ACR Journal

NEWS 06 August | September 2021 Volume 7 No.5 Daikin backs Kew’s Japan Festival Daikin UK will be supporting a new Japan Festival at Kew Gardens later this year. From October 2-31, visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will be invited to immerse themselves in the art, plants and culture of Japan, and will also be able to interact with the Daikin brand. Experts will be on hand to educate visitors about the role heat pumps have to play in the future of home heating in an interactive mobile showroom at the Brentford Gate entrance to the gardens Managing director Angela McGinlay said: “Supporting Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew through the Japan Festival makes a lot of sense for Daikin UK. Since our business was founded in Japan nearly 100 years ago, our mission has been to create home climate control solutions that meet the needs of any home and every lifestyle. And we want to do that while caring for the environment and protecting future generations, something that aligns closely with Kew’s ethos. “The partnership also enables us to engage directly with Kew’s audiences – introducing them to the benefits of air source heat pump technology and encouraging them to make the transition, sending more leads into our installer base in the process.” CDL ADDS CARRIER VRF TO LINE-UP Independent distributor Cool Designs Ltd (CDL) has added Carrier’s new variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system to its portfolio. Darrel Birkett, managing director of CDL, said: “Many manufacturers have launched into the VRF market, but we find contractors tend to stay with what they know. A new VRF product needs to o er something new that benefits contractors and end users. And it must be backed-up with high quality technical support, such as details about part-load data, software and controls, which Carrier has done. “The Carrier VRF is impressive. We were initially concerned that it was just going to be another budget range entering the market, which is not where we want to be, as CDL specialises in premium technology. However, having seen the product, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Build quality is first class – it is totally solid, very well built and a very competitive price level.’’ Birkett is installing a Carrier XCT7 in his own home as part of a new air source heat pump system. Mitsubishi Electric launches Ask ME podcasts Mitsubishi Electric has launched a series of podcasts which focus on the sustainable, zero carbon and legislative issues a ecting businesses. The ‘Ask ME’ podcasts cover a range of topics, including corporate sustainability, decarbonising buildings, re-opening o ces, new innovative HVAC technologies and how to improve indoor air quality, among many others. The series, which is available to stream via Spotify or Apple Music, features interviews with special guests and industry experts, including Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) chairman, Nathan Wood, discussing the importance of indoor air quality. Listeners will hear first-hand about common problems that guests have experienced in their sectors and any changes they have had to make. The first podcasts can be streamed via Spotify at or Apple at 28 GEA joins Cool Coalition GEA Refrigeration Technologies has joined the Cool Coalition led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The initiative aims to drive the use of e cient, climate-friendly cooling in urban environments, buildings and industrial processes worldwide. CEO Kai Becker said: “There is an urgent need for our industry and those it serves to become more energy-e cient to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By joining the Cool Coalition, we aim to share our expertise and add impetus by facilitating the transition toward climate-friendly cooling and heating solutions. The Cool Coalition is a fantastic opportunity for us to take on even greater responsibility in tackling this challenge and we are proud to be able to do our part.” Lily Riahi, Cool Coalition co-ordinator at UNEP, said: “Today more than ever we need sustainable cooling solutions to tackle the climate crisis and achieve the sustainable development goals. We ought to raise the net-zero ambition for cooling to new highs with commitments from industry leaders. We are delighted to see GEA Refrigeration Technologies joining the Cool Coalition e orts and looking forward to GEA’s contribution in finding ways to decarbonize the cooling sector comprehensively by 2050.” Japanese gate and landscape at Kew. Picture: RBG Kew

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