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Crystal Air Wins Special Recognition Award for Zalando

The Panasonic PRO Awards were presented at the iconic Shard building in London where Crystal Air directors David O’Brien (left) and Domnick Ward (right) accepted the Award. In the centre is Vincent Mahony, National Sales Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

The overall project brief was to convert an existing 19th century docks warehouse into a funky office space in Dublin’s Silicon Docks district”, says Don Hoban of Crystal Air, “and our responsibility was to deliver a heating and ventilation solution that reflected this. The end user, Zalando – a fast-expanding online provider of shoes and fashion – found that rapid growth meant their existing Dublin base was too small so they needed new space, and quickly. They needed to provide for their current numbers as well as growth for new staff.

“Part of the attraction of the Silicon Docks for the likes of Zalando is its central location in the heart of Dublin, and also the proximity of major international technology firms (and talent) such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, AirBnB, etc. This, however, also meant that both the building exterior and interior, including the air conditioning and heating solution, had to reflect the ultra-modern iconic style of its neighbours”.

The brief for the project was extremely challenging as the building featured an exposed truss roof design – with the services needing to be exposed and kept above the bottom of the truss – wherever possible. This meant that all the workmanship had to be top quality because it was all on show to the client, and to their clients. In addition, this had to be done with minimal changes to the building fabric, and to a very tight schedule.

Working closely with Willie Bennett, Project Manager, FKM Group, Crystal Air opted for Panasonic because of the energy efficiency and flexibility of its 3-pipe air conditioning system. A key technical feature was the ability of the ducted units to have sufficient fan power to drive warm air to the floor without being too noisy for an open plan office. The Panasonic 3-pipe ECOi MF2 Series was the obvious choice.

Fresh air via energy recovery ventilators                                                                                                “Because of the limited availability of plant space”, continues Don, “it wasn’t possible to provide a central AHU externally or internally without losing space or a need for major support steelwork. So, fresh air needed to be delivered using energy recovery ventilators (ERVs). These we located in the roof space, so we saved plant area without compromising on building comfort.

“In addition to using two highl-efficient 3-Pipe ECOi VRF systems matched to a central controller, the ERVs are also connected to the central controller using CZ-CAPC2 modules. This allows us to use the scheduler facility in the central controller to maximise the free air cooling.

“During the summer months we can purge the building at night, thereby allowing the night air to cool the building for a fresh start to the day. Then during the day we reduce the number of ERVs running at lunchtime when there are less people in the offices

Central controller                                                                                                                                                “The central controller acts as a master scheduler for the entire office, including the cellular spaces. These spaces have local controllers to give full control, but we also use the scheduler to provide additional ‘stop’ points to shut off the meeting room in those all-too-frequent occasions when, after a meeting, the AC is left running. In addition, the cellular spaces have been fitted with ‘ECO NAVI’ presence detectors to reduce the energy consumption when the rooms are unoccupied.”

This is only one of five Panasonic PRO Awards presented throughout all of Europe in 2017. It speaks volumes for the efficiency and performance of the system, but also the quality of the installation. It not only delivers the optimum indoor working environment, but also complements and indeed enhances the interior décor.

For further information contact: Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland. Tel: 087 – 969 4221: email: vincent.mahony@eu-panasonic.com or Don Hoban, Business Development Manager, Crystal Air. Tel: 086 – 444 4588; email: don@crystalair.ie

Panasonic strengthens Irish operation

Marc Overson, UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic pictured with Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc Overson, UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic pictured with Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc Overson, newly-appointed UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic, visited Ireland recently to meet with consulting engineers, dealers and installers in the company of Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc has extensive experience in building services, and the air movement sector in particular, having worked with many of the leading global market players in roles that took him all over Europe on a regular basis.

He will now use the wealth of knowledge accumulated during that time to provide support to the Irish operation and the team headed up by Vincent.

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.

Heat Merchants Hosts All-industry Forum at Croke Park

Christy Kane with Alan Hogan, Managing Director, Heat Merchants Ireland.

Christy Kane with Alan Hogan, Managing Director, Heat Merchants Ireland.

Heat Merchants Group inaugural construction industry conference and trade exhibition at Croke Park Conference Centre early in November was sponsored by Bord Gáis Energy and supported by CIBSE Ireland and OFTEC.

The conference brought together a panel of industry experts to discuss the latest in renewable energy technology, water conservation measures and best practices in construction. Over 200 engineers, architects, developers and energy consultants gathered to hear expert advice from leading manufacturers. These included Panasonic, SolarWorld, Kingspan, Baxi, Firebird and Sprue.

Recent amendments to the Building Regulations governing the use of renewable energy sources and safety in the installation of heat-producing appliances in domestic buildings were reviewed. In addition to presenting technical papers, representatives from the supply partners present also manned pop-up stands that were located around the perimeter of the outer room where the food, teas/coffees were served.

Alan Hogan, Managing Director of Heat Merchant Group said: “Environmental sustainability and resource efficiency will continue to be a key driver of growth in our industry and we want to use this opportunity to share knowledge and experience from some of the world’s leading manufacturers. This will help the industry to upskill and utilise the most innovative technology available, especially in the face of the new building regulations and changing customer sentiment”.

Panasonic and Tech Provide Large VRF Solution, No Chills Attached!

These strengths have been further reinforced by an extensive advertising/marketing campaign and an ever-expanding, strategically-located, dealer network. Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning is a typical case in point. In just a short space of time Tech has won a number of very presitgious projects using Panasonic equipment.

One of the latest is a recently-completed large office project in East Point, Dublin, featuring Panasonic VRF technology. It comprises outdoor units with a total capacity of close on 200HP, 95 indoor units providing heating and cooling to the main office areas, 10 split systems serving dedicated room server-areas, and Panasonic’s 2-pipe VRF air handling kit delivering DX Primary Air cooling and heating.

“One of the main reasons we chose Panasonic for this project”, says Barry Hennessy, Tech Group Account Manager, “is because of its off-coil temperature control technology, as well as the excellent technical back-up and our familiarity with the product”.

Tech Contracts Manager Vincent Geraghty also added: “Panasonic’s off-coil temperature control enables the supply air termperature of the VRF indoor units to be controlled between 7 degrees C and 22 degrees C. This is set up during commissioning and vastly reduces the risk of cold air dumping and draughts. Moreover, the off-coil temperature can be individually set for each single indoor unit.”

“We’re extremely pleased with the progress we’ve made in such a short space of time”, says Vincent Mahony, Panasonic National Account Manager. “We have a well-defined strategy that includes new products such as RAC units with smart phone control, new Elite high COP split units, GHP units, air to water heat pumps, and dealer partnerships which help us deliver them to the marketplace. Despite the difficult trading conditions, we anticipate continued growth for the remainder of the year.”

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