Today, the construction industry is responsible for around 40% of the global CO2-emission. This might not come as a surprise, considering that up until now, resources have been extracted and dumped at an unsustainable rate. However, drastic changes are now needed in order to meet the 2030-climate goals and strive for a healthier planet. This means that there is an urgent need in the construction industry to think production and construction in new, sustainable ways. The challenge is now to produce, renovate and build with the use of existing resources, while incorporating energy efficiency and recycling into every stage of a building’s life cycle – while maintaining an effective and healthy indoor climate.
To reduce the amount of global waste that comes from the construction industry, the incorporation of circular construction and economy can become vital in order to reduce the CO2-emission, operating energy, materials needed, and the amount of waste generated. To clarify, circular economy focuses on keeping resources in use for as long as possible, obtaining the maximum amount of value from them while they are in use, and then regenerating the resources at the end of its lifecycle through upcycling or recycling. Thus, we must think long-term in the investments we make.
A focus on the indoor climate
In addition to constructing buildings that preserve and support our planet, a healthy indoor climate becomes an important factor for the long-term health of the building itself and for the social part of sustainable and circular buildings, meaning the people who use the buildings.
At Airmaster we have 30 years of experience in providing high-quality indoor climate through decentralized ventilation. Decentralized ventilation differs from central ventilation by being installed directly into the room that needs ventilation, where you gain the ability to control the ventilation on a room-by-room basis, for example with the use of sensors or scheduling. This result in less ductwork and, thus, prevents energy loss during transportation and less energy use overall. In fact, Airmaster’s units have a heat recovery of more than 80%, which is one of the reasons why the CO2-emission is reduced with 52% with a decentralized solution, compared to a central solution!
Another important aspect of decentralized ventilation is its ability to be integrated into already existing buildings, which is vital for circular buildings. This also makes them ideal for renovation, supplementary ventilation and modular buildings. If the building eventually changes and is repurposed, the Airmaster units can be taken out or moved. At this point, the unit can be moved to another building or easily be dismantled, where many of the standard sized components can be reused or recycled.
With circular economy and buildings becoming an important measure in order to reduce the negative impact on our planet, the incorporation of products and materials that support a building’s lifecycle becomes vital. With Airmaster’s decentralized ventilation units, you will be sure to incorporate an extremely energy efficient and sustainable solution, suitable for building projects in need of ventilation that supports personal performance, budgets, and low energy consumption.