Bruxelles, October 26th - In November, employees of Kärcher Belux (Belgium and Luxemburg) will have the pleasure of moving into new offices following the completion of a new two-building complex alongside the A12 highway in Wilrijk, near Antwerp. Kärcher, the world leading manufacturer of cleaning equipment and products, which launched the construction project in late December 2014, asked SPIE to design and install high energy-efficiency heating and cooling systems.
The contract to install heat pumps, underfloor heating and cooling pumps and solar panels for the new Kärcher buildings in Belgium was awarded to Devis, a subsidiary of SPIE Belgium, following a call for tenders by designers, Archimedes. A key requirement of the tender was the use of sustainable installations with low energy consumption.
SPIE, an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) specialist, stood out from its competitors due to the strength of its expertise in the field of heat pumps. Devis has performed similar installations for Boerenbond, the Flemish farmers’ union, in Leuven, and the firemen training centre in Emblem, while parent company, SPIE also has experience with complex installation projects and has managed numerous comparable developments.
A comprehensive solution to cut energy consumption
A core objective for Kärcher was minimising its new buildings’ energy consumption; temperature is consequently regulated by the heat pumps and an underfloor heating and cooling system.
Eric Everaerd, Commercial Director at SPIE Belgium, who took charge of the project, comments: “What our customer, Kärcher, wanted was a new eco-friendly, sustainable head office. So it’s no surprise they entrusted this task to SPIE, Belgium’s top specialist in low-energy HVAC systems. We see this as affirmation for our know-how and expertise in the field.”
The installation work will be completed by the end of November 2015. Eric Everaerd adds: “I must say, collaborating with these two parties, Kärcher and Archimedes, has been particularly positive. We are grateful to Kärcher for entrusting us with such a large scale installation their buildings.”