James Dean, a clean-tech entrepreneur had sold his energy recovery technology business to a European HVAC company. Matthew Doherty, had left his company after having introduced an innovative line of European air-handing units into North America. Having met five years earlier, these two progressive thinkers reconnected and discovered their mutual interests in indoor air quality and energy-efficient technologies. They also identified several significant trends emerging in the HVAC industry, including:
Electrification of Buildings
To reduce greenhouse gases, many North America cities are moving toward net-zero energy over the next decade, which will drive demand for all-electric HVAC systems (VRF/Heat Pumps) and low energy technologies such as Energy Recovery Ventilation and ECM Fans.
Better Building Design Impact on HVAC
Super-insulated buildings significantly reduce heating requirements, while climate change and developers’ desires for large amounts of glazing will increase cooling needs.
Urbanization and Rising Real Estate Prices
To increase sellable, usable space in high-rise residential and commercial buildings, developers want to replace roof-top HVAC equipment for useable roof space, leading to the need for ceiling- and wall-mounted indoor HVAC systems.
Importance of Healthy Indoor Environments
To prevent the transmission of bacteria and viruses, new HVAC systems must: provide dedicated outdoor air and eliminate recirculation; have smaller zoned ventilation systems; include HEPA filters; control humidity levels; and use fixed-plate ERV technology that eliminates contaminant cross-over between outside and exhaust air streams.
Sensor technology, AI, and IOT will lead to HVAC equipment becoming more intelligent with remote monitoring, service alerts, and demand controlled ventilation, as well as greater engagement between mechanical contractor, equipment manufacturer, building owner, and user.
Dean and Doherty took each of these trends into consideration when developing a Low Profile Indoor DOAS system that integrates with VRV heating and cooling technology from a partner company. This 100% electric HVAC system with energy recovery reduces greenhouse gas emissions and thus the carbon footprint of traditional HVAC systems. The decentralized approach provides building occupants with 100% fresh filtered outside air, preventing the transmission of airborne viruses and bacteria. The low-profile DOAS design can be ceiling or wall mounted and arrives on-site fully assembled for easy installation and minimal maintenance.
As thought leaders in the HVAC industry with a history of problem-solving through innovation and entrepreneurship, Dean and Doherty are thrilled to introduce a series of new product that create comfortable, healthy, sustainable spaces in which people can safely live, work and play.
Welcome to the future. We are Oxygen8.