Lighting | Freshwater Place

Freshwater Place
  • 530 apartments
  • 62 levels
  • gymnasium
  • pool, spa, sauna
  • rooftop half acre garden

In 2010 Freshwater's committee appointed a consultant to audit the complex's energy usage and develop a 5 year electricity reduction strategy. Staged implementation of the strategy is underway with large projected energy and cost savings. Individual unit owners were given to opportunity to purchase LED's for use in their unit at the bulk purchase price, assisting overall reduction.

In 2010 the Freshwater Place Committee of Management engaged a consultant to undertake an energy audit in order to:

  • Assess overall energy consumption and establish energy consumption benchmarks
  • Identify practical opportunities to reduce consumption and costs
  • Develop a 5 year strategy to reduce electricity use, exposure to
  • increasing electricity prices and carbon levies
  • Achieve additional benefits such as improved service quality, maintainability and operability.

The total annual GHG emissions for Freshwater Place are equivalent to 3223 cars or 1074 homes. This equates to approximately 6 cars (2 homes) per apartment.

The audit identified a number of opportunities to reduce energy consumption with lighting and HVAC (heating, cooling and air-conditioning) changes. The greatest visual impact for residents was lighting (e.g. the car park, corridor lighting, gym & change rooms, and foyers). These areas represented around 12% of total electricity consumption. Of this, 42% was associated with the car park and 33% the corridors.

The Committee allocated $40K to replace 1,200 20 watt halogen down lights with a 6 watt LED and driver for the whole building. A project plan was developed incorporating measures of improvement, the ROI, and methods for getting the message out to the residents.

Comparison between halogen and LEDs showed that making the change would reduce electricity consumption by 62,231 kWh/yr and reduce CO2 emissions by 84,012 kg/year, with a payback of 2.32 years and an ROI of 39.40%.

Residents were given the opportunity to purchase LEDs at the same bulk price negotiated for the common areas.

Source: Facilities Management Good Practice Guide, Multi-Unit Residential

Last Updated: 
Mon 15/10/2012

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