Aircuity, the smart airside efficiency company, is pleased to announce that Western Canadian representative, Aqua Air Systems, has been awarded a 5-year contract with the University of Alberta to install Aircuity in at least 3 buildings on campus: Katz Group Centre, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation, and the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences. Additional building projects may be added during the contract term.

The University of Alberta has long been focused on energy efficiency and incorporating Aircuity solutions will support their accelerated focus on innovative ways to manage energy use on campus.

In 2012 the university published their sustainability plan with a goal of continuing to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency and conservation, along with implementing renewable energy technologies. "The University of Alberta is embarking on an ambitious program to retrofit and upgrade existing facilities and their control systems," explained Michael Versteege, Energy Management Program Manager.

Aircuity’s OptiNet system will be implemented within the laboratories and other variable occupancy areas of the buildings and will help drive energy savings by optimizing the ventilation rates. Aircuity’s multiplexed centralized sensing system, OptiNet, continuously monitors critical indoor parameters, lowering the ventilation when the air is clean and increasing fresh air when lab activity or building occupancy levels rise.

Aircuity Advisor Services will be used to help in the continuous commissioning of these spaces and to proactively manage the labs. The university can also use this data to track air flow and its associated energy use, which will help to ensure that the maximum energy savings are being achieved in these spaces.

The award to Aqua Air Systems includes design, installation, startup and service of Aircuity’s OptiNet facility monitoring system to implement demand control ventilation and indoor environmental quality monitoring for five years. "