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Article Date: 9th March 2017

Airedale & Arup’s Artus™ Hybrid Fan Coil Unit, a Winner in Ecobuild & M&S Big Innovation Pitch 2017

Fan Coil Unit - Air Conditioning - Big Innovation Pitch

Airedale - Ecobuild

Airedale International Air Conditioning, in partnership with Arup consultancy, were selected as joint winners at the Ecobuild and Marks & Spencer (M&S) - Big Innovation Pitch finals, for their new product Artus™, Hybrid Fan Coil Unit (FCU), on Tuesday 07 March at EcoBuild 2017.

The Big Innovation Pitch, now in its 3rd year, stems from M&S’ Plan A commitment, which aims to help protect the planet with responsible sourcing, reduced waste and community support. It is an initiative designed to identify innovations across the sustainable design, construction and energy sectors.

Airedale and Arup vied for the accolade alongside four other retail engineering innovations ranging from heating and cooling systems to simulation software. From a shortlist of 5 finalists, the panel chose a joint entry from Airedale and Arup, and a second from Protomax Plastics.

Commenting on the decision to choose two winners, Imogen Cust, Engineering R&D Manager for Property, Development and Facilities Management at M&S, said: "The standard of entries was brilliant this year - so good we had to choose two. The winners stood out because they have used their industry knowledge and their passion to solve real life M&S challenges in two very different fields."

Commenting on behalf of the Arup and Airedale entry, Roger Olsen, Associate Director at Arup, said: "We’re so pleased that we’ve been chosen as a winner. Our solution could be used in many building sectors to make air conditioning much more energy efficient."

Tony Cole, Managing Director, Airedale remarked, "To win such a coveted award and receive recognition from an international, multi-channel retailer such a Marks and Spencer, shows great potential for the Artus™ Hybrid Fan Coil Unit. Working in partnership with Arup to bring Artus™ to market in Summer 2017 is an exciting time for everyone involved and this is just the start."

Airedale and Arup’s winning product, the Artus™ Hybrid Fan Coil Unit, offers a fully-packaged, plug-and-play, single-supplier system and a host of benefits. These include self-access, reduced ceiling clutter and minimised ceiling void heights. As the unit is fully-packaged, there is no need for the specification of ancillary controls, valves, diffusers or spigots.

Airedale - EcobuildThis is of huge benefit to installers, reducing cost and greatly increasing speed of commissioning. It is perfect for both; cost-sensitive new-builds, height constrained refurbishments and energy conscious end-users.

With sustainability, innovation and efficiency at its core, Artus™ combines the flexibility of traditional fan coil units with the low-energy usage of chilled beams, at a cost, comparable with FCUs.

The hybrid promises to solve the biggest complaints in comfort cooling, including; energy efficiency, draughts and dead spots, space claim of secondary ductwork, unit footprint, cluttered ceiling void services, and restrictive access for maintenance and installation.

Roger Olsen, Associate Director, Arup added, "I am delighted that Airedale picked up and ran with my concept design, turning Artus™ into a brilliantly engineered product that is about to burst onto the market. It is a ‘long-awaited step change’ to the air conditioning industry."

The Artus™ is due to launch in July 2017.

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