Situated in the heart of Hobart, this hotel features 131 guest rooms overlooking the picturesque Mt Wellington and Hobart city, a breakfast lounge and a twenty-four hour reception. It is conveniently located to key local businesses, and a short walk from major tourist attractions and leisure spots, making it a popular destination for both business and pleasure travelers. When this busy hotel needed to install a brand new air conditioning system, a number of industry-leaders pitched for the project but ultimately Panasonic offered a solution best suited to the hotel’s needs; fitting the Travelodge with a high-tech VRF FSV Series air conditioning system.
The variable beauty of VRF-FSV
By operating at varying speeds, Panasonic VRF-FSV systems work only at the needed rate, which is how they consume less energy than on/off systems, even if they run more frequently. They also allow for simultaneous heating and cooling, making them perfect for buildings with varying loads and different zones: structures such as hotels, schools, and office buildings where individual users want to have control over the temperature in their areas.
In a global first for Panasonic, the Australian air conditioning team won a major tender to fit Travelodge Hobart with a VRF FSV P-AIMS system, featuring Power Proportion and PIR Sensors that allow the temperature in each room to be measured and controlled via a central computer. Worth over three quarters of a million dollars, the project saw bid submissions from a number of high-level industry leaders but Hany Ibrahim, National VRF Channel Manager – Air Conditioning, Panasonic Australia, said that Panasonic’s product was perfectly matched to the needs of Travelodge Hobart. “The major requirements for the new Travelodge air conditioning system were efficiency, accuracy in terms of temperature control, and a product that would be guaranteed to last,” Hany said. “Our VRF FSV systems are designed to offer individual room control, while capitlising on a number of energy-efficiency innovations. Even better, we back our systems with a 5 year warranty, whereas most of our competitors only offer 1 year. That was a major factor in Panasonic’s favour in terms of winning this project.”
“The major requirements for the new Travelodge air conditioning system were efficiency, accuracy in terms of temperature control, and a product that would be guaranteed to last. Our VRF FSV systems are designed to offer individual room control, while capitlising on a number of energy-efficiency innovations.” – Hany Ibrahim, National VRF Channel Manager – Air Conditioning, Panasonic Australia
Winning the proposal was just the beginning. According Hany, retrofitting a new system to an existing building required a lot of ingenuity but the flexibility of VRF FSV’s system made the job a lot easier. “With 116 indoor units and 9 outdoor units to be installed, it was quite a big undertaking. We had to tackle issues such as finding room for all the pipes to run and maximising very limited space for condensers, that are not considerations when installing in a new build,” Hany said. “Altogether, the project took three months from start to finish, including a week of testing. We even had factory representatives from Panasonic Malaysia fly out to help test the system and they were really impressed with the results.”
The Nitty Gritty
- Panasonic VRF FSV Series
- 116 indoor units, 9 outdoor units
- P-AIMS control system
- Builder: TOGA Group
- Consultant: Engtech
“We really enjoy the air-conditioning in our hotel supplied by Panasonic. It provides all of our guests with accurate temperatures as requested, creating consistent and reliable comfort. We would recommend Panasonic air conditioning to other hotels and commercial buildings.” – Jessica Bergman, Manager, Travelodge Hobart
The end result for Travelodge Hobart is a very smart air conditioning system with high energy efficiency, the confidence of a substantial warranty and top-level control abilities thanks to the Panasonic total air conditioning management system (P-AIMS).
All 116 indoor units installed at Travelodge Hobart can be controlled by one PC, load distribution can be calculated for individual rooms, the system can be remotely accessed and controlled online, and it can also be connected to a complete Building Management System (BMS). Not only will the Panasonic VRF FSV Series lower the hotel’s total operating costs, it will ensure the complete comfort of their guests for years to come.
“After visiting the testing facilities in the Panasonic FSV air-conditioning factory in Malaysia, I was comfortable specifying Panasonic VRF for the Travelodge hotel in Hobart. The product has performed according to engineering specifications and has exceeded my expectations. Using the P-AIMS control system has allowed me to dictate exactly how the customer would be most comfortable using yearly scheduling and temperature limitations. This, along with controlling the entire hotel using the existing floor plans and being able to do all of this from anywhere in the world has been a major plus. I will now use Panasonic FSV much more in the future.” – Chris Elliot, Director, Engtec Consulting.