Saudi’s Tarsheed lowers Riyadh’s NIC HQ energy consumption by 28%

Saudi Arabia’s National Energy Efficiency Services (Tarsheed) has completed its rehabilitation project at the headquarters of the National Information Centre (NIC) in Riyadh, resulting in a 28% reduction in electricity consumption.

The project aims to raise energy efficiency in air-conditioning and lighting devices, and involved the replacement of smart sensors, as well as additional connections to the installed building management system (BMS).

The managing director and chief executive officer of Tarsheed, Walid bin Abdullah Al-Ghariri, said that the company conducted field surveys and technical studies at the beginning of the project, as it showed the importance of rehabilitating air-conditioning and lighting systems and making them more efficient.

Currently, Tarsheed has set seven standards to raise energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption within the headquarters, which consists of six buildings with a total area of ​​35,400m2.

The standards include replacing the air conditioning systems in the main building with the variable air conditioning and refrigeration systems with variable refrigerant volume technology, which is a modern advanced air conditioning system.

In addition, the firm has replaced old lighting with energy-saving lighting (LED), and has installed management devices to control air conditioning equipment (BMS).

The project will make the NIC headquarters buildings better in terms of performance, efficiency, and technology.

The previous electrical consumption was more than 25.4 million kilowatt hours. The consumption is expected to decrease to 18.2 million kilowatt hours, with rationalisation savings of more than 7.2 million kilowatt hours, in addition to raising performance efficiency and reducing energy consumption.

The saving rate obtained from the project is equal to avoiding 4,700 metric tons annually of harmful carbon emissions, which is equivalent to the environmental impact of planting 77,700 seedlings.

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