World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5th. At EDICOM we work towards energy efficiency as a key element for sustainable and environmentally responsible development. We spoke to José Perelló, Maintenance Manager, to find out how the company works to improve energy efficiency.
JOSÉ PERELLÓ: “Energy efficiency in any building is based on three basic cornerstones. The first is the thermal envelope, which starts even before the building is constructed, at the design stage. We have an outside team of architects, quantity surveyors and engineers who, in addition to making beautiful and functional buildings, are also very efficient.
Most of EDICOM’s facades are glazed, thus providing a high level of natural light. These windows are based on double glazing with a high-performance solar protection film. In the areas with the highest solar radiation we have a double ventilated skin that prevents heat transmission between inside and outside the building. The rest of the walls are insulated with the latest technology to prevent heat from escaping in winter and from entering in summer.
Efficient equipment and installations
Another mainstay is efficient equipment and installations. Air-conditioning is one of the biggest energy consumers in any building, so it is important both that the walls are well insulated and that the equipment is high performance.
Another major consumer is the lighting. At EDICOM we have 100% LED or with a very high lumen/watt ratio. Finally, we also have capacitor banks to maximize the power absorbed by the building. Here, we have two types of actions; the operational ones, which include for example: automation of the installations, the sensors installed in areas with little transit to prevent them from staying on or turning off the air conditioning in the rooms that are no longer being used. And then we have the installation of photocells for outdoor lighting that switch on when necessary and equipment that switches off 50% of the outdoor lighting when it is no longer needed.
The next item is the consumption control system. We have electrical energy loggers distributed throughout the building that show us which areas consume more electricity and allow us to study whether or not this high consumption is necessary. The air conditioning system runs at 23 to 27 degrees Celsius in summer and 21 to 24ºC in winter, as recommended by the National Institute for Workplace Health and Safety (INSST).
The third cornerstone is the renewable installations. We have chargers for electric cars, chargers for e-bikes, motorcycles and scooters, and a parking space for bicycles to encourage more environmentally friendly transport to our facilities.
Moreover, we contribute to energy efficiency indirectly by minimizing waste. We stopped using plastic cups and switched to corporate and reusable ones. We also donate technological equipment that we no longer use in order to avoid waste. In addition to recycling paper, cardboard, batteries, and minor computer peripherals”.