First Passive House Institute-Certified Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) for Commercial Buildings

The first ERV certified for commercial airflow capacities in building applications by the Passive House Institute (PHI) is now available from Ventacity Systems. A ‘Certified Passive House Component’ is the only internationally-recognized, performance-based energy standard in construction.

PORTLAND, Oregon, June 8, 2018 – Ventacity Systems, a producer of ventilation equipment and a cloud-based building controls system for small to mid-sized commercial properties, announced today that they have received certification from the Passive House Institute (PHI) for their new VS1000 RTe and VS3000 RTe energy recovery ventilators.

These two new models by Ventacity are the only large (1000cfm and 3000cfm) ERVs to date to receive this prestigious certification. “Since ERVs transfer both thermal energy and moisture in their recovery cores, it has proven difficult to meet the efficiency criteria for this certification,” says Maria Everhart of Ventacity Systems.
Sal D’Auria, CEO of Ventacity Systems, shared the following perspective on reaching this industry milestone, “No other manufacturer of energy recovery ventilators has been able to reach the rigorous bar set by the certification standards of the Passive House Institute at the commercial airflows. We are excited to be shipping the first UL, CSA, and now PHI-Certified energy recovery ventilation products in North America.”
With the addition of these two models of certified ERVs, Ventacity now offers 16 models of commercial building ventilation products. Ventacity’s VS line of ERVs and HRVs are heralded in the HVAC industry for their ability to deliver outside air with industry leading sensible efficiency between 82% and 93%. When combined with Ventacity’s HVAC2 Smarter Building Platform™, the VS line represents a giant leap forward in commercial building efficiency, comfort, and control.
 

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About Ventacity Systems
Ventacity Systems is passionate about making buildings healthier, more efficient and smarter. Ventacity’s family of ultra-efficient ventilation products are enabling a new generation of energy-efficient HVAC designs for new buildings and replacing rooftop unit-driven HVAC systems in existing buildings. The new Ventacity HVAC2 Smarter Building Platform™ is a portfolio-wide, whole-building management platform that integrates and networks all the HVAC equipment in a building, thereby optimizing efficiency, health, and comfort. It is designed to be plug-and-play simple so contractors can save valuable installation and maintenance time and control costs. Ventacity is based in Portland, Oregon. For more information, go to www.ventacity.com

Component Certificate VS3000 RTe
Component Certificate VS1000 RTe

Fujitsu and Ventacity Offer Joint Commercial HVAC Solution for Smarter, Healthier, More Efficient Buildings

Fujitsu General America has partnered with Portland, OR-based Ventacity Systems to provide a more efficient heating, cooling, ventilation and controls solution for commercial buildings.
The joint solution combines Ventacity’s energy-efficient ventilation and the company’s newly-introduced Ventacity HVAC 2 Smarter Building Platform whole-building controls technology with Fujitsu’s full line of Airstage VRF heating and cooling systems. The two systems, working together seamlessly, enhance comfort, provide better zoning and create a healthier indoor environment.
The plug-and-play integration between the Airstage system and Ventacity’s cloud-enabled, heat recovery ventilator (HRV) effectively lowers the variable refrigerant flow (VRF) capacity needed in order to keep buildings at setpoint temperatures while ventilating per ASHRAE 62.1. The addition of Ventacity’s HVAC 2 platform adds a cloud-based system that helps cost-effectively monitor and manage HVAC systems in a single building or across entire building portfolios, capturing vital building analytics that can optimize the system’s performance.
The packaged solution will be attractive to design-build contractors and engineers who focus on small- to medium-sized commercial buildings while searching for efficient, sustainable, low carbon emission solutions.
“Our partnership with Fujitsu will take the HVAC industry into the 21 st century, and, for the first time, enable HVAC contractors to apply modern cloud based technology and simple automated processes to provide commercial buildings with a healthier, more efficient, and more smartly managed environment,” said Sal D’Auria, founder and CEO, Ventacity Systems.

 

Fujitsu and Ventacity Partner to Provide Broader HVAC Solutions

Fujitsu General America announced today it is partnering with Portland, OR-based Ventacity Systems, a producer of intelligent, ultra-efficient ventilation and controls solutions. The partnership delivers a new approach to energy efficient ventilation and HVAC solutions for commercial building projects.

“Our customers are looking for smart building solutions to provide more efficient, healthier ventilation and better zone-by-zone controls. Fujitsu chose to work with Ventacity because their technology enhances energy efficiency, comfort, control and ventilation,” said Andy Armstrong, Fujitsu VP of sales and marketing.”

“Ventacity welcomes this great opportunity to work with Fujitsu to bring our advanced ventilation and whole building control technology to the market,” said Sal D’Auria, founder and CEO, Ventacity. “Fujitsu is forward-thinking in offering its customers the best available solutions. Both companies are in sync on how we see smart ventilation and overall HVAC networking and control technology evolving, so it is a great mutual alliance.”

Fujitsu will begin to distribute an advanced, VRF-based HVAC solution in conjunction with Ventacity products and technology in 2018.

The joint solution will be on display at the international Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) in Chicago January 22-24, 2018 at both the Fujitsu booth #5346 South Hall and Ventacity booth #1146, North Hall.

Ventacity Launches VS500 Super Quiet SQ Ductless HRV System For Education And Office Environments

PORTLAND, Ore., January 30, 2017 – Portland, Ore.-based Ventacity Systems introduces its VS500 SQ (Super Quiet) ductless heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system. The unit’s minimal noise level provides an ideal solution for healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) management in decentralized applications such as school classrooms, office environments and conference spaces. Engineered to provide efficient mixing of pre-heated air, the VS500 SQ delivers fresh indoor air without drafts or the creation of cold/hot spots.

“More and more, healthy indoor air quality is becoming a primary focus for communal environments, especially in the education construction sector,” said Sal D’Auria, president and CEO of Ventacity Systems. “Ventacity’s new VS500 SQ addresses this need, as a high-performing, ultra-quiet unit that is also optimized for energy efficient operation.”

The VS500 SQ includes a programmable controller “brain” can adjust ventilation rates and core bypass volume based on building conditions such as CO2, VOC and occupancy levels, to supply the exact volume of required fresh air at the precise temperature, thus optimizing both IAQ and energy consumption. Providing 32dbaA acoustical performance, the unit delivers up to 500 cfm of fresh air, with 90-percent heat recovery efficiency.

It additionally features an electric pre-heater, as well as internal CO2, RH, pressure and temperature sensors. Integrated modern controls allow for easy operation, with a user-friendly touch screen display. The unit’s unique ductless ceiling mount minimizes installation time and associated costs, and filters can be easily accessed upon required replacement.

Ventacity’s new VS500 SQ can be specified with the company’s Smart Building Gateway and Smart Ventilation Cloud Services, which add BACnet, remote management and a smart analytic engine that makes predictions and recommendations for optimizing performance. It is additionally available with an optional electric or water post-heater.

Ventacity Launches VS3000 RT Smart Ventilation Management System For Larger Light Commercial Applications

PORTLAND, Ore., January 30, 2017 – Portland, Ore.-based Ventacity Systems introduces its VS3000 RT heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system, providing a higher-capacity 3,000 cfm maximum flow rate to fulfill indoor air quality (IAQ) requirements in commercial buildings of up to 40,000 square feet. The new VS3000 RT HRV additionally features pre- and post-heater elements, which allow for operation in colder conditions without compromising the unit’s heat exchanger core.

With the expansion of our line of smart ventilation management systems into a higher capacity unit, we are able to cast a wider net in the commercial building market to meet increasing demand for ultra-efficient, intelligent on-demand IAQ solutions, said Sal D’Auria, president and CEO of Ventacity Systems. Adding the VS3000 RT to our growing family of products allows us to address the most common sizes of commercial buildings such as offices, retail, schools, public spaces and even multifamily
residential.

Incorporating numerous aspects of Ventacity’s flagship VS1000 RT, the new VS3000 RT features a counterflow aluminum heat exchanger that provides up to 93-percent heat recovery. It additionally includes a programmable controller brain can adjust ventilation rates and core bypass volume based on building conditions such as CO2, VOC and occupancy levels, to supply the exact volume of required fresh air at the precise temperature, thus optimizing both IAQ and energy consumption. The VS3000 RT can be specified with the company’s Smart Building Gateway and Smart Ventilation Cloud Services, which add BACnet, remote management and a smart analytic engine that makes predictions and recommendations for optimizing performance.

The new VS3000 RT expands on Ventacity’s flagship VS1000 RT HRV product, which provides up to 1000 cfm of fresh air intake, and 93-percent heat recovery efficiency. Available with the company’s Smart Building Gateway, the VS1000 RT HRV additionally features a pre-heater, variable bypass, two-axis duct porting, and internal air pressure and temperature sensors.

Ventacity Systems Is Changing The Face Of Fresh Air Exchange With Launch Of North Americas First Smart Ventilation Management System

PORTLAND, Ore., January 30, 2017 – Portland, Ore.-based Ventacity Systems announces the availability of its Smart Ventilation Management Systems, which provide efficient, intelligent and secure 24/7 control of indoor air quality (IAQ) in smaller commercial buildings. Groundbreaking to the industry, these systems uniquely combine intelligent heat recovery ventilation with a secure, private cloud network, as well as monitoring and management services to remotely control IAQ in real-time while reducing the HVAC system energy load.

We’re passionate about bringing cutting-edge networking and Internet of Things technologies to the HVAC industry – innovations that can conserve energy while making the building environment healthier and more comfortable for occupants, said Sal D’Auria, president and CEO of Ventacity Systems.

Re-engineering ventilation solutions in a way that promotes both health and efficiency, Ventacity has developed products that optimize building environments in a wide array of light commercial applications, including office buildings, retail, schools, restaurants and multi-family. Operating at up to 93-percent efficiency, Ventacity’s high-efficiency, intelligent HRVs deliver fresh outdoor air within a comfortable few degrees of room temperature, reducing heating and cooling loads and HVACR equipment energy requirements by up to 50 percent.

Ventacity heat recovery ventilation (HRV) systems are able to independently monitor a variety of comfort-related conditions, including indoor/outdoor temperature, relative humidity and occupancy status. Additionally, Ventacity systems connect with sensors to automatically detect and address unhealthy levels of CO2 or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), to maintain a healthy indoor environment.

Engineered to meet international Passive House Institute “Certified Component” standards for a long life of high performance in harsh outdoor environments, Ventacity Systems HRVs are easily installed on rooftops, outdoors, or in mechanical rooms.

Ventacity Smart Building Gateway

Ventacity’s unique Smart Building Gateway (SBG) provides continuous ventilation management system monitoring from any internet connection. Via the SBG, facilities managers and contractors can gain instant, live access to all air quality parameters, and immediately determine whether the ventilation management system is operating at optimal efficiency and maintaining healthy IAQ. Operational settings can be easily adjusted from any internet-enabled device to accommodate unexpected variances such as high building occupancy, or drastic shifts in outdoor temperatures or relative humidity. Additionally, determination of whether or not onsite ventilation management system maintenance is required can be achieved remotely via the SBG, saving on unnecessary service calls.

Able to be integrated in all Ventacity HRV and ERV systems, the SBG is the only device of its kind that is securely connected to the internet (via the proprietary Ventacity Cloud), thus inhibiting hacking of the system itself or the entire facility’s IT network.

”Ventacity’s Smart Building Gateway provides instantaneous, 24/7 ventilation management system performance monitoring via online dashboards, efficiency report emails and mobile alerts, said D’Auria. As essentially a plug-and-play technology, the SBG is also pre-configured in such a way that setup does not require a networking engineer, IT professional or controls specialist. You just turn it on, log in and you see your building status.

Ventacity’s Smart Cloud Services work with the SBG to offer a variety of monitoring and management functions, including an online dashboard displaying both current and historical building conditions, air quality parameters (such as CO2, relative humidity and VOCs), and energy savings. Air quality and energy savings reports are automatically emailed at regular intervals, and the system is pre-configured to send immediate trouble alerts via text and/or email.

About Ventacity Systems

Portland, Ore.-based Ventacity Systems embraces the mission of reducing heating, ventilation and air conditioning energy consumption in commercial building applications while providing healthy indoor environments. Successful in re-engineering the mechanical system design paradigm, Ventacity’s latest systems enable DOAS plus, which separates heating/cooling system and dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) functionality in a way that reduces HVAC energy use by up to 50 percent. Ventacity’s PHIUScertified VS1000 RT, a high-performance rooftop ventilation unit with heat recovery designed for optimal performance in light commercial applications, has forged the path for DOAS plus, making the combination of notable energy savings and improved indoor health and comfort a commercial reality in today’s HVACR landscape.

Portland, ORE. -Based Manufacturer Ventacity Systems Launches Groundbreaking On-Demand Ventilation Management Systems At 2017 AHR EXP

PORTLAND, Ore., November 17, 2016 – Ventacity Systems will exhibit its complete line of heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and energy recovery ventilation (ERV) solutions in booth No. C980 at the upcoming 2017 AHR Expo, January 30 to February 1 in Las Vegas.

Changing the landscape in dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS), Ventacity is approaching the market in unique and groundbreaking ways, with sentient ventilation management solutions offering 24/7 intelligent on-demand operation.

All Ventacity units can be equipped with the company’s Smart Building Gateway (SBG) technology, providing secure, round-the-clock remote performance monitoring and fault alerts via an automatically configured mobile internet connection. With SBG, Ventacity units are able to independently monitor a variety of comfort-related conditions, including indoor/outdoor temperature, relative humidity, and occupancy status. Additionally, the SBG connects with sensors to automatically detect and reduce unhealthy levels of CO2 or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), to maintain a healthy indoor environment.

Re-engineering ventilation solutions in a way that promotes both health and efficiency, Ventacity has developed products that optimize building environments in a wide array of light commercial applications, including office buildings, retail, schools, restaurants and multi-family. At up to 93-percent efficiency, Ventacity HRVs and ERVs deliver fresh outdoor air within a comfortable few degrees of room temperature, reducing heating and cooling loads and HVACR equipment energy requirements by up to 50 percent.

Engineered to Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) standards for a long life of high performance in harsh outdoor environments, Ventacity Systems HRVs and ERVs are easily installed on rooftops, outdoors or in mechanical rooms.

About Ventacity Systems

Portland, Ore.-based Ventacity Systems embraces the mission of reducing heating, ventilation and air conditioning energy consumption in commercial building applications while providing healthy indoor environments. Successful in re-engineering the mechanical system design paradigm, Ventacity’s latest systems enable “DOAS plus,” which separates heating/cooling system and dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) functionality in a way that reduces HVAC energy use by up to 50 percent. Ventacity’s PHIUS-certified VS1000 RT, a high-performance rooftop ventilation unit with heat recovery designed for optimal performance in light commercial applications, has forged the path for DOAS plus, making the combination of notable energy savings and improved indoor health and comfort a commercial reality in today’s HVACR landscape

A Breath Of Fresh Air And Energy Efficiency

A Portland-based company is a breath of fresh air and energy efficiency to the U.S. HVAC market with a new product that separates ventilation from the heating and cooling system.

Ventacity Systems is introducing the VS1000RT Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV), a rooftop ventilation Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) unit. The VS1000RT is the first commercial HRV to go to market in the US with 3 top-tier certifications – Passive House, UL, and CSA. These standards ensure that the VS1000RT goes above and beyond rigorous energy efficiency and safety standards when implemented as a retrofit or new mechanical system.

As concerns grow over climate change, energy efficiency is increasingly important. Heating and cooling of commercial buildings accounts for as much as 40 percent of the energy consumption in the U.S. Energy savings from the VS1000RT reduce the demand and cost for heating and cooling by up to 50 percent by preserving heat from interior air as fresh air flows indoors.

The VS 1000RT HRV recovers up to 93 percent heat on exchange of intake and exhaust air, compared with an average 60-70 percent heat recovery on competitive HRV products. It is suitable for many commercial building applications such as retail, office, restaurants, gathering spaces, schools, and multi-family residences. Buildings with little operable ventilation, such as office spaces, benefit from HRVs to keep air clean and fresh.

The VS1000RT comes to market having passed stringent certifications. Products certified with the Passive House Component seal integrate seamlessly into the rigorous Passive House building standard, and have surpassed ventilation performance qualifications that account for disadvantageous air leakage and fan inefficiency. Passive House Component Certification requires a minimum of 75 percent operational efficiency; the VS1000RT came in at 82 percent. In addition to the VS1000RT aligning with high standards of energy efficiency, the UL and CSA seals promote the electrical safety of the units.

Ventacity President, Sal D’Auria, presented at the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) this week to introduce tho VS1000RT to an extensive range of architects, engineers, consultants, and manufacturers. The Passive House Component certification will also be awarded at the NAPHN event. “We’re passionate about reducing the carbon footprint of heating and cooling in the U.S.,” said D’Auria. “And we are concerned about healthy air.”