AirTest products and technical support play key role in a major energy reduction program operated by EIG for Pasadena Water and Power

    DELTA, BC, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - AirTest Technologies Inc. ("AirTest") (TSXV:
AAT) is pleased to announce that it's Carbon Dioxide (CO(2)) sensor and
control products for energy efficient ventilation control in buildings have
been included in an energy efficiency program by Pasadena Water and Power
called the "Direct Install Emerging Technology Program". This program will
cover 100% of the first $25,000 in installation cost, and 50% of cost over
$25,000 for selected energy saving equipment to be installed in Pasadena
buildings. The program is open to any commercial building, government
building, or school in the City of Pasadena.
    The Direct Install Emerging Technology program is being operated by
Energy Innovation Group LLC (EIG), a major AirTest distributor in the
California market. The program encompasses seven proprietary technologies,
that have a proven track record of reducing energy, but that have not yet
achieved widespread implementation in commercial and institutional buildings.
A key aspect of the program is that EIG provides a turn-key design and
installation service that minimizes the burden on building operators.
According to Sid Pelston, Managing Director of EIG, "This program will serve
as a model for other utilities on how to utilize the latest technology
advances to deliver significant savings." Pelston added, "One of the major
opportunities to reduce energy cost under this program is through the
installation of what we expect will be thousands of CO(2) sensors into
hundreds of existing buildings. This is part of the growing trend towards
utilizing CO(2) ventilation control to significantly reduce energy consumption
in both new and existing buildings."
    AirTest's self-calibrating CO(2) sensors save energy in buildings by
regulating outside air ventilation based on the actual number of people in a
space. This ensures that only enough outside air is heated or cooled to meet
the immediate needs of occupants. Outside air ventilation can account for 20%
of the air circulated in a building and 30 to 50% of the heating and cooling
load. A 2005 EPA study of commercial buildings found that over 80% of the
buildings evaluated were over-ventilated. Most existing buildings do not
measure or control ventilation, and often are set up to provide maximum
ventilation at all times. According to George Graham, President of AirTest
Technologies, "It is like running an air conditioner all the time regardless
of the temperature inside." AirTest's CO(2) sensors provide feedback to the
building control system to measure and control outside air ventilation so that
air quality and code requirements are met but wasted energy from
over-ventilation is avoided. Graham added, "CO(2) ventilation control can
represent a simple but highly effective way for almost all buildings to reduce
energy use while ensuring good indoor air quality for occupants."

    About AirTest: AirTest Technologies is a Green-Tech company specializing
in sensors that improve commercial building operating efficiency and at the
same time create energy savings. These sensors are all based on technical
innovations developed in the last ten years and comprise a growing second wave
of energy saving technologies that will make a significant contribution to the
Sustainable Buildings Program. AirTest offers its products to leading-edge
building owners, contractors and energy service companies targeting the
buildings market. AirTest also provides energy cost reduction solutions to
building equipment and controls manufacturers who incorporate AirTest sensor
components in their products.
    For more information about AirTest's contribution to the Green Buildings
initiative, please contact George Graham at 604-517-3888 or visit the AirTest
website at

    Statements about the Company's future expectations and all other
statements in this press release other than historical facts are "forward
looking statements". The Company intends that such forward-looking statements
be subject to the safe harbours created thereby. Since these statements
involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, the
Company's actual results may differ materially from the expected results.

    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of this release.

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For further information:

For further information: Mr. George Graham, President, Phone: (604)
517-3888, Fax: (604) 517-3900, Email:,

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