Bluewater will be case study for future energy management projects
Bluewater's strategy for cutting its annual energy bill by 50%, with the aim to become Europe's most energy-efficient retail complex, will be a benchmark for future energy management projects, says Lend Lease's Pascal Mittermaier.
Major property and infrastructure services firm, Lend Lease, who built, owns and manages Bluewater, is taking a different approach to energy efficiency at the shopping complex – one that it says could revolutionise the way properties manage their energy in the future.
Head of sustainability EMEA for Lend Lease, Pascal Mittermaier, says: “Bluewater is a great case study for what’s going to happen to many projects, buildings and initiatives in the future. For the last five or six years we have picked the famous low-hanging fruit – we’ve sealed windows, changed lightbulbs, upgraded building management systems.
“We have carried out measures that have got us to about a 20% reduction in carbon and energy use over the last three or four years,” he adds.
Despite these impressive annual reductions, Mittermaier and the team at Lend Lease found that this approach had its limitations and further savings have become harder to achieve.
The new approach moves away from the standard methodology, where traditional building operators take a piecemeal approach to managing facilities.