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While the latest in green and sustainable innovations often comes in large packages, it is not necessarily the case for today’s Greenovation.
As the industrial aesthetic becomes more widely applied in the commercial and residential real estate market, air-permeable, porous fabric ducts will more widely replace their traditional counterparts, metal ducts.
Fabric ducts are less expansive, less resource-intensive, and more efficient air distributors than metal ducts. According to GreenSpec, “a 2011 study from Iowa State University revealed that fabric ducts distribute air 24.5% more efficiently than metal ducts, as fabric ducts diffuse conditioned air more widely in a shorter time, reducing loads on HVAC equipment and saving energy.”
Additionally, fabric ducts contribute to better indoor environmental quality as a result of their ease in cleaning, which “protect against mold growth or fiber-shedding [as well as] products that protect ducts from construction dust and debris.”
Designed to reduce energy usage for both residential and commercial buildings “by helping reduce airflow friction, maintaining low static pressure,” Build Right Products’ FlexRight offering is a “90-degree polypropylene bracing strap [that] mounts over the outer jacket of any 4-inch to 16-inch flexible, round duct, avoiding the kinks and restrictions common to flexible duct diffuser connections.”
On most all accounts, FlexRight is superior to sheet metal elbows in that they are cheaper, made from 100% pre-consumer recycled content, and are appropriate for both retrofits as well as new construction. “The FlexRight is UL-listed… and meets the recommendations of ASHRAE’s energy design guides for schools and small retail and office buildings.”
To learn more about today’s Greenovation, visit BuildRightProducts.com.
by Rob Stanfield – The Green Register