Retrofit : Retrofit Volume 1 Issue 2 2012
24 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 1 NUMBER 2 2012 | Energy Efficiency T he consolidation of individual offices into a single building alone led to a significant reduction in the organisation’s energy use and carbon footprint. This, combined with a program to change employee behaviour and a retrofit of sophisticated energy management technology, has helped the business achieve significant energy savings. Building design Schneider Electric’s head office, like many businesses, operates in a leasing environment. 78 Waterloo Road is an example of how it is possible to implement energy efficiency practices as a tenant. The building design incorporates two pods interlinked by a central core atrium. The atrium is naturally illuminated and ventilated, allowing the penetration of natural airflow and natural light through the glazed automatic louvres. There are full- height, double-glazed curtain wall panels around the entire perimeter of the building, with terraces and balconies on each floor to integrate the indoor and outdoor spaces. The building utilises external automatic fabric blinds on the east and west, and automatic aluminium elliptical louvres on the north. This automated shading system is controlled through the base-build building management system with an inbuilt astrological clock. The blinds adjust in accordance with the sun’s position; there are also wind sensors to move the blinds when bad weather approaches. Retrofitting for state-of-the-art energy management As tenants, Schneider Electric added their own state-of-the-art energy management system, building management system and lighting control system integrated over a fibre backbone. EcoStruxure – its converged solutions architecture – maximises its energy efficiency potential through one seamless system. Some of the features include: • an on-site energy management system, which captures electricity meters connected via Ethernet (EGX) gateways, one gas meter and 16 water meters connected via programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to count the pulse output. The energy management system integrates with the building management system and security system, and the building has an impressive visual and interactive display in its foyer showing this information through one central touch point • remote/online energy management system with a CO2 emission calculator, allowing energy usage comparisons between other Schneider Electric Sustainability starts at home BY SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC 78 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park, is home to Schneider Electric’s new head office building in Sydney. The building was selected as the new site both for its energy-efficient design and its convenient location, which is the middle ground for many of Schneider Electric’s pre-existing sites. The initial move, which took place at the beginning of 2011, saw approximately 700 staff across seven individual Schneider Electric sites co-locate into Macquarie Park.
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