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around a static-plate core that transfers heat and humidity from exhaust air to treat outdoor air coming into
the building. Because it captures both heat and humidity, RenewAire's system is considered to be "total" energy recovery.
During the summer, the system rejects moisture
from air entering the building through an enthalpic
core and dehumidifies the fresh air as it comes in, and
vice-versa during the winter. Recycling the moisture at
the point of entry takes the burden off the air conditioner to dehumidify or rehumidify the air, greatly reducing
its power consumption.
Further, because the energy recovery device has no
moving parts, it enjoys a lower failure rate than traditional systems. "By utilizing this static core-based approach,
we increase reliability for our customers and save them
time and money throughout the many decade service life
of the ERV," Director of Engineering Neal Werner says.
The kinds of buildings that can benefit from an ERV system are limited only by imagination, Agopian says. Over
the past three decades, RenewAire has installed more than
200,000 units in homes, offices, schools, hospitals, retail
centers and even a research facility in Antarctica.

installing these systems - the peace of mind that the systems won't have callbacks," Agopian adds.
The rising demand for lower-energy air exchange systems forced RenewAire to move into a 111,000-squarefoot facility in April that was designed for QRM. With its
new facility, RenewAire is practicing what it preaches.
The building gets 100 percent of its power from renewable sources and it is designed to meet LEED Gold certification - including in the manufacturing areas.
RenewAire installed its own ERV systems to circulate
fresh air into the building, providing workers with clean
oxygen while also demonstrating the effectiveness of its
products. Those sustainability and air quality considerations, along with amenities such as a lounge and gym,
meant to create a complete holistic environment that
will attract today's workers.
"We're trying to cater to the millennials that are forcing us to change the way we work," Agopian says. "We do
spend the majority of our awake lives in these facilities so
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Each of those customers has witnessed first-hand RenewAire's commitment to quality. RenewAire's warranty claims are very low, an order of magnitude less than
industry averages. The company prides itself on offering
the market a higher-quality ERV system at a competitive
price with a lead time about half as long as most competitors - three days for a residential product and generally
less than three weeks for a commercial system.
RenewAire can excel in those areas because it follows
Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) methodology.
Instead of trying to reduce costs, the company focuses on
how to trim time spent at every level of its operations. As a
result, vendors must deliver components on a tight schedule and designs are engineered to bring new products to
market quickly.
"Our top-level mindset is to take time out of everything," Vice President of Operations Scott Forest says.
"It's a unifying force across the whole business."
The high dependability and on-time delivery of RenewAire's products help builders and contractors stick
to schedules and reduce the overall time spent on the job
sites, resulting in a lower total cost. "That manufacturing methodology offers our customers - the contractors
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