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AET FLEXIBLE SPACE Provides The Space Saving Solution In Hong Kong

Expanding its international operations, Advanced Ergonomic Technologies has provided the vast Nina Tower in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong with 34,000 m² of its Flexible Space System, of underfloor air conditioning. The recently completed Nina complex, with its 80 storey, 300m, main tower and 42 storey secondary building, houses an 1600 room 5 star hotel, as well as a shopping mall and 29 floors of office space.

In specifying the AET Flexible Space system, developers and site owners Chinachem had to consider the shortage of construction land in Hong Kong and the resulting high demand for office space – as well as saving construction time and money, it was imperative to maximise the area of lettable commercial sections of the project. With rent for offices having risen dramatically in recent years developers are constantly striving to find new ways to meet the demand and, for the 320 metre tall Nina tower, the implementation of AET Flexible Space air conditioning provided cost and operational benefits to both the constructor and the end user. Recent studies have shown far higher user satisfaction than the developer has experienced with more conventional fan coil systems.

Glan Blake Thomas, Chairman and CEO comments, “There is a growing recognition of the distinct advantages of incorporating underfloor air conditioning within commercial buildings. Eliminating the need for a ceiling void of substantial depth, the underfloor air conditioning is installed in raised access flooring space of only 250mm, offering an overall height saving of up to 400mm per floor, over conventional ceiling based systems. Naturally, with a project of the scale of the Nina Tower this means that over the 29 floors of office space 11.6m of height can be saved or 3 extra floors can be incorporated within the same height – something that developers in the Far East are increasingly capitalising on. Further more the height saving in such proportions offers initial construction cost saving and reduces solar and thermal gain and thus energy consumption.

Another consideration, where the long term use of a building is concerned, is the flexible nature of the AET Flexible Space System. The modular fan tiles, set within the floor, are easily relocatable and can be positioned to suit any office layout, reducing the logistical headaches associated with office churn.

“The Flexible Space underfloor air conditioning system is extremely versatile”, added Glan. “As well as the cost reduction for future tenants with its adaptability, it can be retro-fitted, as well as used in new developments, often prolonging a building’s life. It really is the sustainable air conditioning option.”

A significant project for AET, the Nina Tower installation included 34,000 m² of raised access flooring, 136 CAM Zone air handling units, 1900 fantiles, as well as state of the art supervisory controls and Electropatent underfloor modular power tracks.

The size of the project was another reason for AET’s selection, as the Flexible Space System’s installation time considerably reduces construction time and, therefore, cost.

Nina Tower joins the ever increasing list of tall buildings to make use of AET’s underfloor concept, with other notable. high profile projects including The 100 000sq m Center in Hong Kong, the 20 000 sq m Fortune Plaza in Shanghai, the 200 000 sq m Gaoyang development the Microsoft Shanghai Campus, the Parkview Green 140 000sq m LEED platinum project in Beijing and the 60 000 sq m Menara Telecom Tower in Kuala Lumpur. AET has over 15 years’ experience in underfloor air conditioning technology and works closely with clients, consultants and contractors. The Flexible Space concept has been installed in over 35 million square feet of high profile buildings worldwide.

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