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Lowers the risk of clean technology adoption.
Schedule a demonstration in your office to learn about the building technologies that we have investigated.
Ensuring CleanTech understanding accelerates adoption.
Architects and engineers are challenged to navigate the innovations that are fueled by a clean tech market that will grow to $1.3 Trillion by 2017. Variations in renewable portfolio standards incent innovation in energy initiatives by region. LEED® points in the U.S. and Minergie® Standards in Europe provide building systems designers the vision and the measures to achieve their goals.

Commercial leasing prices are higher for these energy-efficient spaces, but the design community must deliver results, or risk reputation loss or even litigation.

Nectar Partners is investigating numerous emerging strategies that provide near-term answers to these challenges.
Smart grid solutions turn energy consumers into generators.
Large institutions such as college campuses, federal and municipal complexes, military bases, industrial companies and hospitals can optimize their facilities’ energy portfolios with a thorough understanding of their electricity demands. Software can provide moment-to-moment understanding of price fluctuations throughout the day and time of year. With utility company integration, these smart-grid platforms enable facility owners to curtail energy use and to rely on off-grid generation and stored energy or load shedding to help reduce costs or even generate revenue.
Urban geothermal: borrowing heat from the sewer.
When we think of geothermal energy, we typically refer to energy that is stored in the earth. As a renewable resource, it is a very promising building technology deployment. But in site constrained urban environments, access to the energy stored underground is not practical, especially for existing buildings. For new construction, or existing buildings over 100,000 sq. ft. with adjency to large sewer mains, this patented technology promises to provide heating, cooling, hot water, chilled water, and refrigeration, while reducing reliance on chillers, cooling towers, gas furnaces, and boilers. With several deployments in the U.S. this overseas technology may provide up to 60% reduction in HVAC costs, reduce maintenance, and release expensive floor space.
Can improving air quality reduce energy bills?
With tighter building envelopes to save energy, air quality has been degraded due to contaminant build up. In turn, ASHRAE has developed minimum outside air requirements to balance the system. Heating and cooling that outside air is expensive. We are investigating bi-polar ionization air filtration techniques that replicate ionization cleansing that occurs in the stratosphere, and promises energy savings by reducing the need for outside air. Our initial tests indicate a significant reduction in airborn allergens among asthma sufferers.
Beyond rooftop wind: architectural wind generators.
Wind striking a building wall creates a frontal resistance to the wind. This “chimney effect” creates a zone of accelerated air flow that can be significant when the length of the wall is five or more times the height of the wall. Emerging systems designed and installed specifically to capitalize on this effect can generate more energy than a similar device in open wind flow. With incentives and rebates, these systems are becoing affordable alternatives.

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