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CMYK / .ai CMYK / .ai CMYK / .ai 07 NEWS EnviroVent picked for ‘homes of future’ pilot A ventilation system frommanufacturer EnviroVent has been chosen for a new-build housing scheme that could help shape the Government’s Future Homes Standard. EnviroVent’s energiSava 250 MVHR (mechanical ventilation heat recovery) system has been specified for Project 80, a new development by Birmingham housing association Midland Heart. The development of 12 homes will meet the Government’s Future Homes Standard, reducing carbon emissions by up to 80%. These homes will be monitored constantly as this research project will be used to inform the Government’s next consultation about the Future Homes Standard, which will be compulsory for all new homes built by 2025. EnviroVent managing director Andy Makin said: “We’re very excited to be working with Midland Heart on this innovative low carbon project. The fact that this project is being closely monitored in line with the government’s consultation on the Future Homes Standard just goes to show the role that low carbon, low energy ventilation systems have to play in the homes of the future.” The energiSava 250 MVHR unit is a popular choice with housing associations for new-build projects as it provides optimum ventilation for a property with a minimum loss of energy. It extracts moisture- laden air from the wet rooms such as bathrooms, WCs, kitchen and shower rooms, at the same time it supplies fresh air into the living areas, recovering the energy from the extracted air. Homes being built for Project 80 by Midland Heart Planning to repeat HRS Exhibition success The return of the Hampshire Refrigeration Society’s HRS Exhibition in Southampton has been hailed an outstanding success, with planning already taking place for next year’s event. The exhibition was last staged in the mid-1980s and HRS chairman John Emm said the organising team was taken aback by the response to initial plans to revive the event. He said: “Before we agreed to go ahead we carried out a survey as to the viability of what exhibitors and visitors would expect of a show. The consensus of opinion was to go ahead, and the ACR Journal was the platform to promote this event. The response from the magazine’s article was overwhelming in that all the stand spaces were booked up within two weeks. Then Covid struck and we had to postpone until October2021.’’ The HRS welcomed 30 major suppliers, OEMs, training providers and distributors from around the country, with many exhibitors showcasing new and innovative products and services for the first time. There was also a large display of capital equipment on show and the consensus of opinion from exhibitors and visitors alike was that the show was a great success and they were looking forward to a repeat in 2022. More than 50 people attended Technical Breakfast Briefings from Damian Wiszniewski, area sales manager of Samsung Climate Solutions, discussing Smart Air Conditioning Innovations, followed by Neil Roberts of Climalife IDS Refrigeration, who presented Refrigeration 2022 - Time for the New Normal. The HRS World Refrigeration Day Award 2021 was presented to Mike Creamer, with John Emm paying tribute to his achievements over the past 44 years in the industry. Mike Creamer with the World Refrigeration Day Award 2021 BITZERTOBUILDROTARYCOMPRESSORPLANT INCHINA German compressor specialist BITZER is establishing a joint venture with a long- standing Chinese partner to manufacture rotary compressors for smaller capacities exclusively for the Chinese market. Work on the new 160,000 sq m plant in Zhenjang, which will boast 90,000 sq m of production space, will begin in the first half of 2022. Rainer Große-Kracht, vice-chairman of the executive board and chief technology officer at BITZER, said: “A lot is changing in China at the moment. The demand for air conditioning is growing and the decarbonisation of heating cannot be stopped in China either, so the demand for small- and large-capacity heat pumps will grow enormously.’’ When the plant is up and running, around 1,000 employees are expected to produce up to three million rotary compressors per year in a start-up curve. In the long term, the independent refrigeration and air conditioning specialist plans to have up to six million rotary compressors a year coming off the production line in China. Martin Büchsel, member of the executive board and chief sales and marketing officer, said: “The new joint venture is a win–win situation for us. Since we offer our rotary compressors exclusively on the Chinese market, the association with our partner, who has excellent contacts in the Chinese market, helps us.’’ The site of the new BITZER manufacturing plant covers around 160,000 square metres

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