moduflex

Overview

Projects with raised access floors and underfloor air systems typically require flexibility, energy efficiency and improved indoor environmental quality (IEQ); ModuFlex’s zone solutions have been strategically designed to provide a modular solution that optimizes energy usage and IEQ. ModuFlex leverages Price’s rigorously tested Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD) products to ensure occupant comfort, and native BACnet microprocessor controllers to ensure proper control. Together, these components provide a modular system that is easy to remodel and reconfigure and can communicate with the existing building management system.

KEY BENEFITS OF MODUFLEX

EASY TO APPLY

ModuFlex is a zone-based solution that is easy to apply on UFAD layouts. Typical zonal systems can be applied to multiple zones requiring same type of conditioning (heating / cooling).

CUSTOMIZABILITY

ModuFlex leverages the benefits of Price’s vertical integration. Price’s in-house Electronic Development Center (EDC) offers unparalleled ability to customize your ModuFlex system to fit your project’s unique needs.

HIGH OCCUPANT COMFORT

ModuFlex leverages Price’s years of experience in ensuring occupant comfort with cutting edge system controls to provide a full system solution.

MODULARITY

ModuFlex is designed to maximize modularity and complement the design benefits of stratification and raised access floor systems, optimizing energy use and IEQ.

RELIABILITY

Price Research Center North (PRCN)’s rigorously-tested UFAD air outlets and controls have been applied on numerous projects, stood the test of time and are ready to be scaled.

INTERIOR ZONES - cooling only: constant volume (IZ1)

This control zone is formed using manually adjustable constant volume diffusers with air being supplied from the pressurized floor plenum. Pressure nodes placed strategically throughout the plenum monitor the plenum pressure. The Underfloor Pressure Controller (PCU) maintains desired plenum pressure and airflow through signalling the main fan to modulate or adjust the plenum dampers.

SPECIAL ZONES - SUB-PLENUM COOLING ONLY: VARIABLE VOLUME (SZ1)

This control zone is formed using fixed damper position round floor diffusers. The pressurized plenum for the space is divided from the rest of the floor plate. This sub-plenum is pressurized by a fan terminal. A thermostat monitors the room temperature and occupancy, while the PCM adjusts the fan to meet the cooling requirement of the space. This strategy is useful for rooms with large temperature swings and higher occupancy, versus smaller break-out style conference spaces.

SPECIAL ZONES - PERIMETER HEATING AND INTERIOR COOLING (SZ2)

The cooling for this zone is handled by using variable volume round floor diffusers controlled by the room thermostat. Heat is provided by heating room air through natural convection in a heater trough and reintroducing it into the space. A thermostat monitors the room temperature and occupancy, while the PCM adjusts the dampers or heaters to meet the space requirements.

SPECIAL ZONES - MECHANICAL ROOM (MR1)

The Price Fan Column is a bottom discharge vertical unit specifically designed for underfloor air systems. It is intended to minimize the mechanical room and air shaft footprint to maximize the usable floor space. Return air will enter the mechanical room at top level and mix, either through a cooling coil or bypass section, with fresh air delivered through outdoor air only risers. Discharge air temperature can be used to module the return air cooling. The fan can be modulated to maintain plenum pressure at all load conditions. CO2 sensors can be used to modulate the fresh air VAV box to provide demand control ventilation.

SPECIAL ZONES - PLENUM PRESSURIZATION (PP1)

Price's unique solution provides pressure monitoring and control while maintaining the aesthetics of the space. Pressure nodes that are concealed with the floor diffusers are used to monitor the pressure in the space. Underfloor pressure controllers must be capable of handling very low pressure resolution, on the order of 0.001 in.w.g. or less. Typically common plenum pressure set-points range from as low as 0.05 in.w.g. to 0.08 in.w.g..

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