CIAT devotes around 5% of its turnover to research and development.
Its Research and Innovation Centre works in close collaboration with the strategic marketing department to anticipate future needs, find technological breakthroughs, and build research programmes to place CIAT at the vanguard of air quality and comfort with the most cost-effective energy solutions.
It is divided into four main departments:
The main objectives of the energy department, staffed by specialists in heat transfer, thermodynamic systems and airflow engineering, are geared towards developing powerful heat exchangers and high-efficiency units in particular.
The indoor air quality department is made up of specialists in airflow engineering, acoustics, and air handling (particles, bacteria, chemicals) and its implications on health. Its main objectives are to simulate the installation and operation of our equipment in real environments and evaluate the impact on the comfort and health of the occupants.
The electronics-communicating systems department is staffed by engineers specialised in the control of our machines and systems. They work to develop effective controllers that optimise the operation and reliability of our systems. The department has recently been placed in charge of ensuring the consistency of our communications protocols and their interoperability with building management systems (BMS).
The science and test support department, staffed by experts in metrology and test facilities, intervenes in addition to the support provided by other departments to optimise characterisation tests requested by the divisions. It is also in charge of relations with the entire profession, a profession in which CIAT's reputation and expertise are unanimously recognised (Eurovent, CETIAT, UNICLIMA).
CIAT's laboratories cover a surface area of over 4,500 m² and are equipped with test facilities that are unique in Europe.
The skills and expertise of its women and men and the quality of its test facilities make CIAT's Research and Innovation Centre a valued and sought-after partner for international research programmes. This reputation has allowed the group to forge a particularly close-knit network of partners (universities and technical centres) thus helping it master the scientific fundamentals necessary for the group's development.