UNICO Overview brochure available for download

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UNICO overview Brochure Download

Our new UNICO overview brochure is now available for download. This is a brief introduction in to the UNICO System and how it is set to transform the way we HEAT and COOL our homes whilst helping to improve air quality and the environment.

UK home owners can now enjoy all year-round superior climate-control and comfort delivered by the discrete UNICO small bore system.

This brochure introduces the system and how it works and how to select the best system according to your life style and budget.

To download the brochure, clicking here or go to our Technical Information section and select Datasheets to view this brochure and other PDFs available for you to download.

New UK UNICO Website Goes Live

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The new UK UNICO System website is now live

UNICO have now launched the new UK website in partnership Bell Plumbing Supplies. The new site is a comprehensive overview of the Unico technology and a complete resource for installers and partners.

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The site covers completed installations showing the benefits together with components, technical information, data sheets and training.

Unico products are designed for both commercial and residential applications in both the new build, self-build and retrofit markets.

All UNICO products provide superior heating and cooling for all year-round climate control. The UNICO System provides a complete stand-alone solution but due to its modular design and construction it can also compliment alternative products such as underfloor heating.

Unico Training Workshop proves to be a success

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Unico System Workshop

The initial Unico training workshop at Elements Training proved to be a great success.

Congratulations to all those who attending the first Unico System training workshop held at the ETA facility in Stourbridge.

Elements Training & Assessment provide all the necessary training courses for Plumbing and Heating Engineers with their first class facilities. Customers range from small local firms right through to large energy companies employing engineers across the UK.

Highly trained BPEC certified staff offer constantly updated training, keeping engineers one step ahead in this ever-evolving industry.

ETA work with a number of leading manufacturers such as Worcester Bosch, Viessmann Commercial, Honeywell and Ariston and can provide all the training required to fit the Unico System.

Fifteen Restaurant Cornwall

Fifteen Restaurant Cornwall

Superior Comfort

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Benefits

  • Even, draft-free temperatures
  • Quiet operation
  • Zone control options
  • Discreet supply outlets
  • Flexible design and installation

“If there were a Michelin rating for comfort, the Unico System would undoubtedly receive 3 stars”.

Jamie Oliver, of Britain’s Channel 4 documentary series “Jamie’s Kitchen”, began the Fifteen restaurant brand in 2002 with a flagship location in London. The name is derived from the celebrity chef’s apprenticeship program of training fifteen disadvantaged youth in the culinary arts and service management industries.

Unico System Fifteen Restaurant
Unico System Fifteen Restaurant Interior

Overview

Fifteen in Cornwall overlooks the beach at Watergate Bay on the north coast of the county of Cornwall, UK. The restaurant offers slick, traditional Italian cuisine with a Cornish twist. The location features a high, open ceiling design and casual-chic interior with murals of pastel-colored surf scenes adorning the walls.

The developers of the property were determined to create a visual style for this new location as unique as that of Mr. Oliver’s approach to food. While adamantly determined not to copy the “faux-industrial” look of exposed metal ducting that has become so common in commercial locales, they were committed to adding a heating and cooling system that could deliver superior comfort as well as disappear into the background.

To meet these challenges, they turned to the Unico System.

Strategy

The very features that make the Unico System attractive to the old home and custom home residential markets make it an optimal choice for commercial-built applications as well. The modular air handling equipment, smaller main trunk ducting and flexible supply ducting allow it to fit where conventional heating and cooling systems simply cannot.

Air handlers and the main ducting were situated outside of the main dining area and Unico System supply tubes were snaked through the sloped ceiling’s cavities to discharge conditioned air from the high side walls. The versatility of the Unico System’s terminating outlets allow it to fit seamlessly into Fifteen’s open design. Available in a slotted, 1-inch x 8-inch configuration, this version was chosen over the round 2-inch inner diameter option as it better blended with the interior’s distinctive murals.

Air distribution with the Unico System provides two additional benefits. Conditioned air gently circulates within the room’s existing air currents, eliminating the drafts that often create guest discomfort in restaurants. This gentle mixing also eliminates the phenomena of stratification (that is, alternating hot and cold spots) associated with conventional forced air systems, instead maintaining even temperatures throughout the dining room.

Results

Not only does the Unico System practically disappear within the interior design of Fifteen, but guests and staff alike are kept comfortable during the ever-changing seaside weather. Kitchens can be frightfully hot places in which to work but, due to the open design plan and the superiority of the Unico System’s air delivery method, staff have remarked that Fifteen’s kitchen is the most comfortable they’ve ever experienced.

On the other hand, with hard-to-see visual evidence, no drafts and even temperatures, guests are hardly aware of the heating and cooling system and are not distracted from enjoying a wonderful, healthy meal in a beautiful setting.

If there were a Michelin rating for comfort, the Unico System would undoubtedly receive 3 stars.

Introducing the Unico Twist Fit System

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Introducing the unico twist fit system – now available for 2″ flexible supply tubing it’s here… the unico twist fit system™ is now *available for 2″ (51mm) flexible supply tubing.

The new supply duct connection system reduces the steps and time involved in the installation process.

REDUCE SUPPLY TUBE INSTALLATION TIME BY AS MUCH AS 50%!

Consisting of lock-and-release tabs making it easier and faster to assemble, Twist-Fit couplings are attached to lengths of sound attenuator or standard supply tubing by threading the base of the coupling into the inner core of the tubing. The internal insulation and outer mylar jacket of the supply tubing are then tucked into the rim of the Twist-Fit and the connection is secured with UL-181B foil tape.

Matching Twist-Fit couplings are attached to the desired plenum take-offs, outlet registers, or additional lengths of supply tubing. To make a connection, simply line up the tabs to their corresponding slots and twist clockwise until a click is heard. At least one Twist-Fit connector must have a gasket to prevent leakage.

FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Lock-and-release tabs for easy assembly
  • Couplings attached to tubing at the factory
  • Change outlet faceplates in a snap
  • Compatible with high velocity products
  • Simplified parts list for ordering ease

Easy Hotel Climate Control

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Benefits

  • Even, draft-free temperatures
  • Quite operation
  • Zone control options
  • Discreet supply outlets
  • Flexible design and installation
  • Ventilation, heating and cooling

“Simple comfort, great value” might easily extend itself to the Unico System as well.”.

John Hearn, Head of Property Development for the easyHotel on Old Street in Barbican, had a problem: “The existing conventional ducted air systems were not able to accurately control temperature and we started getting complaints from our guests.” Quite a problem, indeed, when your motto is ‘’simple comfort, great value.”

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Unico System easyhotel

Overview

easyHotel Group positions its properties as “super budget hotels,” maintaining inexpensive room rates by asking guests to sacrifice a little luxury space by offering smaller-sized rooms. easyHotels offer no frills – no on-site restaurants, bars, gyms, business centers or the like – allowing management and staff to focus on the maintenance and cleanliness of their utilitarian-yet-elegant accommodations.

Indoor climate control is a key factor to guest comfort. Two of easyHotel’s London locations, the flagship hotel in South Kensington and the Old Street site, use the Unico System to supply heating and cooling to their guests. The Unico System’s small duct attributes are especially suited to the budget hotel chain’s needs.

Strategy

Smaller rooms means smaller areas in which to house mechanical systems. In contrast to the bulky, rigid ducting required by conventional indoor systems, the Unico System’s main trunk line takes up one-third the space of traditional systems and its flexible 2-inch inner diameter supply tubing snakes through wall cavities, allowing conditioned air to be delivered specifically where it’s needed. Additionally, round Unico System outlets are smaller, more aesthetically pleasing and less noticeable than conventional grilles. They deliver quiet, draft-free indoor comfort – the guests don’t even know that they are there.

After a thorough evaluation of the Barbican site, installing contractor KBS Services removed the existing air handling, condensing units and controls and replaced them with eight Unico Systems with zone control to deliver indoor comfort to the hotel’s three floors and 95 rooms.

Similarly, the Unico System’s low profile made it the optimal choice for the concern’s first London venture in Kensington. The hotel in Lexham Gardens features 34 rooms within 5 floors of a converted row house, and installer HVAC Group of London recommended the Unico System specifically due to its smaller size and ability to provide superior comfort.

Results

easyHotel South Kensington’s Roger Powell states, “We needed the best for our customers within very tight budgets. The Unico System has given us just that – the best comfort solution and real cost savings over conventional systems.” The use of heat pump technology coupled with the Unico Systems’ long life expectancy also provides significant life-cost savings. Adds Mr. Powell, “The system also gave us the ability to ventilate effectively without employing a separate system” further reducing costs.

At the Old Street location, Mr. Hearn notes that the complete reconfiguration of control strategy through new thermostats and multiple temperature sensors “allows zone temperatures to be controlled by hotel management and [we] typically maintain a constant temperature of 72°F in each room” completely eliminating guest complaints.

“Simple comfort, great value” might easily extend itself to the Unico System as well.