King George Central

In 2009, Leighton Properties, developers of the 28,000sqm King George Central commercial building project declared the ambitious target to achieve a 6 Star (As Built) Green Star rating and 5 Star NABERS rating

29 Jan 2014
 

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AE Smith integrated mechanical and electrical team collaboratively delivered the detailed design, sourcing, installation and commissioning of a gas generator, absorption chiller, emissions control, grid synchronisation controls, Building Management System (BMS) energy management system and AE Smith’s proprietary energy plant control system called “SEAM” (System Energy Analysis & Monitoring)

The objectives led Floth, the project engineering consultant, to recommend installation of a cogeneration onsite power plant. Working closely with Floth and Theiss, the primary building contractor, AE Smith delivered the entire cogeneration solution.

Our integrated mechanical and electrical team collaboratively delivered the detailed design, sourcing, installation and commissioning of a gas generator, absorption chiller, emissions control, grid synchronisation controls, Building Management System (BMS) energy management system and AE Smith’s proprietary energy plant control system called “SEAM” (System Energy Analysis & Monitoring).

Whilst cogeneration solutions traditionally produce electricity and heating, the warmer climate conditions of the Brisbane location reduce the need for heating and increase the requirements for cooling. This led to the inclusion of an absorption chiller to create chilled water for air conditioning.

SEAM, AE Smith’s proprietary control software provides King George Central’s building manager 24 hour remote access to detailed metrics on gas and electricity consumption, chilled water requirements and heat rejection. It also provides specific fault reporting and service alerts, simplifying the system maintenance process.

The 1067kW capacity cogeneration plant has significantly enhanced the reduction in CO2 emissions, equating to 29kg CO2/m2/annum less than a building with a 5 Star rating.

King George Central is the first building project in Australia to be publicly supported by the Heart Foundation.