Heat-recovery VRV air conditioning for London Bioscience Innovation Centre
Phase 3 of the London Bioscience Innovation Centre, comprising 23 new office suites with adjoining laboratories, are fully air conditioned by five Daikin VRVII heat-recovery systems. Heat recovery is achieved by diverting heat from indoor units in cooling mode to areas requiring heating. Heating and cooling loads are balanced, enabling compressors to operate at power levels 40 to 45% lower than the norm. The centre was founded in 2001. It is part of The Royal Veterinary College and is located on the Camden campus, providing state-of-the-art incubator and Containment Level 2 laboratory facilities to fledgling biotechnology companies and more established organisations. This latest phase comprises high-grade facilities on five floors, fully air conditioned via 36 Daikin FBQ fan-coil units concealed in false ceilings and ducted to ceiling diffusers in each room and served by five VRVII units on the roof. Fresh air is supplied from new air-handling plant, with LPHW for office perimeter heating provided by five new modular boilers. The total cooling/heating load is 185/208 kW. Monitoring and regulation is provided by a Daikin intelligent touch controller, with some control of temperature in each office and laboratory provided by room-mounted room controllers. The equipment was installed by Daikin approved dealer Burwell Mechanic Services on a design-and-build basis.