Small AB-QM Valves Introduce Big Changes to Building Efficiency and Occupant Comfort
The Park Business Center in Czech Republic
The incorporation of Danfoss AB-QM valves in the center’s heating and cooling system represents just such an introduction of new technology that is having a positive impact on building performance.
In the six years since it welcomed its first tenant, The Park business center in Chodov, a suburb of Prague in the Czech Republic, has become a magnet for hi-tech companies looking to establish offices in eastern Europe. The center’s strategic location in the heart of the European Union, with access to transportation and a highly educated workforce, makes The Park attractive to IBM, Dell, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Accenture Services, DHL and other international tenants.
Just as tempting to potential tenants are the state-of-the-art technologies that fill each of the 11 buildings that comprise the campus. Among them is a sophisticated building management system that controls and monitors mechanical and electrical systems, a high-speed fiber optic ring, cutting-edge fire and safety systems, and advanced heating and cooling systems that heat and cool 1,080,000 square feet of office space. Center owner AIG/Lincoln regularly assesses these systems, making adjustments where necessary and introducing
new technology when available, always with an eye to improving building performance and creating high-quality, cost effective solutions for its clients.
The incorporation of Danfoss AB-QM valves in the center’s heating and cooling system represents just such an introduction of new technology that is having a positive impact on building performance. AB-QM valves were introduced in the seventh building constructed at The Park, the result of a recommendation by Scheu +Wirth Praha, mechanical contractor for the project. “In the first six buildings, a three-way valve system required the entire heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system to operate at maximum flow,” explained JürgenWinkler, of Scheu +Wirth Praha.