Sabiana heats the Airbus giant nest in Toulouse

Airbus is the biggest passenger plane ever built in the world. The challenge a consortium of Franco-German companies took on to compete against the big international players in the aeronautical industry, such as Boeing, McDonnell and others. A challenge that has proved a triumph: the Airbus A380, the passenger plane that at 47 metres in height, 250 metres surface and 32,000 tonnes in weight can carry more than 500 passengers at a time, has been built since 2005, in Toulouse, France. Numbers and performance that make the aircraft the most advanced European technological project. However, just like whenever one challenge is accomplished, there is usually another waiting round the corner: in this case, how to make the Airbus eco-efficient? Through research the company has also achieved this important result: starting in 2007, beyond all expectations, Airbus has been carrying more passengers over long distances at lower costs. The A380, the jewel in the Franco-German consortium’s crown, has a range of 15,300 km/8,300 nautical miles, and is the preferred aircraft by international airlines. Whenever pursuing such ambitious objectives, certain difficulties always arise along the way. One of these was: how to guarantee the comfort of the people working on the construction of these “giants”, at different heights, inside the production facilities? How can the structure be heated uniformly and efficiently? Indeed the building, covering 165,000 m2 and measuring 47 metres in height, raised several different problems. It is very hard to keep a constant temperature inside such a unique space. This is where the challenge began for Sabiana: to find the solution a this problem. A challenge that Sabiana successfully tackled: the best European designers, following detailed research, decided to use Sabiana Duck Strip hot water radiant strips, the only technical solution that was able to solve the problems and achieve the objective of heating the giant’s nest in the best possible way. The building was fitted with 18,000 m2 of heating strips, at up to 40 metres in height, giving a variation in air temperature of just 0.1°C for each metre of height, offering ideal working conditions, for workers on the factory floor, working on the wings, and on the fuselage. Duck Strip radiant heating strips heat every Airbus A380 under construction in complete silence, with no moving air, with a uniform temperature throughout the environment and without the risk of fire. And, by exploiting water-source technology, they also ensure significant energy savings.