ACHRNEWS

Radiant Heat Eliminates Condensation for New Museum

October 12, 2009
Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. - Solid State Heating Corporation, Inc. (SSHC, Inc.) announced that the new Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston has installed the company’s ENERJOY® Radiant Heatmodules to prevent condensation issues.

The radiant panels are installed near the skylights of the museum and work with a control system that senses condensation. When a certain level is reached, the panels turn on. Jena Dengler, facilities director at the museum, said, “The panels have been working well. Any time I don’t have to think about something, it’s working well... no maintenance.”

A contemporary design feature in commercial structures is the use of glass on the perimeter of buildings. Large glass windows used as walls allow sunlight to permeate the building space. However, heat loss due to glass is an issue, and condensation forming along the inside perimeter is problematic.

Glass, including “low e” glass, is opaque to long wave radiant energy. This means that, for building structures with glass perimeters, energy loss is minimized and the heat remains within the structure. The “greenhouse effect” serves to contain the heat within the building cavity. In addition, all the floor space becomes usable, right up to the glass-lined perimeter.

According to Richard Watson, president of SSHC, “ENERJOY addresses the primary perimeter heat loss by radiantly eliminating costly convection.” The company said technical studies for architects and engineers can be accessed at www.sshcinc.com/architects.

ENERJOY is also installed in the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and in the new 185,000-square-foot Whitney Downtown Building, a second site under construction for the Whitney Museum of Art.

SSHC said the panels can be zone controlled for energy efficiency. And, due to low wattage draw, they partner well with solar and wind energy.

ENERJOY Heatmodules are available in a range of sizes and wattage densities in all common voltages. The panel is framed in aluminum or encased in steel and finished with a flat or textured surface. It can be surface mounted, placed in a suspended ceiling grid, freely suspended, recessed in sheetrock or wall mounted, depending upon the model selection. Panels can be painted and custom-framed to complement the design.

For more information, visit www.sshcinc.com.

Publication date: 10/12/2009