H2O Energy Blankets
ENERGY EFFICIENCY & WATER CONSERVATION
FOR COMMERCIAL INDOOR SWIMMING POOLS
Innovation in energy, environmental, ergonomic, and economic operations uniquely for natatoriums
While alternative energy, subsidies, and incentives grab headlines elsewhere, H2O Blankets yield substantially greater cost savings from energy efficiency, water conservation, and real environmental values for natatoriums. No artificial support necessary for financial justifiction. Combining pure physics and pool operating logic: stopping evaporation at night stops heat loss, stops humidity gain, cuts emissions, and dramatically reduces energy consumption and operating costs. True sustainability and environmental impact. Truly huge ongoing financial benefits for operating budgets:
• 50% energy conservation
• 50% water conservation
• 50% emissions reduction
• 50% dehumidifier/HVAC demand reduction
BY ANY MEASURE THIS IS CONSIDERED
~ EXTRAORDINARY ENERGY EFFICIENCY ~
NATATORIUMS ARE UNIQUE BUILDING ENVIRONMENTS
REGARDLESS OF THE POOL WATER HEATING SOURCE,
WHETHER STRAIGHT-THROUGH VENTILATED,
AIR CONDITIONED, OR DEHUMIDIFIED,
STOP EVAPORATIVE COOLING
RETAINING ENERGY IN THE WATER
Savings for an indoor 50-meter pool with 80ºF water using a blanket 8 hours nightly is
That's $1 MILLION over 10 years
H2O ENERGY BLANKETS
ENERGY & WATER EFFICIENCY
for natatorium operations
NOTHING ELSE COMPARES
financially & environmentally
LESS ENERGY + LESS WATER + LESS WASTE
LESS EMISSIONS + LESS CORROSION
INNOVATION FOR: THE PROCESS OF EVAPORATION
Stopping evaporation (enthalpy = heat loss) physically, not mechanically dehumidifiying vapor out of air with HVAC
INNOVATION FOR: NATATORIUM ENERGY CONTROL
The only way to achieve such big energy and water efficiency is stopping indoor pool evaporation at night.
INNOVATION FOR: PRODUCTIVITY & OPERATING COST Efficiency cuts consumption in half. Productivity improves handling time & labor 50-fold on 50-meter & 25-yard pools.
In this emerging energy efficiency age where responsible businesses demand investment paybacks in 3-4 years, and most municipal and state governments are amortizing energy retrofits in the 10-20 year range -- we're different:
BIG RESULTS = H2OB systems can average 6-9 month paybacks, cut annual natatorium utility costs 50%, and yield ROI in the 900%-1500%-2000% range.
NEW DIMENSIONS OF
ECO-ENVIRO SUSTAINABILITY FOR
EVAPORATION IS HEAT LOSS & HUMIDITY GAIN -
Because all indoor pools are heated year round, evaporative cooling causes heat loss and vapor-saturated air inside the building structure. Because indoor pools require high levels of ventilation, fresh make-up air comes in one side, heated exhaust air goes out the other. Dehumidifiers work 24x7x365 to keep up with humidity generated by the pool. Indoor air quality, chloramines, and corrosion are an integral part of this big evaporation equation. Evaporation rates and energy consumption increase (70% of the daily total) during 8 hours at night. Because nights are always colder, they create higher evaporation rates.
- Traditional natatoriums have dehumidifier-air conditioning-ventilation mechanical systems operating 24/7/365 to battle evaporation and humidity - 70% of energy consumption year round generally occurs at night as lower temperatures accelerate evaporation rates. Evaporation requires energy to transform water from a liquid to a gas. Stopping evaporation stops the energy loss by retaining energy in the water.
- Complementing HVAC - stopping evaporation physically by covering the pool, rather than using mechanical system energy to combat evaporation (heat loss & humidity gain). Since 70% of daily total energy occurs at night, energy blankets reduce losses by about 85%. Stopping evaporation cuts dehumidification demand.
- Innovative natatoriums can create a big financial splash by covering pools every night to stop evaporation, stop humidity, and stop heat loss. This dramatically reduces HVAC & dehumidification demand requirements, energy consumption, and operating costs.
- Energy flow is cash flow - Track your yearly gas, electric, water, and chemical bills. Utility costs are any natatorium's second largest expense after salaries. Using blankets can cut that energy consumption and expense in half. Project that out 10-20 years to fully grasp the financial and environmental implications for your business.
- Sustainability - The result is truly large economic and environmental sustainability.
PRACTICAL USER-GENERATED INNOVATION
Dynamo launched an Energy Conservation Project in 2003, investing in solar hot water heating systems and pool blankets. With 5 big indoor pools, energy savings averaged $237,000 per year for 4 years. Dynamo discovered much greater savings performance in energy efficiency of blankets vs. solar free heat, documenting 6-year cumulative savings over $1.5 million.
Dynamo/Chamblee - 50mtr x 25yd competition pool
"Whole Pool" = one blanket (12,300 sq.ft.)
A very innovative new blanket
and automation system has evolved from this energy efficiency project. Shown above is the "whole-pool" membrane, a single lightweight blanket covering a 50mtr x 25yd pool. This novel method has created honest-to-goodness productivity, made it faster and easier, fundamentally changing handling time and labor. The solution is all about speed, ease, productivity, coverage integrity, and life-guard acceptance. Read more about Dynamo Swim Club's groundbreaking Energy Conservation Project here.
HANDLING TIME & LABOR - If you think blankets are time-consuming and hard to use, keep reading. We have a solution for those two problems, you'll be impressed....
THE SYSTEM enables two life-guards to easily apply and remove one "whole-pool membrane" covering any sized pool. Automated models take only 30 seconds for 25-yard pools and only 60 seconds for 50-meter pools. Solving time-labor handling issues is the main objective. True handling ease delivers incredible productivity and user-acceptance.
Achieving big energy, water, and operating savings for every pool.
Both manual and automatic H2O Energy Blanket models provide fast & easy "furling" system options.
CONVENIENCE -Foremost, it is fast & easy. On-deck, above-deck, or innovative under-deck installations. Even bench & bleacher functionality. Consider truss-mounted wall systems at any height or ceiling installations. Each custom engineered for maximum safety, integrity, durability, speed.
Dynamo/Chamblee - 25mtr x 25yd competition pool
"Whole Pool" = one blanket (6150 sq.ft.)
o AQUATIC DESIGNERS
o ENERGY ENGINEERS
o POOL OPERATORS
***** ASHRAE 90.1-2004
(ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2010)
Section 184.108.40.206 - Energy Standards for Buildings
Basis for natatorium design, state/local code, and
HVAC compliance standards for indoor pools
"Heated pools shall be
equipped with a pool cover"
ASHRAE Energy Code requirements state that blankets on indoor pools are mandatory. Deploying a vapor barrier membrane physically stops evaporative cooling, heat loss, and humidity gain at its primary source, the open heated pool.
***** LEED - EA Prerequisite 2
For New Construction & Major Renovations
"Minimum Energy Requirements:"
"Buildings must meet
LEED Green Building Rating System and certification addresses key factors - sustainability, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation & design process. Simply put - LEED requires meeting ASHRAE energy requirements, which make pool blankets mandatory.
***** ICC - IECC 2012 Edition
Commercial Energy Efficiency
Section C404.7.3 - POOL COVERS:
"Heated pools shall be equipped
with a vapor retardant pool cover
on or at the water surface."______________________________________
ICC - most U.S. cities, counties, and states choose International Code Council building safety codes and standards. Many nations worldwide use ICC's International Energy Conservation Code as a reference standard. For new construction or renovation, blankets clearly must be installed and used.
BLANKETS HELP DEHUMIDIFIERS:
Because it is always colder at night and evaporation is always highest, dehumidifiers consume more than twice as much energy during only 8 nighttime hours compared to the other 16 daytime hours. Understand the physics - up to 70% of total daily energy consumption is lost to increased evaporative cooling between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM. Blankets can reduce dehumidifer run-time at night by 85% and total 24-hour daily costs by 50%.
DOE / EERE VALIDATION:
U.S. Dept. of Energy - Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy studies prove:
"Using pool blankets on indoor pools
overnight reduces energy losses
50%-70%, cuts water losses 30%-50%,
and lowers chemical losses 35%-60%."
AQUASYNTHETICS- H2O Energy Blankets are lightweight engineered fabrics that perform in water, hydrophobic, chemical resistant, mold & mildew resistant, high durability, abrasion resistant, high vapor barrier technology that stops 97% of heat loss due to evaporation, ventilation, and dehumidification - without worrying about problems with chloramines, organic & inorganic compounds, ammonia, body oils, air flow, indoor air quality, corrosion, and water balance. These unusual high performance fabrics spend their life in water, every day year round. "Aquasynthetics" is a fitting description.
"ENERGY BLANKET"-Energy blankets, fabricated with aquasynthetics, put a lid on warm pool water. The warmer the water, the cooler the outside air, the lower the relative humidity, the greater the rate of evaporation. All natatorium pools are heated, all nighttime temperatures go down, and all evaporation rates go up at night. A vapor barrier blanket will virtually stop surface water evaporation, a phenomenon known as evaporative cooling.
Evaporation is the cause of the vast majority of heat loss and humidity gain. Blankets significantly reduce a natatorium's year round energy and water consumption, humidity, corrosion, emissions, interior air quality problems - and operating costs.
LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY & WATER CONSERVATION "Best Practices" should be the foundation of natatorium operations. Financially, operationally, and environmentally, the huge implications for natatoriums to demonstrate energy & water leadership examples for sports, recreation, aquatics, fitness, wellness, municipalities, educational institutions, and industry warrant a closer look.
Energy & water are the pillars of clean energy infrastructure and healthy environmental values for commercial indoor pool owners. Covering continuously heated pool surface water at night yields a significantly greater cost savings impact year round than any other equipment replacement, procedure, or operating practice possible in natatoriums.
PURE PHYSICS - a vapor membrane covering the water surface physically stops evaporation - which stops humidity and stops heat loss. It stops evaporation at relatively no operating cost vs. powering dehumidifiers at really big cost.
Retain heat energy in your pool, improve air quality, keep your money from evaporating, make a big contribution to climate conservation, feel much better.
GOT GREEN? Commercial natatoriums cannot achieve such significant financial and environmental results anywhere else in their operations.
A great leap forward for indoor swimming pool "best practices." Green consciousness drives smart management results. Environmentally smart choices and operational efficiencies.
READ ABOUT USA SWIMMING'S
UNIQUE "GREEN INITIATIVE"
This $100 million per year energy & water conservation proposal could have a considerable impact on natatoriums everywhere. Kickstarting the notion that indoor pools are energy hogs, yet can still yield big green benefits. This is an extraordinary opportunity to change traditional operations to gain 50% energy reduction. Truly big sustainability that is practical and easy. Energy efficiency really matters with pools. Blankets on USA Swimming's pools alone would equal:
$1 BILLION SAVED in 10 years....
H2O BLANKETS, LLC - NATATORIUM ENERGY CONSERVATION - 770.913.0802