Open Technology and West Coast Controls deliver maximum efficiency for Scottish Power

29 May 2015

When it comes to energy efficiency in buildings, comprehensive systems integration is key. A unified system from top to bottom allows building owners and users to get a clear picture of total energy consumption, drive cost savings and introduce new technologies. Integration was therefore the key specification for Open Technology and West Coast Controls when working on Scottish Power’s new £100m, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ headquarters in Glasgow’s city centre.

The client required full integration of all mechanical and electrical services including metering, air handling units, motorised fire dampers, packaged CRAC units, ventilation systems, UPS systems, generators, boilers and pumps. It was this requirement that led West Coast Controls to put forward Open Technology when it came to specifying lighting controls.

Open Technology’s intelligent lighting control system, LiGO, is designed with the building user in mind. It can be linked to any building management system (BMS), with remote access offered through a company’s network or the internet. This allows facilities managers to remotely control the lighting within any of their buildings. Open Technology also offers ease of installation, in this case integrating the controls into the lighting distribution cabinets to increase energy savings.

Alan Macdonald, Director at West Coast Controls, explains:

“We have been impressed with Open Technology’s LiGO system for some time. Bench tests with other products simply didn’t deliver our clients’ requirements, including efficiencies and ease of integration. Open Technology’s ability to tailor the design of the lighting controls to fit with the client’s specifications and our BMS was an important component in the success of this project.”

LiGO is designed to provide exacting control by making every device addressable. LiGO needs no additional front-end software and there is no limit on the number of people able to use the system and no additional user licenses have to be purchased. Open Technology works with a wide range of clients to create lighting environments that respond to individual building requirements.

Open Technology’s Managing Director, Chris Bedford, comments:

“We were delighted to work with West Coast Controls on this prestigious project. Delivering effective integration and energy savings was of utmost importance. LiGO ticks all the right boxes to deliver maximum energy efficiency for large scale projects such as this.”

As the building moves into full operation, Open Technology and West Coast Controls will work alongside the building managers to verify energy savings, adapt the system in response to user experience and identify opportunities to further reduce consumption from lighting.