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unparalleled strength
powered by ingenuity.

Engineered duplex alloy built to last
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built to deliver

The AquaPLEX Platform

How well can you handle
the heat?

Our unit can modulate the firing rate based on demand

How does turndown work?

Turndown - Modulation


Turndown is important as it enables businesses to meet their small-scale hot water needs without wasting fuel. In the footage shown above, the water heater is seen modulating the firing rate based on demand. The turndown ratio enables the unit to modulate from full fire to its lowest firing point before automatically shutting off.

Turndown - Turndown ratio

Turndown ratio

We have discovered that many competitors only offer a turndown ratio of 3:1. Inferior turndown capabilities often result in higher cycling and lower efficiency issues. On the other hand, the Brigade features a 7:1 turndown ratio and can fire as low as 29,000 BTU.

Turndown - Higher efficiency

Higher efficiency

Turndown ratios are important for water heaters that must operate over a wide range of demands. In general, the higher the turndown ratio the MORE energy is saved which means a SMALLER energy bill.

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Finally, with our advanced water quality test we can guarantee
your water heater will last for years to come!

Built to deliver
a solution for your business!

Bad water quality can impact your business
make the transition to the Brigade

Bad water quality?
we got you covered!

No more water heater failures with our revolutionary solution.
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Why is condensation an important topic in water heating appliances?

What is condensation?

Condensation is the conversion of gas phase into the liquid phase. In the combustion process fuel is burned and that energy was used to heat the water, although not all of it. Because the hot exhausting gases contain heating energy that is not used to heat the water and are wasted by exhausting them to the open. The hotter the exhaust gases are the less energy is used in heating the water and hence lower efficiency.

Where to condense?

Condensing the water vapor present in the exhaust gas of combustion installations releases quite a lot of energy. Capturing this latent heat in the combustion process is essential in achieving higher system efficiency. Alternatively, non-condensing applications do not capture this latent, thus operating with far less overall efficiency. Condensing equipment are objectively more efficient than non-condensing. This means condensing equipment will deliver more output while also maintaining lower overall emissions which can save the environment.

When to condense?

Condensation occurs when the hot flue gases get cooled down typically below 130F. Condensing equipment are designed with robust materials that can handle the acidity of the condensate. However, condensation, formation of carbonic acid, in non-condensing equipment can be extremely catastrophic.

Why condensing equipment is important?

The condensation of the flue gas enables the recovery of roughly 1000 Btu/lb of latent energy, which is used to increase efficiency. This fuel energy savings can equate to thousands of dollars over the lifespan of the equipment. Moreover, in applications with larger changes in temperature, condensing equipment can condense more and provide a better system efficiency. It is crucial to point out that manufacturers show their confidence in their heat exchanger when it can handle larger ΔTs. Furthermore, condensing equipment are often significantly more compact than non-condensing with longer life expectancy. Therefore, it is important to factor in these parameters when selecting a condensing equipment.

Technologies - Highly efficient and saves you money

Designed highly efficient
to lower operating costs

The brigade takes a small amount of space making it perfect for schools and government buildings that have a requirement for hot water.
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for small hotels

The brigade is perfect for small & medium sized hotels.
Technologies - Trusted brand by all professionals

Trusted brand
in critical applications

The brigade is perfect for outpatient and urgent care facilities where space is a premium but hot water is a requirement.
Technologies - Built specifically for restaurants

Built specifically
for restaurants

Built to be tough and NSF5 certified.
Why bigger is not always better?

Why bigger is not always better?

Meanwhile the other guys...!

AO Smith Cyclone is 83% larger in footprint than the Brigade!

What is the hype about ultra low footprint ?

How do we compare in footprint against the competition?

Our mission was to create a product that challenges the market with it's excellent performance and reliability. So of course, our engineers found a way to enhance the Brigade by designing an ultra compact, modulating water heater specifically built for commercial applications. The Brigade is about 50% slimmer in width than the competition in the 199 MBTU size range. Making the Brigade the ideal restaurant water heater.

How does the ultra low footprint benefit you?

The fundamental issue with tank-type water heaters is the continuous replacement cycle due to tank failures. So Brigade eliminated that issue which resulted in a more robust product that is more efficient and reliable. In commercial settings, this saved space can be repurposed for other equipment. We designed the Brigade with all the connections at the top, allowing for a true zero side clearance installation.

How can the Brigade save you $$$ on installation cost?

Because the unit weighs only 340 lb. (dry weight), it can easily be transported to the job site. Whether the mechanical room is in the basement, kitchen, or rooftop, the Brigade can be delivered with a dolly. No need for renting a motorized stair climber just to move the water heater.

How does AquaPLEX make the Brigade stronger, yet remain lighter?

With our revolutionary design, the AquaPLEX is more resistant to chloride corrosion stress cracking while also maintaining a higher tensile strength than 316L. With superior tensile strength of AquaPLEX, this means thinner wall thickness in the tubes of the heat exchanger. This ultimately results in better heat transfer properties and lighter weight.