The Eco Engineering Approach
Eco has had a long history of successfully completing energy efficient lighting projects in the institutional marketplace, especially the health care sector. We have been selected as the lighting provider by a substantial number of these institutions on a direct relationship basis. We have also been successful in partnering with larger Energy Service Companies (ESCO’s) as the lighting specialist on huge “campus wide” projects involving all aspects of energy usage. Our experience offers some critical insights and key learnings about energy efficient lighting projects.
Implementing energy efficient lighting solutions in many health care environments requires coordinating crews and installation in a bustling, tightly scheduled operation. Some of these projects must be implemented within a 24×7 operating cycle. Eco has earned the reputation of providing outstanding customer service and non-disruptive capabilities amongst our health care customers and we continue to provide maximum flexibility in scheduling and implementation in order to address the unique needs of a true 24×7 operation.
Whether you are talking about facilities that house day visitors, overnight patients or the elderly, you must take the unique and delicate aspects of the environment and its constituents into consideration while designing and implementing a lighting upgrade. Sensitive and expensive equipment may also be everywhere. Planning our work and tightly controlling how we work our plan helps us earn accolades in terms of safety, courtesy, public care, cleanliness, professionalism and proper disposal of all materials removed from the job site.
Financing Total Energy Conservation
The institutional sector is constantly being asked to evaluate the potential savings associated with total energy conservation projects. The large financial commitment required for a complete and total energy efficient solution typically receives substantial scrutiny from political, community and board level audiences. Often times the complete project appears overwhelming from a financial perspective and potential savings can go unrealized. An energy efficient lighting solution as the first component of a larger conservation project can actually begin to free up cash flow and reduce monthly expenses immediately. As such, lighting projects actually help reduce the burden or offset the financial stress a total campus wide initiative involving all energy systems might create. Eco can help you demonstrate the savings and project payback timelines to interested parties in order to help move the larger project forward. We’ve done it before.
Retrofitting Design and Reputation
When working in high end medical facilities it is very likely that the existing lighting systems are already of the highest quality. Although technology improvements may yield some savings over the current (and older) lighting configuration, a complete re-design of the lighting placement and resulting coverage often yields the incremental savings necessary to make or break the project. When faced with the challenge of increasing the energy savings in an already high quality lighting environment, the system design is the mission critical step in the retrofitting project plan. Eco understands that the foundation of an energy efficient lighting solution begins with engineering and sound design, in addition to adopting state of the art lighting systems and technologies. Our reputation in this arena is outstanding.