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Free whitepaper - How Lifts Can Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

21 October 2010

Amalgamated Lifts presented at BIFM's recent annual London FM conference. The paper described how lifts can contribute to reducing your energy consumption and play a part in reducing your overall carbon footprint. It details a case study of Bracken House in London which has an annual electricity bill of £1.5m. The paper can be downloaded free at

FMs often face a dilemma in timing the replacement or partial modernisation of a lift(s). They have to consider budget, time-scales and potential disruption to personnel. The reasons for replacement and partial modernisation (more common in an existing occupied building) are varied and include situations where there may be an old lift (there are a lot of them still in service) that may be working well but there is the risk that when the lift does break down those parts are no longer available. Other scenarios include increased building occupation putting greater emphasis on lift use and improved performance requirements due to technology advances. Increasingly, a key consideration for FMs is the energy savings that they may reap as a result of adopting more modern technology. It is perhaps not well known that lifts being installed today return energy savings of over 50% and can make a significant contribution to the reduction of the overall carbon footprint of an organisation. Incorporating LED lighting reaps even further energy savings (up to 80%) and furthermore FMs may be eligible under the Carbon Trust grant scheme for funding towards lift replacement.

This paper provides guidance on how such decisions are reached and managed through a case study of Bracken House London the subject of an £850k lift refurbishment project for a total of 9 lifts. The project, completed in July 2010 and involved the refurbishment of four scenic passenger lifts, three service lifts, and a full overhaul of a further two hydraulic car lifts.

Bracken House, near St. Paul’s Cathedral is a Grade II Listed building, and following its completion in 1959 was home to the Financial Times newspaper. It underwent major architectural redesign following its purchase in 1987 by Obayashi Corporation, a leading Japanese construction company, and is considered a landmark building winning several architectural awards.

The paper can be downloaded free at

Simon Smith

About the author – Simon Smith is a Director of Amalgamated Lifts established in 1988. Simon has over 25 years’ experience in the lift industry working for both large multinationals and for the past 16 years has headed up Amalgamated Lifts. He has a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and has overall responsibility for the day to day running of Amalgamated Lifts, is extremely customer facing with a deep understanding of the issues faced by FMs. Amalgamated Lifts, headquartered in Orpington, installs, maintains and repairs approx 2,000 lifts across London and the South-East of England.

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