Mechanical & Plumbing
March 18, 2011 ASHRAE has published a new guideline that aims to provide guidance on achieving good indoor environments by considering the interactions of air quality and thermal conditions, as well as lighting and acoustics, it says. Guideline 10-2011 is “especially important” in the design of low-energy buildings in order to ensure full consideration of indoor environmental quality and its effects on occupants. The guideline, according to ASHRAE, calls attention to many interactions that designers might not have previously recognized or understood. CLICK HERE for details on obtaining a copy.
March 17, 2011 With warmer weather hopefully around the corner, Nirvana Heat Pump claims its pool heat pumps, made entirely in Quebec, will facilitate maximum swimming comfort, while significantly reducing the energy consumption costs associated with heating a pool. “It transforms ambient energy, generating a coefficient of performance (COP) which offers a 600% increase in performance power compared to traditional heat pumps,” it said. Selected among the Top 100 best products at the Salon Piscine 2010 in Lyon, France, the pump features a double titanium coil, noise pollution cover to suppress sound, an intelligent electric defroster to use during cooler periods, and “easy-to-use” electronic controls.  
March 12, 2011Aeroflo introduced a new line of FVIB fiber glass vaneaxial fans that promise aerodynamically efficient performance in a belt-drive design.
March 12, 2011Jaga recently made its Linea Plus radiator available in Canada, boasting the product has been a long-standing best-seller in Europe.  
March 12, 2011ASHRAE continues to widen the temperature and humidity ranges for servers through a soon-to-be-published third edition of the book, “Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments”. The first edition was published in 2004 and, according to ASHRAE’s Don Beaty, created the first global, vendor-neutral environmental spec for data centres.
March 3, 2011The newest guidance for using Ashrae Standard 62.1-2010 includes a revised, “user-friendly” spreadsheet and examples, as well as the latest updates pertaining to the new version of the standard. The 62.1 User’s Manual provides explanatory material, detailed information, figures and examples to guide users in designing, installing and operating buildings in accordance with ANSI/Ashrae Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, which sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings. CLICK HERE for details on ordering.
February 28, 2011 Air King claims its new AKF100D Deluxe Quiet dual speed exhaust fan with light provides cost-effective, energy-efficient ventilation at low level sounds. “Ashrae 62.2 ventilation can be accomplished by using the HVI-certified low speed of 50 CFM at 0.3 sones (barely audible) for continuous ventilation of the home and the HVI-certified high speed of 100CFM at 1.5 sones for when the room is occupied and in need of additional ventilation power,” it says. The Energy Star-qualified fan features a contoured, low profile grill design with a moonstone glass light lens said to disperse light evenly throughout the room, and includes a 26W-energy efficient fluorescent lamp and a 4W-nightlight. It is ETL listed for installation over a tub or shower on a GFCI circuit.
Now available in both Canada and the U.S., the multi-function wireless actuator can be integrated with building automation systems, through an existing building control gateway. It was produced by German-based Kieback & Peter and designed for use on continuous closed-loop control systems and communicates based on EnOcean technology. Named for its three-in-one functionality, the M3 exceeds the scope of traditional actuators, says Illumra, the exclusive North American distributor of the product.
A new book from Ashrae, “Green Tips for Data Centers”, aims to help reduce energy use in existing datacom facilities through what the company calls “proven and easy-to-implement” tips. As part of the Ashrae Datacom series, the book identifies operational changes, upgrades or modifiations that are expected to optimize energy efficiency. Among the 26 tips are optimize supply air temperatures; install monitoring equipment; improve lighting efficiency; optimize data storage; and improve transformer efficiencies.
Continental Fan (Aeroflo in Canada) says its TCC motorized blower is a “superbly crafted, precision balanced air-moving package that features superior performance and exceptional smoothness”. The blower is designed for applications requiring low noise. The fan combines a computer-designed, flange-mounted scroll housing with a TMK motorized impeller for improved air performance and sound levels. The steel housing has a corrosion-resistant epoxy coating. The TCC boasts a speed-controllable external rotor motor, BC airfoil polyamide impeller, availability in single- or three-phase voltages, capacities from 500 cfm to 5000 cfm, and cULus and CE approvals.AEROFLO
Continental Fan says its product features superior performance in a compact design. They are ideally suited to applications where space is limited. The coupling of motor and impeller minimizes space requirements and provides for vibration free operation, says the company. AMP fans are completely speed controllable. Both motor and impeller are located directly in the air stream, where the impeller acts as a rotating "heat sink" with excellent heat dissipation and efficient motor cooling, says the company. Near zero speeds can be achieved using solid-state speed controls. Continental Fan offers a complete line of axial and centrifugal motorized impellers with AC, DC or EC high-efficiency motors, in a choice of housed or non-housed units.  For more information, go to
Continental Fan says its ventilator provides aerodynamically efficient performance with airflow capacities to 61,000 cfm. This ventilator is constructed with a heavy-duty welded steel base, galvanized butterfly exhaust damper section and a spark-resistant cast aluminum airfoil axial impeller. The UBV belt drive upblast roof ventilator has its motor located outside the air stream, and is ideal for hot or contaminated air streams. The UBV is suitable for general ventilation applications or to exhaust heat or smoke fumes.  Other features include: weatherproof closure for vertical air discharge; factory set adjustable pitch blades; and extended lube lines. For more information, go to
Continental Fan says its DX motorized centrifugal impeller is a superbly crafted, precision balanced air-moving device that features superior performance and compact design. It is ideally suited to applications where space is limited. The coupling of the motor and impeller minimizes space requirements, says the company, and provides for a vibration free-operation. The company says that by combining the efficiency of a backward curved airfoil wheel with the advanced technology of a DC external rotor motor, new standards for air performance and sound levels have been achieved. Suitable for either supply or exhaust applications, the DX Impeller is suited for those applications where transient electrical noise is prohibited. The DX impeller is fully and completely speed controllable.    For more information, go to  
  The VAV building automation controller is capable of bidirectional communication with EnOcean and wired end-devices. The controller features an embedded EnOcean transceiver and EnOcean-to-BACnet gateway, allowing total wireless control of energy harvesting end-devices within an end-to-end BACnet system. Extending the reach of centralized building automation systems, the company says the VAV controller is a fully-programmable device with an on-board pressure sensor capable of meeting VAV application requirements. The CAN2GO controller can act either as a stand-alone product or be integrated into a larger BACnet system. CAN2GO says EnOcean is the only interoperable wireless standard that enables zero-maintenance, self-powered, battery-free operations. Employed as gateways, this product can convert EnOcean and wired end-devices to BACnet objects, enabling integration into BACnet systems. They can also act as servers, hosting a complete IP web-interface capable of managing all controllers and their end devices, says the company. For more information, visit
These air-moving devices are available in 8-in. to 15-in. diameters, with capacities up to 3,410 cfm. CPB blowers provide the perfect solution to many industrial and commercial air-moving requirements, says the company. The cast aluminum radial bladed wheels are ideal for exhaust systems where air is laden with dust or grit. The blowers may also be used to supply high pressure air for cooling applications and conveying systems. According to Continental Fan, other features and benefits include: spark-resistant construction; circular inlet and outlet collars; single- or three-phase TEFC motors; CW & CCW rotation, rotatable to four positions; and the products are suitable for 0°F to 160°F. For more information, go to  
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