Heat Merchants and Bridgedale Homes were awarded Best Residential Project for the luxurious Marina Village development in the recent Panasonic Pro awards.
The awards, which were carefully decided by an independent international judging panel, celebrate excellence across Europe in the design, specification, installation and commissioning of projects using Panasonic heating and cooling systems.
The Heat Merchants Technical Design team in conjunction with Bridgedale designed a heating system featuring the Panasonic Aquarea HT air-to-water heat pump and an energy efficient Aquarea hot water tank. When combined with heat recovery ventilation and high efficiency aluminium radiators, the system will generate 100% of the hot water and heating requirement for the houses all year round without back up from a supplementary system.
“Heat Merchants Technical Design software to help achieve the overall A-rated Building Energy Rating certificate.”
The heat pumps were sized using a combination of Panasonic Aquarea Designer software and Heat Merchants Technical Design software to help achieve the overall A-rated Building Energy Rating certificate.
The Aquarea system features a multiple zone heating and thermostatic valve control system for all radiators in the homes to help provide ultimate comfort, ease of controls and exceptional energy efficiency for its residents.
“Our vision for the Marina Village Greystones development was to provide the very highest quality of living,” says Tony McLoughlin of Bridgedale Homes. “Energy efficiency was a key part of this. We wanted the most advanced heating and hot water technology that would ensure low energy bills for our residents while providing the very best solution to deliver maximum comfort. Panasonic’s Aquarea air-source heat pumps exceeded every requirement that we set, and we know that home-owners who have already moved in are delighted with the solution.”
A resident on the Greystones development, Stephen Kavannah, commented, “We have found at least a 50% decrease in our overall fuel bills since moving into the Greystones property and found the system to be efficient and reliable. We would highly recommend the Panasonic Aquarea air-source heat pump.”
The spectacular seaside location is one of the key features of the development. However, this offered a challenge to the heating system Technical Design team. The heat pumps’ outdoor units were custom treated with Bronz-Glow, a factory applied Coat-All system which offered resistance to the corrosive effects of the salt water. This innovative solution gave the developer peace of mind that the heat pumps will maintain performance levels and their aesthetics for years to come.
Shane Duffy, National Commercial Heating Manager for Heat Merchants, concluded, “The Heat Merchants Technical Design team worked closely with our clients, Tony McLoughlin of Bridgedale and Delap and Waller consultants, to provide an excellent heating solution that will be efficient, low maintenance and provide high levels of comfort for the residents of these fantastic houses. This project showcases excellence in overall heating system design using the latest technology from Panasonic to achieve A rated homes.”
The eight winners from across Europe will have the chance to fly to Japan to visit the Panasonic headquarters and other impressive Panasonic facilities and the ground-breaking Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town.