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A national museum leads the way for sustainability practices with major reductions in energy consumption

Client Overview
As a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture, this national museum has recognized their responsibility to act on environmental sustainability. The museum has been able to play an active role in sustainability practices through engaging Ecosave to secure works under an Energy Performance Contract (EPC). Thanks to government funding the museum has been able to complete this EPC with Ecosave to support their goal of becoming carbon neutral.

Challenges & Objectives
• Secure funding for the Ecosave Energy Performance Contract
• Reap the environmental and financial benefits that energy efficiency provides
• Reduce energy usage
• Slash maintenance costs
• Improved safety though higher light levels
• Become recognized as an industry leading example of sustainability practices

What was Recommended?
The museum’s Project Coordinator engaged Ecosave to implement energy efficient lighting upgrades that would result in lower energy consumption and maximize comfort and safety levels for employees and visitors. Ecosave proposed a lighting upgrade to energy-efficient LED lights with inbuilt motions sensors which increases energy savings by dimming the lights when nobody is occupying the area.

What Happened?
• Ecosave designed a solution that would be most cost effective for the client’s needs, carrying out
these works with utmost care to protect the priceless and irreplaceable specimens contained at the
museum. All whilst operating under the strict guidelines of COVID safe procedures.
• Ecosave implemented significant lighting upgrades replacing nearly 2,000 fluorescent luminaires with
energy-efficient LED lights across multiple areas of the seven buildings on site.

Ecosave took considerable care during the design phase to ensure the outcome was functional for employees undertaking all levels of work in every type of facility contained in the complex including:
• The main museum building (Lecture theatre, dining/function rooms, offices)
• research buildings (laboratories, offices, specimen storage rooms)

In particular, the Entomology storage area required extra working precautions. Ecosave contractors had to take exceptional care not to trigger the fire suppression systems, (that are extremely sensitive to dust particles) which would damage the museums irreplaceable specimens on activation. A personalized removal and installation plan ensured contractors were able to avoid disturbing delicate specimen storage cases and prevent activation of the fire suppression systems in the building.

What specifically changed?
The museum achieved their goal of becoming a leading example of what similar buildings can achieve in terms of energy reduction.

The benefits for the museum include:
• Reduced electricity bill by $36,482 annually by switching to lower usage LED lights and dimmer sensors.
• A massive 25% return on investment
• Improved specimen preservation efforts via removal of fluorescent lighting which takes away the negative effects of UV light in certain laboratory or specimen collection areas.
• Annual energy savings of 146,710 kWh/year

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