AE Smith Delivers Northcott a 15% Energy Saving

Three months after AE Smith completed the energy upgrade, Northcott has already reduced energy usage by 15%

25 Jun 2014
 

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It is anticipated that the annual cost of service across HVAC and lighting will reduce by $31,000… It’s now very easy to track and adjust how we are using energy. Our staff and customers are more comfortable in the building, and we’re saving money

Northcott, a leading not-for-profit services provider for people with disabilities, secured their largest ever government sustainability grant in 2013 with the expert consultation of AE Smith’s National Sustainability Engineer, David Odd.

The Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) has provided large grants to many local governments and non-profit community groups for energy efficiency upgrades such as lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). These grants aim to improve the energy efficiency and amenity of council and community use facilities, including museums, aquatic and leisure centres, community clubs and town halls.

AE Smith’s National Sustainability Engineer, David Odd assisted Northcott, a provider of community services to people with disabilities, to develop a successful CEEP Round Two grant submission, with the energy upgrade occurring in the first quarter of 2014.

Ray Winfield, Northcott’s Facility Services Manager explained what the grant means to Northcott. “By improving our HVAC efficiency, we can redirect savings from energy back into providing essential quality services to the community.”

In total Northcott received $134,000 from the CEEP, which covered half of the cost of the energy upgrade.

The approved grant funds were utilised to upgrade the Northcott Centre. Solutions focused on improving the energy efficiency of current equipment and ensuring ongoing building efficiency with the use of intelligent technology. A new Building Management System (BMS), electronic expansion valves to control the chiller and LED lighting have been installed.

In addition to energy usage reduction, the upgrade is drastically reducing the cost of service for the Centre.

“Previously we had 6-8 complaints a week about flickering and defective lights,” said Ray Winfield. “Since the upgrade, we’ve had no complaints and as a result, no service calls to the maintenance team.”

It is anticipated that the annual cost of service across HVAC and lighting will reduce by $31,000.

By providing complete visibility of operations, user friendly energy reporting and remote monitoring via the internet, Northcott and the AE Smith service team now know exactly when, and what to service and how the building is consuming energy.

Winfield said of the solution, “It’s now very easy to track and adjust how we are using energy. Our staff and customers are more comfortable in the building, and we’re saving money.”

AE Smith engineers and technicians will work with Northcott facility management staff to fine tune the systems across the full 12 month post-project period ensuring systems are running at optimal levels and all available energy savings are realised.

This activity received funding from the Australian Government as part of the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP).

The project has delivered significant cost savings to Northcott with a payback period of 3.9 years. Importantly, it has realised the objectives of the CEEP, providing improved energy efficiency and increasing the amenity for staff and customers of Northcott.

About Northcott: Northcott is one of Australia’s leading organisations providing programs and services for children and adults with disabilities and their families living in NSW and the ACT. Committed to building an inclusive society where people can live the life they choose, Northcott supports people with physical, intellectual and rare or lesser known disabilities to help develop independence, confidence and life skills. For more information visit www.northcott.com.au