First Daikin Planner Award 2010

The first "Daikin Planner Awards for Primary Energy Efficiency" were presented by Daikin Airconditioning Germany GmbH at the 6th Daikin German Planners Day on 22–23 April in Düsseldorf and at the Zollverein coal mine complex in Essen in the presence of some 130 guests. The winner is Planungsbüro igb AG of Weimar. The winning project was the air conditioning solution planned by igb AG for an offset printing works in Cologne using the Daikin VRV3 Energy-Rec System with heat recovery.

The regulations for the Daikin Award include the following criteria: substantial saving of primary energy and CO2 emissions, the planning challenge created by the project, the planning expertise of the company and the use of Daikin equipment. In the jury's opinion, the plant entered by igb AG fulfilled these requirements in an ideal way. The complete conversion of the printing works built in 1968 focused on heat displacement within the building. The heat flows generated in the printing works are now used by the VRV3 Energy-Rec System so that they are available for heating the office areas with high energy efficiency. Since installation, the printing works has saved 45 % of CO2 emissions in the parts of the building supplied by the new plant. The use of the Daikin VRV technology completely eliminates the need for fossil energy sources to heat the building.

Further awards went to ZWP Ingenieur AG of Cologne for its integrated heating and cooling concept for the International School in Frankfurt, and to i.m.i. Ingenieurbüro of Neumarkt for the monovalent use of the Daikin VRV system in the Grasenhiller Service Centre. This project provides performance figures 33 % better than the requirements of the German Energy Conservation Act (EnEV).

The second Planner Award is to be presented at the 7th Daikin Planners Day in May 2011.

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