Panasonic joins forces with Scottish Federation of Housing Association

Panasonic has joined forces with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), as sector associate, in a bid to achieve its challenging targets of lowering carbon emissions in the region.

Panasonic will share with the association its extensive R&D knowledge and experience of low carbon heating solutions through training, seminars, webinars, spec design and support services of its low carbon solutions such as air source heat pumps.  

Darren Reis, regional manager for Panasonic in Scotland, has a wealth of experience in the heating and cooling sector spanning 31 years, and currently advises organisations as diverse as installers, designers and distribution partners, to network suppliers and local government.  

Panasonic playing a full and active role  

Darren welcomes this step and says: “Panasonic as a company is hugely passionate about the environment and I believe we can help the region meet its low carbon targets through supporting and advising the social housing providers and developers in the region. We look forward to playing a full and active role with the SFHA. 

“With heat pumps hitting the media headlines and following on from COP26, we have recently a seen a huge increase in demand from both homeowners and installers for more information and hands-on training centres.  

“We are meeting this challenge by opening a new dedicated training centre for installers in November 2021 in Livingstone, plus there is a mobile training unit to ensure the more remote parts of the region are covered.  

“In addition, Panasonic is providing further online virtual training, advice and support by offering a remote service via their popular Smart Cloud and Service Cloud app.  It is certainly a very busy time, and we very much look forward to working closely with the SHPA.” 

Working across the region  

Panasonic is currently working with several social housing providers across the region, including West Highland Housing Association in Oban where approx. 80 Panasonic air source heat pumps have already been installed this year with a further 60 being installed over the next six months. 

The Panasonic Aquarea A2W Heat Pump range provides highly efficient heating and hot water, whilst also providing homeowners with a reliable system offering long-term energy savings.   

With the help of the Aquarea Service Cloud, the entire service parameters of the HVAC systems are available, in real-time, showing any abnormalities, allowing issues to be identified and swiftly resolved, often before the fault even occurs.  

This smart approach can also reduce the number (and length) of site visits necessary by analysing the behaviour of the Aquarea system remotely and allowing for the optimum allocation of resources. Site owners can quickly and easily grant remote access to authorised parties for maintenance, with a simple click of a button. 

Darren concludes: “We are looking forward to meeting and to informing people of how we can help by supporting communities and organisations to develop and combat climate change.”