Aircuity to provide efficiency in new Harvard complex

Submitted by Aircuity
2010-06-16 00:30:17

Aircuity, the smart airside efficiency company, today announced that Harvard Law School (HLS) has selected Aircuity's OptiNet system to help improve indoor air efficiency and decrease the maintenance and energy costs associated with the new Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center and Clinical Wing complex. Aircuity believes that in leveraging its intelligent measurement and analysis solutions for the new complex, HLS will not only be able to reduce Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels in this facility, but will be able to meet strict energy efficiency standards that have been established as part of a University-wide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Using demand control ventilation (DCV) technology, Aircuity's multiplexed air sensing and measurement system will be able to continuously sense and analyze the new building’s indoor environment and provide intelligent inputs to the building management systems, making adjustments to the ventilation flow as needed and allowing the facility to optimize airflow in an efficient manner.
"By providing a smarter, safer and more energy efficient alternative to traditional discreet sensors, Aircuity was able to lower the number of sensors down to a total of four, while providing a significantly reduced lifecycle cost," said Gordon Sharp, chairman, Aircuity. "In fact, in only 1.1 years this system will have paid for itself."
The Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center and Clinical Wing complex will comprise of approximately 250,000 square feet and will provide new spaces for student activities, and significantly strengthen the learning community. In addition, the project will apply for and is expected to receive LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
HLS' original building design had 101 CO2 sensors built into the project. After further investigation by the facilities and sustainability departments, HLS realized that by utilizing Aircuity's system of multiplexed air sampling units they could significantly reduce the number of sensors needed to sample the same number of locations. Not only did this decrease HLS' maintenance costs, it improved energy savings and further reduced their carbon footprint.

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About Aircuity
Aircuity is the smart airside efficiency company providing building owners with sustained energy savings through its intelligent measurement solutions. By combining real-time sensing and continuous analysis of indoor environments, the company has helped commercial, institutional and lab building owners lower operating costs, improve safety and become more energy efficient. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Newton, MA, Aircuity's solutions have benefited organizations such as the University of Pennsylvania, Eli Lilly, Masdar City the Bank of America Tower and the University of California-Irvine.

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