousands in electricity costs annually
  • EC blower motor technology for lowest operating costs and sound levels on both the fluid cooler and main AHU
  • Highest quality and efficiency, for dehumidification and cooling performance with fully modulating reheat coil for optimum room temperature control
  • Wide range of auxiliary heating options available
  • Combines compact footprints and premium quality components into 3 physical model sizes from 8 to 45 tons
  • Utilizes proprietary fluid coolers in a sealed system with exceptionally low refrigerant charge, no field refrigeration work and minimal risk of refrigerant leak
  • Includes no cost, 24/7 real-time Internet monitoring via proprietary GrowSentryTMTechnology to ensure peak performance plus remote system access and control for ultimate peace-of-mind and the lowest service costs in the industry
  • Service vestibule outside of the air stream for ease of service and quiet operation
  • Delivers a competitive first cost, followed by extremely low total cost of ownership and an exceptionally long service life

Download AGronomic IQ brochure here.


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Featured manufacturer:
AGronomics IQ

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UVM – STEM Complex | Pumped Glycol Energy Recovery System

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Project Name: University of Vermont STEM Complex
 Architect: Freeman, French & Freeman, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: BR + A Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Contractor: VHV Company
Equipment: OA Intake and EA Discharge Plenums
Manufacturer: Konvenkta,
Size: 148,300 CFM
DAC Sales Engineer: Brad Carpenter

Project Overview:

The University of Vermont’s $104 million investment in a new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Complex, will feature the design and development of state-of-the-art 21st century learning and research facilities, with the goal of attracting and retaining world-class students and faculty.

Sustainable building design standards include a commitment to LEED Silver certification or better, for
the more than 250,000 square feet of new construction and renovation projects. The integration of Konvekta‘s intelligent, highly efficient, energy recovery system into the design of the STEM Complex heating and cooling systems has proven to be a critical element in achievin
g the high efficiency standards necessary for the development of the state-of-the-art STEM facilities.  Read more

The system at the the University of Vermont was supplied by Konvekta and incorporates their glycol heat recovery units WHAT GOES HERE .  The design WRITE MORE HERE

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Konvekta

 

 

 

University Biology Lab HVAC Upgrade | Pumped Glycol Energy Recovery System

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Project Name: University Biology Lab HVAC Upgrade
Architect: Perkins & Will
Mechanical Engineer: Rist-Frost Shumway Engineering
Mechanical Contractor: J.C. Higgins
Equipment: Pumped Glycol Energy Recovery System and High Plume Laboratory Dilution Fans
Manufacturer: KonvektaMK Plastics
Size: 144,000 CFM
DAC Sales Engineer: David Goodman

Project Overview:

This project replaces the Biolabs’ aged HVAC infrastructure with new energy-efficient systems capable of meeting the needs of a modern biological lab for years to come.  The major mechanical spaces of the building were consolidated into a centralized mechanical room on the 5th floor, and new air intake, exhaust fans, and horizontal duct distribution were installed at the roof level.  The replacement of existing systems were phased over a two year period to minimize disruption to research activities throughout the building.  A high performance pumped glycol system was deployed that included a snow melt coil in the OA plenum.

              

Hydronic Module with 2 pumps on VFDs and 2 plate and frame heat exchangers

            

Snow melt coils


MK Plastics Laboratory dilution fans

The pumped glycol system as the Basis of Design was provided by Konvekta.  The air handlers include a reheat coil by Konvekta supplied with a 3-way control valve to reheat the air and provide humidity control.   Liquid temperature probes and liquid control valves were included in the Konvekta system.

While the system design is over 90% effective in Winter Recovery, the hydronic module also included a pair of tube and shell HW heat exchangers which allowed the Konvekta glycol ER loop to meet all the heating needs of the building.

Konvekta screen shot at startup

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New Software Tool Helps Design Efficient Buildings

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MIT researchers develop inexpensive way to perform full lifecycle analysis of design choices as buildings are being planned

Typically, when architects or engineers design a new building, it’s only at the end of the process — if ever — that a lifecycle analysis of the building’s environmental impact is carried out. And by then, it may be too late to make significant changes. Now, a faster and easier system for doing such analyses could change all that, making the analysis an integral part of the design process from the beginning.

The new process is simple enough that it could be integrated into the software already used by building designers so that it becomes a seamless addition to their design process. Read complete MIT article here.

Please contact us to discuss your energy efficient applications.

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Thermo-Composite Casing Hygienius Construction

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Thermo-Composite Casing – Annexair’s Superior Corrosion Resistent Construction

Featuring Annexair’s Thermo-casing, the Hygienius construction represents the best option for healthcare centers, educational institutions, greenhouses, pools and any other buildings requiring corrosion resistance, high quality and hygienic HVAC requirements.

This revolutionary concept offers the best of both worlds:  unsurpassed quality and economical pricing similar to conventional steel units.

Thermo Composite Panel

  • Double-wall polymer core with foam insulation, aluminum skin on both sides, and PVC trim
  • 2-inch thick with R-14 insulation factor
  • Certified foam made of special polystyrene with 30% recycled content
  • Exterior and interior finished with a PVDF 3000 hrs salt-spray resistant coating
  • Monocoque construction to avoid internal mold or mildew grow

View complete brochure here:  HygieniusConstruction Flyer 2018

Please contact us to discuss your Thermo Composite applications.

Featured Manufacturer:
Annexair

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Inside the Making of A Modular Mechanical Room

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A Look Inside the Making of a Modular Mechanical Room

Modular Mechanical Solutions is transforming the way businesses think about prefabrication by solving the challenges of time, space and quality with customized modular solutions. See how it is done here:

Please contact us to discuss your Modular Mechanical applications.

Featured Manufacturer:
Modular Mechanical Solutions

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Advanced Manufacturing Process

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Excellent Systems Lead to Excellent Products

Ingenia Technologies is an industry leader in custom air handling unit production.  A state-of-the-art manufacturing plant and leading edge engineering technology are utilized to provide creative custom air handling unit solutions and high quality product.

Take a look at what it takes to make a consistently high quality product: (video 4 min)

From modular air handlers to ultra-quiet acoustical performance systems to energy recovery solutions to complex customized designs, Ingenia delivers.

Please contact us to discuss your Ingenia applications.

Featured Manufacturer:
Ingenia Technologies, Inc.

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ASHRAE Design Guide for Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS)

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Are you thinking about designing a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS)? 

Make sure you have comprehensive guidance from industry experts to simplify and optimize DOAS design, installation, operation, and management. The ASHRAE Design Guide for Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems consolidates existing material to focus on the major issues while referring to supplemental sources for more specialized or in-depth information.

A DOAS uses separate equipment to condition all of the outdoor air brought into a building for ventilation and delivers it to each occupied space, either directly or in conjunction with local or central HVAC units serving those same spaces.

A DOAS system:

  1. improves humidity control
  2. reduces energy use
  3. simplifies ventilation design and control
  4. uses heating and cooling equipment that doesn’t provide ventilation and/or dehumidification (e.g., radiant panels or passive chilled beams)
  5. reduces installation cost.

See our blogpost on DOAS Systems by Swegon

New Look DOAS Units – less space, less noise, less cost

Comprehensive guidance from industry experts can simplify DOAS design, installation, operation, and management

DOAS is growing in popularity but is still a relatively new technology. The lack of DOAS exposure and experience means many systems designed and installed today don’t take full advantage of all the benefits DOAS can offer.  The ASHRAE Design Guide for Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems consolidates existing material to focus on the major issues while referring to supplemental sources for more specialized or in-depth information. 

Click here for your guide
152 pages / 2017 / $69 ($59 ASHRAE Member)

Guided by the information in this book, HVAC system designers will be able to optimally incorporate DOAS into their projects. Architectural designers, building developers and owners, maintenance professionals, students, teachers, and researchers may also find the contents useful.

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Oil Free Chillers are Smardt

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Why Oil in Chillers is Old School

Oil as a lubricant in a chiller makes for a significantly more complicated machine.  There is a complete system that is designed and maintained to allow oil to lubricate a chiller.

Check out this video which explains how the oil needs to supplied and maintained in a typical chiller.

Wow, that’s a pretty complicated system that creates significantly more maintenance requirements and possibilities of chiller failure.

Get Rid of Oil, Get Rid of Problems

Magnetic bearing, oil-free centrifugal compressors avoid significant maintenance and fail points.

Oil-free centrifugal compressor technology boosts energy efficiency, cuts operating costs and is now well-proven worldwide.

Smardt oil-free centrifugal compressors use magnetic bearings and variable-speed drive to deliver a quantum leap in IPLV efficiencies compared with conventional oil-lubricated centrifugal, reciprocating, scroll and screw compressors.

The totally oil-free Turbocor technology achieves the highest part-load efficiencies for chillers and chilled water systems (including water-, air- and evaporatively-cooled applications).

Proprietary magnetic bearings replace conventional oil-lubricated bearings, eliminating high friction losses, mechanical wear and high-maintenance oil management systems to deliver chiller energy savings of 35 percent and more over conventional chillers while ensuring long-term reliability.

Read more on Smardt Oil-Free Technology

For additional information, please contact us.

Featured Manufacturer:

Smardt

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