ENERJOY® Radiant Heat Eliminates Condensation in New Museum of Contemporary Art

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ENERJOY Radiant Panels are used for condensation remediation and prevention in buildings with glass perimeters.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

ENERJOY addresses the primary perimeter heat loss by radiantly eliminating costly convection.

SSHC, Inc., manufacturer of ENERJOY® Radiant Heatmodules, announced that the new Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, acclaimed for its design and included in NEXT: The Future of Architecture, installed ENERJOY Panels to prevent condensation issues.

The radiant panels are installed near the skylights of the museum and work with a control system that senses condensation. When a certain level is reached, the panels turn on. Jana Dengler, Facilities Director at the ICA, said, "The panels have been working well. Any time I don't have to think about something, it's working well... no maintenance."

A contemporary design feature in commercial structures is the use of glass on the perimeter of buildings. Large glass windows used as walls allow sunlight to permeate the building space. However, heat loss due to glass is an issue, and condensation forming along the inside perimeter is problematic.

Glass, including 'low e' glass, is opaque to long wave radiant energy. This means, for building structures with glass perimeters, the energy loss is minimized and the heat remains within the structure. The 'greenhouse effect' serves to contain the heat within the building cavity. In addition, all the floor space becomes usable, right up to the glass-lined perimeter.

According to Richard Watson, President of Solid State Heating, Inc. (SSHC, Inc.), "ENERJOY addresses the primary perimeter heat loss by radiantly eliminating costly convection." Technical studies for architects and engineers can be accessed at sshcinc.com/architects. Mr. Watson is also co-author of THE HANDBOOK OF RADIANT HEATING & COOLING, a 900-page textbook published by McGraw-Hill.

ENERJOY is also installed in the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and in the new 185,000 square foot Whitney Downtown Building, a second site under construction for the Whitney Museum of Art.

ENERJOY Radiant Ceiling Panels can be zone controlled for energy efficiency. The panels are 'green' products; are recyclable, have a low carbon footprint and, due to low wattage draw, partner well with wind and solar energy. Energy savings of up to 50% with ENERJOY Heatmodules have been verified by the U.S. Department of Energy.    

SSHC, Inc. produces and distributes electric radiant heating systems and is the pioneer of ENERJOY I Heatmodules. The company believes that all heating systems should be specified in concert with building design and components. For more information, visit sshcinc.com.

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