Maximum energy efficiency system for the temperature control of an old people’s home

Panasonic has installed a combination of VRF electric systems, a VRF gas-powered motor and solar panels at the El Balcón de Valdemoro old people’s home. The energy provides 47% of the total kWh from renewable energy as required by the Technical Building Code for buildings of this type, which is located in zone 4 of the Iberian Peninsula. The result is a system with 34% lower direct costs per consumption, 43% less CO2 emissions and 37% less primary energy.

The Valdemoro building, that has a twin building situated in the town of Badajoz, is designed by the architects’ studio ARQit and has a total of three floors plus a basement. The communal services are located on the ground floor: sitting rooms, TV and games rooms, a main dining room, kitchen/storeroom,
a day centre with nursing care/medical centre in addition to a reception and an office area for the management and administrative staff. The two upper floors house 66 bedrooms and a second dining area. The basement completes the building with a total surface area of 5,200 m2.

The functionality of this centre was one of the determining factors when selecting the HVAC system, due to the high consumption of DHW and the communal services area on the first floor with their extensive operating hours. For this reason, the system proposed by installation company EBM Mercurio was a combination of an ECO-G air-air heat pump with a gaspowered motor, the ECO-i electric VRF system and solar panels. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY July-August 2016