Ventilation for Designing Better Buildings

Four Myths About Net-Zero Homes

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 16, 2017 3:01:00 PM

Imagine living in a home with practically no energy bills, where all your energy is produced on-site. A net-zero building uses a renewable energy system to generate as much energy as it consumes annually.

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Topics: Net Zero Homes

Ohio Family Retrofits Home With a DIY Energy Recovery Ventilator

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 15, 2017 4:33:59 PM

When the Crawfords moved into their new high-performance home in Prospect, Ohio, two years ago, the family of four was delighted to have more space and low energy bills. Their 2,900 square foot home had been meticulously air sealed and featured a geothermal system for heating and cooling.

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Topics: ERV

Passive House: Is It Worth the Cost?

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 1, 2017 3:26:23 PM

 

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Topics: Passive House

Poor Indoor Air Quality Hurts Productivity

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 1, 2017 3:14:12 PM

Studies have linked worker productivity, mood, and cognitive function to indoor air quality, but ventilation solutions exist for healthier indoor air.

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Topics: IAQ

Zehnder: Benefits of a Continuously Ventilated Bathroom

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Jan 26, 2017 11:32:00 AM

Does your bathroom have mold growth around the shower, cabinets, and fixtures? Does your bathroom have stale air, excessive odors, or a musty smell? Common problems like these may be affecting your bathroom without you even realizing. Here are the facts about these issues and how to fix them before they start harming your indoor air quality.

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Topics: Ventilation Strategies

Common Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Jan 6, 2017 2:02:00 PM

Contrary to popular belief, indoor air is commonly two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Studies confirm this trend in rural and urban dwellings alike. This suggests that builders and occupants have a lot of options when it comes to minimizing exposure to pollutants.Indoor air quality ranks as one of the top five environmental health risks, and numerous illnesses are linked to airborne contaminants. Gaining an awareness of common sources of indoor air contamination is instrumental in promoting overall occupant health.Biological Contaminants

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Topics: IAQ

Joseph Lstiburek's Concern About Indoor Air Quality

Posted by Zehnder America

Jan 1, 2017 3:05:00 PM

Builders, architects, and engineers are seeking ways to create smarter homes that use less energy, have greater comfort, and are more durable. Now more than ever, many new homes have innovative wall systems that prevent thermal bridging, air barriers that solve condensation issues in walls, and are air sealed to stop drafts. High levels of indoor air pollutants, mold, and pollen can erode the health of homeowners. To truly build smarter homes, high indoor air quality is essential.

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ComfoAir 70 Profiled by the Journal of Light Construction

Posted by Zehnder America

Dec 30, 2016 11:21:29 AM

Shortly after Zehnder America announced the release of its new ComfoAir 70 energy recovery ventilation unit in the North American market, the Journal of Light Construction profiled the installation of the first two units in the United States. The article, entitled “Effective, Retrofit ERV,” examines how the ComfoAir 70 can be installed without ductwork, creating a simple ventilation solution for existing apartments and homes.Writer Ted Cushman explains how the ComfoAir 70 energy recovery ventilator transfers both humidity and heat between the exhaust and intake air streams, saving energy and adjusting humidity levels in the home. He visited the job site where Jim Bradley was completing a deep energy retrofit of a Vermont home and installing two ComfoAir 70 energy recovery ventilators.

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Topics: Zehnder Projects

How to Choose an Energy Recovery Ventilator

Posted by Zehnder America

Dec 28, 2016 3:50:35 PM

As concern about indoor air quality increases, many homeowners and building professionals are seeking energy-efficient solutions. Proper ventilation that brings fresh air into the home while exhausting stale or contaminated air can significantly boost indoor air quality. Energy recovery ventilators are an important feature of many effective ventilation strategies, but their features vary widely between units.

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Topics: ERV

New Online Course Offering

Posted by Zehnder America

Nov 6, 2016 2:46:29 PM

In recent decades, homes and buildings have become progressively more airtight to achieve cost savings, energy efficiency, and home-owner comfort. As a result, a variety of airborne pollutants are reaching high levels inside many of these buildings, sometimes creating health issues or triggering allergies and asthma symptoms for building occupants.

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Topics: Online Education