Angus council measures up

Contractor Jay Dee Heating and Electrical has installed both Hager’s Klik Digital Connection System (DCS) for lighting control plus metering in Angus council’s new headquarters to meet the new amended Scottish building regulations.
The three storey building will have 300 people working in its open plan offices. Hager’s Klik DCS system controls all of the high frequency lighting using sensors that combine occupancy detection and daylight linking.

Klik DCS is a marshalling box that provides both power and data to a number of luminaries. Jay Dee heating used 4, 6 and 8 way boxes for the fittings.

The two rows of lights nearest the windows use the sensors to dim the lighting up and down in response to natural daylight levels. In addition, if no occupancy is detected after a set time out period the lights will dim down to a minimum level until occupancy is detected again.

The system also controls the lighting in the centre of the offices. This space receives little natural light so the sensors are only programmed to respond to occupancy. Remote control units located around the office area allow individuals to manually control light levels should they wish, this is particularly important in training and meeting rooms. Wall switches control the lighting in corridors and toilets.

Hager panel and distribution boards provide circuit protection for the new building. Extension boards house metering to measure energy consumption plus times switches and external photocells that control the external lighting surrounding the building.

The metering monitors energy consumption from both lighting and power circuits with the information collected and analysed by a building management system.

Angus council’s electrical engineer David Masterson said: “With the amended building standards coming into force in May, we felt as a council that we not only had to make every effort to exceed requirements but, also be able to measure our progress. This information can then be used to drive forward further energy efficiency measures in the future.”

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