Carrier® and Barrisol® Launch Advanced HVAC Ceiling Solutions in Europe for Outstanding Comfort and Enhanced Indoor Air Quality
MONTLUEL, France -
Provides offices, hotels, restaurants and more with new options for healthier indoor environments
Carrier® has collaborated with Barrisol®, the world-leader in HVAC ceiling solutions, to develop a range of integrated air conditioning solutions that deliver outstanding comfort, enhanced indoor air quality (IAQ), and low-operational costs. The new advanced ceiling solutions provide a high-quality, stable indoor environment, and the highest levels of aesthetic design and are ideal for any application where precise control of temperature and very low air velocities are required. The initiative is part of Carrier's Healthy Buildings Programme, which provides customers access to proven technologies that contribute to safer and more productive buildings. Carrier is part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions.
Through their combination of low velocity airflow, draft elimination, and ability to maintain highly stable temperatures throughout the occupied space, Carrier® and Barrisol® advanced ceiling solutions achieve a comfort rating of Class A* for both cooling and heating, the highest possible under ISO 7730, the relevant international standard for measuring thermal comfort in buildings.
The Carrier® and Barrisol® ceiling air conditioning system is available in two options: the Barrisol Clim® featuring Carrier® products and the Barrisol Cloud Clim® featuring Carrier® products. Barrisol Clim® featuring Carrier® product technology uses a ceiling made from a bio-sourced membrane that is stretched and fixed in position, spanning a room. Air conditioning is delivered into the ceiling void by a concealed Carrier fan coil unit (FCU), and is gently diffused downward through the gap between the membrane edge and the walls – with such low velocity it is barely noticeable.
Air is extracted from the conditioned space vertically upwards, along the outer walls via a concealed bulkhead, and back to the FCU. It is then filtered, heated or cooled, mixed with fresh air and returned to the room via the ceiling void.
Installation for contractors is quick and easy, with structural fixtures that can be rapidly removed for servicing.
Juan Jose Francisco Diez, Carrier’s Marketing Manager for Airside Products in Europe, said: "Comfort and well-being are now widely recognised as key factors influencing people's productivity and performance at work and play, not to mention their importance to everyday life and enjoyment. Temperature stability, low noise and draught elimination are key to this. The new advanced Barrisol ceiling air conditioning solutions featuring Carrier products deliver exceptional performance in all these areas. We believe they will prove highly attractive as people look to upgrade indoor environments and take IAQ and occupant comfort to the next level."
Components are designed to help buildings achieve the highest levels of environmental performance. For example, ceiling membranes are made from 100% recyclable material that contains a plant-based plasticiser, and weak A+ class in terms of VOCs emissions (volatile organic compounds). Support profiles are made from 80% recycled aluminium.
Ceiling membranes can be printed, opening up possibilities for creative interior design, which is not possible with other types of air conditioning. In one auditorium, a Barrisol ceiling canvas was printed with a blue sky and a forest canopy, transforming the room and reminding occupants of the outdoors. Thanks to a micro-perforation, Barrisol membranes can also treat the acoustics of spaces by absorbing sound reverberation.
For enhanced IAQ, the Barrisol Pure Clim® featuring Carrier® option uses ultra-violet (UV-C) lamps within the ceiling void to target pathogens as part of a healthy buildings programme.
The Barrisol Cloud Clim® featuring Carrier® product technology version of the system uses modules that are suspended from the ceiling, through which conditioned air is delivered into the room. Air can be fed into ceiling modules via an FCU concealed nearby or located in a plenum.
While Barrisol Clim® featuring Carrier® products uses low-speed air diffusion and thermal radiation from the whole ceiling area to maintain highly stable, comfortable conditions, Barrisol Cloud Clim® featuring Carrier products uses a combination of convection and direct thermal radiation from the suspended panels to maintain required conditions. To further enhance comfort, modular panels automatically adapt airflow direction and velocity according to temperature, minimizing draughts.
A wide range of Carrier FCUs can be selected to suit the application, including the company's recently developed ultra-low-profile Idrofan® 42EP, which at just 150mm high, is the slimmest and most compact FCU available.
*Results from independent tests carried out by the Danish Institute of Technology.
Barrisol Clim® featuring Carrier® HVAC ceiling system with lighting inserts in reception area.
© Arch.: Jean-François Brodbeck - AMRS Architectes. © Barrisol.
Cutaway showing FCU and air flows via the ceiling void and wall manifold. © Barrisol.
The Barrisol Pure Clim® featuring Carrier® products option uses ultra-violet (UV-C) lamps within the ceiling void to target pathogens as part of a healthy buildings solution. © Barrisol.
The Barrisol Cloud Clim® featuring Carrier® products version of the system uses modules suspended from the ceiling. © Barrisol.
Architect KHR Arkitekter A/S – Photo © Barrisol.