Lochinvar’s FTXL fire tube boiler contributes to successful condo conversion in cold Canadian climate Asix-story office building in downtown Winnipeg, Canada, was recently converted into a mixed-use condominium complex. The $2 million investment features luxury loft-style executive condos on the top five floors and two retail/commercial units on the main floor. With the exception of the original concrete floors and walls, the renovation extended to all parts of the building – including the plumbing and HVAC system. MidCan-Hydronics, which is part of the Aqua-Tech Canadian sales team for Lochinvar, worked with Parsons Plumbing and Heating to line up the best possible equipment. Larry Stefanec, president of Parsons Plumbing and Heating, ultimately selected Lochinvar for the building’s domestic hot water, space heating and air makeup. Stefanec and his team decided to meet the building’s plumbing and HVAC demand by splitting them into two systems. A 400,000 Btu/hr. KNIGHT® boiler was chosen to provide space heating. The boiler also provides domestic hot water heating for all five condo units through a Squire® indirect water heater. At the time of the renovation, Lochinvar had just released its FTXL™ fire tube boiler. Fernando Carreiro with MidCan-Hydronics worked with Lochinvar to secure a 500,000 Btu/hr. FTXL boiler that would serve as the sole heat source for the building’s makeup air unit. The FTXL boiler is capable of delivering up to a 10:1 turndown and up to 98% thermal efficiency – higher than any other boiler in its class. This turn down range allows the FTXL boiler to adjust its heat output to meet demand, minimizing fuel use. Lochinvar’s variable-speed pump seamlessly integrates with the SMART SYSTEM™ control to keep the boiler temperature rise at a designated temperature. Since Winnipeg’s climate can range from extremely cold winter weather to warm summer months, the ability to meet variable loads optimizes efficiency throughout the seasons. The FTXL boiler is designed for maximum space efficiency and flexible placement in the mechanical room, and its small footprint made it an ideal fit for the building’s mechanical room. “We’ve been installing Lochinvar equipment for years, and we’ve become very familiar with CREST, KNIGHT and ARMOR,” Stefanec says. “The installation for FTXL was similar to KNIGHT, so the setup was simple and turnkey.” The FTXL fire tube boiler proved to be a flexible solution for this project because it offers the capability to overcome some of the existing construction challenges. For example, the boiler allows for directventing up to 100 ft., which proved to be helpful since the site includes a long venting application. “We couldn’t have been more pleased with how well the FTXL was able to meet the challenges of this job and operate smoothly in Winnipeg’s frigid temperatures,” Stefanec says. “When all you see is a nice plume exhausting from the FTXL vent pipe, you know things are going well. We’re looking forward to seeing it continue to exceed expectations this winter, especially once we tap into its CON·X·US® remote connectivity capabilities.” For more information about the FTXL fire tube boiler, visit www.Lochinvar.com.
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