Home for the Holidays: AppliedSensor Helps Ensure New Habitat for Humanity Homes Have Clean Indoor Air

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Efficiency Vermont Installs iAQ-engine to Monitor Air Quality, First Passive House Reduces Heat Demand by 90%, Overall Energy Consumption by 60-70%

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Everyone deserves to breathe clean air – especially in their own homes. Many thanks to Efficiency Vermont and Habitat for Humanity for relying on our IAQ-engines to ensure healthy indoor air for these families.

Going home for the Holidays is a tradition. Yet for an estimated 100 million homeless people around the world, there will be no home to go to this year. To help ease this crisis, Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing, homelessness, and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action worldwide. In this same spirit, AppliedSensor, a designer and manufacturer of chemical sensor components, is helping to ensure these homes have optimal indoor air quality (IAQ).

Efficiency Vermont recently installed AppliedSensor’s iAQ-engine intelligent Indoor Air Quality Module in three Habitat for Humanity homes. The IAQ-engines ensures residents can enjoy healthy, clean air by detecting potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

All three residences are high-performance homes. One is the first Habit for Humanity Passive House internationally and the first modular Passive House in North America. The Passive House model, the highest energy standard existing internationally, reduces heating energy consumption by 90 percent compared to standard buildings and residences. According to the Passive House Institute U.S., Passive Houses achieve overall energy savings of 60-70 percent.

“Many industry professionals suggest that homes need air leakage to ensure optimal indoor air quality. However, our data shows that the iAQ-engine accurately detects VOCs while the home still adheres to modern standards for insulation and airtightness standards. We’ll continue to use the module to assess and confirm the superiority of indoor air quality in the Passive Houses we build,” said Peter Schneider, an energy consultant with Efficiency Vermont.

Efficiency Vermont is incorporating the iAQ-engine into a select group of Passive Houses and other high-performance residential buildings constructed in Vermont. The sensors are located in the main living space and provide real-time indoor air quality measurements for the homeowners. The real-time IAQ data can be viewed on a dashboard located in the kitchen area of each house or on a web interface.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be a part of this valiant effort to provide shelter to those in need. Everyone deserves to breathe clean air – especially in their own homes. Many thanks to Efficiency Vermont and Habitat for Humanity for relying on our IAQ-engines to ensure healthy indoor air for these families,” said AppliedSensor, Inc. CEO Tom Aiken.

Families currently reside in two of the Habitat for Humanity homes, while the third is scheduled to be occupied in early 2012. Homeowners have access to a computer dashboard alerting them of changes to indoor air quality and the proper ventilation action needed for optimal comfort and health.

About Efficiency Vermont
Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help Vermont residents reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont's environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1986 under appointment to the Vermont Public Service Board. Additional information is available by contacting Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or at efficiencyvermont.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.

Thomas Aiken, AppliedSensor: tom[dot]aiken[at]appliedsensor[dot]com, 1-908‐222‐1477
Peter Schneider, Efficiency Vermont: pschneider[at]veic[dot]org, 1-802-488-0916
Vanessa Bradford, c3PR: vanessa[at]c3pr[dot]com, 1-408‐730‐8506, mobile 1-209-505-3690


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