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Two Ability Projects Matrix Fan Coil Installations Honoured at the 2010 BREEAM Awards


Two developments supplied with Ability Projects Matrix fan coil units – Horizon House and Salisbury Law Courts – were honoured at the 2010 BREEAM Awards ceremony at the recent Ecobuild show. Energy efficient Matrix fan coil units, unique in the UK, enable each air duct / grille to be balanced for air volume through fan speed alone, removing the need for costly, noisy volume control dampers and their time consuming installation.

Buildings short listed for the awards were drawn from those achieving BREEAM ‘excellent’ ratings under various BREEAM schemes during 2009. To gain an ‘excellent’ rating, developments must earn most of the performance credits available in energy, materials, waste, water, ecology, pollution, transport, management, health and wellbeing categories.

Salisbury Law Courts is the second Ability Projects Matrix project within 3 months to receive a high level BREEAM rating (72.5%) and follows the highest ever 85.06% rated Horizon House HQ. The law courts installation comprises more than 70 Matrix 270 chassis type horizontal 4 pipe fan coil units supplied with Alerton BACnet open protocol intelligent controllers supplied by Ability, factory pre wired to the fan coil and complete with dedicated software and Sontay sensors. Developed specifically for use on Matrix fan coil units, the controller incorporates modulating valve control and on coil temperature sensing etc and also offers system users wire less, lap top access to all fan coil features and settings without needing access to the ceiling void.

Commenting on the awards, Andrew Brooks, Matrix product manager stated “We were pleased to learn of the offices award but to win the courts category as well was a real bonus. Although our contribution is a relatively small part of the overall projects, our controllers are highly energy efficient and consequently achieved very high credit scores. The outcome is testament to the specifying consultants who demanded the most efficient fan coil units on the market. Tenants in the two award winning buildings will benefit from the resultant economic running costs for many years to come.”

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