Tuesday, 26 April 2011

City of Sydney sheds light on saving energy

Summaries - Australian Financial Review
12 April 2011, Page: 4

The CitySwitch Green Office venture is being largely driven by the efforts of the City of Sydney council, which is going to tender at the end of April to install LED technology in 8500 street lights. "We could probably achieve across the city savings of about 40% compared with current technology", Garry Harding, director of city operations, says. Nine manufacturers have taken part in a trial of "smart control" lights since November, including Gerard Lighting Group division Sylvania Lighting Australasia, GE, iGuzzini, Philips Lighting and Osram.

According to Chris Derksema, sustainability director at the City of Sydney council, LED street lights have already reduced lighting consumption by 50%, an impressive result given building owners are required to disclose the energy performance of their properties whenever they sub lease, lease or sell the building under the Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act. LED technology also helped Stockland secure a five star National Australian Built Environment Rating System rating.