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ZEN Industries eNewsletter:
November 2019

HVAC Industry Shaping Trends

Commercial construction is changing. In 2020, the trend in sustainable building design, smart technologies, and energy efficient systems will continue to impact the HVAC industry.

These trends present new challenges as architects work to improve efficiencies and lower the carbon footprint of new construction, all while making comfort and sustainability more important than ever before.

Trend One: Sustainable Building Design

Green Building DesignThe movement called Green Building Design started in the late 1960s and became formalized in the 90s, especially with the founding of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in 1993.

A green building is one that in design, construction, and operation minimizes its impact on the environment and makes the most efficient use of energy.

When it comes to HVAC, sustainability starts with early planning and careful calculations. More than ever before, ductwork systems and heating and cooling units are “right-sized” to meet the needs of the building.

Careful attention is paid to heat loss calculations, duct sealing, and airflow volume and velocity.

Energy Recovery or Heat Recovery Ventilators (E/HRV) are heat exchangers that capture heat from exhaust air and transfer it to incoming cold air, and vice versa when the outside air is hot. The use of recovery ventilators alone can result in a 30% energy savings.

In 2020, the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) hopes to introduce the most efficient and cost-effective E/HRV design to-date.

Employing E/HRVs correctly requires careful airflow and ductwork planning.

Trend Two: Smart Technologies

Smart ThermostatAs the computer revolution continues to drive CPU costs down and wireless technologies connect more and more devices to an Internet of Things, it is more practical than ever before to heat and cool buildings based on their real-time energy needs.

Zoning systems can provide temperature control for entire floors or single rooms and can be installed to work with existing HVAC systems or designed to make the most of new construction. These systems are often installed with variable speed or two-stage HVAC systems, delivering peak performance without reaching peak capacity.

Zoning systems are known to lower energy bills by as much as 35%.

Smart thermostats can be remotely controlled from smartphone apps, activated by motion sensors, or controlled by intelligent computers to deliver heat and cooling where it is needed for the comfort of the occupants and to reduce the load in unoccupied areas.

For smart technologies to work, careful duct planning is required, including the use of dampers in ductwork runs.

Trend Three: Refrigerant Free Systems

HVAC System TechnicianA lot of work is going into advances in the refrigerants used in heating and cooling as well as into refrigerant-free systems.

R-22 (Freon) is set to expire for use in the USA in 2020. As of January, it will no longer be manufactured or imported.

Many older systems using Freon will be upgraded or replaced, as continuing to maintain them will become problematic in in the months and years ahead.

R410A is the new refrigerant, and while it is more environmentally friendly, it cannot be used in the old R-22 HVAC systems.

Refrigerant free technology includes DeVAP, Solar, and Geothermal HVAC.

Desiccant Enhanced Evaporative Systems (DeVAP) has been called a revolutionary technology. About a decade old, DeVAP is into its second generation and is gaining in popularity.

DeVAP starts by running water into a honeycomb media. A fan then blows through the honeycomb, causing the water to evaporate. Evaporative cooling takes place, reducing the temperature of the surrounding air. The DeVAP systems then uses a desiccant to absorb the excess humidity from the air. The end result provides similar cooling to today’s refrigerant-based HVAC, but with far less energy use and no environmental impact.

Solar HVAC uses solar modules to capture energy from the sun and send it to solar-ready air conditioners or heat pumps.

Geothermal HVAC has actually been in use for over 60 years, but is gaining notoriety in the US as the green building trend continues to grow. It is one of the most proven HVAC alternatives, as in Sweden and Switzerland, up to 75% of new homes use geothermal heating and cooling

Growth and Innovation

Striving to meet these challenges has not slowed the growth of the HVAC industry, where cutting-edge innovations are poised to make a global impact. Growth through 2020 is still expected to be top nearly 6%.

At ZEN Industries, we work hard to stay ahead of the curve and keep our customers on the cutting-edge.

Would you like to work with an HVAC fabricator that goes beyond high-quality ductwork to deliver the kind of innovation, insight, and process optimization that will save you money and improve your bottom line?

 Call us at 877-600-0274, or visit our Contact Us page today!

The ZEN Way

The ZEN Way is an industry leading approach to the world of HVAC fabrication and installation.  It offers our clients an array of exceptional savings and opportunities for efficiency.  Some key features of the ZEN Way include:/p>

  • Accurate project estimating that combines decades of experience with the latest layout automations and building information management.
  • Elimination of field measuring and sketching labor through the use of advanced coordination drawing and shop drawing capabilities.
  • Optimization of on-site labor through delivery of precision fit, wrapped and labeled pieces that take the puzzle work out of installation, reducing time and saving money.
  • Avoidance of on-site trade conflicts by careful eliminating collision issues before installation saves both the aggravation of trouble-shooting on-site and the labor of solving problems that never needed to happen in the first place.

The ZEN Way has been proven to save contractors up to 35% over traditional methods! Would you like to work with ZEN Industries? It’s easy, give us a call at 877-600-0274, or visit our Contact Us page today!

Success in All About Great Service

Founded in 1999 on a set of unbreakable core principles, ZEN strives to provide top-quality fabrication, advice, and planning for our customers. We’re celebrating our 20th year in business!

The quality of our HVAC duct work is of the highest caliber and our price is competitive with the best in the industry. Of course, ZEN Industries Inc. gains its edge with unbeatable service, and service means people - it's about our experienced personnel and the relationships we build with each and every customer

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