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Left, pre-SolarWall installation; the Manitoba Housing Authority building, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Right, post installation, the black SolarWall cladding on the south masonry wall
When the Manitoba Housing Authority requested the installation of a SolarWall® heating and ventilation system during a retrofit of one of their apartment buildings, they had several objectives in mind, specifically: 1. Upgrading the corridor ventilation system in order to improve indoor air quality, and compensate for the problems of negative pressure. 2. Improving energy efficiency and permanently reducing their heating costs through the use of a renewable energy source. 3. Upgrading the mechanical system, seeing as it was past its expected service life.
The upgrades made to the control system also benefit the solar heating system. The new system incorporates a two speed control of the corridor and suite ventilation system. The end result is improved temperature control, improved indoor air quality, increased energy efficiency, and alarm monitoring.
The projected energy savings, using 2002 natural gas prices, were $17,500 each year. As well, Manitoba Housing Authority will save $21,200 annually from the upgrades to the control system. In addition to these cost savings, the city is also reducing their annual greenhouse gas emissions by 236 tones as a result of the solar air heating system. “This project presents an opportunity to address a number of building environmental issues through the use of a renewable energy source, and at the same time, addressing the issue of climate change.” -Robert Bisson, Governor of Manitoba Housing Authority
A 676 m2 (7175 ft2) SolarWall® system was installed on the upper 14 stories of the south masonry wall, and it is tied into a new roof-mounted air make-up unit. The solar panels preheat the ventilation air for the common areas in the apartment building.
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