• Investigate site energy use
• Provide recommendations
• Improve comfort & save energy
Partners Energy was engaged as energy consultant for Coffs Harbour National Marine Science Centre (CHNMSC) in mid 2009. The project was undertaken over a 2 month period. The Science Centre is based on the north coast of NSW and senior management were keen to improve the overall efficiency of the building. Staff comfort levels were also an important consideration. CHNMSC also wanted to address the rising cost of electricity when operating their 2,000 sq metre mixed-use facility. Air-conditioning use was of particular interest with staff of the Centre believing air-conditioning was a high proportion of overall electricity use at the site.
Data analysis of electricity usage allowed the ‘base-load’ of the Centre to be established. It showed that air- conditioning was a major contributor to the ‘base-load’ and this was attributed to the operating times of central air-conditioning units. This project highlighted the limitations of the buildings as the external design elements were continually working ‘against’ internal comfort. In these cases running large heaters/coolers is often the only solution available. As a consequence of this work, the client felt empowered to review the limitations of the building design and seek assistance in improving its performance. After this action, the air-con system will be addressed to assess its overall suitability.
January 1, 2016