Legacy

Acutherm founded on January 17, 1978

Invented Thermally Powered VAV. First factory in Novato, California

1978

First Commercial Installation of Thermally Powered VAV diffusers

First Commercial Installation of Thermally Powered VAV diffusers

630 K Street - Sacramento, California: First complete building with thermally Powered VAV diffusers.

Read Case Study

1979

Developed solid appearance panel

Beginning of the "Architectural Look" Diffusers

1980

First large Thermally Powered VAV diffuser job

First large Thermally Powered VAV diffuser job

767 Third Avenue, New York: Still operating with no repair or replacement due to failure (1200+ TF-CW).

Read Case Study

1981

Invented thermally powered VAV heating

1982

First VAV Heating & VAV Cooling Diffuser 

1983

Acutherm's manufacturing plant moves to Hayward, California

Acutherm's manufacturing plant moves to Hayward, California 1984

Developed First Disc-Type Therma-Fuser diffusers

1984

Developed positive induction VAV diffuser

Only VAV diffuser with positive induction of room air past the thermostats even when the diffuser is closed

1986

First linear Therma-Fuser diffuser

1987

Pressure Independence Module (PIM)

Pressure Independence Module (PIM)

PIM: Pressure Control

1989

First continuous linear thermally powered diffuser (TLC)

First continuous linear thermally powered diffuser (TLC)

TLC: Linear

1989

Only VAV Diffuser line with hinged fold-down appearance panels

1990

System Mode Control Module for DX systems with heating (SMC)

1990

First sidewall linear thermally powered VAV Diffuser (TLW)

First sidewall linear thermally powered VAV Diffuser (TLW)

TLW: Linear

1990

1x1 Diffusers (TN)

First 12"x 12" Thermally Powered VAV Diffusers

1991

First "Normally Open" Pneumatic Diffuser

1992

Kits to retrofit constant volume diffusers into VAV (ACM)

1993

Micrometer Temperature Adjustment

Introduced the only VAV Diffuser with Micrometer Temperature Adjustment Scale

1994

1x1 Diffusers (TK)

1x1 Diffusers (TK)

First 12"x 12" VAV Heating & VAV Cooling Therma-Fuser diffuser

Learn More: TK: 1x1 Square

1995

First low temperature project (LT)

First low temperature project (LT)

West Market Street Office Building, Greensboro, North Carolina: Project had 42° F supply air. (119 LT-C).

Learn More: LT: 2x2 Square

Read Case Study

1996

Ventilation Diffuser

First Ventilation Diffuser for ventilation air decoupled from conditioned air

1997

Interoperable VAV diffuser (EF)

Interoperable VAV diffuser (EF)

First interoperable VAV diffuser providing individual temperature control and exchange data with any LonWorks® DDC building control network

Learn More: EF: 2x2 Square

1998

First diffuser with easily adjusted minimum flow (ST)

First diffuser with easily adjusted minimum flow (ST)

First VAV diffuser with an adjustable minimum flow dial and a "One Step" lever for easy balancing

ST: 2x2 Square

2001

First interoperable Pressure Independence Module (E-PIM) 

First interoperable Pressure Independence Module (E-PIM) 

Providing data exchange for static pressure set point/measurement on any LonWorks® DDC Building control network

E-PIM: Pressure Control

2002

First interoperable sidewall linear Therma-Fuser VAV diffusers (EL)

First interoperable sidewall linear Therma-Fuser VAV diffusers (EL)

Providing individual temperature control and able to exchange data on any LonWorks® DDC Building control network

Learn More: EL: Linear Slot

2003

Developed Digital Wall Adjuster (ADJ-D)

Developed Digital Wall Adjuster (ADJ-D)

First digital set point adjuster for thermally powered diffusers, providing occupants easy access to diffuser set points

Learn More: Adjuster D

2005

Acu-Zone™ electric terminal heating units released (AZON-E)

Acu-Zone™ electric terminal heating units released (AZON-E)

First electric duct heater controlled by discharge air temperature

Learn More: AZON E: Temperature Control

2006

Released line of round dampers for Pressure Independence Modules (R-PIM)

Released line of round dampers for Pressure Independence Modules (R-PIM) 2006

Developed Digital Wall Adjusters

First application of a Wall Adjuster not on the wall. Digital Wall Adjusters installed above ceiling on diffusers to provide simple analog set point interface to building management system.

2007

First LEED Gold Certified Residence Hall in New Hampshire. Plymouth State University, Langdon Woods

First LEED Gold Certified Residence Hall in New Hampshire. Plymouth State University, Langdon Woods

Learn More: Langdon Woods Residence Hall

2007

World’s first LEED Gold certified fab (Texas Instruments RFAB)

World’s first LEED Gold certified fab (Texas Instruments RFAB)

Learn More: Texas Instruments RFAB

2008

Acu-Zone™ Hot Water terminal heating units released (AZON-W)

Acu-Zone™ Hot Water terminal heating units released (AZON-W)

First hot water duct heater controlled by discharge air temperature

Learn More: AZON W: Temperature Control

2008

First round Therma-Fuser thermally powered VAV diffuser (STR) 

First round Therma-Fuser thermally powered VAV diffuser (STR) 

Round VAV diffuser with minimum flow dial and “one step” lever for easy balancing

Learn More: STR: 2dia Round

2009

Therma-Fuser diffusers installed to achieve World’s Highest Scoring LEED CI (Integral Group)

Therma-Fuser diffusers installed to achieve World’s Highest Scoring LEED CI (Integral Group)

Learn More: Integral Group Oakland

2009

Energy Modeling

Therma-Fuser products are integrated into EnergyPro® energy modeling software

2010

First LEED Platinum in the Caribbean (Standard Refrigeration Company)

First LEED Platinum in the Caribbean (Standard Refrigeration Company)

Learn More: Standard Refrigeration Company

2010

Wireless Wall Adjuster (ADJ-W)

Wireless Wall Adjuster (ADJ-W)

Wall unit that communicates with the diffuser using battery-less, power harvesting technology

2011

BACnet™ Therma-Fuser Diffuser

Line of interoperable diffusers expanded with BACnet™ BTL Listed Therma-Fuser diffusers

2012

Interoperable Certification and Training

2013

First LEED Gold Certified project in Northern California for Kaiser (Kaiser Bishop Ranch, San Ramon)

First LEED Gold Certified project in Northern California for Kaiser (Kaiser Bishop Ranch, San Ramon)

Learn More: Kaiser San Ramon - Bishop Ranch

2013

Electric Motor Therma-Fuser Diffuser

Line of interoperable diffusers further expanded with DC motor option

2014

M-Series Therma-Fuser diffusers developed

New series of Therma-Fuser diffusers using DC motor to compliment Therma-Fuser Series (formerly T-Series) and Interoperable Series (formerly E-Series) diffusers

2015

World’s first project LEED v.4 Platinum Certified project (StopWaste)

World’s first project LEED v.4 Platinum Certified project (StopWaste)

Learn More: StopWaste

2015

Energy Modeling

Energy Modeling

Therma-Fuser diffusers energy modeled against latest ASHRAE (2013) standard and found 10-31% more efficient

Read Case Study

2016

Net zero installations (1400 Page Mill, 435 Indio Way, Clover, DPR San Francisco – Net Zero Verified)

Net zero installations (1400 Page Mill, 435 Indio Way, Clover, DPR San Francisco – Net Zero Verified)

Learn More: 1400 Page Mill | Net Zero, Developer-led

2016

Acutherm Joins Price Industries

Acutherm Joins Price Industries

Acutherm joins Price Industries to bring products to market, through expanded access to technology and product development resources, which enable our clients to design and build High Performance Buildings.

2017

Advantage Diffusers Developed

Advantage Diffusers Developed

SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR INTEROPERABILITY, The Advantage VAV diffuser provides personal control within a zone by modulating the flow of supply air to a particular area. With the ability to monitor load, supply air temperature, and flow, the Advantage VAV diffuser is an exciting alternative to VAV terminal units. Native BACnet™ ensures that the Advantage will exchange data with products from other vendors on any BACnet™ MS/TP DDC building control network.

Learn More: Advantage

2017