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What is Ice Bank cooling and how is it used in Building Design?

5 Jul 2019

What is Ice Bank cooling and how is it used in Building Design?

There are many methods building designers use to cool ambient temperatures in the built environment, but there are few as efficient as Ice Bank Cooling (IBC). As the name would suggest, air is cooled as it is passed over water chilled by ice, which is then fed into the occupied areas of a building. 


IBC is often used by mechanical and electrical engineers in commercial building projects, as it produces ice using off peak electricity.  Building that incorporate this kind of cooling system will benefits from the lower tariff electrical cost.


System Longevity
The efficient nature of an IBC system has another positive effect and that is in its extended life expectancy. As the system only works for part of the day, it means that it can be expected to retain its optimum levels of operation for that much longer.


As energy prices continue their upward trajectory, systems like IBC are becoming increasingly popular for use in industrial and commercial projects. The only perceived drawback is the increased capital cost of employing this kind of cooling system, but this is more than reclaimed over the course of its life cycle, offering significant savings over a long period for the building owner.


A Greener Future
Sustainable design is the future of modern construction in Ireland and across the wider world, allowing buildings to reduce their environmental impact to zero or almost zero


If you would like to find out more about what efficient cooling systems and a range of other sustainable design methods in construction can do for your building project, you can either call us now on 01 4872300 or visit our website www.varming.ie One of our expert teams will be more than happy to help in any way they can.

 


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