Sussex-based Big Foot Systems is delighted to announce that it has won an award in the Climate Control Middle East Awards 2016. Winners were unveiled at the Al Yasat Ballroom, Al Murooj Rotana Dubai, UAE towards the end of 2016. Here Big Foot Systems was crowned as a winner of the “Dominic de Sousa” Award for Innovation for its range of non-penetrative support frames. Now in its 6th year, the Climate Control Middle East Awards recognise and honour HVACR and allied organisations that show a strong commitment to socio-economic development and sustainable development goals in the region.
Big Foot was successful at the awards since its type of non-penetrative system has not been used in the region before and marks a real step-change in rooftop plant support. For the Dubai construction market, Big Foot’s non-penetrative rooftop support systems tick all the right boxes since they are quick and easy to assemble and provide excellent support for HVAC plant and safe access systems whilst maintaining the integrity of modern roofs. They offer many benefits over alternatives including allowing easier coordination on site as the frames are the responsibility of MEP consultants and contractors only. Plus they offer environmental benefits: more sustainable than concrete supports, the frames are also recyclable - if rooftop plant is ever to be reconfigured they can simply be moved and put together again in the new configuration; and the anti-vibration mats that go under the feet are manufactured from recycled car tyres.
“Winning an innovation award is a fantastic achievement and we are thrilled to gain recognition at these important awards for the region” said Sam Birch, Product Manager, Big Foot Systems. “As a new option for supporting rooftop plant in the Middle East, our non-penetrative support systems offer many benefits over traditional support solutions such as concrete. Not only are they more sustainable, they reduce weight, avoid the risk of leaks and are ideal for fit out contracts on malls, where units can be taken from stock in UAE on short delivery.”
Sister company, Aspen Pumps, was also shortlisted in the same category at the awards. The company was nominated for its pumps’ ability to help recycle water. Since all the water in the region comes from the sea and is desalinated, recycling water is an important issue. Desalination is an expensive process, and as fresh water is not needed for things like landscaping, washing, toilets, etc. there is a big push in the region to use recycled desalinated water.
Big Foot Systems’ innovative non-penetrative, repeatable support structures are configurable in that they can be adjusted according to the demands of each individual project. The Light Duty Range is non-penetrative, quick to install, robust and offers an array of solutions. Frame kits for most major manufacturer’s VRV/VRF units are available from stock. It will suit most applications including extract and supply fans, air conditioning, VRV & VRF units and air handling units.
Meanwhile, the Heavy Duty Range offers a cost and time effective alternative to on-site construction concrete. One of the most popular products in the HD range is the Big Foot HD Cube which provides an efficient and robust solution for supporting heavier services on flat roofs, making it ideal for the support of large packaged plant rooms, chillers and large air handling units.
Big Foot Systems’ products and systems are quick and easy to install ensuring project cost and time clarity, thus reducing the need for complex, time-consuming and expensive detailing. These non-penetrative support systems, in the form of frameworks that are wider than the unit(s) they are supporting, afford a greater degree of protection against tipping.
Maintenance is also easier with these innovative frameworks because the supports raise the AC units above the flat roof making them more accessible and creating space to run pipes.
Offering improved roof aesthetics, Big Foot Systems provides engineered solutions that are innovative in design, robust and repeatable. Big Foot combines market leading products and services, which include system design and on-site support. Available to install in all weathers utilising familiar componentry, all systems are designed with safety, security and simplicity in mind. Finally Big Foot Systems offers short manufacture and delivery lead times to help a project meet its schedule and stay within budget.
To find out more about the Climate Control Middle East Awards 2016, please click here.
For further information on all products and services offered by Big Foot Systems email: [email protected] or telephone 01323 844355.