Streamline Swim Academy is an indoor pool facility in New Plymouth conceived by Brad and Amy Fale. They recognised a community need for swimming lessons that was not being met and found that their own children needed a greater challenge as they became more advanced swimmers. These experienced business owners had their customers’ needs as a priority. They also wanted to ensure that the building was practical and energy-efficient.
HWHP (Hot Water Heat Pumps Ltd) were asked to participate in the project after recommendations from Pool Builder Aaron Hinton along with research and comparisons of alternative options by Architect William Giesen. HWHP’s participation involved the design, construction and installation of a complete indoor pool heating and ventilation system that included heating the main pool and the toddler pool, air heating and air distribution for the pool hall to control condensation, underfloor heating and heated air for the changing rooms and hot water for the showers and amenities.
There were three important modifications to the preliminary plans that HWHP pushed for to improve the function and longevity of the building:
- Ensuring adequate insulation of the roof and external wall structure to minimise unnecessary heat loss from the pool enclosure during the colder months, and therefore reducing the energy input required for heat.
- Underfloor heating in the changing rooms to provide a comfortable environment for customers and to promote evaporation of water from the floor surface which in turn increases health and safety. Where possible, HWHP recommends all indoor pool facilities implement underfloor heating in the changing rooms to help control the indoor environment. Clients who have installed underfloor heating, despite any initial apprehension, are grateful that they did because the feedback and patronage they receive justifies it.
- The mechanical room for housing the pool filtration system, heat pump and Vent-Air equipment was too small. Thankfully, HWHP and Bonnifait + Giesen were quickly able to work together to overcome this difficulty. The mechanical room was enlarged and four smaller Duoheat heat pumps and Vent-Air air handlers were used rather than one or two large units. The use of four heat pumps also allowed for greater control over part load and full load heating requirements.
The installation and commissioning of the equipment at Streamline Swim Academy was completed in late 2017. An update with the owners revealed that the facility has been a great success. The pool environment is good, there is no condensation at all and the underfloor heating in the changing room really helps. Amy said she has appreciated the communication and speed of support.