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Installers see the future of sustainable living in Japan

Vincent Mahony, Panasonic with Mick O'Shea, Mick O'Shea Heating & Plumbing and Shane Duffy, Heat Merchants

Vincent Mahony, Panasonic with Mick O’Shea, Mick O’Shea Heating & Plumbing and Shane Duffy, Heat Merchants, at the Panasonic Centre in Tokyo.

Delegates were given a tour of Panasonic’s factory in Gunma where, in addition to the existing portfolio, they were also presented with upcoming developments in the company’s heating and cooling technology. The trip included a “behind the scenes” tour of the manufacturing facility where they saw the lengths Panasonic goes to to ensure the reliability and quality of its products.

Speaking about the trip, Shane Duffy of Heat Merchants commented: “I thought the trip to Japan was a fantastic experience. The trip to the Fujisawa Smart Sustainable Town was really interesting; it was great to see the technology being put into practice that’s helping create sustainable communities. Japan always seems to be ahead of the curve when it comes to technology, so it was fascinating to see what the future holds for heating and cooling at the Panasonic factory.”

The Panasonic Centre in Tokyo provided the visitors with an insight into the future of technology across all of Panasonic’s business areas, including heating and cooling, digital AV products, healthcare services and home appliances. Technology plays an ever-increasing role in our lives, and the Panasonic Centre is designed to give visitors an idea of how it will develop over the next five to ten years and how it will shape society and the world around us.

One of the definite highlights was the guided tour of the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST), an initiative developed by Panasonic to showcase its latest technology and how it can be integrated into communities to create the safe and sustainable living spaces of the future.

The town was created in collaboration with the public sector and accommodates over 1000 households. Earthquakes are a significant concern in Japan and the homes in the Fujisawa SST are specifically designed, through smart technology, to resist these disasters. The town also uses a smart infrastructure to provide services to residents such as healthcare and energy, as well as providing technology such as photovoltaic panels and energy efficient heating solutions to help residents live a sustainable lifestyle

Panasonic technology, such as the company’s ECOCUTE energy efficient heat pump, helps to manage local energy generation for “self-creation and self-consumption of energy”, using a hybrid of natural energy and advanced technologies, including energy-creation, energy-storage, and energy-saving technologies.

Contact: Vincent Mahony, Panasonic Ireland. Tel: 087 – 969 4221; email: vincent.mahony@eu.panasonic.com

Ireland hosts Panasonic PRO Awards

Group including the Ireland and UK Panasonic PRO Awards winners pictured at the K Club.

Group including the Ireland and UK Panasonic PRO Awards winners pictured at the K Club.

With projects in Ireland and England winning four out of the eight inaugural pan-European Panasonic PRO Awards last month, Panasonic Ireland recently hosted the presentation of the four awards at the K Club in Co Kildare.

Panasonic PRO Partners from Ireland emerged victorious in two categories. Straffan Manor by Mulberry Properties in Co Kildare won Best Residential Project in the Multi-dwelling category. It was installed by Mick O’Shea Heating & Plumbing and supplied by Heat Merchants.

The Special Award for Best Contribution went to Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning for three entries in the Commercial Air Conditioning category – the Smurfit Kappa HQ, Savills HQ Dublin and Google Block R projects.

Representatives from all companies were joined in the K Club by the UK winners for a day of celebration that included golf, the formal presentations, and a dinner later that evening in a leading Dublin restaurant.

Ireland wins two categories in Panasonic PRO Awards

Panasonic Pro Awards LogoHeat Merchants was awarded Best Residential Project in the Multi-dwelling category for the Mulberry Properties’ Straffan Manor Development in Co Kildare. Installed by Mick O’Shea Heating & Plumbing, the project is a great example of how heat pumps and PV can work together to deliver energy savings.

The Special Award for Best Contribution was awarded to Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning for three outstanding entries in the Commercial Air Conditioning category – the Smurfit Kappa HQ, Savills HQ Dublin and Google Block R projects.

The winning entries were carefully selected by an independent team of international judges. This was made up of experts from across Europe covering architecture, building services and the heating/cooling industry. Together they decided which projects demonstrated the most flair and innovation, as well as showcasing sustainable  design, efficiency, cost effectiveness and aesthetics.

The winner of each category receives a trip to Japan that includes a visit to the Panasonic global headquarters and to the ground-breaking Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town. Fujisawa SST, as it’s known, is a model for an environmentally-minded urban area. Located 37 miles from Tokyo and with about 400,000 residents, the smart town-within-a-city is built on the vacant lot of a former Panasonic factory and its infrastructure and services are driven by sustainable sources.

The development demonstrates energy efficiency measures such as solar power generation and battery storage systems, and showcases the synergies between cutting-edge technology and a “greener” way of living. This makes it a fascinating and unique place to visit.

Commenting on the announcement, Vincent Mahony, Panasonic Ireland said: “We were hugely impressed with the high standard of entries received from PRO Partners across Europe. All showcased a real passion for sustainable design and renewable energy. The winning entries demonstrated imaginative use of technology, great integration skills and commitment to delivering effective, bespoke solutions that result in best-in-class projects. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who entered the Panasonic PRO Awards, and of course especially our PRO Partners in Ireland who fared so well.”

Contact: Vincent Mahony, Panasonic Ireland. Tel: 01 – 413 5311; Mobile: 087 – 969 4221; email: vincent.mahony@eu.panasonic.com