Award-Winning Energy-Efficient House Uses AppliedSensor Indoor Air Quality Module to Detect VOCs

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U of I/Newell Instruments “Re_home” Finishes in Top Ten of DOE’s Solar Decathlon Competition

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This competition proves that an AppliedSensor iAQ-100 module meets ASHRAE Standard 62.2 for residential ventilation and reduces utility costs. For occupants, this translates to a lower energy bill and cleaner, healthier air in their homes.

AppliedSensor, a designer and manufacturer of chemical sensor components, announced today that its iAQ-100 intelligent Indoor Air Quality Module is installed in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s (U of I) “Re_home.” The solar-powered house placed seventh out of 19 in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon Competition held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

“We congratulate the University of Illinois and Newell Instruments on their award-winning, innovative design and contribution to residential construction sustainability efforts,” said AppliedSensor, Inc. CEO Tom Aiken. “This competition proves that an AppliedSensor iAQ-100 module meets ASHRAE Standard 62.2 for residential ventilation and reduces utility costs. For occupants, this translates to a lower energy bill and cleaner, healthier air in their homes.”

Newell Instruments (Urbana, IL) incorporated AppliedSensor’s iAQ-100 Module into Re_home’s Conditioning Energy Recovery Ventilator (CERV) to detect and remove a broad range of potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When VOCs are minimized, the module instructs the CERV to decrease ventilation, thereby improving energy efficiency and lowering utility costs.

“Based on our evaluation and the work we’ve done with University of Illinois, we consider AppliedSensor’s iAQ-100 a valuable addition to the CERV unit. In fact, the data we gathered from Equinox House, our ‘net-zero residence’ that consumes the same amount of energy as it produces, demonstrates that the CERV unit ensures optimal indoor air quality and quick recovery from episodes involving higher levels of VOCs,” said Newell Instruments Vice President Ty Newell.

Re_home, the only entry in the competition featuring a ventilation system capable of monitoring VOCs and CO2, is now being transported back to the University of Illinois where it will be open for public tours later this month. The same CERV unit that is installed in the Re_home was also featured in Gable House, the University of Illinois’ 2009 Solar Decathlon entry.

About Newell Instruments
Newell Instruments develops and manufactures electronic concentration sensors for refrigeration and air conditioning industry research. The company’s expertise spans energy conversion, air conditioning, refrigeration, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, controls and instrumentation, solar energy, and building technology that has resulted in a broad range of project activities and clients. Additional information is available at newellinstruments.com.

About AppliedSensor
Relying on 25 years of research and development, AppliedSensor designs and manufactures chemical sensor systems for a broad range of applications, including intelligent indoor air quality (iAQ) monitors for building automation, in-cabin air quality monitors for passenger vehicles and Hydrogen Leak Sensors for fuel cell vehicles. The company operates three facilities worldwide: AppliedSensor, Inc. in Warren, New Jersey; AppliedSensor Sweden AB in Linköping, Sweden; and AppliedSensor GmbH in Reutlingen, Germany. Additional information is available at appliedsensor.com.

Contacts:
Thomas Aiken, AppliedSensor: tom(dot)aiken(at)appliedsensor(dot)com 1-908‐222‐1477
Ty Newell, Newell Instruments: ty(at)newellinstruments(dot)com 1-217-377-4576
Vanessa Bradford, c3PR: vanessa(at)c3pr(dot)com 1-408‐730‐8506, mobile 1-209-505-3690

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