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Defective Skylight’s Continue To Cost Polish Retailers Millions

Warsaw 27 February 2014

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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

Can Retail Centre Photovoltaic Roofs Pay In Poland?

Lublin September 5, 2013

PPR Poland2014 is slated as the year when Poland will finally introduce feed-in energy tariffs for small utility green energy developments. A green certification system is introduced linked to the current black rate and paying a premium based on the stock market rate for green certificates.

 

“According the new energy law in 2014 anyone with sizable energy connections could install utility scale energy with the minimum of building or environmental permitting if it were installed over an existing parking apron”.

“Few existing retail centre roofs are actually suitable for the installation of PV panels in Poland however retail owners could see the benefit of PPR’s [Photovoltaic Parking Roof] car park canopy roof over an existing car park apron deck”. Continue reading

The EVE® Before Poland’s White Certificates

Warsaw 26th March 2013

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The Polish government again endorsed its intention today to introduce White Certificates  before the end of 2013. “This is a real chance for owners and operators to get their house in order to make measured energy saving, reduce CO₂ and make a significant amount of money” Says Steve Walker head of SOLIDEA Groups Advisory Service EVE®. “EVE® established clients already represent more than 10% of retail centre space in Poland all of whom are keen to reduce overheads to their retail tenants. EVE® client base is not only expanding rapidly in Retail, the Office, Hotels and Industrial sector is also looking for savings”

The introduction and proper administration of White Certification by the commercial, industrial, public and transport sectors will have as significant impact on bottom line profitability as it will on the environment and reducing CO₂. It also allows the Polish grid to raise commercial energy prices and tax those companies who waste energy; it is a great step forward for Poland.

Nothing surprising then that there is far less potential economic impact saving energy on existing buildings right now in Poland rather than installing energy producing devices. As EVE® demonstrates more energy can be saved and far less CO₂ will be produced as this approach is far less costly it will be far more popular with the majority of energy users. White Certification will require businesses to get their house in order so energy prices can rise according to market needs. 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

SOLIDEA’s EVE® and the Book of Building Benchmark’s 2013 Retail Shopping Centres

WestmallRetail Shopping Centre Owners firmly focus on their REP benchmarks as Retailers continue to tighten their belts in 2013.

During 2013 Retail Energy Performance [REP] will be as critical to the Retail Centre Manager as it is to the Retailer. SOLIDEA collates REP data through its EVE® program

 

SOLIDEA Book of Building Benchmarks 2013 lists an energy efficient Retail Centre consuming less than 200kWh/m2/year with a sustainable “Energy Road Map” that demonstrates to reduce the net energy consumption by 20% to year 2020.

SOLIDEA Book of Building Benchmarks 2013 lists a top of class Retail Centre as one which can demonstrate sustainable energy consumption of under 180kWh/m2/year and with an “Energy Road Map” that demonstrates to reduce the net energy consumption by 20% to year 2020. Continue reading

Ghana FIT’s for WAPP

Accra April 20, 2012

Accra PylonPower outages are now an immeasurable inconvenience in the Capital City of Ghana, the frequent power supply failures are not only inconvenient, they are taking their toll on electrical equipment lighting, computers and other household appliances.

As Ghana’s economy steadily grows electrical generation is not able to keep pace with regional demand; however the tables may quickly turn with the Nationwide ability to feed in electricity into the National Grid. Continue reading

Greenlight for Moonlight

Phnom Penh Arpil 5, 2012

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Since “Moonlight” has been a tremendous success in rural Cambodia Jim Gramberg and his team have now been given the “green light” for international expansion to ensure long term product sustainability and growth. The SOLIDEA global team are primarily looking to find new markets in West and Central Africa for Moonlight.

The “Moonlight” is manufactured by Kamworks it is being promoted as a children’s homework light it gives light to thousands of young Cambodians where there was none, Moonlight is a big hit with adults too and as the project manufactures Moonlight in rural Cambodia it provides work and an important role model to the local economy. Continue reading