Process Systems moved into its custom-built, state-of-the-art 1200 square metre premises in April 2013. Their objective was to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly factory. The new building is a net positive electricity generator, runs off rain water (except for drinking which is legislated by the local council) and harnesses the wind for cooling and sunlight for lighting, resulting in very low operating expenses and a low maintenance, great working environment.
The guiding objectives for this project were to reduce energy costs and create a better working environment.
- 22 x 750DS Solatube Daylighting Systems
- 42 x 330DS Solatube Daylighting Systems
- 20 x RM-1600 Solar Star Ventilation Systems.
In order to reduce costs and improve the working environment, Process Systems focused on creating a ventilated workspace and also introduced a 100% natural lighting solution. The General Manager of Process Systems, Ryan Griffiths, commented that the final outcome "exceeded expectations".
The warehouse and office are now power neutral, largely due to the fact that no artificial lighting is required. There has also been a significant reduction in employee sick days as the introduction of natural daylight has contributed to a healthier work environment. The Solar Star ventilation units were installed on the roof eliminating the need for air conditioning, this has been another factor in reducing the number of sick days, as air conditioning is a channel for germs to spread.
General Manager Ryan Griffiths had this to say.
"Being power neutral, our energy bill is now $0 per month. The staff like the workplace a lot better than the previous office and warehouse. We’ve noticed a reduction in sick days and some staff don’t get headaches like they used to from the fluorescent lights. Our customers love it — a usual comment is they don’t believe it’s all natural light."