Element nominated for prestigious National Energy Saving Award

| Helen Hallsworth

Element in Birchwood, Warrington has been shortlisted in the Commercial Installation category in the National Energy Savings Awards.

A key requirement for the remodeling of the building was that it should be sustainably built as an environmentally conscious workspace. The building needed a state of the art heating and cooling system, it was a key priority that each system could be individually monitored, and provide the capability to determine the cost per kilowatt hour of each system.

Samsung were selected as the partner to provide this sophisticated and energy efficient system, the first installation of the Samsung B.loT system in the UK, with the hero product of the Samsung DVMS2 air conditioning system. Contracted by AXD Environmental Ltd and Flexible Business Interiors, the building also incorporates other leading Samsung technologies at a value of £230,000. 8 Digital Variable Multi S2 heat recovery Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems, 70 Duct Fan Coil Units, 20 Energy Recovery Ventilation Units with CO2 sensors throughout and DMS2.5 central control with Power Integrated Modules for energy meter integration, as well as a mezzanine floor with roof garden with a two pipe VRF system, split system and ERV – all linked via the Samsung B.loT control platform.

The Samsung team, including European experts on the B.loT system, spent two weeks commissioning the project and assisting with installation to ensure the system runs as smoothly as possible for future tenants.

The Samsung B.loT platform has a number of feature designed to promote energy efficiency, including providing efficient building operation with energy usage analysis & monitoring, data-based comfort control, target-based energy usage to certain zones where needed most and tenant based power usage distribution.

Utilising the AI (Artificial Intelligence) features of DVMS2 means the system is optimised based on continued learning of occupant’s needs for ultimate comfort. This individualised controls offering is a key differentiator for a commercial installation. Samsung’s new B.loT platform gives the building occupier full control of their system in an easy to navigate and visually impressive way. Individual zoning and monitoring is a prominent feature of B.loT, thus allowing the client maximum flexibility in terms of prospective tenants as each zone can be monitored and billed separately.

B.loT gives ultimate control over ventilation and cooling systems, as anyone (given the appropriate authorisations) can log on to the management systems from anywhere and turn units on or off depending on the needs of the client. What is unique about B.loT in particular is that different authorisations can be given to different users according to their authority levels or role, giving organisations a new level of control over their office space.

Additionally, the ventilation (via MVHR ERV) is controlled via CO2 sensors within the EV. This monitors the level of CO2 in the air, meaning the occupied spaces always have the correct amount of fresh air, minimising energy usage during periods of low occupancy. Samsung ERV’s bring fresh outside air into a room to optimise indoor air quality, while automatically adjusting their operation mode in accordance with indoor and outdoor temperatures. Not only does this help with energy saving, but it also improves the air quality of the room.