The Eco Engineering Approach
Eco Engineering has successfully completed over 100 projects in light and heavy industrial, production, and product assembly environments. Combined, these projects have involved over 35 million square feet of total space. Our experience offers critical insights and key learnings about energy efficient lighting projects in these type of facilities.
Production facilities are often subject to a variety of federal and state regulations regarding the materials they handle and the final goods they produce. Safety and quality concerns must be factored into the design and on-site execution of any lighting project in a manufacturing facility. Knowing what to do and not do could be the difference between a successful project and a future hassle caused by an alleged irregularity or potential violation of a regulatory provision. This is especially critical in facilities governed by FDA and EPA guidelines and includes everything right down to proper disposal of replaced fixtures and ballasts.
Many manufacturing facilities are required to dedicate a dedicated shift or periodic intervals for cleaning. During this process the use of high pressure water treatments and – in some cases – chemical agents, can potentially reach and penetrate lighting fixtures. Understanding the cleaning procedures within the facility allows Eco Engineering to develop a comprehensive evaluation of all fixture locations. Certain fixture types are commonly recommended to protect them from liquid, dust, vapors and chemicals.
The temperature variation in a manufacturing or production environment can be extreme. The impact of these temperature fluctuations and the potential micro-climates within any facility require careful consideration and appropriate use of specific lighting technologies. Eco Engineering has successfully completed lighting upgrade projects in manufacturing facilities which contained deep freezers that operated at temperatures as low as -40 degrees (F). We have also worked in the extreme heat of a machine laden factory floor. The correct fixture configurations are critical in these applications to ensure proper performance. What works at 95 degrees (F) may not be appropriate at -40 degrees (F) and energy efficiency will suffer. In most cases, the best solution is a combination of several types of fixtures within the same facility to achieve maximum energy savings and the right light levels to do the work. Our experience shows that a “one size fits all” approach does not apply to these facility types.
Incentives and Tax Credits
The identification and qualification of local utility rebates and federal EPAct tax deduction can have a substantial impact on the bottom line of any project. Eco Engineering helps our manufacturing customers in the identification and administration of such incentives. Our engineering grade audits provide a comprehensive assessment of the kWh savings and specific technology systems that will be required to achieve rebate or tax credit qualification.