Every so often, a novel technology emerges that disrupts and propels, both business and society forward. There’s no question, that when it comes to HVAC, building and construction, things are evolving, with new technologies developing at an exponential rate.
Buildings are getting smarter, and the next generation of green building materials and technologies are expected to do more than ever. In this article, we share 5 innovative developments we’ve collected from a variety of sources to give you some new insights to the opportunities ahead for our industry.
Networked sensors, which pass data through a network to a central location, are becoming an integral part of how we manage our lives and businesses.
A building’s heating, cooling, lighting, and in fact just about everything, is now being connected by a huge network of sensors. Architects are connecting lighting systems within buildings to ethernet cables, so not only can they deliver wi-fi, but every piece of lighting has its own IP address that can sense when space is unoccupied, turning down heat (and light) to conserve energy. This dramatic increase in connectivity is expanding right across the built environment.
Over the years, air conditioning units have become more efficient and technologically advanced. As an example, with high-efficiency air-conditioning units, condensers are made larger and compression ratios are altered, so they use up to 25% less electricity.
The air filters and cooling coils are also larger to improve the heat transfer process and they can reduce the velocity of air flow through the unit to ensure better cooling with less energy used.
3) Geothermal Heat Pumps
While geothermal HVAC products have been on the market for a long time, geothermal heat pumps in particular, have been growing in popularity only recently due to the move toward greener buildings.
A geothermal heat pump makes use of heat from the Earth through looped piping that is placed into the ground. During cold months, the fluid in this piping loops underground and absorbs the heat, which is then carried back indoors to provide heating. Geothermal systems are now said to be more efficient than traditional HVAC systems, and can also be used to supply cooling.
3) Industrial 3-D Printers
A Michigan State University research team has developed a new fully transparent solar panel designed to enable windows, panes of glass, and even entire buildings to generate solar energy.
5) Building Energy Storage
Building energy storage is another upcoming trend that has the potential to revolutionise demand-side energy management. Smart energy storage solutions for commercial buildings will help businesses to better plan their operations and avoid outages while keeping the energy costs low.
Tesla recently announced its move to supply California office buildings with new energy storage batteries, to significantly reduce the demand for electricity during peak hours up to 25 percent and provide backup power at the event of a grid outage.
If you would like to learn more about a range of new solutions BC Comfort is offering to provide better building performance, contact us today.