Let me just go right ahead and say it; I think ductwork looks neat. I do. I like brightly painted spiral duct with elbows and offsets. I like rectangular duct with flanges and cross-breaking. And, of course I like the appearance of diffusers and grilles installed on the sides and ends of ductwork. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same artistic eye as me. I suppose there are some wide open architecturally significant spaces that that might be better off without a bunch of “%^$#@ ductwork.”
One option to hiding ductwork is to serve the spaces from below. Ductwork under slab is not a new concept, but the problems associated with installing ductwork under the floor slab have caused it to be an option rarely selected. Water leaks, installation challenges, VOCs, deterioration and first costs associated with the current methodology are liabilities for contractors, architects and end users.
I’m here to tell you that it is now safe to go back underground. Blue Duct is an HDPE product that does not have VOCs, has thermal insulation properties, will not rust, installs faster than other options and is air and water tight. It meets building codes across North America.
Blue Duct is a problem solver. Now architects and engineers have a safe, robust and economical means of providing air conditioning and heat to a large volume of spaces without needing to clutter the space. Applications include: air displacement ventilation systems, spaces where overhead ductwork is not an option, natatoriums, auditoriums, churches, residential and most anywhere else.