Ellandi LEDs the way

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 12th Oct 2017
The operation of shopping centres consumes a lot of electricity, but by working with specialist sustainability advisor CO2 Target, community shopping centre investor Ellandi has managed to reduce its CO2 footprint with cumulative electricity consumption reduced by 2.2 million Kwh across its portfolio, improving the mall environment for shoppers and saving money for its retail occupiers.   

At the Marlands shopping centre in Southampton, the mall lighting was no longer fit for purpose and provided a weakly lit shopping experience for the 6 million people that shop there each year. Co2 Target worked with Ellandi to identify changes that could be made using LED bulbs which consume 90% less energy and have a lifespan 40 times that of non LEDs’s. There were 705 no. luminaires replaced in the project, 149 no. of which were emergency lights. To help with the speed of the installation and reduce landfill, the existing wiring was used.   

David Geddes of Co2 Target explains “The new LED’s were installed alongside automated emergency lighting as well as a wireless control system using occupancy and daylight sensors. The overall project delivered financial savings to our retailers through significant reductions to electricity costs and facilities management savings. In addition the quality of the mall lighting was improved delivering a better experience for our shoppers.”  

Similarly, Ellandi’s work with Co2 Target at the Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle saw the complete replacement of lighting in the 560 space multi storey car park. The project delivered large energy savings, but also hugely enhanced the car park’s look and feel making it a brighter, safer environment for shoppers. 

The solution incorporated the use of daylight on the roof level of the car park, using daylight-harvesting technology. The solution was to replace all lights including the emergency lights, with modern LED luminaires that incorporated wireless controls and self-test, automated emergency lighting. 

The annual energy spend of the old lights was £69,000 and the annual facility spend to maintain the car park lighting was £7,500. The total energy and facilities management saving was £70,000 pa providing a return on investment for the investor of just under three years. 

Jonathan Robson, Asset Management Director at Ellandi commented “As a major landlord, we recognise our responsibility to do all we can to assist in reducing the Co2 footprint of the Centres we manage. These two case studies at Bootle and Southampton are among many that demonstrate our continued proactive approach to sustainability across our portfolio that enables us to reduce energy costs for our retailers as well as deliver an improved experience for our shoppers - a genuine win win all round!” 

The growing importance of Building Information Modelling (BIM) means that energy will become an integral component of the way buildings are designed, constructed and used. Co2 Target is an energy management company that was established to provide organisations in all sectors with the specialise knowledge and expert help needed to minimise energy consumption and costs. 

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