Airzone keeps things cooler

BIG 5: Company's air conditioning technology allows for different temperatures in different rooms of a home or office.

Mohamed: single units with single controls mean there is no scope for temperature control in different rooms
Mohamed: single units with single controls mean there is no scope for temperature control in different rooms

Increased energy efficiency through the use of intelligent systems is being showcased at this year's Big 5. While many buildings suffer from single AC units emitting the same temperature through an apartment or floor, the technology from Spanish company Airzone manages to zone areas to deliver the correct temperature to each room.

"The problem with single units and single controls is there is no flexibility. In one room you are suffering with cold, while the other is hot," said Mukhtar Mohamed, sales engineer. "This is independently controlled so that you can have different temperatures in each room."

According to studies undertaken at the University of Malaga, such a system can deliver an energy saving of 53% and the company is in talks with the University of Sharjah to carry out further tests to generate figures specific to the Middle East region.

Mohamed echoes the overriding theme from this year's Big 5 of an increased awareness for the environment and ways to decrease energy loads. "People certainly seem more interested and are looking for energy savings this year," he said.

"And when you consider that in the Middle East, 70% of all energy is used in HVAC, you can understand why."

Unsurprisingly, the company is eyeing the new green regulations closely and is looking at ways it can get into LEED.

The Airzone system is based on the concept of zoning, which means dividing a living or working area into zones with independent temperature control.

By controlling each room of a house or office individually, higher comfort levels can be reached in addition to the savings that zoning systems can provide. Airzone, which has completed projects in Knowledge Village and Jumeirah Lakes Towers is in talks with the Hyatt Regency hotel to supply the system for its staff accommodation.

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