Stephex

Stephex Group offers a range of horse-related products and activities. Its subsidiary Stephex Horsetrucks is the absolute market leader in the development of (luxury) equestrian vehicles. For their brand-new workshop and offices in Wolvertem, they relied on Borcalor to install the best HVAC system. Ruben Somers, project manager at Borcalor, explains how the company found a sustainable solution to the greatest challenges - quite literally.

“We found a sustainable solution to the greatest challenges - quite literally”

Design and build

Ruben: “We carried out the project at Stephex entirely in line with the ‘design and build’ principle. That means we developed and subsequently implemented the HVAC plan ourselves. For example, we installed air-to-air heat pumps to heat the workshop. The main advantage of this system is that it can both heat and cool, ensuring a pleasant indoor climate in summer too. Given the very large size of the workshop and the high ceilings, and considering it is used to build large trailers, we installed about ten 20-kilowatt units with very large diameters in order to be able to adequately heat and cool the entire space. In addition to the heat pumps, we took care of the ventilation, heating and plumbing in the office spaces.”

 

Eco-friendly solutions

"Sustainability played a key role in this project, partly because the roof of the workshop was covered in solar panels. We therefore opted for a system that runs fully on electricity. We also installed the supply pipes for the truck wash, which we connected to the rainwater system via a large rainwater cistern and a pressurised water pump. Far more eco-friendly than using municipal water!”

 

Joining forces

"For the refrigeration part of this particular project, we called in an extra installation crew from our sister company Cooltech. That's the advantage of being part of a larger group like Climagroup: since you can exchange both your knowledge and workforce, you can meet deadlines more easily and solve challenges more quickly."

 

A single point of contact

"Another great advantage of Borcalor is that the client has a single contact person. While for most projects there is a separate contact person for heating, cooling and plumbing, at Borcalor it is one and the same person. So if the customer has a question about the design, the price or the implementation, they can always turn to the same person."

Climagroup comprises seven companies that came together to share their passion, experience and know-how. Although Cooltech, Borcalor, Rob Air, Pure Air, De Noyette, Milieu & Koeltechniek and Climabel each retain their unique character, when combined together as the Climagroup, they offer the customer a much more powerful proposition.

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