Edinburgh International Conference Centre takes more control of its lighting and save energy
The replacement of the lighting-control system in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre has made possible far more effective control and reduced energy and maintenance costs
Dynalite Europe has installed a lighting-control system incorporating its Mapview energy-management software to replace an existing system in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Mike Floyd, the centre’s facilities manager, explains, ‘We chose the Dynalite lighting-control system to effectively reduce energy wastage to improve our housekeeping and facilitate a smarter building operation which can help to reduce the EICC’s carbon footprint. As it is extremely sophisticated, it enables us to monitor our lighting systems to create more effective time schedules which reflect actual usage, rather than having to rely on educated guesswork. ‘I can take a report off the system that tells me where energy consumption is high and where lighting has been left on at night or when sectors of the building are unused at certain periods of the day. I can access this information to keep track of what is happening within the whole of the lighting system, including remotely turning off or dimming lighting.’ The project includes adding movement sensors into public toilets and corridors to turn off lights when these areas are unoccupied. At the front of the building, the Dynalite system is linked to lux sensors to measure that natural light coming in through the large plate-glass windows and turning off lights near the windows when appropriate. In some areas, light output has been reduced by some 20%. For this retrofit project, the lighting-control system used the existing data network and mains cabling to reduce installation time. The replacement was like-for-like, and the compact design of the Dynalite dimmer control panels ensured that they could easily be installed in the same locations as the existing panels — with space to spare.