Designed to solve the problems caused by temperature or pressure differences between a building and its external environment – exacerbated by wind – this disruptive technology represents a step-change in performance and efficiency from existing market solutions.
In 2017, a WR client described an issue affecting many of their branches. Whenever the doors were open, strong winds would gust through causing heat loss and unpleasant conditions for staff and customers, negatively impacting upon productivity, trade and carbon footprint.
The WR AirDoor solves this problem by carefully controlling and targeting airflow. Providing an archway that sits around the frame on the outside of the existing entrance to a building, it incorporates an array of sensors to detect airflow in both directions, which is then counteracted by an opposing, self-generating wind. The result is an invisible, active ‘barrier’, preventing unwanted outside air flowing into the building and inside air escaping with minimal disruption to those passing through. It boasts all the energy-saving advantages of an actual door without creating a physical barrier for the customer or visitor, and the energy required to power it will be a fraction of that required for conventional heating/AC systems to deal with the existing door airflow.
As an acknowledged supplier of high-tech, innovative, energy-saving solutions to the retail and commercial buildings sector, the AirDoor is the next generation in the series of green solutions from Wirth Research.
The innovation was co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK Government’s innovation agency. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, set up to drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas.
Key AirDoor™ benefits: