Integrated Ventilation Design Assist
Termobuild enables some of the most efficient, independently verified buildings in North America
The Cost Efficient Path to Net Zero: Unlock the Stranded Value in Your Building’s Structure
How We Can Help
TermoBuild is an engineering design assist firm specializing in integrated ventilation design (IVD) solutions. We extend a building’s ductwork through the concrete flooring system to create a powerful, actively managed thermal mass for extremely efficient heating and cooling in any climate zone. It is a very simple engineering design with no moving parts, and no new equipment or complex software.
As illustrated, TermoBuild’s Integrated Building Ventilation Design (IVD) Assist utilizes a conventional building HVAC equipment and ducting integrated with standard hollow core concrete slabs, and a proprietary controls algorithm, to provide an inexpensive yet highly functional and efficient thermal storage mechanism for sustainable, net zero energy buildings.
HOW IT WORKS:
Over the past 15+ years, TermoBuild has amassed a significant track record of successful projects in Canada and the United States. TermoBuild’s engineering design begins with its unique active thermal storage floor kit, which includes hollow core concrete slabs paired with a standard, but downsized, HVAC system.
The slabs store heat and coolness, mostly using fresh outside air, which is then released on demand to maintain desired comfort. It is user adjustable and has an instant boost option in the event of change from low to high occupancy.
AIR QUALITY AND DISEASE PREVENTION
Most of the year, integrated ventilation operates as a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) – without the high cost and energy consumption, bringing fresh air indoors while maintaining the highest standards of air quality and occupant comfort.
Re-circulation of stale air is rarely necessary, preventing sick building syndrome and the potential spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. Year-round, non-hydronic radiant comfort provides the best occupant experience. Learn more here
TermoBuild enables a building to store free thermal energy for heating and cooling in hollow core concrete flooring slabs based on the time of day and outside/inside temperature differentials.
This captured thermal energy can then be used to heat or cool the building. TermoBuild’s design avoids mid-day premium time of use charges. Turning off the HVAC chillers during this period does not compromise comfort.
TermoBuild’s system will integrate with the architects/engineers preferred building equipment specification. In all cases, the equipment (e.g. the HVAC system) can be reduced in size and capacity to account for the increased thermal capacity of the building.
This can significantly reduce CAPEX for the project – from $10 – $50 per square foot.
Clients oF Termobuild can expect operational energy savings of 35% – 50% over standard building systems. This is due to the fact that downsized, standard building system can be utilized to gain deeper efficiencies.
Additionally, complex digital systems are unnecessary to maintain deep operational efficiencies, eliminating the need for additional maintenance training or personnel.
Additional built-in benefits
With TermoBuild, Air quality is improved because fresh air is constantly flowing into the building while exhausting stale air to the outdoors. Quiet spaces like schools, libraries, theatres or places of worship, benefit from less noise from the ventilation system.
Most of the year TermoBuild’s systems work like a Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS). DOAS help to flush the indoor air and ventilation system from contaminants, odors, staleness, mold and microbial germs (like the flu) that can affect the health and comfort of the building occupants.
TermoBuild achieves deep efficiencies without having to rely on expensive new digital systems – although these more complex energy conservation measures (ECM) can be utilized, if desired, to achieve even higher savings, or net zero energy consumption.
Resilience / Safety
TermoBuild buildings can retain a comfortable indoor environment for several days without the operation of its HVAC infrastructure. Brownouts, blackouts, and other utility related demand management events (Demand Response) will not affect the indoor environment.
Most of the year TermoBuild’s systems work like a Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS). DOAS help to flush the indoor air and ventilation system from contaminants, odors, staleness, mold and microbial germs that affect the health and comfort of the building occupants. TermoBuild’s design assist makes buildings more resilient – to the point of potentially becoming an emergency shelter during a crisis.
Ceilings can be made higher due to reduced space requirements for the building’s ductwork. This enhances the ambiance of the rooms while also contributing to better air quality.
Space savings from smaller ductwork etc., can amount to 7% to 13%. In some cases, more floors can be added in the same building height. Additional space can also be gained for storage or other building needs.
Architects and building designers can utilize the space savings, higher ceilings, and less ductwork to add flexibility to the design process. With additional space and less cumbersome design limitations, architects have the freedom to create spaces that are more pleasing to building occupants and owners.
With added resiliency built into its structure, the building can be responsive to many financial incentives available in the electricity markets today. These include Demand Response events, energy efficiency credits, and expensive time of use pricing avoidance.
TermoBuild also allows buildings to get closer to Net Zero, or even net positive, energy consumption – requiring less renewable sources of energy to accomplish these goals.
Get the Integrated Ventilation Design Brief
Learn more about how we enable the most sustainable, healthy, and efficient buildings that simply cost less to build, operate and maintain
Net Zero Design & Construction
Green building and net zero energy present a significant risk to exceeding budgets. Yet, with Termobuild, a lean budget and high performance are guaranteed. Integrated Ventilation cast a bright light on Net Zero challenges and opportunities, managing risk and extracting overlooked value and benefits. Fast facts:
Best Performing School - EUI of 8.35 Kwh/sf/y
Enabled the best performing(energy consumption) school in Canada. ASHRAE Heating Cooling Zone 7. All HVAC equipment made in USA
Largest Net Positive Development
Recently completed largest Net Postive educational development in North America. 650,000 sq.ft. in South Carolina
Building Code Compliance
Complies with latest ASHRAE Ventilation, Building and Fire Codes.
Collaboration with Architects
Partnered with world-class architectural firm to complete $150M college in Ontario, Canada
Find out if a Termobuild Integrated Ventilation Design Assist provides the best solution for your high performance net zero building project
The process is simple:
In our initial discussion, we will determine if your building project is a candidate for Smart Floor integration.
Share Building Project Basics
Send us the square footage, # of floors, location, and preferred mechanical system or design brief for your building project.
Get Cost & Performance Analysis
We’ll send you a detailed side by side comparison and performance analysis showing you the quantitative advantage of integrating smart floors using your proposed design as a reference.
Get the Termobuild team to show you the most cost-efficient outcome to achieve NZE with instant ROI.
You could be overspending millions on a high performance building. Complete the quick answer form and you’ll:
- Get the side by side comparison at initial design stage of your current proposed design and proposed with TermoBuild.
- See where the capital and operational cost savings are realized.
- Know that Predictions Performance is Guaranteed with Termobuild compared to conventional benchmarks.
- Use this analysis to make a much stronger business case for Net Zero Energy building.
Let’s talk to about building a better building together. Then we’ll follow up with essential info:
- The performance modeling
- The side by side cost comparison
- CAPEX & OPEX savings calculation
- Key deliverables