Johnson Controls Systems & Service South Africa will be providing Absa with environmentally-friendly chillers which will be installed at the company's Absa Towers West offices in the Johannesburg city centre.
The multi-million rand contract was awarded to Johnson Controls following a stringent tender process which included criteria such as the provision of environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient products, industry experience as well as strong consultative and post-sales service.
Johnson Controls met the criteria as the company features entrenched experience, with a global footprint which includes a strong presence in Africa, and product ranges which meet or exceed the global standards for environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient equipment.
Large organisations such as Absa are already under strain to conserve energy as Eskom has indicated that it will continue to pursue a mandatory power conservation programme which will include incentives and penalties.
"There is no doubt that large organisations such as Absa are under considerable pressure to meet the proposed energy thresholds set by Eskom. Subsequently, the company had to seriously consider whether the equipment purchased will allow them to meet the country's power consumption requirements and importantly drive down its building's own energy usage," comments Jose Fernandez, business area operations manager at Johnson Controls Systems and Service.
Johnson Controls flagship YCIV air-cooled Variable Speed Drive chiller with environmentally friendly R134a gas proactively drives down cooling consumption as its motors can be aligned to the needs of specific building. The YCIV chiller can save up 30% on energy usage due to its flexible and customisable design.
Additionally, Johnson Controls will be installing a control system which will effectively integrate all the chillers, making it easier to control and monitor, enabling Absa to simply and efficiently manage the cooling in the building.