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Greenheck Air Quality and Energy Efficiency Project Profile

July 26, 2021

Greenheck is one of our manufacturing partners working with engineers, architects and building owners to ensure that each project fulfills end goals of energy efficiency and high-level air filtration. In the project profile highlighted from Greenheck below, the team also focused on the removal of vehicle exhaust from an enclosed garage. Read below for a detailed project overview from Greenheck from a project located in Birmingham, MI.

(All information below taken directly from Greenheck)

The Challenge
The Surnow Company is a real estate development and property management firm located in Birmingham, Michigan. The company has a reputation for its treatment of buildings with architectural or historical significance.

dbfb6fce-fc98-4a20-bf5d-33da28111382_Photo_1_mediumA 94-year-old building in Birmingham is a prime example and part of overall renaissance of buildings in the community.

191 N Chester is a former church built in 1926. Surnow Company repurposed the property, preserving the exterior while building an addition comprised of glass, metal, and stone for a refined modern look. The transformation from a church to a 27,000 square foot, Class A office space required major renovations to the mechanical and electrical systems, including the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC).

Older buildings have many qualities, such as architectural features no seen on many newer structures. However, few have the energy efficiency required to attract tenants. The building owner was particularly concerned about providing an energy-efficient workplace for tenants. The COVID pandemic of 2020 also raised concerns over the need for air filtration capabilities to minimize the spread of viruses.

Greenheck's Solution
The building owners’s concern for energy efficiency and indoor air quality were reasons for selecting Greenheck to provide an effective solution. Model ECV-30 with the polymer core provided better energy transfer efficiency and a lower pressure drop to reach the required levels. Its size also made installation easier for the smaller space in the mechanical room. The ECV-30 allows for the use of MERV 8 and MERV 13 filtration. The filtration combined with the HVAC system’s high ventilation rates improves indoor air quality and meets code requirements. Filtering and ventilation minimize issues with harmful particles, including those particles causing illness. Intake and exhaust louvers (model ESD-635) protect wall openings for the energy recovery unit.

Model DG provides 100% outdoor air to the building’s enclosed heated executive parking garage. The DG works in tandem with a model SE exhaust fan equipped with the energy-efficient Vari-Green® motor to ensure the garage has a constant source of fresh air while exhausting harmful fumes from vehicles.

Exhaust fans, models CUE and SP, address the indoor air quality of restrooms and other parts of the facility. Both use direct drive, low maintenance Vari-Green motors, and are certified for AMCA Sound and Air.

The Results
Greenheck’s ventilation products position 191 N Chester to meet the needs of businesses bringing back their office staff in a post-pandemic world. The building’s owners have confidence that the energy recovery ventilator will provide quality indoor air and energy savings. Jason Zilka, owner of Systematic Heating & Cooling, Inc., was impressed with the Greenheck ERV-30 product. “I highly recommend this unit for its efficiency and quiet operation. The level of quality in its construction, ease of installation and maintenance is impressive.”

Greenheck Equipment Used

  • Energy Recovery Ventilator:  ECV30
  • Make-Up Air: DG
  • Two Louvers:  ESD-635
  • Exhaust Fans: Models CUE, SE, SP-A
All blog material directly from Greenheck Project Profile



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