Annexair unveiled a new line of more sustainable and eco-friendly HVAC systems during AHR Expo in Orlando. The company displayed the new units, made from biosourced engineered composite panels, in a parking lot that was a short drive from the Orange County Convention Center.
Composites are 50 to 60% lighter and five times stronger than metal. The engineered composite panels have reinforced glass fiber. Annexair combines the composite panels with green foam insulation made from recycled water bottles and glued together using a non-chemical adhesive resin derived from sugar cane. Performance of the 100% eco-friendly foam surpasses any other type of insulation, says the company.
Insulated composite panels are available in 1-in, 2-in, 3-in, 4-in and 5-in thicknesses and take the place of structural steel in Annexair’s new generation of HVAC equipment. There is a lifetime warranty against corrosion and zero leakage. The company claims it is "the most advanced, sustainable and eco-friendly HVAC system on earth.”
Eco-Friendly HVAC System
“We are making a major transition to modernize the industry and make it more eco-friendly,” said François Lemieux, Annexair President, at a reception during AHR Expo. The biocomposite unit took nine years to develop and is the world’s first of its kind, he says. Manufacturing processes, such as using between 30 and 40 million recycled water bottles, will help to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.Some 26,500 recycled plastic bottles are used in manufacturing the ERUs
Some 26,500 recycled plastic bottles are used in manufacturing the energy recovery units (ERUs), and 18,000 bottles are used to manufacture the makeup air units (MAUs).
The systems are built inside a composite housing using motors and other components from other manufacturers. A rooftop unit with a built-in gutter system uses airport-style doors, and there are drain pans and easy walk-in access. There is no welded steel. Panels are seamless, no matter the unit size; panels can be made up to 12-feet wide and 45-feet long in a single piece.
"We are making a major transition to modernize the industry and make it more eco-friendly"
Easy cleaning and impoved lifespan
Smooth rounded interior corners and edges ensure hygiene and no dirt accumulation for easy cleaning.
FDA-approved anti-microbial/UV nanotechnology improves casing durability and lifespan for the inside and outside casing, including anti-fungal, chemical resistance, water repellence and anti-scratching.Annexair intends to sell the systems at the same price as comparable traditional systems
Annexair intends to sell the systems at the same price as comparable traditional systems to guarantee better access to green technology for the industry. The system is more durable, does not rust and is very light for building structures and transportation. Construction is 50-60% lighter. It also reduces energy loss and is fire-resistant.
Use of composite casings reduces the greenhouse gas produced by 85 percent. Annexair intends to stop assembling metal-based ventilation units by December of 2021 to meet business sustainability targets. The system is a perfect complement to LEED certification, says Lemieux.
The systems will be manufactured in a new 300,000-sq ft factory, 70 miles east of Montreal, Canada, that is automated and eco-friendly. Annexair seeks to be carbon-neutral by 2024-25.