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How HVAC Construction Companies are Staying Green in 2022

Updated June 22, 2022

With the growing demand for green buildings, there is an increasing need to find green HVAC construction companies that can keep up. We’ll take a look at some of the ways these companies are staying ahead of the curve and meeting the needs of their customers. These companies are proving that they’re ready to face the challenges of tomorrow head-on. They are choosing to install innovative new technologies or by becoming more sustainable themselves. In this article, we’ll explore:

  • Green technologies that are changing HVAC sustainability
  • Growing demand for green builders
  • The new standard for efficient HVAC systems
  • Forward-thinking green construction companies

Green Technologies That Are Changing HVAC Sustainability

Green building technologies are becoming increasingly important as we look for ways to reduce our impact on the environment. One area where these technologies have a significant impact is in the realm of HVAC. By utilizing more efficient systems and incorporating sustainable materials, it is possible to improve the sustainability of HVAC systems. Some of the most promising green building technologies in this area include:

Solar Hybrid Air Conditioners

One of the most widely used renewable energy sources is solar electricity. With the help of solar power, these hybrid air conditioners can stay cool all year round without using any fuel or electricity from dirty sources.

Heat Recovery to Warm Water Supply

Many homes leave their water running to warm up, wasting thousands of gallons of water per year. Daikin uses a water-cooled system in their variable refrigerant flow system. The system then uses that water to reheat a water supply pump. Recommended for residential, spa, and hotel use as a supplemental hot water supply.

Silent Duct Wrap

The latest HVAC product to hit the market is silent duct wrap. This innovative product is produced from recycled landfill denim. It doesn’t emit irritating irritants or VOCs that harm indoor air quality! Finally, it’s hypoallergenic.

Dual-Fuel Heat Pump

Heat pumps are more energy-efficient than typical systems. However, many homeowners grumble that although they save money, they don’t always give year-round comfort. The solution: a heat pump that utilizes several fuels. This dual-fuel heat pump uses electricity and gas to heat and cool efficiently. The dual-fuel pump utilizes electricity to heat the residence above 35°F and uses gas below that threshold to heat the home. While dual-fuel heat pumps presently cost more than standard HVAC systems, homeowners can expect to save money on energy bills.

Builders See Growing Demand for Green Practices

As awareness of the need for sustainable building practices grows, so does the demand for builders who are able to provide green homes. More and more homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, and a well-built green home can make a significant difference. Consequently, builders who offer eco-friendly construction methods are seeing an uptick in business. Green building techniques can range from using recycled materials to incorporating solar panels into the design. Builders who provide these services will be well-positioned to meet the needs of the growing market for sustainable homes.

Furthermore, the Market Research Future analysis says the total industry is predicted to develop at a CAGR of 14.3 percent by 2027. This means more opportunities await green HVAC construction companies.

The New Standard for Efficient HVAC Systems 

In 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy will implement new standards for efficient HVAC systems. The new standards, known as SEER2, HSPF2, and EER2, will replace the existing SEER and EER standards. The most significant change is the inclusion of a new metric, known as the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). This metric accounts for heating systems used in colder climates. As a result, the new standards will provide a more accurate assessment of a system’s energy efficiency. Above all, they require systems are tested in realistic conditions. These include such as extreme temperatures and high humidity. These changes provide consumers with the true costs of operating their HVAC system.

Green Construction Companies Looking Forward

As the world becomes more aware of the need to protect our environment, green HVAC construction companies are gaining in popularity. HVAC systems play a vital role in regulating temperature and humidity levels in buildings. Green HVAC companies are working to develop systems that are more efficient and use less energy. In addition, green HVAC companies are working to reduce the number of harmful emissions produced by HVAC systems. So, as awareness of the importance of protecting the environment continues to grow, it’s likely that green HVAC companies will become even more popular in the future. Across the US, several incentives encourage development:

  • expedited review and permitting procedures
  • density and height bonuses
  • tax credits
  • property tax reductions
  • fee reductions or exemptions
  • grants
  • revolving loan funds

Green Grants – It’s true! There are federal, state, and local grants available for builders who incorporate IAQ and green technology into their buildings. Learn more about the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge ➡

Rob Ambrosetti

Rob Ambrosetti

KGG’s National Training Director and go-to IAQ expert. Rob is a council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant. He also holds Healthy Home Professional and HVAC Professional certifications from IAQA. Since joining KGG in 2018, Rob has focused on curriculum development and led KGG’s in-house training services. He is also the host of KGG’s industry podcast RepTalk.

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