Category Archives: Retail

Defective Skylight’s Continue To Cost Polish Retailers Millions

Warsaw 27 February 2014

Skylight 3

Defective skylights currently cost Polish retail industry millions of Euros a year in energy loss. So far the extra over cost is picked up by the retail centre tenants who share in the loss. Since 2013 SOLIDEA Group EVE® team have surveyed over 1 million m2 of Retail Roofing in Poland reporting that more than 80% of skylight smoke vents are found to be defective the majority only needing simple adjustment.

 

In 2013 The Skylights Were The Highlights

Comparing surveyed retail centres in Poland the Czech and Slovak republics in 2013 Poland has without question issues with skylights. Smoke ventilation skylights are installed according to the local fire requirements in the European Union, it usually means that between 3% and 5% of the total roof area is operable to evacuate smoke in the event of a fire. On large retail projects as much as 20% “EV” [Energy Variation] occurs as a result of defective smoke vents. “EV” is a negative it means energy loss. Continue reading

Upgrade Your Office, School Or Shopping Centre To LED For Free In Poland With EVE®

Warsaw 20 January 2014

LED Strip

Since 2014, AC LED’s became tried and tested. AC LED’s production cost are far less than DC LED’s because an AC/DC converter is no longer required. Offices, schools, shopping centres and others can halve their energy bills with plug and play InsertLED® lamps. From 2014 EVE® clients can upgrade to LED lighting at no cost. EVE® are ready and willing to finance LED upgrade for a share of energy savings.

EVE® Stage THREE Clients Can Upgrade To LED With No Cost

LED is much more expensive in Capital Cost than traditional lighting installations, however longterm LED lighting save energy and have a much longer life cycle. Non LED lighting units are generally far lower cost but the advent of AC lighting means InsertLED® is far more competitive and simply by changing the light bulb. Continue reading

Developing Asthma Inclusive Environments To Achieve The Ultimate IAQ

Warsaw 31 December 2013

A House Dust Mite

An inclusive environment is one which is open and accessible to all disabilities. The inclusive environment does not foster the wheelchair ramp at the front steps it eliminates the front steps. Truly inclusive environments simply do not discriminate between the able and the disabled user. No other group reacts faster to poor IAQ than the Asthma Prone. We refer to these Asthma Prone as the “IAQ Sentinels” and we would do well to heed their warning

SOLIDEA Group EVE® Services and Building Sickness

EVE® is an acronym for Energy Value Engineering. SOLIDEA Group offers it’s expert due diligence team to its energy clients as “After The Meter Services” we are the first energy company in Poland to assist our clients in “Saving Energy”. Through a FOUR Stage Workout of better building condition, improved energy management and control, energy saving devices and finally energy offset SOLIDEA EVE® team are dedicated to save their clients energy costs but not at the expense of the health, welfare and well being of the building user. Continue reading

“PowerTextiles” Next Generation Photo Voltaic’s

Selkirk, 27 November 2013

 

Dr. Robert Mather and Professor John Wilson share a moment to show off their Solar PV Textile they call PowerTextiles. After many years in the laboratory these two eminent Scottish scientists successfully integrated PV into a polyester fabric. PowerTextiles is one conductive polymer layer integrated with conductive and semi conductive layers on polyester fabric.   Why are PowerTextiles the future of the Photo Voltaic Industry? PowerTextiles are more flexible than any other existing solar panel technology, firstly the surface of the fabric is not flat like traditional PV materials it means from the offset they can potentially harvest more sunshine than lets say ultra flat silicon or even flexible thin film cells. All solar harvesting averages but a few hours a day at best, unlike regular panels once the system is done for the day it can be rolled up, or retracted to become unobtrusive. Solar textiles are also temporary structures, potentially needing no planning permission. Unlike solar panels which are obtrusive PowerTextiles life cycle is truly extended as they can be placed out of harms way when not in use. Continue reading

Buildings Don’t Need to Breathe Only People Do!

Campus OneWarsaw 14 February, 2013

Commercial buildings which do not achieve Air Tightness often waste 20% to 40% of the total energy that they consume. When the building envelope is not tight energy is simply lost to the outside. Defective roof lights, smoke hatches and curtain walls, a result of poor design, defective construction, or incomplete maintenance is widespread. “We waste so much energy for no good reason” says SOLIDEA’s Steve Walker  “Air Tightness is the big ticket cost in retail, commercial offices and hotels, and it has nothing to do with the level of Insulation installed”

What is Air-Tightness?

The level of Air Tightness in a building is measured as Air Permeability it is the measurement of the volume of air which leaks through the building envelope per hour per m² of building envelope at 50 Pascals Differential Pressure. Air Permeability is then expressed as a rate for example 3 m³/h. m² at 50 PA which is much better than 7 m³/h. m² at 50 PA. We can test Air Tightness on site and we can easily quantify the energy losses simply by measuring Air Permeability Continue reading

Green Coffee Grinds Feedstock

Gothenburg September 29, 2012

There is not an industry more focussed on being green than the Coffeehouse business right now. On the high street its all about green credibility. There is much debate about in store waste and renewable coffee cups, not to mention what to do with the spent beans or “grinds” as they are called in the trade. When the SOLIDEA Group EVE® team were asked to look at how renewable energy might best impact the Coffee business we came up with a few surprises.

The SOLIDEA EVE® [Energy Value Engineering] team review business premises and industry segments to introduce renewable energy solutions to save energy, save money and add value. SOLIDEA’s clients want to be the World’s first Zero Net Energy Coffee House Operators. Continue reading

Hypermarket ZNE? Thanks to EVE® Fossil Fuel Free!

Portland, Oregon, August 26, 2012

Supermarkets and Hypermarkets work on very low profit margins, as low as 3% of sales. Their business model, put simply, is to provide the retail customer the biggest choice and lowest market price all under one roof.

Over the last decade energy costs in retail have doubled and by 2013 the cost of energy for the ill prepared will be more than 2% of sales. The ultimate prize for energy cost saving in this industry is of course free energy generated onsite and from a sustainable and renewable green source. But so far it was either impossible or carried too higher CAPEX and to this day no top brand Zero Net Energy Supermarket or Hypermarket exists. Continue reading