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Davey Creates Energy and Water Savings at New Coles Store

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A new Coles Supermarket just opened at Gisborne on the north western outskirts of Melbourne, features the latest innovations in water use and energy conservation.

The project is considered to reflect the implementation of the latest technology which can be readily incorporated into the design of new buildings, especially retail and bulky goods style structures.

The design features at Coles Supermarket Gisborne include rainwater harvesting and reuse, illumination of the store interior using natural light, low air displacement air conditioning, high efficiency refrigeration cases with the use of non-synthetic natural refrigerant and secondary refrigerant recirculation.

High efficiency supply and exhaust air fans motors with a close couple high efficiency air conditioning condensing pack are also included.

According to Paul Lang, Energy and Environment Engineer at Coles Supermarkets, the key objective for the Gisborne project was the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the building fitout and operation of the supermarket.

"As such the design team evaluated all components of the development, including building materials, construction methods, fit out materials and fittings, refrigeration and HVAC design and operation, lighting, water conservation and quality and waste disposal.

"As a result of this evaluation we have introduced and are trialling a number of sustainable initiatives at the store. We will spend the coming months monitoring their effectiveness in reducing energy demand and consumption, and water and waste billing.

"What is learned from this project will influence the future design of Coles supermarkets,” Mr Lang said.

Coles Engineering Services Manager Teng Ooi, added “the systems are all up and working well”.

A Davey RainBank seamless rainwater harvesting system controller forms the key to an efficient rainwater harvesting system which can store up to 200,000 litres of rainwater run off from the roof of the building.

The Davey RainBank ensures a continuous priority supply from the collected rainwater for toilet flushing, truck washdown and laundry, with mains water supply used only as a back up.

The RainBank controller automatically and seamlessly switches between the stored rainwater and the mains supply.

A Davey RainBank controller is an ideal means of achieving BASIX and 5 Star water savings targets.

Davey spokesman Max Ekins notes that commercial buildings in Victoria and New South Wales will shortly be required to achieve sustainable water and energy use targets.

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