Metropolitan Air Technology (MAT), the firm tasked with providing airflow control systems at Qatar’s Msheireb Downtown Doha project, has discussed its reasons for employing remotely operated balancing dampers.
The US-headquartered firm said that the technology has allowed the project’s original design to be respected whilst providing a selection of airflow-control benefits.
Because the dampers are remotely controlled, there is no need to use scaffolding for access or to break into finished walls for adjustment purposes. The devices also negate the need for access panels.
Commenting on the Msheireb project, Mike Blaha, general manager of MAT, said: “We knew our products would meet the architectural demands and support the sustainability goals of the project. We are proud to be associated with it and excited by the opportunity this has brought us with other projects in the region.”
MAT’s manually-operated dampers are controlled by rotary actuation cables that can be routed inside or outside of the airstream. The dampers can be adjusted at the face of the air outlet or at ceiling or wall surface termination points. Battery-powered dampers, meanwhile, allow wiring to be routed to a central control room, avoiding visible termination points in common areas.
The air technology manufacturer added: “The environmental demands placed on HVAC [heating, ventilation, and air conditioning] systems require airflow balancing after building interiors are complete. When damper access is restricted, balancing is often avoided and heating and cooling efficiencies are lost. With remotely operated dampers, access and adjustments are easy and time efficient.”