Schneider Electric has partnered with Associated Technology Services Ltd (ATS) to create the UK's most sustainable and energy-efficient leisure centre at St Sidwell's Point, Exeter.
The Exeter City Council run leisure centre will set new sustainability standards in the sector, saving 70% more energy than similar buildings built to traditional methods. As well as being the most efficient building of its kind, it will be the first to meet the Passivhaus standard.
The building, designed by Gale & Snowden, will contain virtually chemical-free swimming pools, 150 exercise stations that help heat the pool water and many other innovative features. The ATS designed, programmed, and commissioned EcoStruxureTM Building Management Solution will ensure that the ultra-low carbon leisure centre operates with the minimum energy consumption. The software will also continuously identify and eliminate energy waste to ensure St Sidwell's Point is the UK's most sustainable leisure centre.
ATS's understanding of the project's specific requirements, coupled with its expert knowledge of Schneider Electric solutions, led them to select EcoStruxure. The system provides visibility of the performance and condition of critical infrastructure, reduces maintenance activities while improving comfort, operational efficiency, enabling energy and cost savings, and improving reliability. "We are delighted to be involved with St Sidwell's Point leisure centre. The building is best-in-class and shows what is possible with the latest Schneider Electric technology," said Matthew Wallace, national account manager of Digital Energy at Schneider Electric.
Mathew Baker, managing director of ATS, commented, "Given the volume of data and processing speed that Passivhaus schemes require, EcoStruxure was best placed to cater to this need. The ability to collect and analyse data in real-time allows the facility managers to maximise the efficiency of the building. As public bodies strive to achieve net zero, smart technologies that identify and reduce energy waste in all its forms will be increasingly crucial."