By equipping the 27 buildings that make up the Grand Place in Brussels, ENGIE Fabricom is optimizing the Belgian capital’s expenditure on energy and finance while meeting its objective of increasing performance and stimulating sustainable development. We put this subsidiary’s expertise in street lighting under the spotlight.
1,650 LED floodlights have been installed by ENGIE Fabricom to illuminate the facades of the celebrated central square in Brussels, including those of the Town Hall and the King’s House (also known as the Breadhouse), renowned for their magnificent ornamentation and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This project was a perfect fit with the strategy of the Belgian subsidiary, which is renowned for its expertise in energy and environmental efficiency.
Thanks to the new lighting, ENGIE Fabricom has reduced the square’s electricity consumption by approximately 80%. In other words, the 27 buildings equipped with LEDs today consume as much electricity as two building equipped with traditional lighting.
As well as installing the lights, which included the cabling (20 kilometers of cables were used), ENGIE Fabricom teams are responsible for maintaining the system, using 500 control boxes. As LED bulbs have a much longer life than those using other technologies, future maintenance costs for these infrastructures will be up to four times lower than previously, making this an attractive operation for the City of Brussels in every respect!
In 70 years, ENGIE Fabricom has been involved in many large-scale projects, as varied as the construction of the Belgium high-voltage electricity network and the construction of the Brussels, Antwerp and Charleroi metros. Its main markets revolve around infrastructures, buildings, industry, energy and oil & gas.
Street lighting, a very attractive market, is one of the company’s principal areas of activity. In parallel to the Grand Place in Brussels, ENGIE Fabricom has recently finished lighting several road tunnels, including the 1.6-kilometer Craeybeckx Tunnel in Antwerp, reducing electricity consumption by 60%, and the Stephanie Tunnel in Brussels, where it also optimized the ventilation and fire detection systems.
For each of its projects, solutions proposed by the ENGIE subsidiary are systematically based on the desire to use energy more rationally, with guarantees of efficiency, safety and maintenance of the installations.