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Shift to VRF

Online since 27.06.2018 • Filed under Green Building • From Issue 24 page(s) 147-148
Shift to VRF

There is a significant shift to VRF-type HVAC systems in the KZN market based on leading projects, reports a respected HVAC supplier.


VRF refers to variable refrigerant flow, a systemwhich according to accepted definitions, allows for substantial energy savings at partial-load conditions. ‘Over the past few years we have seen a significant shift towards commercial installations in terms of our sales of airconditioners, especially involving our Samsung DVM units,’ says Tracey Jelf, sales director of Fourways Airconditioning KZN. ‘For example, we have a number of very large DVM installations taking place in the Durban and North Coast region right now, among which are Nedbank Park Square, OceanDune Sibaya and Pran Boulevard,’ she adds.


Pran Boulevard

Brett Kauffman of Dunair, which is handling the HVAC installation at Pran Boulevard, comments: ‘There’s no doubt that consultants today are trending towards energy efficiency in buildings. “Green” is definitely the buzzword today and it’s the reason that Samsung DVM is strongly on the up-and-up with its exceptional efficiency. Here at Pran Boulevard, we’re installing 22 DVM outdoors coupled with 137 MSP Duct indoors.”


Ocean Dune Sibaya

Managing director, Craig Scott of C.S. Airconditioning agrees. ‘More and more consultants are requesting eco-friendliness. At Ocean Dune Sibaya, which has 260 luxury units, we’re installing a combination of 210 Free Joint Multi and DVM Eco outdoors linked to over 500 indoor units, predominantly 1 Way cassettes, with 44 studio apartments fitted out with the new 360º Cassette units,’ he says. ‘Part of the reason for this choice of Samsung, however, is also the level of back-up provided by Fourways Airconditioning KZN. From our experience, they outdo all the competition in terms of providing support,’ Scott adds.


Nedbank Park Square

The R1-billion Nedbank Park Square development will have a 4-Star Green Star Design rating and offer 40 000m² of gross lettable area, 4 000m² of which will be for retail usage and 36 000m² for commercial usage. Arup are the consultants and Luft Technik are handling the installation of 35 Samsung DVM outdoor units, coupled with 220 MSP Duct indoors ‘We lay strong emphasis on technical back-up for our dealers, with our staff always ready to go on site to assist with any queries. Nuven Govender, our Technical Manager, has been in technical support for over 17 years and done extensive training on DVM, RAC and Systems. Along with his team he is always ready to help our dealers when they require assistance,’ says Tracy Jelf. Brett Kauffman of Dunair concurs: ‘Fourways KZN do indeed provide exceptional support. Basically, they’re a big company but with a small-company friendliness and attention to detail.’


Fourways Airconditioning (KZN)

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Issue 24

Issue 24

July 2018

This article was featured on page 147-148 of
To Build Magazine Issue 24.

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