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Haden Office Achieves 4 star ABGR

04/02/2008

Haden’s Head Office, situated in Rydalmere, Sydney achieved a whole building 4 Star ABGR (Australian Building Greenhouse Rating) through the energy saving schemes initiated by employees.

The challenge to obtain a base line rating and improve the building’s rating further was an outcome of Haden’s involvement in the 3CBDs programme, jointly coordinated by the City of Sydney, North Sydney and Parramata City Councils. The programme is aimed at assisting tenants to achieve energy efficiency in their current buildings. 

Haden’s decision to join the 3CBDs program was the result of a grassroots Environmental Sustainability Committee formed by employees occupying the building, including members from Haden’s sister companies O’Donnel Griffin, WF Energy Controls and parent company Norfolk, an ASX listed company. The Committee developed an Energy Action Plan to reduce the energy consumption of the building.

This included:

  • reduction of hours of operation of A/C systems to suit the occupancy hours
  • Installation of electrical submeters on all lighting and power circuits
  • lighting replacement with higher efficiecny T5 lamps and electronic ballasts
  • installing boiling unit timers
  • energy saving controls on IT equipment enabled
  • LCD screens for PCs throughout
  • Staff awareness and communication program
  • Energy consumption tracking and performance reporting
  • use of blinds to facilitate light and heating/cooling efficiency.

The rating is based on the 12 month operational energy use throughout the building, and reflects the office's energy performance and lower emissions of greenhouse gases.

"Haden assists our customers to install, operate and maintain energy efficient & environmentally friendly air-conditioning systems. Being a part of the 3CBDs Greenhouse Initiative better allows us to demonstrate our commitment that Haden’s facilities and processes seek to minimise our impact on the environment” said David Rafter, CEO Norfolk Mechanical.

The Committee and employees are now focusing on raising the rating to 4.5 Stars by June this year to meet the 3CBDs commitment. 

Contact
Richard Nicholson
Divisional Sales Manager

Haden Engineering Pty Limited
Int: 61 417 231 551
Aus:  0417 231 551

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