Kevin [formerly Radiator Labs] is tackling a persistent and wasteful problem for New York City’s older buildings: regulating steam powered radiators that lack temperature controls. Located in The Brooklyn Navy Yard, Radiator Labs has grown from 2 to 18 employees since 2012. As the company continues to evolve, they remain at the forefront of the climate tech sector, paving the way for innovative energy efficient solutions and expedited compliance with new decarbonization legislation. Matthew Isaacs, Vice President of Business Development and Sales shared the details behind the company’s mission and innovation.
Matthew Isaacs (MI): The technology that the company was founded upon was conceived in 2012 at Columbia University when our founder, Marshall Cox, was miserably overheated in his campus housing. The problem — which should be familiar to all New Yorkers — was the overpowering heat generated by the radiators. With a standard radiator, you can’t control room temperature, and the only way to attempt to do so is to open a window and let hot air out and cold air in; a super wasteful way to regulate temperature. To address this problem, Marshall started to develop a solution outside of the steam/radiator distribution system. Since the 1960s, there have been attempts to control or fix this problem by adding valves to the radiators, but they don’t work well. Our product, The Cozy, is an innovative solution that targets the issue and has no contact with the building’s plumbing system.
The Cozy is an insulated thermostatic radiator enclosure. That means it’s a smart radiator cover with insulation that traps the heat that the radiator emits inside of the cover. This is achieved through an electronics kit that includes a vent, fan, computer, sensors, controls, and a radio. When installed over a radiator, the sensor on the outside of the cover scans room temperature, and if the room falls beneath the desired set point the fan will turn on sending heat out into the room. Once the desired temperature is achieved, the fan will turn off and the remaining heat is trapped inside The Cozy. The air inside of The Cozy will heat up to the radiator’s temperature which slows the rate that the steam condensates inside of the radiator.