Institutional buildings have needs which can vary widely, from the requirements for office buildings to the specific demands of hospitals, social housing, educational facilities, and libraries. For publicly-funded or non-profit buildings, it’s often a priority to keep the building’s budget and carbon footprint sustainably low.
One of the ways to reduce costs is through the use of an efficient heating system, such as a condensing hot water boiler. Many buildings utilize forced-air furnaces, which is inefficient as air cannot retain heat (unlike water). By choosing a system such as a hot water boiler, you can avoid issues such as allergens and asthma triggers spread through dirty air filters, and distractions caused by the sound of forced-air. Temperatures are also easier (and cheaper) to keep consistent using a hot water boiler system.
Older institutional buildings often have issues with retrofitting. Challenges can include smaller doorways, lack of service entrances and elevators, and inadequate plumbing. For the first two issues, we have our NX Series and HC Series units, both designed to fit through and into compact spaces. NX Series boilers are tall but thin enough to fit through 36″-wide doorways. HC Series boilers are compact but stackable, allowing you to fit up to 5,000,000 BTU in only 25 sq ft. For newer institutional buildings, a larger boiler may be more practical. The GMI 12M can heat up to 240 apartments at one time.
For buildings such as health care facilities, it may be important to retain water purity for the sake of sanitization and/or other sensitive use cases. Gasmaster uses only 316/316L stainless steel, an alloy that can withstand the corrosive nature of deionized water without corrupting or contaminating it. 316/316L is more than above the requirements for a food-grade water system, allowing our boilers to be potable water certified.