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1. (WO2007010314) AIR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR AN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM
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CLAIMS
1. An air distribution system for an air conditioning system, said air distribution system comprising:
an air supply; and
a plurality of air distribution units, the air distribution units arranged in a side-by-side configuration;
wherein the air supply is operably connected to at least one of the air distribution units and wherein each air distribution unit comprises a delivery means for delivering air from the air supply through the air distribution unit and into an adjacent air distribution unit.

2. The air distribution system of claim I3 wherein each air distribution unit is operably coupled with a fan coil unit.

3. The air distribution system of claim 2, wherein a first aperture in the air distribution unit and a co-operating aperture in the fan coil unit operably couple the units together.

4. The air distribution system of claim 3, wherein a spigot is associated with the first aperture.

5. The air distribution system of claim 4, wherein airflow control means are provided in said spigot, for controlling the flow of air between the air distribution unit and the fan coil unit.

6. The air distribution system of any preceding claim, wherein the air supply comprises an inlet for supplying unconditioned air from a source external to the air distribution system and a duct for transferring the external, unconditioned air to the at least one air distribution unit.

7. The air distribution system of any preceding claim, wherein the air supply is operably connected to only one of the plurality of air distribution units.

8. The air distribution system of claim 7, wherein the air supply is operably connected to a first air distribution unit, said first air distribution unit having only one adjacent air distribution unit in the side-by-side configuration.

9. The air distribution system of claim 8, wherein the air supply is operably connected to a first side of the first air distribution unit, said first side being opposite a second side of the first air distribution unit and the second side being operably connected by the delivery means to the adjacent air distribution unit.

10. The air distribution system of any preceding claim, further comprising sealing means for providing a substantially air-tight connection between the air supply and the delivery means of the at least one air distribution unit.

11. The air distribution system of any preceding claim, further comprising closure means for providing a substantially air-tight closure for the delivery means of at least one of the air distribution units.

12. The air distribution system of claim 113 wherein the closure means comprises a cap.

13. The air distribution system of any of claims 1 to 9, further comprising a seal for providing a substantially air-tight connection between the air supply and the delivery means of the first air distribution unit of the plurality of side-by- side air distribution units, and a cap for providing a substantially air-tight closure for the delivery means of a last air distribution unit of the plurality of air distribution units such that a channel from the air supply through the air distribution units is provided.

14. The air distribution system of any preceding claim, wherein the delivery means of the air distribution unit comprises an aperture provided in one side wall of the air distribution unit and a further aperture provided in the opposite side wall of the air distribution unit.

15. The air distribution system of any preceding claim, wherein the air distribution unit further comprises an outlet for distributing conditioning air from the air distribution unit and an inlet for receiving return conditioned air into the air distribution unit.

16. An air distribution unit comprising:
an outlet for distributing air to a space to be conditioned or ventilated; an inlet for receiving air from the space to be conditioned or ventilated.

and
air delivery means, said air delivery means comprising a pair of
( apertures, one aperture disposed in one wall of the unit and the other aperture
disposed in an opposite wall of the unit, for delivering air from an air supply
through the air distribution unit and into an adjacent air distribution unit.

17. The air distribution unit of claim 16, wherein a fresh air supply is operably
connected to the air distribution unit via one of the pair of apertures.

18. The air distribution unit of claim 17, wherein the air distribution unit is the
first of a plurality of air distribution units arranged in a side-by-side configuration, such that air from the fresh air supply is provided through the
first air distribution unit to each of the consecutive, side-by-side air distribution units via a pair of apertures disposed in each air distribution unit.

19. An air distribution system for an air conditioning system, said air distribution
system comprising a plurality of air distribution units, the air distribution units arranged in a side-by-side configuration, wherein each air distribution unit comprises a delivery means such that air from an air supply is deliverable
through the air distribution unit and into an adjacent air distribution unit.

20. A method of providing conditioned air to a space to be conditioned, the
method comprising:
providing air from an air source to an aperture in the sidewall of an air
distribution unit, wherein the air distribution unit is the first unit in a plurality of air distribution units arranged in a side-by-side configuration, each air distribution unit having a further aperture disposed in each side wall that lies adjacent another air distribution unit;
providing the air in the air distribution units to a plurality of fan coil units operably associated with the air distribution units and conditioning the air in the fan coil units;
distributing the conditioned air from the fan coil units via the distribution units to the space to be conditioned; and
receiving, at the air distribution units, return air from the space to be conditioned, wherein further air provided by the air source is mixed with the return air and the mixed air is conditioned in the fan coil units as the method is repeated.

21. An air conditioning system comprising:
an air supply;
a plurality of fan coil units, the fan coil units arranged in a side-by-side configuration; and
a plurality of air distribution units, the air distribution units arranged in a side-by-side configuration, each air distribution unit operably associated with at least one of the plurality of fan coil units such that air can flow between them; wherein the air supply is operably connected to at least one of the air distribution units, and each air distribution unit comprises a delivery means for delivering air from the air supply through the air distribution unit and into an adjacent air distribution unit.

2. The air conditioning system of claim 21, wherein each air distribution unit comprises a spigot, said spigot operably associated with an aperture in said fan coil unit and said spigot comprising airflow control means for controlling the flow of air between the air distribution unit and the fan coil unit.