Canadian company Kontrol Technologies, which focuses on smart building technologies, announced its entry into the net-zero building infrastructure market through its operating subsidiary Global HVAC and Automation.
“Following our acquisition of Global we have been focused on the many opportunities afforded by Global’ s scale and size,” said Paul Ghezzi. “In the past Global has focused on traditional energy efficient HVAC installations for new buildings. We are now pleased to offer our customers net-zero buildings solutions including VRV/VRF systems and geothermal installations. Through these solutions we seek to grow our market share with our existing new construction customers and add those customers who seek to reduce their emissions and achieve net-zero emissions. Global has completed its first integrated installation of VRV/VRF technology and is now in a position to grow into this exciting new market which will also make a significant impact on the reduction of [greenhouse gas] emissions.”
Variable refrigerant flow (VRF), also known as variable refrigerant volume (VRV), is an HVAC technology invented by Daikin Industries in 1982. VRFs use refrigerant as the cooling and heating medium. This refrigerant is conditioned by one or more condensing units and is circulated within the building to multiple indoor units. Unlike conventional chiller-based systems, VRV/VRF allows for varying degrees of cooling and in more specific areas may supply hot water in a heat recovery configuration while improving overall building energy efficiency. Also, air handlers and large ducts are eliminated which can reduce the height above a dropped ceiling as well as structural impact as VRF uses smaller penetrations for refrigerant pipes instead of ducts. This translates into lower integration costs and higher energy savings with a corresponding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to the company.
Kontrol also said that Global will start quoting geothermal technology solutions to their customers in the last quarter of 2021.
Kontrol added that geothermal heating and cooling systems have a significant potential to reduce the energy footprint and environmental impact of buildings.
In August, Kontrol Technologies announced the completion of the acquisition of Global HVAC & Automation.
The firm said that Global’s service offering complements Kontrol’s existing product portfolio, adding that the combination of the two is expected to create significant growth opportunities over the coming years.
Kontrol provides a combination of software, hardware, and service solutions to its customers to improve energy management, air quality and continuous emission monitoring.