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Claerhout Communication House Office

Ghent, Belgium


Claerhout Communication House is a full service advertising and communications agency. When opening their new office building, which provides office space for 45 employees and a conference room for 150 guests, flexibility was a highly important requirement in the design. It has to be easy to subdivide the large open spaces into smaller rooms. And it has to be easy to change the layout in function of future assignments and activities of the employees.

The main goals that were to be achieved were:

  • 30% less running costs
  • 50% less CO2 emissions
  • A healthy and comfortable working environment
  • A lean construction principle.

“Daikin experts give answers to our questions and provide the appropriate solution: refrigeration for the kitchen, cooling for the server room, virtually free hot water for the caretaker’s apartment and units for spaces without raised floors or a false ceiling. A completely integrated system with Daikin as the only supplier and point of contact.”

- Pieter Claerhout, CEO and owner of Claerhout Communication House

Open landscape office

Our employees work in an open landscape office. To efficiently be able to keep the temperature at a constant and comfortable level we opted for a Daikin heat recovery system.

Whenever the offices at the southern side get too warm the excess warmth is recovered for providing additional heating. 

Claerhout heat recovery

Mix of different VRV units


It is possible to subdivide the large open spaces into smaller rooms. This is why we opted for a mix of different VRV units: VRV heat recovery systems that ensure the comfort of the staff in the small individual offices where only a single person is working while cooling is needed in another room for a team meeting. We installed VRV heat pump systems for large meeting spaces since all of these have the same orientation.

The installation method used in this building is exceptional. Because the building owner did not want any false ceilings the entire technical infrastructure was fitted under a raised floor. Concealed units were used in this regard. The advantage of these units is that during setup the fan speed is automatically adjusted to overcome the resistance in the ducts. In that way we ensure optimal comfort and installation time is reduced.

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