The Brendale Aldi distribution centre project by Fredon’s Queensland electrical branch has won a prestigious National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) National award in the category Commercial – Medium Project. The project achieved a notable environmental standard, though its success in the award is not attributable solely to that. It represents a high standard of performance by Fredon’s Queensland Branch at every stage.
For example, Fredon’s tender contained a high level of detail because the team partnered and designed early, helping to lock in prices, quality, technical issues, logistics and stock levels etc.
There was significant re-engineering of the project at the design stage by Fredon Queensland’s in-house engineers. This process improved the quality of many aspects of the project, notably:
- the placement of distribution and switch boards for greatly improved efficiency of materials and construction (some 400m feed runs reduced to 40m),
- use of programable motorised transfer switches rather than automatic ones, to better manage the load shifting between on-site generator and mains power,
- a review of the projected refrigeration load which found a 50% reduction in the capacity required. Based on the initial estimation, the electrical supply would not have been adequate for the site.
- proposing a calculation of the cost/benefit of comparative light fittings based on life-cycle. This was critical in satisfying Greenstar rating requirements, and also impressed the client sufficiently that the preferred light fittings are now being used on other projects throughout Australia.
- Sophisticated systems for compliance with Greenstar lux levels, including computer modelling of lux values and reflectance levels throughout the structure.
- An innovative system of password protected dimmer panels, controlled by an algorithm, to help ensure that lighting levels remain compliant to the required standards.