Green Fitness in Tajikistan
INTER Fitness LLC built the state-of-the-art fitness centre in Dushanbe in the capital of Tajikistan, to be not only a top class fitness centre but to be sustainably responsible.
It became the first sports complex in Tajikistan to implement an advanced engineering system that is helping to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions while ensuring a stable power supply.
In 2015, the founder of Inter Fitness, the entrepreneur Mansur Ostanaev, sought support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the introduction of the newest and best technology to reduce energy usage and increase efficiency at his sports centre.
With assistance from the EBRD’s Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change (FINTECC), Inter Fitness installed a best-in-class system that comprises a range of renewable and efficient energy technologies, including low-emissions windows, LED lighting, an air heat recovery system, solar heating panels, high-efficiency chillers with dry coolers and advanced energy monitoring and control systems.
Now fully implemented, the new system is expected to reduce energy consumption by 20%. The impact of the investments is estimated at annual energy savings of 3,000 MWh, primary energy savings of 290 tonnes of oil equivalents and CO2 emission reductions of approximately 1,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of yearly CO2 emissions from 200 cars.
One of the main challenges of the project was to find a way to meet the 10,000 m2 facility’s significant energy requirements in a way that was both reliable and cost-effective.
Ostanaev said about the project: “FINTECC experts provided critical support during the design and implementation of our HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. They asked detailed questions and helped connect us with engineers who have extensive experience with complex, energy-saving systems.
“This process was very useful for aligning the technical schemes and calculations with the required output. In general, all calculations have proved accurate during the operation of the facility.
“The building is very large and needs a lot of energy to operate, but the power system in Tajikistan is highly unstable. There are no central heating or hot water systems in Dushanbe, so we would have had to heat the building and water for the pool and showers at our own expense.”
Monday 23rd October 2017