The Eco Engineering Approach
In recent years many of the large scale, Fortune 1000 “programs” being designed and implemented by Eco Engineering are in the Consumer Goods and Services sector. These multi-brand, multi-facility, multi-functional enterprises have some of the most diverse and complex lighting needs in the marketplace. Often characterized by facilities built and/or acquired at different time intervals with vastly different lighting systems in place, the programmatic approach put forth by Eco Engineering results in maximum energy efficiency across a prioritized portfolio of square footage with standardized technologies for centralized maintenance processes and reduced procurement expenses. The program effort can be achieved with or without upfront capital investment and can take the pain and anguish of a total lighting upgrade away from the local facility manager (who has better things to do and more to worry about than lights which already work) and into a centralized facility/energy management function charged with significant operating cost reduction goals and high profile sustainability objectives.
Eco Engineering knows the Consumer Goods and Services sector. Our lighting design, engineering and implementation experience in this market have yielded some significant learning’s:
· Sustainability counts! Consumer facing brands know that many of their best customers care about the green movement and increasingly shift their purchasing power to brands who demonstrate real commitment to environmental issues. Using less energy because of improved lighting is PR worthy and the consumer facing brands know how to leverage that.
· Finance is key! The competition in most of these categories is fierce and all upgrades, improvements and new technologies that reduce operating costs while lowering maintenance expenses allow the brand to keep costs low and keep the manufacturing in the US!
· Get ready for diversity of space! Lighting is ubiquitous but it is never the same. The sector operates manufacturing facilities, packaging plants, warehouses and distribution centers, call centers, HQ type offices, vast data centers and some of the largest arsenal of outdoor lighting in the commercial and industrial world. Engineering must detail everything and look at a myriad of different approaches, technologies and advanced lighting control systems to maximize the energy efficient of each unique space while minimizing the required investment. One size, one type of light, one all encompassing system simply will not work!
· Don’t forget the regulators! Whenever you are working inside a facility that does manufacturing or packaging of food, beverage and other consumer goods, you must meet the strictest FDA standards of safety, quality and cleanliness. Eco Engineering understands these standards and the severe implications arising from a sloppy lighting install that left something in the facility that clearly did not belong there.