Advanced Controls for Heating Electrification
Advanced controls allow for two-way communication between the control system and heat pump system. These systems use a combination of sensors, controls logic, and algorithms to maximize heat pump performance while maintaining comfort delivery.
The building envelope—which includes the walls, windows, roof, and foundation—forms the primary thermal barrier between the interior and exterior environments. The building envelope plays a key role in determining optimal comfort levels, ventilation, natural lighting, and energy needed for heating and cooling. Envelope improvements help regulate indoor climate and protect against the outdoor environment.
Without a properly insulated building envelope, the heating and cooling systems will not work as effectively, making this an essential element in creating a higher-performing building.
Eligible envelope measures may include:
- Exterior: window replacements, window film
- Opaque shell: wall insulation, continuous insulation, window walls, curtain walls, exterior façade
- Air leakage sealing, air barrier continuity
- Roof insulation
Energy Recovery Ventilators and Heat Recovery Ventilators
Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) and heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) reduce heating and cooling loads while maintaining ventilation by facilitating heat transfer between outgoing conditioned air and incoming outdoor air. ERVs and HRVs use air-to-air heat exchangers to recover energy from exhaust air to pre-condition outdoor air before cooling a space, either directly or as part of an air-conditioning system. When paired with a heat pump system, ERV and/or HRV can significantly reduce the size of the required HVAC system.