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Hotel Air Conditioning Solutions

Daikin offers solutions for hotel applications. 

1. Daikin Air Conditioning Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) including VRV Water Cooled solutions, where:

  • The Daikin VRV system is a multi-split type air conditioner (one outdoor unit with multiple indoor units) for commercial buildings that uses variable refrigerant flow control developed by Daikin to provide customers with the ability to maintain individual zone control in each room and floor of a building.
  • Daikin VRV Water Cooled (VRV IV-W) is an individual air conditioning system that utilities water as a heat source. In this unique system, water is piped from a central cooling tower or boiler to the compact VRV IV-W unit (the equivalent of the outdoor unit/condenser in a conventional air conditioning system) and after heat exchange, refrigerant is piped from the VRV IV-W unit to each indoor unit.

VRV indoor units that are generally used:

  • Bulkhead units (ceiling concealed) — compact size to fit in wardrobe space. (Unit depth = 450mm)
  • High Wall (wall mounted) — with optional external expansion valve for quieter operation
  • Ducted Units (ceiling concealed) — complete with inbuilt drain pumps
  • Cassettes (ceiling mounted) — Roundflow cassettes with sensing panel or compact cassettes (600 x 600mm fully flat)

2. Chilled water systems. A chilled water system is a central heat generation / absorption plant that use water as a medium to transfer heat throughout the air conditioning network. It consist of various pressurised pipework, pumps, buffer tanks, valves, fan coil units and customisable controls.

The advantage of these systems over refrigerant based systems is that there are larger selection with more scope for customisation.

Generally VRV systems are used for small to medium buildings while chillers are used in large scale applications.

Chilled water systems can offer a higher efficiency than a VRV system. A Chilled water system does not have limitations on pipework length, this is dependent on the pump selection rather than the chiller. Chilled water systems (if maintained correctly) can last 10-15 years.

3. Fresh air processing for heating, cooling and indoor air quality treatment (modular AHU)

  • AHU (Air handling unit) is a system that pre-condition outdoor air for ventilation purposes as required by the Building code and reduces operational load of air conditioning system.Modular AHU are designed based on the client's requirements.

Hotel pack includes ability to interlock Card key access with air conditioning, scheduling, Central remote controller, Web access for off-site control (optional), Bacnet interface (optional), Energy monitoring (optional), integration with Hotel Management System. Wifi capabilities vary and are individual to each project and application.

Key Features


  • Wide range of indoor units to suit any space and design requirements
  • Black Fascia (optional) for Roundflow Cassette
  • Adjustable fan speeds of indoor units to meet acoustic requirements
  • Simultaneous heating and cooling option with lower energy use and better thermal comfort for occupants
  • Single outdoor unit (horizontal or vertical discharge) with multiple indoor units
  • Future expansion capabilities by providing additional ports on Heat recovery branch selector boxes
  • Long piping runs allows an installation of outdoor units on the roof or basement
  • Various options available for control solutions to meet client’s requirements: Madoka designer wall mounted controller (optional), Simplified wall mounted controller (optional), Central Controller (iTM), Bacnet interface for connection to third party BMS etc.

VRV Water Cooled include all the key features of conventional VRV and additional:

  • Condensers are unified for heat pump or heat recovery
  • Condensers are to be placed inside the building that allows to adapt to creative building facades
  • Compact condensers size allows for double-stacked installation to minimise spatial requirements
  • 2-stage heat recovery operation improves energy efficiency: first stage within refrigerant system itself, second stage within water loop.
  • Continuous operation for cold climates — heating performance with no defrost
  • Can be used for retrofit retaining the cooling tower and boiler of the old system
  • Significantly reduced refrigerant charge comparing to conventional VRV that, in the most cases, allows to comply with refrigerant concentration standards without any extra mitigation measures

Chilled Water Systems

  • Low GWP Refrigerant
  • Roof mounted or floor mounted
  • Enclosed plant rooms
  • Compact systems to allow retrofitting with a small footprint
  • Full BMS compatible
  • Variable water and airflow compatible
  • Air-cooled EWAT, EWYT,EWAD, EWAA, EWLD, EWAH series
  • Modular options available UAL — available for future expansion
  • Simultaneous heating and cooling available with EWYD
  • Water cooled EWWD-VZ, EWWH-VZ, ZUWV
  • Master and slave configuration available
  • Secondary setpoints for set-back operation (reduced noise)


  • Various levels of filtration for indoor air quality requirements (HEPA filtration)
  • EC fans
  • Coil coatings
  • Chilled water coils
  • Supply / Return connection points adjustable
  • Various wall thicknesses and thermal breaks
  • Inspection windows for inspection without shutdown
  • Plate or rotary heat recovery options
  • UV treatment available for sanitisation of air
  • Can be provided in sections or kit set and assembled on site
Scope of Use

Scope of Use is dictated by required capacity of air conditioning system and design conditions that should fall into Operation Range of the chosen system:

VRV systems: 

VRV heat pumps (non-simultaneous heating and cooling) come in 2 main series:

  • VRV-S/VRV-S HSE (horizontal discharge, smaller units: 9-24kW Cooling/10-26 kW Heating)
  • VRV H (vertical discharge, bigger units: 16-168 kW Cooling/18-189 kW Heating)

VRV R heat recovery systems (simultaneous heating and cooling) come as vertical discharge units from 16 to 168 kW Cooling/18-189 kW heating.'

Operation range:

  • VRV H and VRV R: Cooling: -5 to 49 CDB Heating: -20 to 15.5 CWB
  • VRV-S HSE: -5 to 52 CDB Heating: -20 to 15.5 CWB
  • VRV-S: -5 to 46 CDB Heating: -20 to 15.5 CWB
  • VRV indoors: Cooling: 20CDB/14CWB to 32 CDB/24CWB Heating: 14 to 24CDB

VRV Water Cooled systems come as modular condensers of 16 kW, 22.4 kW, 28.0 kW & 33.5 kW that may be combined for a maximum capacity of 101kW rated Cooling.

Operation range:

  • Inlet Water temperature 10° to 45°C

Chilled water systems:

Operation range: Design water temperature (adjustable) generally

  • Cooling: 7 LWT / 12 EWT Summer conditions of 35 degrees
  • Heating: 45 LWT, 40 EWT. Generally used as a central A/C system

Air cooled Chillers

  • EWAT: 81kW ~ 701kW
  • EWAQ: 16.8kW – 75.3kW
  • EWAD-TZ: 153kW ~1965kW

Air cooled heat pumps

  • EWYT: 85kW ~ 670kW
  • EWYQ: 16.6kW ~ 74.7kW
  • EWYD: 358kW~786kW

Water cooled Chiller

  • EWWD-VZ: 449kW~2074kW
  • EWWD-DZ: 320kW~2173kW
  • EWWQ-G: 91-369kW

Modular AHUs can be optimised based on clients’ requirements and performance for either chilled water or DX system.

  • Airflow 330 to 25000 L/s
  • Static Pressure up to 2000 Pa
Limitations on Use
  • Varying limits on pipework and connection ratio apply based on systems and its capacities used in the project
  • For corrosive outdoor environments, additional treatment is required such as Blygold. Applications include indoor swimming pools and coastal environments
  • Outdoor units are not recommended to install in enclosed spaces unless required air intake volume and exhaust provided to and from the space
  • VRV Water Cooled systems require fixed inlet water speed
  • Refrigerant concentration compliance with AS/NZS 5149.1 & 5149.3 (R410a only for VRV)
  • Daikin offer an assistance with refrigerant concentration compliance volumes and mitigation methods on project basis
  • Chilled Water: Basement plant room installation may require leak detection systems based on ventilation rates
  • Daikin systems are designed for human comfort only — contact the Daikin team to discuss other applications
  • Please contact Daikin for full information
Statement of Building Code Compliance
  • Full range of Daikin products have been tested and registered in accordance with MEPS requirements
In-Service History

VRV systems can server 10+ years with a regular maintenance and service plan.

Some of the existing hotels with VRV systems are:

  • Ryman Hamilton — VRV heat recovery systems
  • Ramada New Market — VRV Watercooled systems
  • Hilton Karaka — VRV Heat recovery with refrigerant leak detectors

Chilled water systems with a regular maintenance and service plan can serve:

  • 10-15 years for air cooled chillers
  • 15-30 years for water cooled chillers

Existing Chiller site:

  • Kayne Residence
Other Performance Attributes
  • Both VRV solutions come with the standard option of VRT smart technology. This technology allows the fluctuation of the refrigerant temperature. This provides better thermal comfort of the supply air temperature provided to the occupants and results in energy savings
  • Blygold Coatings (on request)will prolong the life of the outdoor unit coupled with a maintenance plan.
  • Daikin is able to provide in-house CFD analysis for our VRV and Chilled water systems to ensure plant spaces are accurately designed to accommodate Daikin systems. This analysis will also give an indication if the units will be short cycling, creating inefficiencies in the operation
  • Refrigerant leak detectors can also be provided by Daikin with these VRV/chilled water systems to comply to standard AS/NZS 5149.1 and 5149.3. This solution can be integrated to operate with Daikin's ITM (central controller) to provide a compliant solution to refrigerant detector system
  • In house technical support / sales and commissioning team for chilled water systems


  • All of Daikin's VRV systems (vertical discharge) come with a standard 1 year warranty on labour, 3 year warranty on compressor. Options for extended warranty are available, as well as 'Health checks' maintenance plan
  • Chilled water systems warranty is a 1 year warranty from date of commissioning. Extended warranties available — subject to warranty maintenance
  • Modular AHU systems is a 1 year warranty from a date of commissioning
Technical Brochure: Daikin VRV Series
Technical Brochure: SkyAir Series
Technical Manual: DM AHU

As one of New Zealand's most trusted names in air conditioning, Daikin can be found in homes, businesses, and community projects across New Zealand.

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