Future Middlebury College Dormitory with AppliedSensor iAQ-Engine Provides Real-Time Indoor Air Quality Data

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Middlebury College Energy-Efficient Self-Reliance House, Fourth Place Winner in DOE Solar Decathlon, Allows Student Residents to Monitor Indoor Air Quality, Adjust Ventilation for Optimum Energy Usage

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This project demonstrates how indoor air quality can be monitored and superior IAQ achieved in a virtually airtight, super-insulated home.

AppliedSensor, a designer and manufacturer of chemical sensor components, announced today that its iAQ-engine intelligent Indoor Air Quality Module is installed in Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance solar-powered house to provide real-time indoor air quality data to future student residents. After placing fourth in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon Competition held in Washington, D.C. in October, the energy-efficient house was transported back to Middlebury College in Vermont, where it will serve as a student dorm.

“We incorporated AppliedSensor’s IAQ-engine in Self-Reliance as we feel it is a great product. This project demonstrates how indoor air quality can be monitored and superior IAQ achieved in a virtually airtight, super-insulated home,” said Peter Schneider, an energy consultant with Efficiency Vermont.

The iAQ-engine’s sensor, located in the main living space of the Self-Reliance dormitory, will track indoor air quality every minute. Collected data will be displayed online and on a dashboard in the dorm’s kitchen. This will enable student residents to monitor the quality of their indoor air in real time and adjust the ventilation system as needed. Full indoor air quality data will be available from Efficiency Vermont later this year.

“Conserving energy and providing high-quality indoor air is essential. We commend Efficiency Vermont and Middlebury College for their dedication to this innovative project,” said AppliedSensor, Inc. CEO Tom Aiken. “In the coming year, AppliedSensor will continue to work with organizations dedicated to reducing utility costs and providing healthier air for occupants of residential and commercial buildings.”

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 operated by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1986 under appointment to the Vermont Public Service Board. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit 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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