Scandic Palace Hotel

Copenhagen, Denmark

"The spirit of the hotel determined our new lighting" - Hotel director Pia Jakobsen, Scandic Palace Hotel

The Project


Scandic Palace Hotel is one of the most prominent and well-known hotels in Copenhagen. Drawn by architect Anton Rosen and built in 1910, the listed building is a principal work in Danish Art Nouveau architecture. For that reason, the extensive renovation required careful considerations and decisions. The renovation focused on comfort and design, and was completed in 2008. This also applied to the replacement of all the light sources in the hotel, which took place late in the autumn of 2009. On one hand, the hotel wanted to preserve the colour schemes and features that the architect laid down 100 years ago. On the other hand, Scandic has an ambitious environmental policy and a desire to reduce energy consumption considerably.

The Challenge

Consideration for the architecture and the original atmosphere of the hotel was one of the major challenges. Managing Hotel director Pia Jakobsen: "It was crucial that the new lighting matched the spirit of the hotel. Through generations, the Scandic Palace has settled in the minds of the guests, a fact that we do not want to put at risk. At the same time, we aim to become swan-labelled, and being a member of the Scandic chain since spring 2009 has naturally also caused us to comply with the environmental policy of Scandic, which was formulated as early as 1994. It has been a difficult balancing act." Another challenge was the wish for the return of the investment to be measurable through concrete results. Pia Jakobsen: "We have set clear objectives, both short term and long term. For refunding and reduction in energy consumption, because it is obviously important for us to reduce our CO2-emissions."

The Advantages

After the replacement of light sources, Scandic Palace Hotel expects a reduction of energy consumption for lighting at around 500,000 kWh, which corresponds to 62 % in savings compared to earlier years. TheLED products’ lifetime, which is up to 45,000 hours, is not only going to reduce operating costs, but also the time that employees use for replacement of light sources. In addition to that are the air-condition savings that have not been counted yet. As an extra bonus, the Scandic Palace Hotel in Copenhagen has taken a great step towards the defined objective for the Scandic hotel chain within the climate field. "Scandic’s objective is to not contribute to any fossil CO2-emissions from our own operation in 2025."

The Solution

Scandic Palace Hotel has drawn up a plan for the new lighting in collaboration with Philips. Technical manager Jan Brink-Pedersen reports: "Luckily, the development of LED lighting has speeded up so much in recent years that the quality now is top-notch. For example, in terms ofcolour, where we have chosen through-going, warm lighting, which is inaccordance with the nuances and light sources that were intended forthe hotel."As a result, the majority of the 4390 light sources in the classic hotel inCopenhagen are LED products. "The low heat generation from the LEDlighting is undoubtedly going to lead to less demand for air-condition,"says Jan Brink-Pedersen.

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