Ireland's Plumbing & Heating Magazine Issue 105 Jan-Feb

IN THIS ISSUE

• IRELAND’S PLUMBING & HEATING AWARDS REVIEW • PUMPS • HEATING PRODUCTS • LATEST NEWS

ISSUE 105 - JAN/FEB 2022

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News &Views 5 Promotions at Kerrigan Mechanical Pair recognised for their contributions to continued growth and success of company. 17 Apprentices gain insight into future of plumbing industry Northern Regional College plumbing students receive invaluable training from oil boiler manufacturers and OFTEC.

Product News 31

In Focus 13

Getting the balance right with Grundfos App provides simple step-by- step guide to successful hydronic balancing.

Aqualla celebrates 10 years amid unprecedented growth Newtownards-based bathroom supplier plans to take brand to the next level in 2022. 44 Ireland’s Plumbing and Heating Awards 2021 Recognising the achievements of

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Pipelife welcomes Midea to the family

Midea Monobloc heat pump is latest addition to company’s range of heating solutions. 79 Firebird ideal fit for Donnelly Group

top projects, contractors, products, people and more.

19 Grant lends support to vital research initiatives Deployment of renewable technology designed to help low-income households.

70 Heating feature

Check out the latest updates from manufacturers leading the way in delivering innovative heating solutions.

Ambitious heating projects for major car retailer utilises Firebird range of boilers.

THE TEAM: Managing Director Karen McAvoy Editor Heather Campbell Editorial Laura Barr, Stephen Gamble Publication Manager Jacqui Fairley Advertising Julie Patterson Production Manager Julie Anne Guiney Digital Creative Manager Jo Hendron Digital Communications Rachel Freeman Accounts Andrea Simpson Photography Gordon McAvoy Printed by W&G Baird

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H&AMECHANICAL STEPOUT INMEMORYOFFOUNDER Big-hearted staff at H&A Mechanical Services have pounded the pavement to raise a phenomenal £20,000 for a local mental health charity. Over 60 employees, family and friends donned their running/walking shoes to take part in the Belfast City Marathon in memory of the company’s founder, Hugh McWilliams. H&A, based in Draperstown, Co Londonderry, was blown away by the total raised and thanked all those involved, stressing how much the money would mean to people in the local community. The company chose mental health organisation STEPS as its partner for this fantastic event. And the cherry on top; H&A also received an award for entering the most teams (13) in this year’s Belfast City Marathon. Established in 1993, H&A has grown from a payroll of 6 people to an employee base of over 200. www.hamechanicalservices.com

Contracts Director Francis McNulty (left), Managing Director Ronan Kerrigan (centre) and Contracts Manager Adam Dent.

Anne McWilliams, Director at H&A Mechanical, along with her family and members of the H&A team hand over a cheque for £20,000 to the team from STEPS Mental Health Charity.

NEWSENIORAPPOINTMENTSAT KERRIGANMECHANICAL

SAINT-GOBAINSETTOEXIT UKPLUMBINGMARKET Saint-Gobain has agreed the sale of three of its remaining four UK distribution brands specialized in plumbing, heating and sanitaryware products. Wolseley UK is expected to complete the acquisition of Neville Lumb, DHS and Bassetts from Saint-Gobain in early 2022. The company has also entered into exclusive negotiations with Wolseley UK for the sale of Ideal Bathrooms, its remaining UK distribution brand. Together, these four brands employ 485 people and have 25 outlets, generating a turnover of approximately €130 million in 2020. On successful completion of these transactions, given the divestment of Graham (turnover of approximately €260 million in 2020, across 130 outlets) in August 2021, Saint-Gobain will no longer have any distribution brands specialised in plumbing, heating and sanitaryware products in the UK.

Kerrigan Mechanical has announced two new promotions, as the company continues to expand. In recognition of his contribution to the growth and success of the business, Francis McNulty has been promoted to the

that his projects come in within budget and on time. Meanwhile, Adam Dent has been promoted to the role of Contracts Manager. Adam has extensive experience in mechanical installations and engineering solutions both on a domestic and commercial level. He has taken a particular hands- on interest in coordination and is familiar with the increasing requirements which BIM and Revit impose, and he ensures that Kerrigan’s role as lead coordinator is fulfilled. Over the past three years as Project Manager, Adam has delivered numerous high-profile

role of Contracts Director. Since joining the business in

2011, Francis has been hailed as an integral and vital part of the growth and ongoing success of the mechanical division. He heads up all commercial projects, across all sectors within the business, from tender stage, negotiation, and contract right through to handover. With over 20-years experience in mechanical contracting, Francis’ attention to detail has ensured

projects within the budget. www.kerriganmechanical.ie

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H&ALENDSBACKING TOVITAL FOODBANK SERVICES H&A Mechanical has pledged to support two local charity groups in a bid to help the most vulnerable in society. The company has partnered with Foyle Foodbank in Londonderry and Hope Foodbank in Magherafelt, and will be providing logistical and financial assistance to the vital services. Carlus McWilliams, Director at H&A, said: “With the current difficult economic situation and increasing energy and food costs we feel this work is even more important than ever. “We are delighted that we are now in a position of providing support to the enterprises and we look forward to developing this relationship in the months ahead. “Over the coming months we will keep you up to date with the wonderful work that the Foodbank undertakes and the positive impact it provides to the local community.” www.hamechanicalservices.com

Greenline Plumbing is set to continue providing its popular heat pump training courses at its facility in Navan, Co Meath. There has been a surge in demand for the free courses, which offer local plumbers invaluable knowledge on how to fit and get heat pumps up and running. Purpose-built training rooms have been set up beside Greenline’s shop at Mullaghboy Industrial Estate, to cater for both Daikin and Samsung installers. Ray Purfield, who runs the Greenline store in Navan, said: “We like the idea of giving back to the customers as much as we can, as hopefully with the right training it helps us and the plumber with less call backs from the end user. “I was always told when dealing with customers on new products that if you fail to prepare, then you may prepare to fail, and we try and build all we do on this motto.” Contact Ray on T: +353 (0)46 902 2533 - E: ray@greenlineps.com HUGEDEMANDFORGREENLINE’S HEATPUMPTRAININGCOURSES

H&A Mechanical Foodbank caption: Charlie O’Kane from H&A Mechanical Services is pictured along with James McMenamin from Foyle Foodbanks at the launch of the new partnership

WILLIAMCOATESAWARDED HOSPITALCONTRACT

William Coates Ltd has been appointed as the mechanical contractor for a major project at Belfast City Hospital. The firm, based in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, has been tasked with the installation and refurbishment of the ultrasound and imaging department, located on the ground floor of the tower block. The scope of work includes the stripping out of existing services, plumbing works, ventilation, medical gas, air conditioning and BMS. O’Hanlon Bros Construction Ltd is the main

contractor on the project. The contract commenced in November, with final phase handover scheduled to take place in October 2022. Gary Coleman, Managing Director William Coates said: “We have been involved at the Belfast City Hospital for the last four years through both the Major Trauma Centre and various project works. So we are delighted to be appointed by O’Hanlon Bros, allowing us to continue our working relationship with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.” www.williamcoates.com

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FUSION AND C&F QUADRANT DELIVER HOUSING SCHEME HEATING OVERHAUL... AICNesta boilers great fit for light commercial project A ward-winning company Fusion Heating Ltd, in partnership with C&F Quadrant, has delivered a top-class heating and hot water upgrade at a housing scheme in Co Londonderry. The project, at a 28-property scheme for Choice Housing in Coleraine, saw the commercial plant room’s old boiler system replaced with a more modern, reliable and efficient one. Fusion Heating was appointed the principle contractor on this scheme and, with the assistance of its delivery partners, supplied and installed 2 AIC Nesta Chrome 80kW cascade heating boilers. This new line of gas-fired, wall-hung condensing boilers is a perfect fit for light commercial applications. The Nesta

The commercial plant room upgrade for Choice Housing in Coleraine.

wall-hung boiler line offers outstanding performances within the output range of up to 150kW and is characterised by high efficiency, a modulation ratio of 10:1, compact dimensions and is lightweight. The hot water supply also received an overhaul, with the installation of a Heatmaster TC combined gas-fired condensing boiler and water heater. C&F Quadrant has a well-earned reputation for providing high quality, innovative products such as the range of ACV Heatmaster TC boilers. Not only does this product feature exceptional efficiency, but it is also designed to cope with hot water demands for larger properties and commercial applications. This means

superb mains pressure hot water delivery which is unrivalled in a boiler of this output, giving high volumes, fast recovery times and quick response to demand. Michael Clarke, Commercial Manager C&F Quadrant, said: “We suggested the AIC Nesta boiler for its reliability, efficiency and compact space-saving design and also because it can cascade through a high kW output. We are delighted to be involved in such an important installation with Fusion for Choice Housing, which, as always, is backed up with our after-sales service. “Being local, we can provide the fastest response and we have the added benefits of having in-house engineers and a full stock of spares.” Mark Kerr, Operations Manager Fusion Heating Ltd, said: “We were delighted by the professionalism shown by Michael and his team and indeed the quality of both the product and the installation.”

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FEEDBACK FROM CUSTOMERS, DESIGNERS AND INSTALLERS USED TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS...

EPH launches exciting new thermostat range

W ith its commitment to evolving its designs for seamless installation, EPH Controls continues to create quality and innovative products. The Cork-based company’s latest range has been developed with input from customers, installers, heating system designers, and industry partners. It includes three brand-new product lines, as well as some new features on old favourites. providing maximum comfort to the homeowner, while NEW TO MARKET: UFH10 Introducing the highly anticipated UFH10 Underfloor Heating Wiring Centre, which is designed to work with the

NEW TO MARKET: RD SERIES Next, meet the RD Series recessed thermostats with their sleek and fresh design. These are for use in traditional or underfloor heating systems. There are two thermostats in the range; the RDT, which is non-programmable with setback function, and the RDTP, which is the programmable version. The RDT can be wired to have a setback temperature, which can be user-defined from 1°C up to 10°C. This allows the heating system to operate at a lower temperature when the demand for heat is off. This continuous lower level of heat ensures that the system never gets too cold, giving the customer straightforward and efficient temperature control of underfloor areas.

EPH range of digital and mechanical thermostats. Up to 10 zones can be controlled with this unit. Up to four EPH TA230 thermal actuators can be used with each zone, allowing potential control of up to 40 zones or underfloor circuits. Conveniently, two of the zones can be configured to control radiator or hot water zones using zone valves. There are 4 time- inputs for installations, where EPH non-programmable thermostats with setback function are being used. This setback feature maximises control and saves energy. The UFH10 contains two spare fuses and can be wall or DIN rail mounted for added convenience to the installer.

As our loyal customers have come to expect, all of these products come with EPH’s 5-year warranty.”

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Meanwhile, the RDTP has an option to attach an external temperature sensor. It is also possible to detach the front face of the thermostats from the rear housing, which contains the wiring and relay. Each of these low-profile thermostats has a large backlit screen devised with the end-user in mind. The contemporary recessed design of this range appeals to style conscious homeowners and installers alike, making them an obvious choice for the modern home. NEW TO MARKET: HD SERIES Ingenuity continues with the new surface-mounted HD Series of stylish digital dial thermostats. First up, is the mains powered HDT, followed by the HRT, which is battery powered. These will work with both modern underfloor and traditional heating systems. The battery-operated HRT allows an installer to upgrade from an existing traditional two wire mechanical dial thermostat to a modern sleek digital thermostat, without a difficult and expensive cable run. The HD thermostats are extremely easy to use,

with an on/off switch and a rotary dial to adjust temperature. Keeping efficiency in mind, these devices also have the setback function as described above for optimum control. TA THERMAL ACTUATOR RANGE Elsewhere, EPH’s TA range of thermal actuators, available in 230VAC (TA- 230) and 24VAC (TA-24), have been consistently popular with installers. With their M30 x 1.5mm connection, the TA range can be used in various modern and retrofit scenarios. These have a convenient actuator position indicator and are normally closed by default. Operation can be reversed mechanically, if normally open is required. Responding to feedback from installers, EPH has also developed the new TA230S, which contains an auxiliary switch offering more control than a traditional two wire thermal actuator. NEW-LOOK C SERIES Finally, the highly regarded C series has also had an elegant redesign. This surface- mounted range of thermostats suits almost

any installation. There are mains-powered programmable and non-programmable versions, the CDT2 and the CDTP2, as well as battery-powered programmable and non-programmable versions, the CRT2 and the CRTP2. This range of thermostats has a normally open and normally closed connection, so they can be used for heating as well as cooling applications. Also, from a commercial application perspective, these thermostats can be locked and limited in their range. The neat modern style of the C series appeals to homeowners, and the variety of the range means there is a thermostat suitable for any situation an installer may encounter. EPH Controls is delighted to be able to bring these new products to the marketplace and is confident they will fulfil the needs of our customers and installers. Trevor Casey, EPH Managing Director, added: “As our loyal customers have come to expect, all of these products come with EPH’s 5-year warranty. We are also proud to provide best-in-class after sales and technical back up to our installers, merchants and homeowners.”

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AQUALLA REFLECTS ON ITS INCREDIBLE 10-YEAR JOURNEY... Big aspirations as firmcontinues to expand and innovate

Steven Allaway 10 years ago when he founded Aqualla.

A rriving on the scene 10 years ago, Co Down-based business Aqualla has enjoyed staggering growth, building a strong reputation and loyal customer base in the process. But when he first decided to go into business for himself and set up his own bathroom supply firm, Aqualla Managing Director Steven Allaway could never have imagined the company would get to where it is today. With years of experience in the industry under his belt, Steven decided to forge his own path and founded Aqualla in 2011. “It was not a decision I took lightly,” Steven told Ireland’s Plumbing and Heating Magazine. “I carried out months of extensive research beforehand, used my savings and took out loans to get the business off the ground. It was daunting at first.” However, his initial fears over whether he would have enough customers on the books to stay afloat quickly faded away. Instead, Steven’s worry soon become whether he would have enough stock to keep up with demand. At the start, the business was run entirely by Steven and his retired mum. She had offered to help with the administration work, allowing Steven to build up relationships with customers and establish the brand. When they were not busy taking orders – up to 6-7 a day - the pair could be found in the warehouse picking orders and packing for delivery. From those humble beginnings, Aqualla has undergone rapid expansion. In 2017, the business employed 10 people; today, that figure sits at 48 people, with imminent plans to bring on more staff. Steven attributes a large part of Aqualla’s success to the foundations he set for the company at the very start - good quality products and an unparalleled customer service.

CELEBRATING 10YEARS

Steven Allaway, Managing Director and Noel Conroy, Company Sales Director.

“Coming from a sales background, I know the value of good customer service and that has always been at the heart of everything we do,” Steven said. “This business is based on building strong relationships and we have worked hard to deliver a good service. It is also important to us that we continue to evolve and make improvements in everything we do; we strive to keep things fresh, dynamic and innovative.” Steven also prides himself on having an excellent team and creating a work environment where staff feel valued. “We have always striven to be an employer of choice; we invest in our people and feel it is important to have a good culture in the workplace, so that every member of the team can feel proud to work for Aqualla,” he added. “I want to pay tribute to all those who have helped to make Aqualla what it is today, particularly our loyal customers who have supported us for many years, as well as our teams across all departments,

and those sales people who work in the showrooms.” While the last decade has been a real success story for Aqualla, Steven and team are not content to rest on their laurels. In fact, the firm has aspirations of doubling its workforce and turnover within the next 3-5 years. Steven concluded, “Looking forward, we want to create more employment locally, and to continue growing our revenue and product ranges. We are not necessarily looking to significantly increase the number of customers, we just want to develop the ones we have and continue providing them with the best products and quality service to support their own business growth. “We also want to be recognised as a leading brand within the UK and Ireland, and I think we are well on track to achieve that. “We never thought we would be where we are now. It has been an incredible journey and has given us the confidence to keep expanding and innovating.”

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CELEBRATING 10YEARS

Graeme Hill & Robert Watson, Warehouse and Technical; Steven Allaway, Managing Director; Julianna Andrews, Marketing Manager; Noel Daly, Company Sales Director; Victoria Skillen & Jackie Henderson, Sales Administration.

ANOTHER YEAR OF RECORD GROWTH FOR BATHROOM SUPPLIER... Aqualla plans to take brand to ‘next level’ in 2022

W hile Aqualla has been on a steady growth trajectory since its inception a decade ago, the last two years in particular have been a remarkable boom period for the Newtownards-based firm. 2020 was a milestone year for the company - in terms of both product sales and overall direction – with the business growing by more than 30%. And this trend continued in 2021, culminating in an incredible 70% growth. Noel Daly, Sales Director at Aqualla, attributes this unprecedented era of expansion to three major factors. The first, unsurprisingly, was down to the surging home market, with the advent of

lockdowns releasing a wave of pent-up demand, resulted in record sales. Noel added: “Before Covid, a survey found that around 7% of people were looking to upgrade their bathrooms. Post-Covid, that figure rocketed to over 30%, which has led to incredible growth. There is a lot of spending going on at present, and we know that will not last forever, so it is important that we increase our market share during this period. We feel we have done that.” The second factor which has undoubtedly contributed to Aqualla’s rapid growth was the takeover in 2020 of iconic bathroom brand, Adamsez. This move gave Aqualla the chance to

breathe new life into a historic brand, which Noel described as “a sleeping giant”. “We could see the potential of where we could take Adamsez and we invested heavily in the brand relaunch,” he added. “The results have been beyond our expectations. Adamsez’s monthly revenue has trebled, with November being the biggest sales month in many years. “There is still so much we can do. We introduced 10 new Adamsez designs in 2021 - all of which were a success - and we will be bringing out a further six in early 2022.” Finally, the acquisition of Aqualla by Sweden’s FM Mattsson Mora Group

Adamsez’s monthly revenue has trebled, with November being the biggest sales month in many years.

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“It really was the perfect alignment. We have had nothing but support from our new owners, and the whole process has more than lived up to our hopes.”

has opened many exciting new opportunities for the firm. The buy-out enables Aqualla to bring new products to the market and bolster its current portfolio through access to in-house design and manufacturing facilities.

found a better partner for us. It gives us access to some of the best products in the European market, and they want to take our products and supply them to their customers. It really was the perfect alignment. We have had nothing but support from our new owners, and the whole process has more than lived up to our hopes.” Over the coming year, Aqualla has plans to roll out several new products, boasting innovative designs that Steven believes will take the brand “to the next level”. These include a new range of Adamsez free-standing baths, due to be launched early in the 2022, along with new ranges of Aqualla taps and additions to other existing categories in early summer. In the beginning, the firm started with bathroom taps and showers, and had around 35-40 SKUs. It now boasts over 600 SKUs and the

Along with a wider range of products on offer at its

Newtownards base, Aqualla will now export its brands – including Adamsez - into the Nordics and across Europe. Less than a year after the acquisition, Aqualla’s founder and Managing Director Steven Allaway said the benefits are already apparent. “We really had no intention of selling the business, but after meeting with FM Mattson Mora, we felt their values aligned with ours and it was the right thing for our brand and our people,” he said. “We felt we could never have

range of products has widened to include heated towel rails, mirrors and kitchen taps. When asked if Aqualla was planning to increase its portfolio and introduce more categories, Steven said: “It is important that we focus on the excellent products we currently have and make them the best they can possibly be. It would be easy to expand into other categories, but we feel it is better to maximise the potential of our existing range and continue to focus on building solid relationships within the industry.”

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CELEBRATING 10YEARS

L-R Trevor Reith, Steven Allaway and Kevan Savage.

GB ON COURSE TO BECOME AQUALLA’S LARGEST MARKET... Firm’s expansion across the Irish Sea continues at pace

W ith its reputation for supplying quality brassware and exceptional service to the bathroom industry across the island of Ireland, Aqualla pushed ahead in 2018 with plans to expand into GB. And the

For Company Sales Manager Noel Daly, the expansion was “the next logical step” for Aqualla. “There is massive potential for growth and we have only just scratched the surface,” he added. “I would say that we have

any less committed to its customers on this side of the Irish Sea. On a local level, the firm has increased its support staff, with new appointments in warehousing and sales administration to aid further growth. Noel said Aqualla’s rapid rate of growth has been “beyond all expectations”, adding that the firm is determined to maintain that momentum. “We are continually evolving and looking to improve in every aspect of our business. Thankfully we have an exceptional team supporting our growth and providing best-in-class service to our great customer base, and we couldn’t do this without them. “We have new product launches every 6-9 months, so we stay fresh, dynamic and innovative,” he concluded.

“We are continually evolving and looking to improve in every aspect of our business.

ambitious move has already paid dividends, with the firm having built partnerships with 400 retailers across the Irish Sea. In fact, by the end of 2022, Aqualla expects GB to have overtaken the Republic of Ireland as its largest market. Currently, the brassware manufacturer has three well-

about 1% of the market share in GB; if we can grow that to 10% in the coming years, that would quadruple the size of our overall business. “We will soon have a base in Greater Birmingham to stock and distribute our products. It means we will

established areas in England, with plans to add three more regional sales managers this year to give it total coverage of the market.

have stock on the ground and will be better placed to serve our customers.” However, Aqualla has highlighted that its push into England does not mean it is

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Front row L-R: Peter Lynch, Plumbing Lecturer, Sean McBride, OFTEC’s representative in Ireland, Cathal Rafferty, Firebird, and Paul McGuckin, Firebird provide training to apprentices at Northern Regional College.

NORTHERN REGIONAL COLLEGE PLUMBING APPRENTICES GAIN INSIGHT INTO FUTURE OF HOME HEAT... Trainingprovidedbymanufacturers andOFTEC

F inal year plumbing students at Northern Regional College are set to reap the benefits of invaluable training aimed at making them aware of upcoming changes to the industry. Against a backdrop of the recent COP 26 summit in Glasgow and announcements by the UK and Irish governments on plans to move to carbon zero technologies, regulator OFTEC, along with several oil boiler manufacturers, has demonstrated their commitment to supporting the enrichment of apprenticeship training at Northern Regional College. Manufacturer Firebird has delivered training on their new and existing products and explained the advancements with Hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel. And Grant Engineering, with over 40 years’ experience designing and manufacturing highly-efficient heating products, introduced the students at the college to heat pump technology. This is in line with government strategies to cut climate emissions and phase out fossil fuel heating systems, and provides the apprentices with valuable insight

into how the sector is evolving and the opportunities available as installers and future representative in Ireland. OFTEC’s Sean McBride spoke to students about the importance of working to high standards and in line with regulations, ensuring safety for end-users and efficiencies of oil-fired appliances. Plumbing Lecturer at Northern Regional College Peter Lynch said: “It is fantastic for the students to speak directly to manufacturers and regulating bodies about current and upcoming changes to our industry. This helps to enrich the apprenticeship programme here. By keeping it current; students are made aware of exciting and new opportunities ahead of them as they finish the final year of their college training, highlighting what a great career choice plumbing really is.” More industry-aligned visits and guest speakers are planned for the remainder of the academic year, giving students a real feel for what post apprenticeship training is available for them and introducing more career paths within their chosen industry.

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RESEARCH INITIATIVES TO AID LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS IN UK AND IRELAND...

Grant backs deployment of renewable technology

Grant Aerona³ R32 6kW air to water air source heat pump.

W ith more than four decades of innovation, quality and high performance at the company’s core, Grant is supporting two important research initiatives aimed at reducing or eliminating the risk of low-income households being left behind in the transition to clean, smart, integrated energy systems. The first of these initiatives supported by Grant is RULET – Rural-Led Energy Transition – led by the Ulster University and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE). The initiative is part of the SPIRE 2 (Storage Platform for the Integration of Renewable Energy) project, which is a €6.7m EU-funded, cross-border project aimed at evaluating, developing, and facilitating the wide- scale deployment of consumer-owned energy storage technologies, to operate profitably in the changing energy markets in Ireland and the UK. RULET is focused on making the full benefits of smart energy technology available to the most vulnerable households in the western counties of

Northern Ireland - a wind energy

hotspot. This includes the

installation of the Grant hybrid heat pump system, which has been specially designed for social housing. The first part of the RULET project aims to enable people to avail of agile tariffs - by running Grant heat pumps at a lower

tariff - when wind energy is available and when there is flexibility to run an HVO biofuel fuelled boiler when the electricity grid is at its maximum capacity. This in turn allows energy providers and the homeowners greater flexibility around tariffs and energy requirements. HANDIHEAT PROJECT Continuing to support the deployment of renewables across the UK and Ireland, Grant has also collaborated with seven partners across five European countries, as part of the EU-funded HANDIHEAT project. The aim of HANDIHEAT is to improve the energy efficiency and renewable solutions in housing and rural communities. This includes improved thermal comfort and reduced energy bills. In Fermanagh, six NIHE homes had their cavity wall insulation improved and two low carbon, electric heating models were installed. This included the Grant Aerona 3 R32 heat pump used in a hybrid model, working with a Grant Vortex condensing oil boiler. In this hybrid model, the heat pump takes the lead in heating the property, with the condensing oil boiler used during the colder weather. The Grant A+++ Aerona 3 R32 air to water air source heat pump, used in both the RULET and HANDIHEAT projects, is Grant’s most sustainable main heat source. Available in four outputs of 6kW, 10kW, 13kW and 17kW, the Grant Aerona 3

R32 has quickly become a popular choice amongst plumbers and installers due to its cleaner, more environmentally friendly performance, and its ability to lower a property’s overall carbon footprint. Commenting on the company’s involvement in these initiatives Barry Gorman, National Renewables Sales Manager at Grant, said: “We are delighted to be supporting both of these important initiatives and helping to advance the deployment of renewables throughout Ireland and the UK. Our hybrid heat pump system allows a 6kW Grant Aerona 3 R32 air to water air source heat pump to run in tandem with an existing boiler installation. Following basic energy efficiency upgrades carried out by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the hybrid system runs at high efficiency using wind energy stored overnight which in turn helps to significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions.”

Contact the Grant Technical Team: T: 0800 0443261 (NI) T: 057 9126968 (ROI) www.grant.eu Follow Grant online: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram@mygrantNI @grantirl

Grant Vortex HVO biofuel-compatible boiler house 26kWmodel.

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Floortherm’s Sustainable Home Centre in Newry.

FLOORTHERM AND DAIKIN TEAM UP TO OFFER £600 CASHBACK...

Incentive scheme available toNI customers of each product, while the advanced installer course covers system set-up for commissioning, fault-finding and servicing. fully designed, energy-efficient products and systems to installers, merchants, contractors, and self-builders. F loortherm Renewables is providing self-build customers £600 cashback if they purchase a Daikin Altherma

heat pump for their new build property. The scheme is only available to customers in Northern Ireland through Floortherm, the only Daikin-approved Sustainable Home Centre in the region. Cashback is paid directly to the homeowner, who will

The design expertise and knowledge provided by Floortherm ensures that all systems provided are fit for purpose and exceed customer expectations. The team designs, supplies and commissions all their heat pumps – an assurance of quality and dedicated customer care. Floortherm is also the only company to provide warranty cover for the heat pumps they sell. Units are serviced annually to ensure the client’s product warranty is maintained. With a fully operating service and maintenance department, the warranty calls are managed on a 24hr basis. To find out about Floortherm’s cashback scheme or to book a place on the installer training courses, contact:

The service partner course focuses on examining major fault errors and training installers up to work alongside Floortherm engineers to help cover warranty claims across the range.

“We’re helping installers navigate the changes and capitalise on the

Niall Duffy, Floortherm Manager, said: “We’re helping installers navigate the changes and capitalise on the opportunities our sector is experiencing, by offering free training to build their knowledge of our heat pump systems as part of our Sustainable Home Network.”

receive it once the heat pump is commissioned and registered with Daikin. This fantastic offer is available until March 2022. As a Sustainable Home Centre, Floortherm is able to offer installer

opportunities our sector is experiencing.”

training courses on Daikin Altherma heat pumps and Vent Axia mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems. Courses are held at its training facilities in Newry and target three skill levels. The basic installer course examines the new Daikin and Vent-Axia products as they emerge and the advantages

Course numbers are limited to 10 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Extra course dates will be organised to accommodate high demands. Floortherm is one of the largest distributors of underfloor heating and renewable systems to the trade in Ireland. The company is committed to delivering

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TRADESHOWS AREBACKFOR2022

16 February 2022 CLAYTON HOTEL CONFERENCE CENTRE

7 & 8 SEPT 2022

RDS, DUBLIN

29 & 30 MAR 2023 TITANIC EXHIBITION CENTRE, BELFAST

Contact Jacqui Fairley on T: +44 (0)28 9261 2990 or T: +353 (0)1 6968319

E: jacqui@kmpltd.co.uk www.plumbingmag.com

PLUMBEX CORK 2022

16 February, 2022

12 - 9PM

CLAYTONHOTEL CONFERENCE CENTRE SILVER SPRINGS

Register now to visit PLUMBEXCork

Exhibitors...

• South Coast Sales • Grant • Metac Training • Uppercross Enterprises • Wavin Ireland • Q Instruments • Firebird Heating Solutions • Ideal Heating (Groupe - Atlantic) • Unitherm Heating Systems

I f you are part of the plumbing industry in Ireland you do not want to miss the PLUMBEX trade event taking place in Cork this February. This is the industry’s foremost plumbing trade-only exhibition and provides a platform for visitors to have the chance to meet industry experts face to face. PLUMBEX Cork will cover every single aspect of the plumbing and heating sector, and will provide plumbers, installers, contractors and allied trades with the opportunity to meet with world-class brands, discover the latest new product offerings and receive expert advice on modern working methods. The extensive range of experts and products on hand will provide a valuable and worthwhile day out for all plumbing

contractors. Live demos and show offers will run throughout the course of the day and stands will highlight everything including heating and hot water systems, plumbing and heating spares, filters and system treatment, pipes, pumps and valves, bathrooms, heating and smart controls, renewables, underfloor heating, tools and much more. Our exhibitors will be offering solutions for commercial, domestic, new build and upgrade projects. Our 2019 Cork event was a massive success, and we are confident the 2022 trade show will be even bigger and better. PLUMBEX Cork will take place in Clayton Hotel Silver Springs on Wednesday, 16 February from 12pm to 9pm.

• Myson • Simpro • Warmflow

• EPH Controls • Ei Electronics • Altecnic • Hevac • Worcester Bosch • Nerrad • Kane • Fernox • PlumbPal • Pipelife • Cork Plastics • Knipex • Flogas Ireland

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PROJECT

CLAYTONHOTELCARDIFF LANECONFERENCECENTRE, DUBLIN

GROUND-BREAKING SET-UP SEES ENERGY-EFFICIENT HEATING AND COOLING AHUs OPERATING IN TANDEMWITH HYBRID VRF AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM... KERRIGANMECHANICALDELIVERS FIRST-OF- ITS-KINDCONFERENCECENTRE IN IRELAND

C layton Hotel’s new five-star Meeting and Events Centre, located at its Cardiff Lane venue in the heart of Dublin city, is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities. Kerrigan Mechanical, in partnership with main contractor Monami Construction, was tasked by Dalata Hotel Group with providing the full mechanical installation for the conference facility, as designed by Patrick McCaul Environmental Consulting Engineers. Architects Douglas Wallace created a

split-level complex by incorporating a new mezzanine floor. With a capacity for up to 220 people, the new centre boasts three meeting rooms in the lower ground floor (below street level), while the upper ground floor incorporates a large conference space, which can be split into three smaller rooms if required. Impressively, Kerrigan successfully installed a uniquely innovative and energy-efficient system, making this facility the first of its kind in Ireland. The work included heat recovery AHUs and a highly sophisticated hybrid VRF

air conditioning system. While these two systems would normally be separate, they now operate hand in hand to achieve maximum energy efficiency. Such a complex set-up, which was a client requirement, needed detailed accurate BIM modelling from the highly- skilled team at Kerrigan. Francis McNulty, Contracts Director at Kerrigan Mechanical, said: “This approach ensured we could provide a system that would firstly fit in such a compact space and secondly perform beyond best expectations. It was certainly a challenge,

“We were delighted to be involved in such a high-profile project in the centre of Dublin.”

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CLAYTONHOTELCARDIFF LANECONFERENCECENTRE, DUBLIN

PROJECTTEAM...

but one we are proud to have overcome.” As with any project of this size, there were more than a few hurdles to overcome for the team at Kerrigan. With the void space being heavily congested by ducts, pipes and air conditioning, the company decided to use BIM to model all the plantrooms in a bid to utilise the limited space available to its fullest potential. And of course, Covid-19 restrictions slowed down the construction process, as it cut the number of people who could work on any aspect of a project at any one time. Despite these curbs, Kerrigan still managed to complete the work as scheduled, on time and within budget. But perhaps the most critical challenge presented was the removal of the existing gas line. Kerrigan installed a temporary gas supply running along the exterior of the building, before removing

the existing 4” line and replacing it with an upsized 6” pipe. “We had two extremely successful changeovers and were delighted to record minimum downtime of an hour for the second, which was to the client’s delight,” Francis added. “There was minimal disruption to the live hotel operations, which remained fully active and functioning for the duration of the works. Following handover, we took great pleasure in hearing that the hotel was at over 90% capacity for the majority of the time, and there were no complaints regarding any disruption. “We were delighted to be involved in such a high-profile project in the centre of Dublin. We have strong relationships with Dalata, Monami, Patrick Mc Cauls and Douglas Wallace and we look forward to working with them on other projects of similar scope in future.”

Client: Dalata Hotel Group Main Contractor: Monami Construction Ltd Architect: Douglas Wallace M&E Design Engineers: Patrick McCaul Environmental Consulting Engineers Mechanical Contractor: Kerrigan Mechanical AHU’s: Associate Engineering Ducting Sub Trade: SR Ventilation

AC Specialist: Crystal Air High-End SanitaryWare: Oxley Keartland Air curtains: Euro Gas

For more information on Kerrigan Mechanical, contact: T: +44 (0)46 9430529 - E: adam@kerriganmechanical.ie www.kerriganmechanical.ie

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PROJECT

CLAYTONHOTELCARDIFF LANECONFERENCECENTRE, DUBLIN

LEADING HVAC CONTRACTOR DELIVERS TURNKEY SYSTEM... VENTILATION

S R Ventilation carried out the conference centre. The work included a fire duct off the kitchen and assembly of the air handling units. This project was extremely tight for space, with SR Ventilation having to manufacturer bespoke pieces of ductwork in order to achieve desired ceiling heights. complete ventilation package for the Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane The firm had to work hand in hand with M&E contractor, Kerrigan Mechanical, staying mindful of ceiling space and height changes throughout. Adam Dent, Contract Manager at Kerrigan said: “SR Ventilation was a pleasure to deal with and their attention to detail was excellent and exactly what we needed on a high-profile project like this. With over 30 years of experience, SR Ventilation is Ireland’s premier HVAC

contractor. Working nationwide, the firm supplies, installs and repairs all ventilation and air conditioning systems. SR Ventilation’s services are available 24/7 in order to ensure that all projects run smoothly and efficiently. It prides itself on delivering excellent customer service and a full turnkey package. Whatever you need, SR Ventilation will supply it. All work is done in-house. Dedicated to quality, it only uses the very best materials and products available. The experienced team of dedicated, highly trained sheet metal workers and ventilation installers are knowledgeable, flexible and forward-thinking. Each particular job undertaken by SR Ventilation is bespoke and unique. The firm is committed to staying up to date on all industry changes and the very latest techniques to provide customers

with the very best service and end products. SR Ventilation Ltd is one of only a few sheet metal and ventilation contractors in Ireland to have been awarded FIRAS certification for the installation of fire protection products/systems. All work carried out is fully certified and, where applicable, products come with CE certs.

T: +353 (0)87 950 0079 E: info@srventilation.ie www.srventilation.ie

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CLAYTONHOTELCARDIFF LANECONFERENCECENTRE, DUBLIN

SANITARY WARE

F amily-owned business Oxley

Keartland supplied VitrA sanitary ware at Clayton Hotel on behalf of

M&E contractor, Kerrigan. VitrA products have been used in six of the Clayton and Maldron Hotels in Ireland, and many more throughout the UK. VitrA is one of the largest manufacturers of sanitary ware and tiles in the world and continues to deliver on all levels, from competitive ranges right through to products for the luxury hotel/ apartment market. VitrA tiles are available in various sizes, colours, designs and finishes – to suit all VitrA sanitary ware. Oxley Keartland has worked with Kerrigan Mechanical in the past and was pleased to work with the company again on this scheme. The firm was also very proud of how its products

OXLEY KEARTLAND

Keartland, while Keith Keartland focuses on the other side of the business, which supplies GEZE automatic door opening operating systems, along with automatic window gear for smoke exhaust extraction and ventilation.

looked in the completed project. In business for over 50 years, Oxley

Keartland is based in Baldonnell Business Park, Dublin 22. The tiles and sanitary ware side of the business is looked after by Ann

T: +353 (0)1 410 5592 E: ann@oxleyk.com

AIR CONDITIONING

C rystal Air Ltd installed a hybrid VRF air conditioning system from Mitsubishi Electric at the Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane conference centre on behalf of M&E contractor, Kerrigan Mechanical. Co-ordination challenges were dealt with swiftly and professionally by Crystal Air’s on-site engineers. Domnick Ward, Managing Director of Crystal Air said: “It was a pleasure working with Kerrigan’s and the design and construction teams.” Crystal Air Ltd was established in 1997 and has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading HVAC contractors. The business started out primarily as an air conditioning installation, service and maintenance contractor for the commercial and industrial building sector. With over two decades of operational experience, its capabilities have expanded significantly. The Co Kildare-based firm specialises in

data centres, hotels, office fit-out and all types of commercial applications. Crystal Air is an innovation-driven business, utilising CO2 heating, thermal storage systems and gas engine AC units. The firm has recently installed the largest hybrid VRF system of its kind in Ireland. With a strong team of over 100 installation and service engineers,

Crystal Air strives to choose the best people for the projects it undertakes. The firm has a reputation for getting to the finish line on time and within budget, performing its part of the overall project to the deadlines that clients expect.

T: +353 (0)45 893228 www.crystalair.ie

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