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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

Órlaith Gillen joins Panasonic Ireland

Órlaith Gillen, Key Account Manager,Air to Air, Panasonic Ireland

Órlaith Gillen, Key Account Manager, Air to Air, Panasonic Ireland

Órlaith Gillen has been appointed Panasonic Ireland’s new Key Account Manager for Air to Air.

Órlaith has worked within building services for some time and has particular experience in the air conditioning sector.

As the new Air to Air Account Manager with Panasonic Ireland, Órlaith will be the first point of contact for business sales and account management.

She will work closely with colleagues Vincent Mahony and Tony Duffy to ensure customer service excellences in all areas.

Contact: Órlaith Gillen, Panasonic Ireland. Tel: 087 – 195 2573; email: orlaith.gillen@eu.panasonic.com

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

Panasonic announces new international award scheme

Panasonic is inviting entries from architects, consultants, distributors, engineers and installers whose whose Panasonic projects demonstrate flair and innovation, and showcase sustainable design, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and aesthetics.

Projects from across Europe are eligible and must have been completed between 1 January 2012 and 31 July 2014. Entries will be judged by a prestigious panel of international judges with expertise in architecture, building services and the heating/cooling industry.

Vincent Mahony, General Manager, Panasonic Ireland, told Building Services News as we went to press: “We are delighted to be launching the very first Panasonic PRO Awards and are very much looking forward to seeing the entries from across Europe – including Ireland – and to showcasing the success of these exciting projects. We aim to build these Awards to become an established platform on which to celebrate excellence within our industry.”

The awards are open to projects featuring air conditioning, heating and/or cooling systems that have been completed primarily using Panasonic heating and cooling systems, in a residential, public authority or commercial environment.

Award entries are invited in the following categories:

• Best Commercial Air Conditioning;

• Best Hotel Project;

• Best Retail Project;

• Best Restaurant Project;

• Best Residential Project (single dwelling);

• Best Residential Project (multi-dwelling);

• Best Residential Project (social housing).

Deadline for entries is 31 July 2014 and winners will be announced in Autumn 2014.

To register for inclusion in the Awards and for full details of the entry criteria log on to: www.aircon.panasonic.eu/GB_en/ pro-awards/