EGS-plan has supported the project with fundamental commissioning services. Building commissioning is a quality management process, which verifies, that the technical systems of a new building are meeting the owner’s project requirements. Therefore, commissioning starts right at the beginning of a new building project before the design starts. In regular periods, the design and the construction of a project will be checked and compared by EGS-plan’s commissioning experts with the original owner’s expectations. The actual commissioning work starts for our team with finalizing of the construction and startup of the technical systems. A commissioning plan clarifies responsibilities and provides functional checklists, so that the startup of the building is a structured process, despite of the final hectic weeks of a construction project. The result is a building which works as intended with a low energy consumption, great thermal comfort and low maintenance costs.
On 30th of October two projects of EGS-plan were awarded by GTCC (German-Thai Chamber of Commerce) for their innovative energy concepts at the residence of the German ambassador in Thailand.
The first project was the Pruksa+ project which is a single-family house with an external shading concept, internal thermal insulation and outstanding airtightness. Fresh air is supplied by decentralized ventilation systems with energy recovery. A 5kWp photovoltaic system is combined with an ice storage to store solar energy and use it for air-conditioning in the nighttime.
The second project was the new headquarter of Dhannarak Asset Development, which is a 3511 m2 office building. The windows are shaded by overhang fixed shading and vertical louvres, which are automatically adjusted to the sun’s position. Fresh air is provided by a fresh air handling unit with an enthalpy rotor to reduce ventilation cooling demand by more than 70 %. Cooling energy demand is provided by district cooling and about one-third of the energy demand is covered by solar energy from a 125 kWp PV system.
Both projects were already awarded with the Platinum certificate of the German Sustainable Building Council DGNB. The medals were handed over by GTCC’s Executive Director Dr. Roland Wein and H.E. Ambassador Georg Schmidt.
One of the world’s largest producers of fine jewelry, Pandora, with its headquarters situated in Denmark and existing production facilities in Samut Prakarn (Thailand), has built a modern, one-of-a-kind factory in Lamphun (Architecture: OIA Architects).
The energy concept of the project focuses on reducing the cooling load by applying external shading and thermal insulation. An innovative fresh air ventilation system with energy recovery supplies fresh air to the more than 3500 workers. LED lighting provides sufficient and glare free light to the workplaces. A 1 MWp photovoltaic system covers a part of the energy demand of the building, so that the factory consumes 18 % less electricity than a conventional factory. With careful selection of indoor water fixtures and a specially designed water management system, this facility can reduce water consumption by 45%. Around 30 % of the facility’s construction materials are made of recycled content and 75% of the project’s construction waste was diverted to recycling facilities.
For its innovative sustainable design, the Pandora factory was awarded with a LEED Gold certification in 2017 and now 1st runner-up at ASEAN Energy Awards 2020!