October 24, 2014

Myth #5 Green technology doesn’t play well with others

Myth #5 Green technology doesn’t play well with others

To some people, green technology is like that whiney kid on the playground who wants to play by his own rules…or he’ll threaten to bike home and screw up the entire batting lineup.

It’s true. A lot of green technology plays by its own set of rules. But, that’s because the old rules often don’t work anymore.

Our air conditioners are a great example. Instead of using a compressor and chemical coolants, we use an innovative heat and mass exchanger that uses up to 90% less energy than traditional air conditioners. And, instead of re-circulating the same old stale air, we bring in fresh air for a healthier indoor environment. Making these kind of changes means we had to rewrite a lot of the rules … just like the majority of green technology.

So, you can imagine how many old rules must fall to the wayside when a whole host of energy-efficient products come together in a typical LEED project.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000. Its purpose is to provide builders with strategies for achieving the best possible performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

Those commissioned to manage LEED projects bring together the best methods for high performance to work as an integrated network or team. Merging a myriad of rule-breaking technology isn’t always easy.

Take our product. Unlike most air conditioners that bring in air closer to the ceiling, our cooling system works best when the cool air is brought in lower to the floor – a more efficient form of cooling more formally known as “displacement cooling”. That requires planning long before the ductwork is installed. These changes must be incorporated into the design of the building before construction even begins.

And, that’s just our products. So, it’s critical that the engineers working on these projects understand the whole picture in order to get the best and most efficient end result. Not because energy-efficient technology is high maintenance. Just because it’s so different – and in the end, better.

It’s also critical that those managing these projects keep a long-range eye on the roster. Because people living and working in LEED spaces don’t always understand that the rules have changed. So, they may be more apt to use the equipment incorrectly, without realizing they’re doing anything wrong.

That’s why in the LEED industry, “continuous commissioning” is a common—and important—practice. Continuous commissioning is the ongoing process of resolving any operating problems to ensure that things are working as energy efficiently as possible…this season…and next season.

The LEED program is a great example of how the latest innovations in green technology can work together for incredible results. If managed properly, these unorthodox players blow away even the fiercest competitors.

If you’re ready for an air conditioner that doesn’t play by the same old rules, check us out. Once you see what we can do with your cooling budget, you’re sure to become a loyal fan.