ThermoZYKLUS for the UGECAM building in Marseille: eco-efficiency, consumption control & optimum comfort

Health and care facilities for the elderly and disabled must be designed to ensure the well-being of these people at all times. With regard to the residents' perception of warmth, thermal comfort is of particular importance. To enable a comfortable climate for residents and staff and to minimize health risks, it must be possible to guarantee stable temperatures.
The implementation of these solutions, which must be considered from both an economic and environmental point of view, requires comprehensive and appropriate measures. For the functional rehabilitation center in Marseille Valmante, the predictive process ThermoZYKLUS is used. This completely new concept for the control of heating and cooling systems was chosen for its economic and functional advantages and, in particular, for its unparalleled precision.
State-of-the-art technical equipment for residents and buildings
More than 12.000 m² on 3 levels

In total, this major project includes 110 hospital beds and a day care capacity of 40 places, as well as a fully equipped technical rehabilitation center with balneotherapy, the administrative headquarters, as well as logistics rooms and a relay kitchen for 150 people. The design and implementation of this project, developed mainly with a view to low environmental impact and high thermal comfort, are carried out in accordance with the principles of the French HQE standard for sustainable construction.

The most prestigious players in the French construction sector are involved: CARI PROVENCE, a subsidiary of the FAYAT Group, on the construction side, and COFELY AXIMA for the plant engineering sector.

The heating ordinance places high demands on both new buildings and those being renovated. From design to operation, everything must be done to ensure maximum eco-efficiency of the buildings: from heat generation to material selection - nothing is left to chance. It's no wonder, then, that when choosing the equipment for the new UGECAM building, the operators opted for a high-performance technological solution.

The issue of thermal comfort is crucial in healthcare facilities where people live who are debilitated by age or illness. Temperature fluctuations, which are perceived as uncomfortable by everyone, are really problematic for residents whose adaptive abilities are impaired. Maintaining a certain ambient temperature and optimal humidity, ensured by the ThermoZYKLUS system, quickly became a key factor for UGECAM in the well-being of residents.

An optimal solution that promises comfort and savings

Like a self-driving car that makes the right decisions in real time without the influence of a human driver and adapts to external conditions, the ThermoZYKLUS control unit also integrates its environment and controls the heating thanks to integrated artificial intelligence (AI). The AI is embedded in the central unit and follows a patented algorithm - predictive and automatic.

Dynamic: The ThermoZYKLUS system uses a unique process that differs from all other temperature regulation systems currently available. Faster and more efficient: The system ensures accuracy of +/- 0.15 °C from the set temperature - independent of the transmitter.

A room unit for any space: precision and performance guaranteed

Intelligent and self-learning: the system is able to recognize the characteristics of each heating system, the inertia of each transmitter and the behavior of each room. It controls the energy supply according to the actual demand, to always provide exactly the amount of heat needed to maintain the set temperature - so no energy is wasted.

In the UGECAM building in Marseille, the intelligent ThermoZYKLUS system automatically controls the low-temperature underfloor heating and cooling per room. This is done via 8 central units with an integrated patented algorithm, 103 RG programmable room units, and humidity sensors. In addition, the system also communicates with the air conditioning system.

The precise setting of the thermocyclic control, which keeps the ambient temperature within +/- 0.15 °C of the set temperature - i.e. a range of fluctuation imperceptible to the occupants - allows a comfortable indoor climate to be created at all times. The technical complexity of dew point management for the cooling floor installed due to the geographical location of the UGECAM building was optimally solved by the ThermoZYKLUS system. Thanks to the precise and automatically controlled humidity management, the regulation system prevents the formation of condensation. It preserves the durability of materials, optimizes comfort and protects the health of everyone in the building.

The operators also wanted to set up a window opening detection system to avoid wasting energy on ventilation - while complying with wiring regulations. At ThermoZYKLUS , opening detection is automatic. When a window is reported as open, the THZ control system then turns off the heating in the affected room. In the UGECAM building, this has proven to be a significant advantage. The communication capability of the ThermoZYKLUS system also allows for simplified control via Kieback & Peter's building automation system, making day-to-day management of the facility easier. Operational savings, expected fast ROI, simplicity and optimized comfort: a 100% successful project to the satisfaction of all - building users as well as building managers.

Contact: Marie-Christine Joubert - Photo credit: Jean-Luc Girod

Healthcare and accommodation facilities for the elderly and disabled must respond to the problems they face on a daily basis. Faced with the vulnerability of the occupants, thermal comfort appears to be a priority. The concern for the well-being of residents and staff with stable temperatures, the limitation of risks to health and the implementation of solutions that are both economical and respectful of the environment call for complete and adapted responses.

As part of the project to create a functional readaptation center in Marseille Valmante, terminal predictive regulation has been selected for its economic and functional benefits and, in particular, for its precision.

Plus de 12 000 m² on 3 levels

In total, 110 complete hospitalization beds and a day hospital with 40 places, as well as a complete technical training area with balneotherapy and an administrative reception area, logistics facilities and a kitchen with 150 covers make up this ambitious project, which was realized thanks to an HQE-inspired project and the CERTIVEA reference project for health establishments with 4 "top performing" classifications, including a low environmental impact and a high level of thermal comfort.

Ce marché réalisé en Conception-Construction fait intervenir des acteurs majeurs du marché avec pour installateur COFELY AXIMA (44), le bureau d'études fluides CERIS INGENIERIE (44), le maître d'ouvrage UGECAM PACAC (13) et le constructeur CARI FAYAT (06).

Une solution optimale alliant confort et économies

A l'UGECAM, le système intelligent ThermoZYKLUS régule automatiquement le PCBT rafraîchissant par pièce à l'aide de 8 unités centrales intégrant l'algorithme breveté, 103 sondes d'ambiance programmables RG et sondes hygrométriques et communique avec la GTC. Atouts clés : optimal thermal comfort with precision equal to +/- 0.15°C, fine hygrometric control - and in particular the complex technical management of the roasting point with the PCBT rafrachissant - to protect the health and durability of materials, substantial energy savings with automatic open door detection without the need for contacts - a key feature of the UGECAM, which required open door detection in the face of wiring constraints -, taking into account the inertia, free appliances and simple installation control via communication with GTC Kieback & Peter: a 100% successful project for the satisfaction of all, occupants and managers alike.

Une sonde d'ambiance dans chaque espace : précision et performance garanties
Intention of a final regulation for health care institutions

The thermal regulation formulates high requirements for new constructions. From design to operation, everything must be done to ensure maximum eco-efficiency of the buildings: production of heat, choice of materials, nothing is left to chance. In renovation work, the focus is on improving the environmental impact of the buildings.

Regardless of the heater or the level of insulation, high-performance chauffage regulation allows energy consumption to be optimized, economies to be achieved and operating costs to be reduced.

In addition, the issue of thermal comfort is crucial in places where people are affected by age or illness. The variations in temperature, which are perceived to be unimaginable for everyone, are a real problem for residents whose adaptive capacities are degraded. Maintaining a precise ambient temperature and an optimal level of air humidity ensured by efficient terminal regulation are key factors for the occupants' well-being.

La différence ThermoZYKLUS

In the image of an autonomous vehicle that makes the right decisions in real time depending on its
environnement pour anticiper sa trajectoire, la régulation ThermoZYKLUS intègre son environnement et contrôle le chauffage de façon prédictive et automatique grâce à l'intelligence artificielle embarquée de son algorithme breveté inhérent à son unité centrale.

Dynamique, la régulation ThermoZYKLUS fonctionne d'après un procédé unique différent de toutes les autres régulations existantes. More rapid and more performant, it ensures a precision of +/- 0.15°C with respect to the temperature of the console, regardless of the temperature sensor. Intelligent and auto-adaptive, it recognizes the characteristics of each heating system, the inertia of each heater, le comportement de chaque pièce et gère l'apport énergétique en fonction des besoins effectifs afin d'apporter toujours exactement la quantité de chaleur nécessaire au maintien de la température de consigne - juste assez et rien de plus pour éliminer tout gaspillage énergétique et surconsommation.
Contact: Marie-Christine Joubert - Photo credit: Jean-Luc Girod