Daikin and the Wolsely group have entered into a by epq17009

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Date: 8 April 2008


 New Daikin - Wolseley partnership to provide Local Authorities and Housing
             Associations with emission reduction and cost savings


Daikin UK and Wolseley, the leading supplier of construction products, materials and
services, have entered into a new three year contract to supply local authorities and
housing associations with the latest renewable heating technologies to help them
meet their CO2 emission reduction targets and help Government eradicate fuel
poverty in the social housing sector.


In the partnership, which started in April, Daikin UK will supply its leading Altherma
air source heat pump for installation in social housing units throughout the UK.


Altherma is the first product of its kind in the UK and provides high efficiency heating
and domestic hot water in residential properties. Air source heat pump technology
extracts available heat from the air, upgrades it, and transmits it to a hydro-box,
where it is transferred to heat water and pumped to either underfloor heating
elements or radiators.


Altherma will be included in a new renewables package, Energy4Life, from Wolseley
that will provide social housing providers with a total low carbon heating solution that
includes all related equipment and materials. Under the partnership Daikin UK and
Wolseley will work together on contractor suitability, training, project planning,
equipment spares and logistics, in addition to the supply of the Altherma unit.


The package is tailored to the specific needs of local authorities and their partners,
including housing associations, local authorities and ALMOs, concerned with the
retro fit and new build developments of the UK’s public housing estate.
As well as helping these organisations meet their carbon reduction commitments,
this new arrangement is expected to give local authorities significant cost efficiencies
by providing them with a bespoke solution bringing together all heating requirements.
This provides economies of scale that would not be achievable if having to source
from separate suppliers and installers.


Social housing providers and developers have been set challenging targets for
energy efficiency and CO2 reduction in the Code for Sustainable Homes, while the
Decent Homes Standard requires that 95% of all social housing in the UK be of a
minimum standard, and the remainder improved soon after, by 2010.


“We are delighted to have agreed this new contract with Wolseley and are excited by
the opportunity it presents for us and the public sector. Daikin UK and Wolseley are
both leading businesses in their respective fields and this combines leading
renewable technology and products together with a strong track record of supply and
logistics in social housing. We believe Energy4Life is a pioneering arrangement that
will provide the public sector with a truly cost-effective and sustainable solution that
is a major step towards the zero carbon goal and will become the quality benchmark
for private housing to follow,” commented Scott Dorrall, new business development
director for Daikin UK Ltd.


Wilby Meadows, Wolseley’s public sector director added:
“With tough targets for emission reduction and energy efficiency, local authorities
need solutions and technologies that can help them meet their goals. The Altherma
air source heat pump provides energy efficiencies of up to five times more than a
traditional heating system, and we are confident that Daikin’s advanced technology,
together with Wolseley’s expertise in this sector, will be a welcome development for
local authorities and housing associations looking for sustainable development.”


“This initiative also demonstrates Wolseley’s commitment to sustainability, as the
system, with its low surface temperature heat emitters, meets the accommodation
requirements of young and elderly alike and will help to reduce fuel poverty”.
For more information visit www.daikin.co.uk and www.wolseley.co.uk


-ENDS-


Issued on behalf of Daikin by McCann Erickson Public Relations, Communications
House, Highlands Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 4WE

								
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