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Elon Musk, world-renowned entrepreneur and billionaire, might be best known for his thoughts on first principles thinking. 
For those of you unaware of this thought process, first principles thinking is a way in which to deduce the best course of action, based on pursuing the basic foundations of a problem.
Where a lot of businesses analyze their business needs, and governments analyze their domestic and international agendas, and even the web uses analytics to find patterns within a variety of online systems, Musk believes that reasoning from a first principles perspective, rather than by analogy, will help one arrive to bigger and better ideas.
Clearly an “outside the box” thinker, his thoughts are that we often fall back on doing things the way they have always been done, and counters that with the idea that – if you reduce an idea to it’s most fundamental truths and reason up from there, you can better arrive at solutions that will most likely far outweigh analytical thinking.
However, Musk is not the first to have this brainstorm. Over two millennia ago, Aristotle is known to have used first principles thinking as the key to doing any sort of systemic inquiry. 
Aristotle harnessed the first principles thinking in philosophy, and Musk in business, but it can be applied within any subject matter, to help individuals and businesses alike, to arrive at ideas that are innovative, and help societies and economies mutually benefit in a groundbreaking manner. 
Albert Einstein stated, “No problem can be solved with the same consciousness that created it.” Groundbreaking innovations have never come by doing things as they have always been done. Rather, they have come from those insightful enough, and brave enough, to forge change into a world that often pushes against such things.
Thermenex is a big disruptive change to the building energy industry. By approaching the problem of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of large buildings from a first principle basis, rather, simple but profound revisions are creating a substantial impact. Progressive forward thinking companies and institutions that choose to re-allocate their energy source via our service have made relatively small changes. And these small changes positively impact the environment on a global scale. That’s why we say; small changes can make a big difference.
In a world that is far too often “all business”, perhaps it’s time for the business structure to burst out of its bubble, try on some first principles thinking, and see how it fits for a change! 

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Energy efficient practices are a trending topic that is heating up across the globe in today’s business sector. Regardless of the business type, governments worldwide are making it a pivotal part of their mandates to enforce certain levels of energy efficient practices with verifiable goals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Carbon tax is one of the ways the BC government has implemented this, keeping companies and individuals alike responsible, and paying for their emissions.
What Is Carbon Tax?
Carbon tax is most often defined as a tax based on greenhouse gas emissions; emissions which are generated from burning fuel. And the idea is that by putting a levy on such consumption, it will reduce said consumption, causing businesses and individuals alike to decrease their fuel use based on cost, and thus reduce emissions overall. A lofty idea perhaps…
How Does Carbon Tax Work?
Simply put, carbon tax is applied to all purchases or use of fuels within BC.
Does Carbon Tax Get Funneled Back Into the Economy? 
According to the website for the Government of BC, they state:
• All carbon tax revenue is recycled through tax reductions – The government has a legal requirement to present an annual plan to the legislature demonstrating how all of the carbon tax revenue will be returned to taxpayers through tax reductions. The money will not be used to fund government programs.
• The tax rate started low and increases gradually – Starting at a low rate gave individuals and businesses time to make adjustments and respects decisions made prior to the announcement of the tax.
• Low-income individuals and families are protected – A refundable Low Income Climate Action Tax Credit is designed to help offset the carbon tax paid by low-income individuals and families.
• The tax has the broadest possible base – Virtually all emissions from fuel combustion in B.C. captured in Environment Canada’s National Inventory Report are taxed, with no exemptions except those required for integration with other climate action policies in the future and for efficient administration.
• The tax will be integrated with other measures – The carbon tax will not, on its own, meet B.C.’s emission-reduction targets, but it is a key element in the strategy. The carbon tax and complementary measures such as a “cap and trade” system will be integrated as these other measures are designed and implemented.

What Effect Will the Carbon Tax Have on the Environment?
Again, the hope is that by collectively taxing companies and individuals, they will be more likely to lessen their consumption, and this collective effort will then lessen greenhouse gas emissions simply based on less use. 
Climate change is a massive topic being tackled by many political figures. The one’s who go to bat against big business, deal with incredible ridicule.
Take Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard for instance. When she unveiled a national carbon tax on that country's 500 worst polluters, she got chastised heavily by the coal industry, and faced an uphill battle in re-election.
Suffice to say, this is a massive topic garnering massive opinions, and although we don’t feel it is our place to comment on government policy for change, we do feel it is our duty to be a part of the global efforts for maintaining the health of our planet.
At Thermenex, we are here to help Municipalities, Health Authorities, Universities and other large building operators, reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and energy consumption, and along with that – reduce your expenses. Taxes come and go, as well as rise and fall, but saving money is a consistent benefit we can all agree upon!

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Where do we look for the next major energy savings?
Setting aside, for now, major industry which is obviously a contributor to energy consumption and emissions and focus on the fact that the activity of people, as a sector, is the largest user of energy. Focus further on the single largest activity outside of home. Work. Add to that where we go for indoor recreation, post-secondary education and healthcare and we have one of the largest sectors of buildings using energy and producing emissions on the planet.
Net Zero Energy Architecture is gaining traction and certainly a positive direction. Temperature set back controls, lighting controls and a move to low energy LED lighting are all excellent. However it is space heating, cooling and the heating of domestic hot water that account, on average, for 60% of the energy cost/usage in this sector of buildings. 
Imagine energy savings as measured by utility cost savings of 25% - 40% pertaining to this area of energy use, in this building sector. Add to that greenhouse gas emission reduction as high as 95%.
Is this possible? Yes, it is happening right now in several municipal facilities where Thermenex has been selected to supply the mechanical room heating and cooling plant. Results proven and substantiated by the client’s Energy Managers and their compiled data and available for anyone to review.
Achieving these types of energy and emissions reduction numbers requires a new and fresh approach to HVAC design. No manipulation of the age old applied science we have used and enjoyed for decades is going to produce substantial energy savings. 
The start of this shift is to go back to the original goal of satisfying occupant demand and steer away from the management and maintenance of set point temperatures. To fully satisfy the occupant’s annual demand for heating and cooling and accomplish this with exceptional and sustainable energy savings, greenhouse gas emissions reduction and extended equipment life cycle, is the basis of everything we design.
At Thermenex, we fabricate HVAC products and systems for large commercial buildings and district energy systems. Our Heating & Cooling Plants are engineered for energy sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reduction. 
Our unique utilization of refrigeration technology coupled to our patented thermal gradient header and controlled by our Thermenex logic effectively supplies the majority of the annual heating and cooling demand by reusing and transferring the inherent thermal energy around the building rather than it being wasted. By targeting zero thermal waste and meeting variable demand with variable water temperatures the Thermenex systems greatly diminish the dependency on outside nonrenewable resources. 
• Best energy performing lab building at the University of British Columbia, best energy performing recreational center in the Lower Mainland, BC,  best energy performing day use health care facility in the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
• We provide responsibility and accountability for our systems from conception to post startup operation.
New Construction or major mechanical retrofit. We can help you meet energy targets. Responsibly and affordably.

Federal Mandated Energy Targets
Environmental laws are starting to take precedence around the globe as world leaders begin to recognize the massive impact pollution and energy consumption is having on our planet. 
In fact, President Obama recently passed an executive order requiring all Federal agencies to begin implementing emission reduction targets within 90 days. 2020 is the goal year for a lot of these initiatives, but an immediate requirement that fell into this year’s agenda included an expectation that 50% recycling and waste diversion be in effect.
Expectations for the year 2020 also included a 30% reduction in vehicle fleet petroleum use, and a 26% improvement in water efficiency.
In addition, there is a demand that 95% of all applicable contracts meet sustainability requirements, meaning that if companies do not have the appropriate energy sustainability models in place, and are not using sustainable technology, their regular contracts will not be renewed.
This was no small order put forth by the President, and you can read this 15 page document here > "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance", offering additional information and targets expected in less than 5-years time.
As this type of Federal Mandate takes hold around the globe, so too does the need for a company such as ours to help large companies get aligned with these energy efficient initiatives. 
At Thermenex, we fabricate HVAC products and systems for large commercial buildings and district energy systems. Our Heating & Cooling Plants are engineered for energy sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reduction. 
Our unique utilization of refrigeration technology coupled to our patented thermal gradient header and controlled by our Thermenex logic effectively supplies the majority of the annual heating and cooling demand by reusing and transferring the inherent thermal energy around the building rather than it being wasted. By targeting zero thermal waste and meeting variable demand with variable water temperatures the Thermenex systems greatly diminish the dependency on outside nonrenewable resources. 
Thermenex Delivers:
• Proven high performance that is measurable in utility cost savings and greenhouse gas emissions reduction from compiled data provided by our clients.
• Best energy performing lab building at the University of British Columbia
• Best energy performing recreational center in the Lower Mainland, BC
• Best energy performing day facility in the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
In addition, we provide responsibility and accountability for our systems from conception to post startup operation.
So whether you are developing new construction, or requiring a major mechanical retrofit, we can help you meet energy targets both responsibly and affordably.

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There are many industries that contribute to the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and as you may or may not know – carbon dioxide is one of the biggest contributors to the greenhouse effect.

Although there is much debate surrounding global warming, scientific research repeatedly shows that we are diminishing our ozone layer at an alarming rate due to pollution. Thankfully, individuals and businesses alike are becoming more educated on the matter, and uncovering how they can cut down on their contribution to these gas emissions.

How To Implement Sustainable Technology Into Your HVAC System

At Thermenex, it is our privilege to help municipalities, health authorities, universities and major developers reduce their carbon footprint by implementing a sustainable and efficient technology within their HVAC system.

By utilizing our patented technology, we are able to fabricate thermal energy plants for HVAC systems in large buildings, resulting in the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions overall.

A large building is a thermal energy resource, and the temperature within that building is continuously changing – creating demands for heating and cooling that can fluctuate significantly. Which is why we vary the temperature capabilities of our Thermenex HVAC system based on those varying demands, keeping your energy levels consistent, reducing energy consumption and increasing energy sustainability.

Although many might argue that burning of fossil fuels is the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases, the fact remains that energy consumption used in small amounts by a mass population can equal that of a major fossil fuel burning corporation.

Ways to Reduce the Demands for Fossil Fuels

Implementing Energy Efficient HVAC Technology – in order to use less heat and air conditioning, you need a system that can regulate the interior temperature of your building efficiently. Thermenex is providing a variable temperature system to suit variable demand with a unique assembly of refrigeration technology coupled to our patented thermal gradient piping arrangement which is controlled by Thermenex control logic to greatly reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Replace Traditional Lighting – compact florescent or LED light bulbs are an energy efficient replacement to the usual 60-100 watt incandescent light bulb. They last longer and save you money also.

Energy Efficient Products – home appliances are large consumers of energy. So although the initial cost might be an investment to replace your old appliances, the overall savings will replace those costs quickly, and once again – reduce the consumption of fossil fuels based on energy consumption.

These are only a few of many suggestions that are out there to help reduce gas emissions, but every little bit counts as we aim to continuously reduce the great demand for fossil fuels.

At Thermenex, we enjoy being part of the solution and would love to help your business reduce their impact on the earth while saving you money. Call us today and allow us to go over how we can help create an HVAC system for you that implements these money saving objectives of sustainable technology.


We often hear about “greenhouse gas emissions” and how they are eroding our planet. From global warming, to poor air quality, to a variety of other concerns, many individuals and governments alike are looking at businesses to ensure they are doing their part in keeping their business practices safe, eco-friendly, and in-line with environmental standards.

What Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Greenhouse gas emissions are simply gases that trap heat within the atmosphere.

How Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions Created?

There are a variety of contributing factors as it pertains to greenhouse gas emissions.

Carbon Dioxide is a contributor. Things like coal, natural gas, oil, manufacturing cement, large farming communities …all of these things lend themselves to greenhouse gas emissions.

Plants play a large part in absorbing carbon dioxide, which is why clear cutting forests has become a concern for many.

Methane Gas is also a contributor, and is emitted during the production and transportation of the same aforementioned products: oil, natural gas and coal, in addition to livestock.

There are other factors too, and they become increasingly scientific in their terminology and effects as you continue to research this topic.

How Long Do Greenhouse Gas Emissions Stay in the Atmosphere?

Greenhouse Gas Emissions can remain in the atmosphere for different amounts of time, depending on the amount and type of gas emitted. Anywhere from a few years to thousands of years down the line – so it is not a small subject for any company to let go unaccounted for.

What Can Companies Do To Minimize Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

As a collective business community, it is important that companies are ethical and eco-friendly in all their dealings, harnessing sustainable technology and implementing energy sustainability within their HVAC systems.

At Thermenex, we are proud to have helped many businesses meet or even exceed their GHG emissions reduction targets. Call us today and let us know how we can also help you with these types of benefits for your business.


“Thermal Energy” is a sustainable HVAC technology term related to a heating and/or cooling system, and can be a somewhat vague and vast term for most to understand. So we wanted to break down the basics of what thermal energy actually is, and how your business can benefit from harnessing this type of technology, including – saving large sums of money over time.

Thermal Energy – The Facts

> Thermal Energy is the energy that is created from a heating or cooling source.

> Heat is a process, so objects cannot contain heat. Rather, objects contain thermal energy.

> Thermal Energy can be used to generate electricity.

> Energy is generated by the movement of tiny particles within an object, and the faster these particles are able to move; the more hot or cool air is generated.

> The faster molecules and atoms move, the greater the temperature, and the more atoms or molecules that are in motion, the greater the quantity of heat that can be transferred.

> Thermal Energy is not necessarily visible, but you can feel or see its effects when you cook your food or heat and cool your home.

Thermal Energy Transfer– The Benefits

The quality and quantity of Inherent Thermal Energy existing in large facilities is relative to several factors. These factors include the degree of thermodynamic activity in and around the building, as well as the type and use of that facility.

At Thermenex, we target zero thermal waste by transferring and reusing inherent thermal energy resulting in energy cost savings due to reduced use of outside resources.

At Thermenex, we use a patented piping arrangement as part of our Thermal Energy Plants sold as a TIAB or TIAC. They are engineered for energy sustainability, energy costs savings and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

If your company or municipality could benefit from the aforementioned measurable reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, we can help. Call us today for further information about our service.
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