Having explored several options at the start of the project and taking into consideration capital cost, running costs, installation complexity, visual and spatial impacts and functionality, we proposed variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air conditioning systems for the bulk of the upgrade works.
This technology presented the most flexible design option while still being robust and reliable enough to cater to the extreme weather conditions experienced at this regional hospital.
Our team took full advantage of the system’s modular design, which made it possible for construction work to be completed in stages, reducing the impact on the ongoing operation of the hospital. Going forward the client will experience multiple benefits including:
- Minimal visual impact to the heritage listed building as a result of multiple small scale carefully considered external plant locations.
- Reduced running costs as a result decentralised design providing flexibility in operation during varying occupancy.
- Heat recovery systems provide close individual zone temperature control and energy efficient operation.
- Standardised packaged systems allow for simplified maintenance.