Chamaeleon III project win for DHHS Melbourne Residential High Rise Housing Towers

Released: 22-Aug-2016
public housing towers in Inner City Melbourne

enLighten Australia's award winning Chamaeleon III has been selected by Total Energy Solutions (TES) as the standard & emergency luminaires to deliver energy & maintenance savings for the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Victorian Public Housing Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project. TES is a specialised Energy Services Company (ESCO) delivering energy efficient solutions to large number customers in Australia since 2002.

The common area lighting upgrades form part of a larger scope of works including solar PV and HVAC upgrades across 14 public high rise buildings in inner city Melbourne. The EPC will deliver approximately 50% reduction in greenhouse gases and will be paid for by guaranteed savings over the 7-year commitment period.

Following a rigorous technical and financial due diligence analysis, the Energy Services Company (ESCO) Total Energy Solutions (TES) have selected the Chamaeleon III to replace ageing emergency and standard lighting in the common areas of 14 public DHHS Residential High-Rise housing towers in Inner City Melbourne.

Why the Chamaeleon III?

According to TES Managing Director, Fazle Mannan, it was the past performance of the Chamaeleon light across 255 NSW Land & Housing Corporation sites and the ongoing maintenance savings offered by the Chamaeleon III's award winning design features such as the self-test capability that resulted in their rigorous selection process win.

"TES as Head Contractor is financially held to account to deliver the guaranteed savings. TES therefore wanted to make absolutely sure that they installed only quality fittings that will deliver the guaranteed savings over the 7 year period. The Chamaeleon III was supported by enLighten Australia with a 7 year warranty".

Some Chamaeleon III maintenance saving features included an optional vandal proof skirt, the quick and simple replacement of emergency batteries without the need to disconnect the light and a monthly emergency self-test which is automatically run without interrupting the operation of the light.

enLighten Australia CEO Steve Cahill comments on the project win. “After the success of the NSW Housing installations which took place from 2011-15, we welcome the Victorian DHHS EPC model, which places a strong emphasis on lights that can deliver energy and maintenance savings over 7 years”.

“This is in contrast to low cost upgrades that are based on Government rebates as the prime funding source. These assessments fail to account for component quality, product life & warranty support and often last only 2-3 years.”

What is an Energy Performance Contract?

An Energy Performance Contract (EPC) is a process where an Energy Services Company (ESCO) acting as Head Contractor is engaged to design, implement, verify and guarantee the savings from an energy efficiency project. This method of delivering energy efficiency upgrades to buildings is considered low risk to building owners, as the EPC aims to achieve a bundled 7-year simple payback period for all projects, i.e. the total combination of projects must pay for themselves with the savings achieved over 7 years.

Victoria's Efficient Government Buildings Program

The Efficient Government Buildings (EGB) program (previously known as the Greener Government Buildings GGB program) is a Victorian Government program that reduces operating costs to Government by implementing energy efficiency retrofits of existing government buildings.

Since its establishment in 2009, the EGB program has invested $134 million in upgrades to 389 government buildings. Over 15 years, these projects are estimated to achieve cost savings of $335 million, resulting in a positive net present value of $107 million and the annual avoidance of 134,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (a 5.1 percent saving on total government building emissions). The majority of these savings have been achieved through Energy Performance Contracting (EPC).

The project is scheduled to start in October 2016. enLighten Australia will support Total Energy Solutions with final site auditing prior to installation.

Maintenance saving features include the vandal proof skirt, the simple replacement of emergency batteries without the need to disconnect the light and the monthly self test which is automatically run without interrupting the operation of the light.

What is an Energy Performance Contract?

An Energy Performance Contract (EPC) is a process where a contractor is engaged to design, implement, verify and guarantee the savings from an energy efficiency project. This method of delivering energy efficiency upgrades to buildings is considered low risk to building owners, as the EPC aims to achieve a 7-year simple payback period for all projects, i.e. projects must pay for themselves with the savings achieved over 7 years.

Victoria's Efficient Government Buildings Program

The Efficient Government Buildings (EGB) program (previously known as the Greener Government Buildings GGB program)  is a Victorian Government program that reduces operating costs to Government by implementing energy efficiency retrofits of existing government buildings.

Since its establishment in 2009, the EGB program has invested $134 million in upgrades to 389 government buildings. Over 15 years, these projects are estimated to achieve cost savings of $335 million, resulting in a positive net present value of $107 million and the annual avoidance of 134,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (a 5.1 percent saving on total government building emissions). The majority of these savings have been achieved through  Energy Performance Contracting (EPC).

The project is scheduled to start in October 2016. enLighten Australia will support Total Energy Solutions with site auditing prior to installation.

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