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Daikin’s in the DogHouse – air conditioning ‘carbon negative’ hotel

Fast-growing Scots-based multinational craft brewer and pubs chain BrewDog takes pride in its environmental credentials – which is why Daikin VRV IV heat recovery systems were a natural choice for air conditioning its new, ‘carbon negative’ DogHouse boutique hotel and bar in Manchester.

BrewDog has taken on a modern three storey building – formerly retail and commercial space – on Fountain Street, close to the city‘s Northern Quarter. The ground floor is a 30-tap pub – the company’s third in the city – and there’s a roof terrace for outdoor partying.

The two upper floors have been remodelled to provide18 trendy guest rooms with a host of features – including beers in the shower and inroom beer taps – designed to ensure a novel but comfortable overnight experience. The hotel is also dog-friendly.

Daikin’s in the DogHouse – air conditioning ‘carbon negative’ hotel

The upper floors are part-hidden by a 26,000-plant green wall on the street frontage, echoing the company’s mission to become the world’s most sustainable drinks brand.

James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog, says:

“With our DogHouse hotels, we want to inspire a new kind of hospitality experience, combining our biggest passions: travel and incredible beer – with sustainability at the core.”

BrewDog retail property director Will Brown says:

“We want our guests to enjoy every moment of their time with us, so efficient and reliable air conditioning is very important – and better still when it has Daikin’s strong green credentials.”

Accrington-based air conditioning specialist Whalley Climate was appointed to install the three Daikin systems serving the pub and bedroom.

Rob Lord Director of Whalley climate says:“At Whalley Climate, we want to make sure that our clients receive not only the best service from ourselves but benefit from the best solution available at the time. With the reclaimed refrigerant within the VRV systems, it enabled us to deliver not only a top-level install but also meet BrewDog’s requirements for sustainability.”

The Daikin VRV IV outdoor units are located in a ground floor service area to the rear of the building. Two 10kW systems each serve one of the upper floors, while a an 18kW unit serves the ground floor.

Each of the 18 guest rooms has a slim concealed ceiling unit with a black Madoka controller, enabling guests to adjust room temperatures if desired. Each room also has its own branch selector unit, giving maximum flexibility to the three pipe heat recovery system.

The ground floor pub area is served by three concealed ceiling units with medium static pressure. Each of these has its own branch selector – as does the main entrance’s free-hanging 13.4kW Biddle air curtain, which also runs off the 18kW outdoor unit. There is a single remote controller for the ground floor system.

Daikin VRV IV heat recovery systems are based on reclaimed R410A refrigerant which, though the LOOP concept, is a way of minimising the Carbon footprint of the system. The development of techniques for the safe recovery and reprocessing of the material to ‘as new’ condition underpins the continuing success of VRV IV systems.

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