Six months on: FM Innovation Awards Workplace Winner

by Tiffany Paczek
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FM Media is recognising and celebrating innovation and excellence within the facilities management industry through its FM Innovation Awards, the first of which was held in early 2018 and saw a ceremony and celebration on day one of the Total Facilities expo.

The inaugural awards celebrated five categories within FM: Healthcare, Workplace, Hospitality, Education and Multi-Residential, as well as crowning an Overall Winner.

The worthy winner of the Workplace category was Melbourne Market Authority for its LED lighting upgrade, which was delivered and nominated by Beon Energy Solutions and Next Generation Electrical.

To reduce its environmental footprint and offset electricity price increases, the Melbourne Market Authority (MMA) converted all market lighting to high-efficiency LED globes. The solution included:

  • replacing 4250 lights with LED globes, ensuring the new lights match or exceed the existing lux levels
  • adjusting lux levels and colour renders with new technology for optimum appearance
  • implementing a control system review to resolve existing errors, create control strategies to reduce run time, extend globe life and report on usage and emissions, and
  • Bringing in a seven-year product and workmanship warranty to increase efficiency and reduce maintenance costs.

With an average reduction of 42 percent energy consumption, the project has saved over 850 tonnes of greenhouse gases in three months. In addition to the environmental benefits, the investment has a saving in electricity of approximately $650,000 per annum, ultimately reducing the MMA’s operating costs. It also has a seven-year maintenance-free period, saving $120,000 per annum or $840,000 across seven years.

Now, six months on from the awards, FM Media chats to David Whitchelo, chief operating officer at MMA about winning the award.

FM Media: Tell us about winning the award – how did it feel?

David Whitchelo: It was great to be recognised for a project that has made a positive financial and environmental impact. The LED lighting project involved upgrading 4250 light globes to LED, which reduced energy consumption by an average of 42 percent and saved over 850 tonnes of greenhouse gases in the first three months.

FM: Did you enjoy the celebration?

DW: Yes, the award celebration was a great format, it was casual and allowed us to easily mingle. Plus, the food was great.

FM: What has winning the FM Innovation Award meant for you?

DW: It was great to be recognised for a lot of hard work by various employees and contractors. It also proved a precursor to other awards, with our contractors winning an award for their involvement in the project.

FM: Would you recommend others to enter the awards?

DW: Yes, it’s a great opportunity to be recognised by the industry for innovation and hard work.

FM: How are things going at the venue with the innovation now?

DW: Great, the reduction in energy consumption and saving in greenhouse gases in the last year has been more than originally anticipated, which is a plus.

For more information on the FM Innovation Awards, submission guidelines or to enter the 2019 awards, visit www.fmmedia.com.au/fmawards.

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