• Laney College BEST Center Exterior

Radiant Ceiling Panels in Laney College’s BEST Center!

We'd have to say that our favorite structures are the ones that promote sustainable technology and building practices. That's why we're thrilled to share that our Ray Magic® radiant ceiling panels were installed in the Laney College BEST Center in Oakland, California! The Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center promotes better building performance through

  • Malibu Drone Shot of $32M home with Messana mControls

mControls in California’s first zero-carbon certified home!

Some of you may recognize this $32M Malibu home that we posted back in August. Since then, it officially became California's first zero-carbon certified home! “Zero 1” was recently visited by real estate enthusiast and YouTuber, Enes Yilmazer. Head over to his Youtube to watch the full tour of this incredible home designed by MariSol

  • mSense installation kit rendering.

Indoor Air Quality in Sustainable Homes

How often do you think the average person thinks about their indoor air quality? Once a week? Once a month? If they knew how important IAQ was, they’d probably think about it daily! Good indoor air quality can prevent occupants from developing certain respiratory ailments. You spend a huge portion of your life indoors,

  • Front of Palo Alto home.

Passive Homes vs Active Homes

Do you know the difference between an Active House and a Passive House? Although they sound like opposites, they are actually very similar! Passive homes focus on high levels of insulation and air-tightness, allowing them to operate using up to 90% less energy. While Active Homes also aim to be energy efficient, they tend to

  • Radiant Heating and Cooling Benefits

FAQ Friday: Benefits of Radiant Systems

We're back with another FAQ Friday post! It's a simple question, but we get asked this often: "Why go radiant? What are the benefits?"  There are a variety of reasons to go with a radiant system over a forced-air system. Messana radiant systems: Provide optimal Thermal Wellbeing™ Provide both heating and cooling Are more energy-efficient

  • DL2 downlight lighting

Lighting by Energy Savings Technology

A sustainable building needs sustainable lighting! That’s why we recommend lighting from Energy Savings Technology! Our office in Soquel, California, uses “The True 2 Inch LED Downlight,” known as the DL2. The DL2’s revolutionary design exhibits a two-inch footprint that was originally inspired by Messana when we requested a lighting fixture that could easily be

  • Radiant Cooling without condensation!

FAQ Friday: Condensation

Happy FAQ Friday! Today's frequently asked question is: "Won't the Ray Magic® panels create condensation when used for cooling?" No! Not when using our advanced control system which uses mSense wall sensors to continually monitor the operative temperature and the dew point temperature of each zone. Condensation will only form on a surface if the

  • Ray Magic in AGU Headquarters!

Ray Magic® in AGU Headquarters

In 2016 the board of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) approved a plan to renovate their headquarters to target net-zero energy. We are honored that our system played a role in this historic renovation! This renovation made AGU the first organization in the District of Columbia to renovate an existing commercial building to achieve

  • Different types of geothermal heat pumps.

Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

Here's a great graphic that shows the different types of geothermal heat pump systems; and how they use the Earth's thermal properties to heat or cool a fluid. GHPs are a highly efficient means of heating and cooling an environment and producing domestic hot water; making them an ideal energy source to be used alongside

  • Happy Birthday Active House!

Happy Birthday Active House!

We are happy to see our products used to build sustainable buildings based on Active House's three guiding principles: comfort, energy, and the environment! Active House has done great work over the last ten years; we can't wait to see what they will accomplish in the years to come!

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