Research & Development

Barcol‐Air is dedicated to implementing highest thermal comfort standards and lowest energy consumption in all its projects. This requires intensive research & development. In the past years one major point of focus has been the usage of the building mass as a thermal storage and structural (slab‐) cooling. The research was not limited to theoretical design, but also involved practical applications with hands‐on testing. The results lead to so‐called «Hybrid‐Solutions», which employ the thermal mass in the cooling strategy. Alternate cooling sources, such as free‐cooling are used at night to remove the heat from the building mass, which was accumulated during the day. In the following morning, the cool mass operates as a first cooling stage, allowing the chiller driven radiant system to start at later point of time, only after a certain temperature is exceeded and thus reducing the total operation time of the chillers. The dynamics of the process were refined to the point in which the system offers a highly efficient alternative to standard chilled ceiling solutions. The Hybrid‐Solutions will be available in the US in the near future.

We also offer our R&D services to engineers and architects to develop custom solutions for building specific challenges.

Barcol-Air Laboratory

At our Barcol-Air laboratory, a 1:1 scale mock-up can be thoroughly tested under realistic field conditions. This gives the building owner, the engineer, architect or contractor the reassurance that the proposed system will operate as designed. Our laboratory simulates the exact conditions and thermal environment as the new building prescribes, and thereby providing our client with the feeling of how the building will operate, even if it only exists as a concept on paper. In addition, to provide an even more accurate reading, the wall temperatures may be varied to simulate solar gains and losses
The mock-up, per the client’s request, is not limited to thermal aspects; acoustics, room air flow dynamics, lighting, controls, esthetics, etc. can also be tested. The lab allows systems to be optimized, which can result in considerable cost savings over the entire building, especially with larger projects.
Contractors can also benefit from hands-on installation training.
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