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TowerLabs: Accelerating Adoption of Green Building Technologies for Condos

TowerLabs: Accelerating Adoption of Green Building Technologies for Condos



Jamie James, Founder of TowerLabs @ MaRS showcases some of their research and the technology they are incubating to accelerate the uptake of cleantech in the condo sector.

Jamie James, Founder of TowerLabs @ MaRS showcases some of their research and the technology they are incubating to accelerate the uptake of cleantech in the condo sector.



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  • If you start to look at developing a taxonomy of green building products and technologies, you see a lot of overlap with the cleantech sector.
  • ERV cores are installed inside the suites, usually in a ceiling bulkhead, and connected to the fan coil units. Outside air is delivered directly into the suites.
  • The video above illustrates the pulley segments shifting into position as they complete a gear change. Much like a bike ’ s gears, except the gears move to the belt, not the belt to the gears.
  • Describe Process: Measured performance of a VSD for a couple of weeks with power meter Assembled inMotive MVSD on skid Replaced baseline VSD with MVSD for a period of 2 weeks, measured power consumption Returned system to base
  • Green loan costs: $87,000/yr fixed for 7 years. Net savings of >$35,000/yr for years. Then full amount accrues to Condo Corp in 2015. Caveat: Warm winters = lower savings.

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  • Sustainable Buildings Canada April 25, 2012Accelerating Adoption of Green Building Technologies Jamie James President, Tower Labs @MaRS
  • 2011Living Building,Portland, OR
  • Slide Courtesy ofwww.USGBC.org
  • Buildings & Construction• Canadian Construction, Machinery & Equipment = $345B-$350B (www.statcan.gc.ca)• ON Construction (2009) = $97B (5% of GDP)• US Construction = ~13% of $13T GDP• Global construction = 8%-10% of global GDP
  • (US)Slide Courtesy ofwww.USGBC.org
  • Cleantech* & Buildings Agriculture Energy Efficiency Recycling & Waste Transportation OtherLand Management Monitoring Recycling Vehicles Renewable Energy ProvidersNatural Pesticides Building Envelope & Insulation Waste-to-energy Vehicle Component/Engines Hydro/MarineCrop Yield Lighting Mixed Wastes Electric & Hybrid GeothermalSustainable Fertilizers Building Automation Waste Treatment Fuels On-Site SystemsPrecision Agriculture HVAC Metals Logistics Hydrogen Production Appliances Plastic/Rubber Combined Heat/Power Air & Environment Energy Storage Smart Grid Water & WastewaterEmissions Control Advanced Batteries Energy Infrastructure Water Treatment YESCleanup/Safety Fuel Cells Transmission Wastewater Treatment PROBABLY NOMonitoring/Compliance Other Storage Technologies Management Purification DEPENDSTrading & Offset Lithium-Ion Filtration ??Clean Coal Charging & Managament Water ConservationCarbon/Emissions Biofuels & BioMaterials Materials Solar WindBiodiesel Bio Systems Gearboxes & ComponentsBiomass Nano Cells & Modules TurbinesGrain Ethanol Chemical Thin Films FarmsCellulosic Ethanol Biodegradeable Products Concentrated PVBiogas Polymers Concentrated Solar ThermalAlgae Biodiesel * Based on Cleantech taxonomy: http://research.cleantech.com/browse-taxonomy/
  • Research Spending by Industrial Sector R&D Spending Industry Sector (as % of annual sales)Biotechnology 13% - 15%Semiconductors 11-14%Pharmaceuticals 8-12%Electronics 4-7%Medical devices 7-10%Software 8-10%Aerospace 6-9%Mechanicaldevices/machines 2-5%Automotive 2-4%Chemicals 2-3%International industryaverage 4.10%Construction industry 0.2-0.5%Source: R&D Magazine, 2003 Annual R&D Funding ForecastAs reprinted in Building Design & Construction Magazine, White Paper on Sustainability, Nov. 2003
  • D & DRDemonstration Deployment
  • Demonstration-to-Deployment Project MGTInnovation, M&V EmergingTechnology real estate owners/ developers
  • FOUNDERS The Tridel Group of Companies • Family-owned, Toronto-Based • Vertically integrated Condominium Developer • 7 decades, 65,500 homes • ~1,500 homes/year The MaRS Institute & Discovery District • Toronto’s Innovation Hub • Independent NGO • 3 Practices: ICT, CleanTech, Health Sciences • 500 Active Clients across sectors • Advisory services for entrepreneursTridelXXXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Advanced Materials for Building Energy Recovery
  • In Suite Ventilation Air HRV vs ERVHRV: Heat RecoveryVentilators. Sensibleheat only recoveredERV: EnergyRecovery Ventilator -total energy in the airis recovered (heat + HRVmoisture) ERV
  • EVOLUTION OF CONDOMINIUM VENTILATION 2nd Generation: Improved Ventilation Air Energy Recovery
  • EVOLUTION OF CONDOMINIUM VENTILATION 3rd Generation: Stand Alone In-Suite Units
  • EVOLUTION OF CONDOMINIUM VENTILATION3rd Generation (Phase 2): Integrated HVAC Systems Integrated De-centralized ER Ventilation
  • Evaluating New Approaches for Greater Flexibility ERV with dPointERVFANCOIL Fan Coil With ERV + dPoint
  • Test Units Test Units ~700 Units Multi-Phase Pilot/Demonstration + M&V Deployment With Support From: Test Units Test Units
  • Solar Co-generationSource: The Toronto Star
  • The First Mechatronic Variable Speed Drive (MVSD)What?•To become the world’s most efficient and cost-effective VariableSpeed Drive (VSD)•VSDs vary the speed of electric motors, dramatically reducingenergy consumptionFor?•Any motor, engine or generator that will benefit from variable speed•First target market: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)motors driving fans & pumps = a billion $ market opportunityWhy? reduce VSD costs & harmonics
  • • Morphing pulleys, synchronized shifting a world’s first• less expensive, more efficient & robust than VFDs - no problematic harmonics• Shifts under load• High torque start-up capability
  • Technology Validation•Beta Assembly Proven in a live environment • 20hp motor, York Makeup Air Unit (rooftop fan) • 24 story condominium in Toronto, Canada•Higher efficiency and harmonic claims verified
  • Business Size GEW Commercial Readiness/Penetration
  • Building Energy Use Comparison
  • LEED vs pre-LEED Building ComparisonResidential Electricity-18%Building Electricity Pre- LEED-7% LEEDNatural Gas- 50%
  • Building Energy Use Comparison 25% reduction in energy costs
  • Modeling Stack Effect
  • Modeling Stack Effect Problem: • Uncontrolled airflows in tall buildings may increase Make Up Air requirements and negatively impact the performance of mechanical systems
  • Stack Effect Modeling Study
  • For more information, please contact: For more information, please contact: Paul Bottero, President David Kriebel Phone: 416-605-7470 Phone: 604-488-1132 Email: pbottero@inmotive.com Email: dkriebel@dpoint.ca www.inmotive.com www.dpoint.ca Tower Labs is grateful for support from our initial sponsors:
  • THANK YOUFor more information, please contact: Jamie James, President Subhi Alsayed, Director of Projects Phone: 416-673-6516 Phone: 416-673-6516 Email: jjames@towerlabs.org Email: salsayed@towerbs.org www.towerlabs.org
  • Building Energy Use Comparison2009/2010 Average Residential Electricity Comparison Building 1’s annual average residential electricity consumption is18% above that of Building 2’s.
  • Building Energy Use Comparison 2009/2010 Average Building Electricity ComparisonBuilding 1’s annual average building electricity consumption is 7% above that of Building 2’s.
  • Building Energy Use Comparison 2009/2010 Average Building Natural Gas ComparisonBuilding 1’s annual averaged natural gas consumption is 105% above that of Building 2’s.