Airedale International Air Conditioning, in partnership with ARUP consultancy, were named joint winners at the Ecobuild and Marks & Spencer (M&S) - Big Innovation Pitch finals for their new Artus Hybrid Fan Coil Unit.
The Big Innovation Pitch, now in its third year, stems from M&S’s Plan A commitment, which aims to help protect the planet with responsible sourcing, reduced waste and community support. It is an initiative designed to identify innovations across the sustainable design, construction and energy sectors.
Imogen Cust, Engineering R&D Manager for Property, Development and Facilities Management at M&S, said: “The standard of entries was brilliant this year - so good we had to choose two. The winners stood out because they have used their industry knowledge and their passion to solve real life M&S challenges in two very different fields.”
Commenting on behalf of the Arup and Airedale entry, Roger Olsen, Associate Director at Arup, said: “We’re so pleased that we’ve been chosen as a winner. Our solution could be used in many building sectors to make air conditioning much more energy efficient.”
Tony Cole, Managing Director, Airedale said: “To win such a coveted award and receive recognition from an international, multi-channel retailer such as Marks and Spencer, shows great potential for the Artus Hybrid Fan Coil Unit. Working in partnership with Arup to bring Artus to market in Summer 2017 is an exciting time for everyone involved and this is just the start.”
The Artus offers a fully-packaged, plug-and-play, single-supplier system and a host of benefits. These include self-access, reduced ceiling clutter and minimised ceiling void heights. As the unit is fully-packaged, there is no need for the specification of ancillary controls, valves, diffusers or spigots.
This benefits installers, reducing cost and greatly increasing speed of commissioning. It is perfect for both; cost-sensitive new-builds, height constrained refurbishments and energy conscious end-users.
The hybrid promises to solve some of the biggest complaints in comfort cooling, including energy efficiency, draughts and dead spots, space claim of secondary ductwork, unit footprint, cluttered ceiling void services, and restrictive access for maintenance and installation.
Roger Olsen, Associate Director, Arup added, “I am delighted that Airedale picked up and ran with my concept design, turning Artus into a brilliantly engineered product that is about to burst onto the market. It is a long-awaited step change to the air conditioning industry.”
The Artus is due to launch in July 2017. For more information, click here.