Comprising 18,900m² of office space across 7 floors, the New Tide building was originally constructed in 1998, and until 2012 served as the global head office of NRC Handelsblad, one of the Netherland’s most prestigious newspapers. Committed to future-proofing the building, OVG Real Estate embarked on a major renovation programme in 2013. A key aspect of the project was to improve energy efficiency.
Ricardo Diaz, International Sales Manager at CP Electronics, said, “The New Tide building is a prestigious office space and a landmark in the city. However, with a low energy rating of E, it simply wasn’t suitable for today’s needs. Major improvements were planned, and lighting was identified as a significant contributor. I’m delighted that the contractors and our distributor, Eleqtron B.V, invited CP Electronics to get involved.”
As part of a bespoke solution, CP Electronics’ AN-10 wireless detectors were combined with OEM equipment supplied and developed by Eleqtron to create a step-change in energy efficiency.
The lighting is run off the DALI protocol, which allows the luminaires and presence detectors to communicate with each other wirelessly via an Eleqtron Q-T sensor. To maximise energy efficiency, corridor lighting is supplied by luminaires in adjoining rooms, with a minimum guaranteed illuminance of 200 lux.
Thanks to the wireless functionality of the AN-10 detectors, additional equipment and luminaires are not required for the corridor spaces, providing additional cost and energy savings. Lighting is also programmed for emergency situations, and the lighting controls will switch all the lights on across the full floor level on command.
In total, 775 AN-10 detectors with a detection pattern of up to 7m are deployed throughout the building, each controlling between 4-6 luminaires. Every detector is individually pre-programmed and labelled, which ensured an easy installation from the drawings.
Following a major renovation, Rotterdam’s iconic New Tide building has been upgraded to an ‘A’ energy rating, with a smart lighting solution from CP Electronics playing a key role.
Managed by Eleqtron, the installation of the lighting controls took eight months from commissioning to completion, and since 2017 the New Tide building has been home to 1,000 employees of the Police Services Centre.
This was a complex project with several unique technical challenges that have proved very difficult to resolve,” said Edward van der Pijl, Marketing Manager at Eleqtron B.V. “Thanks to the support of CP Electronics though, we’ve helped turn a hugely important building into one that’s also future-proofed and sustainable.”