Weatherite takes heat out of energy costs in university kitchen

The De Kobra ventilation installed by Weatherite Building services in this kitchen at Thames Valley University has an energy-efficient control system for ventilation levels.
A new De Kobra kitchen-ventilation system at Thames Valley University incorporates the new Energy Saver system to control ventilation levels. It was installed by Weatherite Building Services and is one of its first installations to include this control system. Mike Turton, sales director with Weatherite, explains, The cooking equipment in this production kitchen demands a very high extract volume. However, as students may often be using the kitchen at full capacity, we were aware that it needed a ventilation system that would be energy efficient. An installation with demonstrable energy-saving capability was also a requirement of the university’s estates depart, which has held full Energy Efficiency Accreditation since 2000.’ With the Energy Saver system, both extract and supply fans respond automatically and immediately when cooking equipment is being used. They sense not only heat but also smoke and vapour. The ventilation system can also be timed to switch off when the kitchen is closed and has temperature and optic sensor that can detect smoke, providing early warning of possible fire conditions.
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