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Global air conditioning giant Gree is set to challenge the status quo in the UK HVACR market with the launch of Gree UK Limited.

Part of the Calibre Services Group (alongside established acr specialists Klima-Therm, LH plc and Next Controls), Gree UK will supply the manufacturer’s full range of splits, VRF, heat pumps, chillers and award-winning photovoltaic-powered systems across the UK.

The company has already secured orders with national air conditioning specialists and has many active enquiries in the pipeline for major projects.

Gree is the world’s largest air conditioning manufacturer, with sales of more than £16bn and employing more than 8,000 research and development engineers in 570 laboratories and five research institutes across the world.

The company’s success has been built on a continuous stream of innovation, resulting in more than 20,000 technology patents, nearly 7,000 invention patents and some 300 million users of its air conditioning systems worldwide.

Roberto Mallozzi, managing director of Gree UK LtdRoberto Mallozzi, managing director of Gree UK Ltd, said: “In a lifetime of experience of this industry, Gree is one of the most impressive and innovative air conditioning manufacturers I have ever encountered. The name may not be that well known in the UK at present, but that is something we intend to change.

“One in three air conditioning systems produced in the world today is manufactured by Gree, a measure of the company’s commercial success and seriousness as a global player. The fact that Gree manufactures for most of the world’s premium air conditioning brands says a lot about its quality credentials and approach, and its high standing even among competitors.”

Gree’s range covers all main air conditioning and heat pump technologies, from mobiles and small splits for domestic and light commercial applications, through VRF heat pumps, up to large centrifugal chillers with several megawatts of cooling capacity.

Gree’s range covers all main air conditioning and heat pump technologies, from mobiles and small splits for domestic and light commercial applications, through VRF heat pumps, up to large centrifugal chillers with several megawatts of cooling capacity.

The company is investing heavily in the development of renewable and energy efficient systems. Its pioneering PV-powered, inverter-driven centrifugal chiller has won a string of awards for its ability to generate cooling from sunlight, and feed power directly into the grid.

Gree UK is backing the launch with substantial investment in stocks for immediate availability, a comprehensive spare parts service and a generous warranty scheme giving buyers peace of mind.

Gree UK has its own dedicated sales, technical and administration headquarters near London, and is currently recruiting additional staff for support positions. It includes a showroom and full training facility to demonstrate equipment and train engineers to install and commission Gree technology.

It is planning to install working examples of PV-powered cooling systems, to demonstrate the practicality of solar-powered cooling in UK conditions.

A key element of the Gree philosophy is the move from “Made in China” to “Created in China”. To this end, the company manufactures many key air conditioning components itself, and operates nine manufacturing plants. It produces some 60m residential air conditioners and 5.5m commercial systems a year.

Gree air conditioning smart split unit

The company has an eye-watering research and development budget, spending upwards of £500million each year, with full CE, UL and TUV certification for its products.

Roberto Mallozzi said: “We believe that the Gree offer - an unrivaled combination of quality and technical excellence coupled with highly attractive pricing - will prove to be a winning formula in the UK.

“It gives contractors and end users a highly cost-competitive option without compromising on quality or features. Indeed, the quality, styling and technical specification of Gree units is in some cases ahead of the market, making the competitive pricing even more attractive.”

He added: “Backed by the market knowledge and technical experience of sister companies Klima-Therm, LH and Next, UK buyers have the reassurance that Gree will deliver for them. If the premium air conditioning brands put their faith in Gree, so can they with full confidence.”

For more details, call Roberto Mallozzi on 020 3376 3533 or visit

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UK:  Toshiba Air Conditioning has introduced its long-awaited new flagship touchscreen air conditioning control solution.

The new 7in colour touchscreen controller offers unprecedented power and ease of use, enabling engineers and end users - even those unfamiliar with air conditioning - to control systems and optimise performance and indoor comfort.

With the ability to control up to 64 indoor units via a unique capacitive touchscreen, the new Toshiba controller marks a departure from conventional air conditioning controls based on slow-response resistive touchscreen technology.

It has a brilliantly clear colour display with pin-sharp graphical interface, providing lightning response to the operator’s touch commands. Unlike controllers from some other manufacturers, Toshiba’s new controller is not based on physical buttons but an intuitive touchscreen with icons, similar to a large smart phone.

According to Fraser Hymas, Toshiba’s control system manager, who headed the development of the new controller, a key element of the design brief was to make it simple and intuitive to use, without the need to refer to a manual, while enabling users to quickly access all functions with minimum layers to navigate.

In addition to primary control, alarm and scheduling functions, and quick access to units and parameters, the controller also acts as a web server, enabling it to host web pages.

The system offers a host of powerful functions that extend its use, with future developments including:

  • Energy monitoring with historical data backup, enabling long term trends to be analysed and managed;
  • Power meter pulse inputs for four air conditioning systems;​​
  • The ability to take account of input from an outside air sensor, to provide frost protection for buildings and optimised heating start and operation;
  • The ability for alarms to be reported automatically to building supervisors and designated service providers via email;
  • Potential to display floor plans for ease of unit location and control;
  • A supervisor touch screen to link multiple controllers, to accommodate larger systems with more than 64 indoor units.

David Dunn, Toshiba’s general manager, said: “The new system is a major advance in air conditioning control technology, not just in terms of what it can do, but the way it does it – and its sheer ease of use.

“The saying that ‘power is nothing without control’ is quite literally true. The whole design philosophy is to offer the most power functions available in the industry, while making it easy and a pleasure to use. After extensive testing, among both engineers and end users, we believe the new system achieves this – and opens up a new chapter in intuitive air conditioning control.”

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UK:  Toshiba Air Conditioning, has extended its high efficiency, high performance Digital Inverter 4 range with the introduction of two new outdoor units and seven new indoor models.

The units, delivering 1hp (2.5kW) and 1.5hp (3.6kW), complete Toshiba’s light commercial line-up, which now spans from 1hp through to 10hp and offers models across the spectrum in this important sector.

Boasting exceptional efficiency and fully compliant with the ErP Directive (Lot10) threshold for 2015, the new models have a sector-leading operating range, delivering cooling from -15 up to 46deg C and can provide heating in ambient conditions as low as -15deg C, eclipsing industry rivals by a significant margin.

Efficiency is assisted by the use of Toshiba’s power-save function, which enables the user to set the degree of performance covered, between 50 and 100per cent, in one per cent increments.

Toshiba air conditioning digital inverter save functionThe new models allow small capacity systems to be fully integrated with VRF systems and BMS controls via a RBC-PCNT30TLE interface (not required on wall mounted systems). The new units are compatible will the full and extensive range of light commercial and commercial control options.

Outdoor condensing units can be connected to four types of indoor unit: compact four-way cassette, slim duct unit, hi-wall, and ceiling-suspended unit. The most efficient combinations can produce a SEER figure of as high as 6.1 and are rated at A++ for energy performance.

The indoor units can also be connected to existing larger outdoor units to provide twin, triple and quad split systems ensuring a solution for all applications.

The lightweight chassis is designed to be easy to transport and install, and is ideal for mounting in areas and on structures where additional loading must be kept to a minimum, such as balconies and low mass walls.

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TECHNOLOGY:  A new device has come onto the market to control air conditioning units in the home. The new device called Sensibo is set to compete with the likes of the Tado. 

Sensibo is a small device that connects home air conditioners to the internet, with one of the many benefits being that it can be used with any air conditioning unit that has a remote control.

The device uses IR commands to communicate with your existing A/C, just like your remote control. It works right out of the box and supports any remote controlled A/C: Window A/Cs, Split, central, standing, etc.

The unit also comes with a cleverly designed app, which can connect with your alarm clock to adjust the temperature based on the time of day or you can set it to sleep and power saving modes. You can also control all of the standard features directly from your smartphone.

It also allows users to connect several different air conditioning units of different make and model. The Sensibo has two main components: Sensibo Pods – which connect to the A/C unit – and the Smart Hub, which connects to users’ router.

Sensibo is also developer friendsly and has a robust API that allows incorporation into other apps and can easily work alongside other smart devices.

The API gives developers access to:

  • Control all your A/C settings
  • Temperature input
  • Relative humidity input
  • Vibrations sensor input
  • Ambient light sensor input
  • iBeacon information
  • Time to reach target temperature
  • Efficiency of current A/C usage
  • Send arbitrary IR commands (TV, A/V, etc.)
  • Receive IR commands (from different remotes)


Currently, you can pre-order the Single Kit – a Sensibo Pod and Smart Hub – for $79, the Duo Kit – 2 pods and the Smart Hub – for $169, or the developers kit for $300. Additional Pods are $69.

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MARKET REPORT:  A new market research publication by Reportstack forecasts the Global Split Air Conditioning market will grow at a CAGR of 8.93 percent over the period 2013-2018.

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Split Air Conditioning market during the period 2014-2018.

To calculate the market size, the report takes into account the revenue generated from the following product segments: Unducted Standard Split ACs, Ducted Standard Split ACs, VRF ACs, and US Ducted Split ACs.

The report Global Split AC Market 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Split AC market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key Regions


Key Vendors

Carrier Corp.
Daikin Industries Ltd.
Gree Electric Appliance Inc. of Zhuhai
Ingersoll-Rand plc
Johnson Controls Inc.
LG Electronics Inc.
Midea Group Co. Ltd.
Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
Panasonic Corp.

Other Prominent Vendors

Airwell Group
Dwyer Instruments Inc.
Haier Consumer Electronics Group Co. Ltd.
Lennox International Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Siemens AG
Toshiba Corp.
Voltas Ltd.
Whirlpool Corp.

Key Market Driver

Increase in Construction Activities.
For a full, detailed list, view the report.

Key Market Challenge

Capital-intensive Market.
For a full, detailed list, view the report.

Key Market Trend

Global Shift to Green Technology and Renewable Energy Sources.
For a full, detailed list, view the report.

Key Questions Answered in this Report

What will the market size be in 2018 and what will the growth rate be?
What are the key market trends?
What is driving this market?
What are the challenges to market growth?
Who are the key vendors in this market space?
What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

To view the table of contents and know more details you can visit Global Split AC Market 2014-2018.

Toshiba Air Conditioning (a division of Toshiba Carrier UK Limited) has developed a complete Building Information Modelling (BIM) support solution for consultants, contractors and designers.

It covers the manufacturer’s full range of SMMSI, SHRMi and Mini SMMSi VRF outdoor units, including flow selector boxes and the full range of indoor units.

The BIM package provides an accurate and easy-to-use digital representation of Toshiba’s air conditioning systems, that can be applied in standard BIM models of new and refurbished buildings, speeding up the design process and helping accurately to predict building performance.

The introduction of BIM is central to aiding companies to fall in line with the government’s four-year strategy to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the UK construction industry.

The aim  is to introduce 3D collaborative BIM to all new construction projects by 2016, with all project data encapsulated in electronic form, speeding up projects, reducing capital costs and helping to cut carbon emissions from buildings by 20 per cent.

David Dunn (inset), general manager of Toshiba UK, says: “We very much support the drive towards BIM-based design, as there are huge gains to be reaped by all concerned. For designers and contractors it speeds up project planning, and enables quick and accurate changes that save time on site.

“For clients and end users, it helps ensure installations are delivered on time and to budget, and provides assurance that design conditions can be achieved for a building. These twin planning and predictive aspects are what makes BIM so powerful.”

Toshiba’s suite of BIM icons, based on the popular Revit platform, can be downloaded from the Business Lounge on the company’s website:

UK: A recent survey of over 2,500 businesses who bought air conditioners prior to 2004 found that nearly half of the systems are still operating on R22, despite the fact that the use of R22 for top up and servicing will be banned from January 1, 2015.

The survey which was conducted bu AirConUK's database of businesses who had bought air conditioning systems prior to the ban on new R22 equipment from January 1, 2004, found that whilst many businesses have compliant air conditioning systems some of those with pre-2004 units are struggling to come to terms with the new legislation.

Of companies still with air conditioning operating on R22; 

  • 52% said they’ve made the change or were in the process of doing so.
  • 40% said they were aware of the need to change but have done nothing
  • 8% said that they were unaware of the R22 phase-out.

Nearly two-thirds of those who still have systems operating on R22, cited cost as the major factor in having delayed the work.

“British businesses have known about this change for years now,” said spokesman Jonathan Ratcliffe, “and leaving things to the last minute is reckless in the extreme.”

Ratcliffe puts the lack of action by many companies down to the economic downturn, which has made them reluctant to invest in changes to their systems.

“We’ve known about the R22 phase-out for older systems for years now. Back then, it seemed a long way away, and troubled financial times mean that business owners are hoping to ride out the storm before paying out for the necessary changes. They are happy self-maintaining, and if it works, great."

So who pays? - If you are the owner / occupier of a commercial or residential building with air-conditioning containing R22, then you alone will be hit by the costs and you need to get your AC system altered or changed before the end of this year.

If the building is let to a single tenant and the tenant is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the whole building (including plant and equipment), it is likely that the tenant is required to replace equipment which can no longer be repaired.  It will depend on the wording of the repairing covenant and your lease is the first place to look. If the landlord has responsibility for maintaining the plant and equipment then the works need to be done at his cost.

If the building is let to several tenants, then the landlord will want to recover the cost of replacement or modification through the service charge. Whether the landlord can do this is dependent on the wording of your lease. In multi-let buildings, the service charge provisions of all leases should be checked because the terms may have been negotiated and there could be differences.

Other offences - If the works are not carried out before the end of this year, tenants could not only be committing a statutory offence, but could also be in breach of the covenant in your lease (on complying with statutory obligations). This may give rise to the landlord attempting to forfeit your lease.

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VATICAN CITY: The Governorate of the Vatican City State and Carrier yesterday announced the start of the installation of a landmark heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for the Sistine Chapel.

The system developed by the company's expert global team of AdvanTE3C engineers is specially designed to address the challenges of protecting Michelangelo's masterpieces against deterioration and is expected to be installed and commissioned by the third quarter of 2014.

Antonio Paolucci, Director of the Vatican Museums stated: "We are confident that Carrier's HVAC system will enable us to realize our goal of ensuring the preservation of Michelangelo's masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel while allowing visitors to continue to behold the frescoes for years to come."

Rev. Rafael Garcia de la Serrana Villalobos, Director of the Vatican Technical Services said: "The Carrier solution is the right response to our urgent need to establish a highly controlled microclimate as well as an effective reduction of pollutants. Our fruitful collaboration with Carrier has brought us to request a larger technical agreement with UTC and its other building solution brands."

The new system, which replaces a Carrier system installed in the early 1990s, is designed to deliver exceptional performance with twice the efficiency and three times the capacity of the previous system. The custom-engineered solution uses first-of-its-kind energy-saving technologies, as well as industry-leading approaches to minimize noise and limit air motion around the frescoes. In order to ensure outstanding reliability, highly controlled temperature and humidity levels, and optimal airflow management, the design team completed extensive modelling using a specially developed application. Once installed, the system is designed to be virtually unnoticeable to visitors.

Didier Da Costa, President of Carrier Europe declared: "We are proud to have been called upon again to develop and manufacture this high-performance HVAC system leveraging Carrier's and UTC's global resources and shared technical know-how. The new solution responds to the evolving requirements of one of the world's most famous—and most visited—monuments, and is designed to provide exceptional reliability and scalability for future needs."

In addition, the Governorate of the Vatican City State and United Technologies Corp. (UTC) have entered into an agreement to ensure the protection and safety of the Vatican Museums' artwork, spaces and visitors through the deployment of building technologies from UTC companies. According to the terms of the agreement, the parties will work together on integrated solutions spanning HVAC, elevators and escalators, fire detection and alarm, fire suppression and safety, electronic security, access control, video surveillance services and related software solutions, from brands such as Carrier, Otis, Lenel, Kidde, Chubb and Marioff.

The Vatican did not say how much the new high-tech air conditioning system would cost but said they were being donated by the companies involved.

Work will begin immediately with disassembly of the existing system; in the interim, a temporary system will provide cooling to the chapel throughout the summer.

About Carrier: Built on Willis Carrier’s invention of modern air conditioning in 1902, Carrier is the world leader in heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Carrier is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.

Airedale International won this year's H & V News award for Commercial Building Services Product of the Year for their SmartCool™ SD/SN/SR high end efficiency dedicated chilled water precision Air Conditioning System

The Smartcool™ was developed as an ultra-efficient, dedicated chilled water PAC system that delivers extremely quiet and accurate climate control for data centre applications. This allows the Smartcool™ CW to deliver up to 30% more cooling kW/m2 when compared to other units.

The Smartcool™ has an energy efficiency Ratio (EER) of up to 52.4, 13% higher than other leading units and when integrated with an Airedale free cooling chiller will deliver energy saving free cooling for up to 95% of the year.

Managing Director Clive Parkman said "New product development is an on-going process at Airedale and represents a significant investment from all parts of the business. This is because we recognise its importance in being able to offer the highest performing products that allow us to compete so effectively on a global scale. We are delighted to have won this award which recognises our headline commitment to reducing ownership costs and carbon footprint for our data centre customers"

About Airedale: Airedale Air Conditioning is a British manufacturer with nearly 40 years’ experience. as a  provider of chillers, precision air conditioning, IT cooling solutions, controls software design and optimisation.

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Some of the Other Winners on the Night:

Air Movement Product of the Year: Airflow Developments, Airflex Pro Oval Semi Rigid Ducting

Apprentice of the Year: Chris Makin, Derry Building Services

BIM Initiative of the Year: Skanska UK, Woodlands School

Building Services Contractor of the Year: Derry Building Services

Building Services Project of the Year: Ingleton Wood LLP, National Theatre - The Shed

Collaboration of the Year: Waitrose and Synergy, Carter Retail, Weatherite, TCS, Emerson, Next, JA Sylvester and T.Clarke, Waitrose - Chipping Sodbury

Domestic H& V Product of the Year: EnviroVent, The EnviroVent Filterless Infinity Fan

Domestic Heating Contractor of the Year:  TSG Building Services

Energy Efficient Installer of the Year: R A Brown Heating Services

Renewable Project of the Year - Private: Mitsubishi Electric, Kingston Heights Community Heating Scheme

Renewable Project of the Year - Public: HWEnergy, NHS Highland and Ayrshire & Arran Biomass Programme

The European Commission is referring Belgium and Finland to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to transpose the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

The directive which had to be transposed into national law by 9 July 2012, requires member states to establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for all buildings, ensures the certification of buildings' energy performance and requires the regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems. In addition, the directive wants Member States to ensure that by 2021 all new buildings are so-called nearly zero-energy buildings.

"Energy efficiency is vital for keeping our energy costs in check and mitigating climate change. Using less energy is paramount for ensuring security of supply in Europe. It is essential that all Member States put in place the legislation necessary to speed up energy efficiency measures. 40% of EU energy consumption is in the buildings' sector and it is here where the most energy can be saved", said Günther Oettinger, the EU Energy Commissioner.

Under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2010/31/EU) consumers and citizens have the right to be informed about the energy performance of the building they intend to buy, rent or construct and the right to be properly advised on cost-effective ways to improve the energy performance of the building.

The Commission proposes a daily penalty of 19 178, 25 € against Finland and 42 178, 50 € against Belgium. The level of this penalty is set taking into account the duration and the severity of the infringement. In case of an affirmative judgment of the Court, the daily penalty is to be paid from the date of the judgment until the transposition is complete. The Court will decide the final amount of the daily penalty.

The Commission is currently also examining the situation in other Member States (United Kingdom, Slovenia, Romania, Poland, the Netherlands, Malta, Latvia, Luxembourg, Italy, Greece, Estonia, Czech Republic and Austria) to which reasoned opinions for incomplete transposition have been addressed.


The EU’s target is a 20% cut in Europe's annual primary energy consumption by 2020. Buildings account for more than one third of its CO2-emissions and about 40% of the EU's total final energy consumption.

By appropriately transposing and implementing the legislation on energy efficiency in buildings, EU Member States can achieve a substantial amount of cost effective energy savings and avoid associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on 1 December 2009, if Member States fail to transpose EU legislation into national law within the required deadline, the Commission may ask the Court to impose financial sanctions when referring the case to court.

The daily penalty payment is calculated based on a formula, where the following elements are multiplied:

·         seriousness factor

·         length of the infringement

·         "n" factor (which varies between Member States and takes into account their GDP)

·         flat-rate amount, which currently is set at €650 per day.


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