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Tuesday, March 17 2020 - 13:00
Malaysia's Sunway Pyramid Mall Cuts RM3 Million in Annual Energy Cost for Seven Consecutive Years with Johnson Controls' Technology
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Chiller plant retrofit project driven by efficiency and sustainability concerns 

Johnson Controls, a global leader in building technologies and solutions, has 
enabled Sunway Pyramid mall, one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia, to 
save more than RM3 million in annual energy cost consistently since the 
retrofit in 2012. The result of a comprehensive chiller plant retrofit, the 
achievement exceeded the targets set by the Sunway management in its quest for 
improving energy efficiency and sustainability of the mega mall that opened in 

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Johnson Controls was awarded the retrofit contract in a six-way tender 
exercise. The project scope was to replace the aging original installation to 
eliminate the use of HCFC[1] refrigerant gas, and to improve the overall 
chiller plant room efficiency. In addition, the project was to be carried out 
without downtime to the retailers and shoppers at the mall.

With a total retail floor area of nearly 4 million square feet, the retrofit 
project is one of the largest for shopping malls and a pioneer for green 
buildings in this category in Malaysia. It is estimated that green building 
practices can reduce a building's operating costs by as much as nine percent, 
while increasing the building value by 7.5 percent and providing a 6.6 percent 
increase in return on investment.[2]

"Sunway Pyramid mall is one of the largest shopping centers in Malaysia. Given 
the size of the retrofit project, it's imperative that we select a partner with 
a proven technology, solid track record and good after sales service to support 
us. Johnson Controls, as one of the top providers of energy efficient chillers 
in the market, fits the bill. The YORK(R)chillers have exceeded our 
expectations in terms of performance and energy savings," said Mr. Jason Chin, 
general manager of operations, Sunway Malls. 

Johnson Controls designed and installed an integrated software to optimize the 
performance of a series of centrifugal water chillers (comprising seven units 
of 1,200 TR[3] capacity and one unit of 550 TR capacity). The solution exceeded 
the mall's energy efficiency targets within a year of project completion. It 
delivered a plant room efficiency of 0.75 kW/TR or less, and exceeded the 
target of 30 percent reduction in energy consumption. The carbon dioxide 
reduction is estimated to reach 6,400 metric tons per year.

The new solution also offers flexibility and improves productivity. It has 
sufficient redundancy to ensure undisrupted cooling and is able to provide 
extra cooling capacity during peak periods when there is higher footfall at the 
mall. The maintenance personnel can better manage and monitor the plant room 
performance through the system's automation features and analytics, thereby 
improving overall efficiency such as faster response time to address any 

"It's our mission at Johnson Controls to help facilities owners optimize their 
buildings for better comfort, cost savings and sustainability. We are honored 
to play a pivotal role in the transformative journey of Sunway Pyramid, one of 
Selangor's most well-known landmarks," said Fam Wee Chean, country general 
manager, Malaysia. 

Johnson Controls has been selected to work on other properties under the Sunway 
Group. New projects will include providing energy efficient cooling solutions 
to properties such as Sunway University, Sunway Velocity Hotel and Sunway 
Medical Center. 

[1] Hydrochlorofluorocarbons are chemicals mainly used as refrigerants and when 
released into the atmosphere, deplete the Earth's protective ozone layer and 
contribute to climate change.
[2] Clean Malaysia
[3] Ton of Refrigeration is a unit of power to describe the heat-extraction 
capacity of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

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SOURCE:  Johnson Controls