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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

IRI Awards night freezes no one out!

Liam Kirwan, Daikin with Keith Mc Greevy, Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Seamus Kerr, IRI President, Eoin Lennon, Novum Overseas and Dave Killalea, Carel Ireland.

This year’s recent Irish Refrigeration Institute Awards night proved yet again that, of all the building services-related representative bodies, IRI is unique. It somehow manages to combine the serious matter of peer-vetted industry awards with a wonderfully-relaxed social occasion.

As always, a capacity attendance convened in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Santry in Dublin’s northside, for an evening of presentations, food, fun, entertainment and dancing into the early hours.

President Seamus Kerr and his committee deserve great credit for the format of the occasion, and especially for keeping speeches to a minimum. Indeed, there were no speeches as such, save perhaps for some of Seamus’ more obscure ramblings and observations!

It may be the refrigeration sector flagship event, but the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Well done to all involved in making it such a successful and enjoyable evening. Award winners were as follows:

IRI Environmental Award — Daikin Ireland/Carel Ireland/Tesco Ireland

IRI Energy Award— Cross Refrigeration Ltd

IRI Contribution to Industry Award — Dermot Byrne

IRI Training Award — Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

IRI Young Engineer Award — Keith Mc Greevy, Tech Refrigeration

IRI Innovation Award — Novum Overseas

Tech Refrigeration shortlisted for SFA Award

Tech Group Account Manager Barry Hennessy

Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning has made it through as one of the finalists (Services Award Category) in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2013. The winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony on 7 March next.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small businesses in Ireland, to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to the economy, and to showcase Ireland’s entrepreneurial talent.

This competition is open to all companies in Ireland with up to 50 employees and there is a wide range of categories to suit all sectors, including a category for companies with under five employees and newly-formed businesses.

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