We live in an eco-friendly world. Politics, science, business, public safety. Evidently nothing has been left behind when it comes to going green. Hence a new trend that’s making waves in the HVAC industry. ‘Green ductwork’ is a new term that more and more HVAC professionals are becoming familiar with. While there is no finite definition to the new term, most everyone associates it with recycled materials related to ductwork and other HVAC materials. New standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program are continuing to drive improvements in green materials and improved awareness of public health and environmental concerns.
According to LEED’s page on the U.S. Green Building Council’s website, “LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” As a result, new HVAC equipment is being developed from recycled materials that have a lesser impact on the environment. Polyester, for example, is being used to make fabric ductwork. Fabric ductwork is lighter than traditional metal. It requires less roof or tether support and uses linear dispersion to eliminate hot and cold spots. These advances make more efficient HVAC systems that are also simpler to install and create less solid waste.
A major component of green ductwork is its ability to remove contaminants from the air. One of the biggest pushes for more eco-friendly building materials is public health. Consumers are more aware of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in various products. Most HVAC systems are lined with insulation for noise reduction. Consequently insulation in building ductwork puts contaminants and other particles into the airways and makes people sick.
Increasing HVAC efficiency is another major part of ‘green ductwork’. Leakage in ductwork forces the system to use more energy. Consequently you end up with higher energy expenses and decreased efficiency. HVAC contractors are currently looking for the most cost-effective way to improve ductwork efficiency. Some apply gasket fittings while others go back in and seal the system with a commercial-grade sealant. Sealants effectively limit energy use and minimize emissions. Consequently you spend less and do more for the environment.
Industry standards are cracking down on faulty HVAC equipment. Consumers continue to look for more eco-friendly products to use in their commercial space. Don’t be left behind. Contact the professionals at Corporate Mechanical today. We are up-to-speed on all the current industry trends. Our representatives are ready to answer your questions and offer you real solutions. Call us today to schedule a consultation and go green with ‘green ductwork’.
This article is based on a news article appearing on archrnews.com. You can read the full article here.