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Daikin VRV 5 contributes to green building award

FRANCE: Daikin VRV 5 series heat pump air conditioners are contributing to the low carbon footprint of a new commercial office complex in Grenoble.

A joint development with the Banque des Territoires spearheaded by the Artea Group, a major player in real estate in France and Europe, the new Arteparc commercial complex comprises over 25,000m2 of floor space, spread over six buildings. The first three have now been completed using Daikin’s VRV system.

The project is distinguished by its high-quality design and construction, built to achieve BBC Effinergie E2C-1 certification and comply with the French RE2020 regulations, which are aimed at reducing both energy consumption and the lifetime carbon impact of new buildings.

With the focus on lowering its carbon impact, the Artea Group explored every aspect of construction, from a rooftop solar-powered plant to a composite facade cladding made up of 95% recycled wood chips, high performance insulation and energy-saving climate control systems.

The efforts were rewarded with an HQE Excellent certificate from the French green building label Haute Qualité Environnementale.

The complex also includes restaurants in both terrace and rooftop areas, co-working spaces, an organic grocery shop, sports facilities, covered bicycle path and EV charging points in the car park.

Daikin was commissioned to supply climate control systems for four new buildings. A total of 102 VRV 5-S units with a mix of 4, 5 and 6hp models were fitted, linked to 465 indoor units. The study undertaken during development also looked at air flows in order optimise the full installation. The system will be monitored in order to further optimise the energy efficiency of the VRV solution.

The project was a collaboration between the Artea Group, the Ingégroup design office, French installer Climacool and Daikin technical management. 

Artea’s plans for the second installation phase, scheduled for late 2022, include Daikin’s newest VRV 5 Heat Recovery units.

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