Seeing the light on energy efficiency

Iconic architecture combines with state-of-the art energy efficiency at Bridgewater Place, a 32-storey mixed use development in Leeds, thanks to Electrak’s Buscom combined power and signal busbar and KNX lighting control system.
M&E contractor SES (Shepherd Engineering Services) was tasked with the installation of all temperature control, power distribution and lighting throughout the building’s nine commercial floors. The company opted for Electrak’s buscom trunking and Lightrak KNX lighting control system after considering both pre-wired modular systems and intelligent busbar systems.
“Our installation plans were based around an open-plan office structure,” explained Ashley Rawson from SES. “But we had to factor in the fact that this could change if a tenant with a requirement for individual offices came on the scene. As a result, we opted for a modular approach and looked for products that would offer us maximum flexibility so that any changes would just be a quick and simple retrofit and re-commissioning.”
One of the key design elements introduced by architects, Aedas, is an abundance of natural light and part of the brief to SES was to enhance the building’s energy efficiency whilst completing the installation within a tight timeframe. By using KNX compatible lighting controls from Electrak across all 23,000m2 of commercial space the electrical installation supports these environmental principles, saving energy by ensuring that lights are switched off when the building is not in use and making it easy for individual occupiers to set the controls or add new elements to the system to meet their own needs. A combination of timers, daylight sensors and PIR motion detectors ensure that electrical light is always available when required, even out of hours, but is never wasted during the day.
Electrak provided SES with a complete design for the Lightrak installation for each floor, with full working drawings. This approach added to the speed of installation, allowing the company to control costs and complete each floor on schedule.

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