Airmaster’s work with Emporium Melbourne on driving efficiencies through a collaborative energy audit has been named as a finalist for the 2017 AIRAH Awards – Excellence in Sustainability category.
Opened in April 2014, Emporium Melbourne is a heritage building boasting world-class design and architecture, located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.
Owned by Vicinity Centres, it has a gross lettable area of 45,241 square metres.
Emporium is a relatively new building, only three years old. In isolation all of the site’s new plant equipment was operating at its peak performance, yet the energy consumption of the building was very high.
Emporium’s Operations Manager was seeking a solution that would assist in decreasing overall energy consumption whilst better understanding the building’s limitations. Additionally, the client was looking to establish a direction for future capital expenditure with sustainability front of mind.
An innovative project scope and tailor-made energy audit was developed that accurately identified & interpreted these needs.
The energy audit has gone on to determine a number of factors, including that in order to achieve maximum optimization for the plant room, with a goal for a reduction in energy savings, there must be synergy between each of the components from when the heat load is absorbed from the building and rejected to the outside air.
The findings resulted in the identification of 14% energy savings with a pay back period of 3.1 years.
The audit also identified a number of energy conservation measures and operational improvements in order to achieve energy savings. The client also received a road map allowing them a path to make better capital expenditure decisions in the future.