​Panasonic VRF  helps transform 19th Century Dublin docks warehouse

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Published: 14 August 2017


The conversion of a 19th Century Dublin warehouse into office space for online fashion brand Zalando featured the installation of Panasonic's 3-pipe ECOi MF2 AC solution by Crystal Air.

FKM Group picked Panasonic for the project at Dublin's Grand Canal Quay, which  needed to be completed with minimal changes to the fabric of the building. Fresh air is delivered using Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs)  in the roof space.
Bob Gallagher, operations director of FKM, said the decision was made because Panasonic provided “a highly efficient integrated fresh air and AC system, coupled with the high standards of Crystal Air for the installation, which was especially important as all the components are visible.''

The project resulted in Crystal Air obtaining the Special Recognition award in Panasonic’s  PRO Awards.
 
The Panasonic VRF ECOi MF2 solution offers a compact space-saving design and low noise levels thanks to a uniquely constructed casing comprising of two compartments; the upper chamber which contains the heat exchange and the lower chamber to store the compressors. The system allows for non-stop operation during maintenance.

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Ducted units have sufficient fan power to drive warm air from the roof of the warehouse building to the floor, with minimum noise disruption for this large open plan office environment. “The Panasonic MF2 range coped brilliantly,” said Domnick Ward of Crystal Air.
 
The ERVs of the MF2 system recover 77% of the heat in the outgoing air, to deliver a more ecological and energy efficient building with the air conditioning load being reduced by approximately 20%.
 
During the summer months the system allows for a purge during the night, allowing the cooler night air to be present for a fresh start to the day. The number of ERVs running at any one time can be reduced depending on the number of people occupying the space, for example, during lunch times. 
 
The system has a centralised controller that acts as a master scheduler, allowing full management of the entire space. In addition, each area within the space is fitted with ECO NAVI detectors to automatically reduce the energy consumption when rooms are unoccupied.  User -friendly remote controls have also been fitted to give individuals the option to instantly adapt settings to suit. 
 
Gallagher added: “We have been delighted with the level of support provided by both Panasonic and Crystal Air prior, during and after the project with our client Zalando being delighted with the end result.”
 
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