Blueduct: Maximize Efficiency and Create Amazing Spaces
At our most recent Coffee Break webinar, we caught up with Vishal Sookhai of AQC Industries to discuss BlueDuct, their energy-saving, maintenance-free underground duct system.
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There are many kinds of underground duct systems, ones made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) or PVC-coated duct. Why would an architect or engineer specify BlueDuct?
- The insulation is built in. The material won’t break down over time and will last the life of the building. Building owners can expect a consistent insulation value with no degradation over time. The thick integrated foam material in BlueDuct provides excellent thermal resistance. To protect themselves and their clients, engineers can specify that their system should be leak-tested, composed of one product all the way to the finished floor, with a thermal rating certified to the standards of NSF P374.
- It’s leak testable. Similar to underground plumbing, BlueDuct is designed to be easily tested in the field for leaks. Be sure to use AQC’s guide specifications to ensure your underground duct system is installed correctly.
- It’s a complete system. From an engineering standpoint, you don’t want to mix systems. BlueDuct supplies all the necessary components, from the main trunk line to the finished floor, designed to seal together completely. With FRP duct, often only the duct mains are provided (no runouts, boots, or diffusers), and it’s not sealed, leaving contractors to field-fabricate “something” to complete the system of dissimilar materials.
- Minimal lead time and fast installation. When you need a complete duct system installed immediately, BlueDuct is in stock and ready to ship to your job site.
What are some typical applications for BlueDuct?
BlueDuct is applicable to many new or retrofit constructions. It may be specified for several reasons, including its energy efficiency, IAQ standards, ease of ordering and installation, design aesthetics, or acoustics, based on the customer’s demands for the project and the space.
However, some common threads in BlueDuct installations include:
- Net-zero designs: Architects and engineers are now designing buildings around products that help them achieve a net-zero or otherwise sustainable design. BlueDuct meets all code standards for underground ductwork and helps qualify for LEED® and other green building credits.
- Houses of worship: BlueDuct frees up space for tall, vaulted ceilings and severely dampens noise from HVAC systems, so the occupied space remains quiet.
- Pools and natatoriums: This is a perfect system for supplying air to pool areas and tying it to the evacuation system to exhaust the chloramines from the pool surface.
- Historic buildings and retrofits: BlueDuct is not just for new construction. Historic buildings may not have room for ceiling ductwork, or doing so would destroy the integrity or historical value of the building. Often, the best (or only) choice is to put new ductwork underground. AQC recently supplied BlueDuct to a project in the Minnesota State Capitol building, which was not designed for ductwork when built over 120 years ago.
- Glass walls and large windows: BlueDuct is used frequently in the design of every new store for one of the US’s largest computer manufacturers. Their design has diffusers positioned to keep their signature bank of glass windows below the dew point. This ensures that no condensation forms on the glass and makes the store look clean, sleek, and inviting.
- Automotive dealerships and maintenance facilities: Many dealerships use floor-to-ceiling glass, which is best to supply air from the floor. In addition, BlueDuct works well in the maintenance bays for underground vehicle exhaust systems.
- Auditoriums: Sound is a serious concern in many BlueDuct applications, including auditoriums, theaters, and museums. BlueDuct conditions a space while making sure the hum of that air movement is not heard. It uses the earth as a damper, and the pre-insulated material in BlueDuct dampens the sound even further.