Belgian bank invests in evaporative cooling
Evaporative cooling has solved the problem of uncomfortably high temperatures in the headquarters of Fortis Bank in Brussels.
Five Breezair coolers installed in the headquarters of Fortis Bank’s headquarters in Brussels has reduced temperatures by around 8 K. Previously, temperatures on the top floor of this building in the centre of Brussels could reach over 34°C. The Breezair units are installed outside the building, with cool, moist air delivered to the open-plan offices via textile ducts. A leading exponent of environmental practices and winner of the best-in-class award in the financial sector from the Carbon Disclosure Project for its approach to reducing carbon emissions, Fortis Bank is one of the 15 principal financial institutions in Europe. It has about 2000 branches, 70 000 employees and a market capitalisation of £25 million. Underlining its green credentials, Fortis Bank originally decided to install Breezair evaporative cooling for level four of its headquarters building, where temperatures could be particularly high. Such was the success of this installation that after just a few days, the bank responded to requests from employees for cooling to be installed on other floors. Variable-speed motors give maximum control over comfort levels. Breezair coolers pass outdoor air through pads that are kept wet by a water-distribution system, thereby cooling this air. No air is recirculated. These air coolers are said to be the only ones in the world that have been independently tested and found to comply with the German hygiene standard VDI-6022 part 3.
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