A Breath of Fresh Air: Understanding Indoor Ventilation
Jan 10, 2020
Breath in. . . breath out. . . breath in. . . breath out. . . Its amazing we live our busy everyday life rarely consciously thinking about breathing. We believe someone is watching over us as we sit in our office, in the classroom, or at church, making sure the air we are breathing is clean. But, what is required to make sure indoors air is actually a breath of clean fresh air? This article looks at Pelican’s approach to managing indoor ventilation and its effects on the people inside the spaces.
Where does indoor ventilation come from?
As our energy codes become stricter, requiring building envelopes to become more and more sealed, we unintentionally build an unsafe indoor environment. This is why energy codes also dictate minimum ventilation levels. As envelope seals become tighter, the minimum amount of fresh air brought into the building must be account for, while still meeting the energy efficiency guidelines. So, while we work to keep the inside conditioned air from being able to escape to the outside, we also need to make sure we are bring a calculated percentage of outdoor air into the building. Hurts the mind.
To accomplish this there are different mechanical systems used to
Why you should care.
Innovation is not for everyone. There are a small subset of organizations willing to take the leap of faith and incorporate innovative technology into their business model. It always feels safer to stick with known technologies, even when the safe route is a tattered net ready to break at any moment.
But, why should you care? Because you are the decision maker behind when your organization transitions to the new. It is not a question of “if”, but “when”. It is proven that market transitions occur when early adopters switch quickly, find success behind their decisions, and influence the market to the next generation of technologies. The larger percentage of organizations who are not early adopters, sticking with the tried and true, eventually end up transitioning when tried and true is now the next generation of technologies. It is not an “if”, but a “when”.
Where does Pelican sit in this race?
Our organization has invented many different technologies which have changed the world away from the tradition and into the next best thing. Our team invented a world leading Internet service provider architecture and we hold the patent on Internet authentication standards RADIUS (which is a protocol used to authentic you on the Internet). At the time of these innovations, there were other more established technology choice, but early adopters always gravitate to technologies which work, make their job simpler, and they end up influence the next generation of standards.
In the climate management space innovation has not occurred in years. Technology has been reduced down to unintelligent boxes requiring complex integration and programming practices to make work. This practice is cumbersome, expensive, and limiting to the majority of the commercial market (80% of commercial buildings have limited to no climate management capabilities).
There are companies putting driving assist cars on the road, building self-translation software, and communicating to you from speakers in your home. If technology innovators can make cars drive themselves, an extremely complex and dangerous endeavor. Why not use technology to make smarter climate technologies, something simple and not dangerous at all? This is Pelican’s approach to technology innovation. Our solution is for the early adopters, those who are tired of the norm or not having access to the norm because its too expensive and complex, but are ready for something refreshing and new. New does not mean “to lack”, instead it means “to grow upon”. Technology today allows us to grow upon the past, make extremely innovative changes, and provide these services to a wider sector of customers at a lower cost.
It is not a question of “if” you should transition to the next generation of climate management technologies. But, when?
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