TERMOBUILD CANADA: Specialists in Low – Zero Energy Buildings

TERMOBUILD CANADA: Specialists in Low – Zero Energy Buildings

Thermal Energy Storage (TES) is a cost-effective technology that can be implemented in new buildings to reduce the over-consumption of energy and save on heating and cooling bills long term. Through the use of hollow core slabs the principle of TES converts and stores off-peak energy in order to deliver year-round comfort in new homes or businesses 24 hours a day.

Off-peak hours are the times of day or night when utilities across USA and Canada have excess energy supplies due to low demands. Conversely, on-peak hours are those times of day when electricity demands are high. Various electric power utility suppliers currently offer reduced rates on electricity consumed during off-peak times. It is these reduced rates that allow TES to provide considerable savings to consumers on their energy bills as compared to alternative heating options.

An example of such off-peak energy reduction schedules can be seen in the figure (diagram 1) below, posted by the Ontario Energy Board. It’s price plan is representative of other similar programs across both Canada and the USA.

Pre-cast hollow core slabs are capable of storing vast amounts of heat and cooling for extended periods of time. During off-peak hours, the elements harvest and generate sufficient pre-heating or pre-cooling from the natural exterior temperatures that is stored in the hollow core slabs.

Concrete hollow core slabs are strategically placed between the floors and ceilings in order to facilitate the principle of thermal mass in which naturally-occurring heating and cooling is captured, stored and released upon demand. As such, thermally-stored heating and cooling is used to satisfy immediate indoor comfort requirements at no additional cost. Essentially, otherwise passive floors and ceilings are transformed into smart floors and ceilings that are super-charged through night pre-cooling and daytime heat derived from the sun and internal building elements including occupants’ body heat and devices like computers, lighting, etc. The result is an organic, symbiotic interaction between the interior and exterior of a building to produce a sustainable, environmentally-conscious and pocketbook-friendly method for maintaining indoor comfort.

The scientific principle of thermal mass is based on the concept of thermal storage, the process whereby building materials are able to naturally store energy in a reservoir for use at a later time historically dates back to the era of cavemen and still exists today in examples such as Adobe homes. Caves and other concrete abodes are intrinsically able to store cool energy at night thereby reducing the need for bulky mechanical A/C equipment during the daytime hours. The parlays into the building’s elimination of wet systems in exchange for radiant heating and cooling. While HVAC equipment still exists in the building, its size is significantly smaller and relied upon solely for supplementary purposes in extreme weather conditions.

TermoBuild’s unique, innovative environmental features include advanced thermal storage and radiant air-conditioning capable of harvesting, storing and releasing low-grade energy as needed.

Electric power utilities are very serious about improving electricity usage patterns and are stimulating the “smart” use of electricity by offering reduced rate incentives on electricity consumed during off-peak times. It’s these reduced rates that allow TES to provide considerable savings to consumers as compared to alternative heating options. Participants of the power utility sponsored program will also be given a Smart Meter to monitor the savings and usage of electricity used in off-peak hours.

For more information regarding questions applicable to your specific area, please contact us today.

To find out:

–      How much does it cost to install and operate a TES system?

–      How long can TES hold heating and cooling?

–      What happens if I experience a surplus charge of heating or cooling and I do not need it?

–      What type of maintenance is required?

–      How can this technology be applied to my new home?

About Jack Laken, President of TermoBuild:

JACK LAKEN, P.Eng. B.Sc., President of TermoBuild Canada is a specialist in thermal mass and energy storage. He brings over 30 years of Canadian and international experience in consulting engineering serving corporate, institutional and private clients. Recently, his expertise as a supplier with a design is focused on low and zero energy buildings aimed at leveraging dormant concrete to superior levels with a new wave of intelligent hybrid buildings.

For more information, contact:

Jack Laken, TermoBuild Canada

Canada                           416.993.5225

USA                                 347.905.0865

Website                          www.termobuild.com

Email                               jlaken@termobuild.com