3 main fabric ducting values for consulting engineers
The biggest headache when working on new facilities or renovations is for the consulting engineers, who have to think of everything. Including air distribution systems. But this is where the choice of fabric-based solutions can make the job a lot easier and save a lot of resources.
Fabric-based air engineering technology is becoming the preferred choice across the globe due to its technical flexibility, economic benefits, and environmental advantages. The versatility of fabric-based HVAC systems outdoes conventional metal solutions when it comes to exposed ducting. And there are 3 main values of fabric-based solutions specifically for consulting engineers.
Unsurpassed technical performance
Having in mind the HVAC technology itself, fabric-based solutions are relatively young, only 50 years old but the know-how and expertise in this field are developing at the speed of light. Due to the highly skilled air engineers, the fabric-based air distribution system can be designed for the ideal air dispersion irrespective of the complexity of your application. Each order is custom engineered with 3D drawings and airflow calculations.
In addition, fabric ducts are extremely durable and have a very long lifespan. There is a proven track record of companies that are still using the same fabric ducts in their facilities even after more than 40 years since the installations were made in the 1970s.
Eliminating unwanted environmental issues
Fabric-based air dispersion technology offers significant advantages in terms of comfort and hygiene as using permeable fabrics prevents condensation. Without moisture, bacteria and mold does not grow, making the technology a hygienic alternative to conventional metal ducts.
When it comes to occupant comfort, fabric-based air distribution solutions also offer significant advantages in terms of draft-free and virtually silent air dispersion. The technology enables a high air change at low velocity, thus creating the ideal indoor environment.
If used in industrial applications, like aerospace, micro-electronics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, healthcare, and food processing, it is vital to minimize environmental pollutants, such as dust, microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapors. Hence, Cleanroom certification is a key selection criterion when designing the air dispersion system. Fabric-based HVAC solutions offer a range of fabrics with Cleanroom certification, anti-microbial coating, and other hygienic advantages.
Saving money and resources
The savings potential in switching to fabric-based air distribution technology is significant. On installation alone, the smart air solutions offer 50-70% time savings. And there are more savings to be gained through lean delivery, efficient use of materials, space savings, and efficient shipping solutions.
Fabric ducts are very light, therefore there is no need to have heavy machinery to install them. The light weight also benefits during the logistics process, as the ducts are very flexible, they fit in a box and can be shipped without freight cars or trucks. Having everything in mind, fabric ducts are an alternative to conventional metal ducting that enables savings of up to 70%.
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