InSpire metal panels are installed over a weathertight and fire-resistant wall assembly on the south-facing exterior of a building. The perforated panels heat up from sun exposure. A fan draws the preheated fresh air that collects on the surface of the panels into the plenum and then into the building. Buildings distribute the heated air through a fabric duct sock, bring it in directly from the interior wall, or tie it into the HVAC system.
This metal wall panel system improves a building’s energy efficiency, reducing heating costs by $1.50 to $5.50 per square foot of panel per year by utilizing free solar energy. “It converts up to 80% of solar energy and recaptures heat loss through the building wall,” says Lee Ann M. Slattery, Sales Support Manager, ATAS International.
A total of 13,500 sq. ft. of InSpire panels were installed on the new Minneapolis Bus Garage in Minnesota (shown here). A blend of black and classic bronze colors in 70% PVDF paint finish were used.
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