Panasonic GHP VRF keeping gym customers cool


13 June 2018
The Panasonic units at the Skyliner Sports Centre
A Panasonic gas driven VRF system is keeping customers comfortable at a gym and fitness studio in Suffolk.

The Skyliner Sports Centre, in Bury St Edmunds, required an energy efficient and cost-effective air conditioning solution for a new building housing a busy gym and fitness studios. With a limited supply of power to the building,  three Panasonic GHP VRF units were chosen as the heating and cooling solution by installers Pitkin & Ruddock and distributor Oceanair
Damian Nunn, Director of Pitkin & Ruddock, said: “The main challenge for this project was the restricted amount of power allocated to the building, in this case on 200A TPN, which is not enough to accommodate a conventional VRF air conditioning system, as well as to maintain the other essential building services such as IT and lighting etc. The Panasonic GHP VRF units overcome this problem as they can operate on a lot less power, as it is only the fans and control circuits which draw on the power supply. The technology also ensures the system is also highly energy efficient.”  

The gym area and each fitness studios on site has a separate system installed, complete with four to six Panasonic ceiling cassette units. Whilst the cassette units are in use, fresh air is brought into the areas and stale air is removed via Panasonic heat recovery ventilation units. 

Nunn added: “The heat recovery ventilation units recover up to 77% of the heat in the outgoing air making for an ecological and energy efficient solution for this project.”

The gas engine within the Panasonic GHP VRF units is used as a driving source of the compressor instead of the usual electric motor, this provides the advantage of waste heat being produced from the gas engine and being available to use elsewhere, thus freeing up the electricity supply for other uses. Panasonic says the system also provides advanced all-round energy efficiency and is a cost-effective solution for simultaneous heating and cooling.

Tony Holland, Account Manager from Panasonic distributor Oceanair, said: “The unique Panasonic GHP VRF units are a natural choice for commercial projects with a limited supply of electric power, in addition to being able to meet and deliver high demands quickly and efficiently. This project also gave us the opportunity to continue our excellent business relationship with Pitkin & Ruddock, and as a Suffolk resident myself, it was a pleasure to work on a local project of this nature with such a respected local company.”
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