Bassano del Grappa, Italy, December 20, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa is an icon of Queensland’s Gold Coast, built during the region’s 1980s development boom. Fronting the Pacific Ocean on the naturally occurring Southport Spit, the resort is surrounded by over three hectares of manicured tropical gardens and a 5.000 m² system of lagoons and the magnificent 750 m² lagoon-style swimming pool that fronts the famous Gold Coast beach.
In 2011, recognising the need for refurbishment, the resort’s new ownership approved a $26 million refurbishment program to take in all public spaces as well as guest rooms, bars and restaurant.
On the other hand Starwoods, the new hotel operator through his brand Sheraton, was aware that to guarantee a five star guest experience in today’s market, the delivery of high levels of comfort and amenity come with the expectation that the resort is also fulfilling its environmental responsibilities.
To ensure the resort meets these targets, a range of works were conducted to improve not only the building’s aesthetics, but also the total energy efficiency. The refurbishment works included the installation of new LED lighting, sensors and controls; the replacement of guest room air conditioning controls and installation of movement sensors and window switches.
The resort’s aging mechanical services plant and building management system were not included in the original scope of works, but following a serious failure prior to the busy Christmas period in 2012, these issues were quickly brought to a head.
Following the failure the Sheraton Mirage Resort General Manager, appointed Airmaster, Climaveneta partner in Australia, to conduct a Level 3 Energy Audit.
Among the problems identified were a failing BMS and an existing chiller plant that was inefficient, prone to issues and had reached the end of its useful life.
The chillers were also operating on obsolete, ozone-depleting refrigerants R11 (phased out in 1996 under the Montreal Protocol) and R22 (currently being phased out).
In all, 30 energy savings measures were identified. At the top of the list were the chillers and building automation. Recognising the urgency, and with the resort well into its refurbishment program, Airmasterwas asked to submit a proposal and budget.
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