The University Health Care System (now Piedmont Augusta) is anchored by the 581-bed community hospital located in downtown Augusta, Georgia. The hospital was first established in 1818, making it the second-oldest hospital in Georgia. In addition to its main campus, University Health Care System has campuses in South Augusta and in the suburbs of Martinez and Evans.
UHCS it is one of the region’s top hospitals and is committed to quality care and believes that the patient environment plays an important role in maximizing safety, quality of service, and positive healthcare outcomes.
UHCS has a multi-building and multi-purpose facility that needed to replace all of its obsolete T12 lighting technology while also standardizing its lighting system and making it more energy efficient. Approved funding required at least a 3-year payback period for the project. However, given the vastly different lighting requirements throughout the facility, a comprehensive lighting plan had to be developed based on a thorough room-by-room audit. UHCS found that local lighting contractors and manufacturers were unable to provide a comprehensive and turnkey approach.
Eco Engineering was one of the few businesses that was able to meet UCHS’ unique project requirements. After auditing each room in the facility, we developed a custom design that upgraded a total of 500 fixtures and ensured that our design met all lighting, safety, and healthcare requirements. The energy-efficient lighting design incorporated T8 fixtures and the elimination and proper disposal of all non-standard lighting throughout the facility.
We implemented LED technology across the production, office, and exterior work areas of this multi-building facility. This included installing new LED high bay fixtures in the production area, LED retrofit kits for existing ceiling troffers in the offices, and LED wall pack and pole lights across the exterior areas of the facility.
To reduce fixture operating hours, we also deployed occupancy sensors and daylight controls across the work areas to save energy when the rooms were not occupied or additional lighting was unnecessary.
The project achieved substantial energy savings while creating a brighter, safer, and more uplifting visual environment for patients and staff.
- Annual Demand Reductions: >6,764 kW over the first year
- Forecasted Annual Consumption Savings: 4,627,896 kWh per year
Coupled with the credits earned from a rebate program offered by local utility provider Georgia Power, the estimated total project payback period was 2.8 years, meeting all financial requirements associated with the renovation.
- Total Energy Savings: $443,628 within the first year.
After auditing each room in the facility, we developed a custom design that upgraded a total of 500 fixtures and ensured that our design met all lighting, safety, and healthcare requirements.
Tyco International (NYSE: TYC) designs, sells, installs, and services security systems in the global commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, and government sectors. These systems detect intrusion, control access, and react to movement, fire, smoke, flooding, environmental conditions, industrial processes, and other hazards. As an environmentally conscious enterprise, Tyco has established a vision to implement the Zero Harm to People, Assets, and the Environment strategy.
Tyco was interested in identifying the benefits associated with LED lighting technology to reduce energy consumption and improve light quality within their Fire Protection manufacturing facility in Madison, AL. Tyco was assessing the viability of deploying LED lighting technology as a new standard for all its manufacturing facilities, and they selected this facility as a pilot for the project. Their objective was to use this project to render a proof of concept for both the cost savings and lighting quality objectives associated with the lighting system upgrade.
Eco Engineering’s audit revealed that across the production, office, and exterior work areas of this facility a total of 500 fixtures needed to be upgraded to LED technology. This included installing new LED high bay fixtures in the production area, LED retrofit kits for existing ceiling troffers in the office, and LED wall pack and pole lights across the exterior areas of the facility. We installed occupancy controls across the work areas to reduce the fixture operating hours during non-occupied periods.
The estimated life of the new LED system is 16 years in the production facility and 22 years in the office areas. The average light levels in the production areas increased from 21 foot candles to 32.7 foot candles following the upgrade.
- Forecasted Annual Demand Reductions:
605.76 kW per year
- Forecasted Annual Consumption Savings: 312,828 kWh per year
The lighting portion of the utility bill was reduced by 62% within the first year, and the project is expected to reach full payback within 3.6 years, well under Tyco’s payback time threshold for projects of this nature.
- Energy Savings within the First Year: >$45,000
Tyco was interested in identifying the benefits associated with LED lighting technology to reduce energy consumption and improve light quality within their Fire Protection manufacturing facility in Madison, AL.
Rolls-Royce doesn’t just design and manufacture cars. They are a global company that creates highly-efficient integrated power and propulsion solutions, predominantly used in aerospace, marine, energy, and off-highway applications. The Engine Services unit in Oakland, CA provides maintenance, repair, and support services for military customers using Rolls-Royce engines.
Recognized as a global leader in sustainability initiatives, Rolls-Royce has continuously focused on understanding energy use to identify inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement across all their business units. Their Engine Services division needed to upgrade their lighting system to one that would allow them to reduce their energy consumption and improve their productivity through higher quality lighting quality throughout their facility.
Eco Engineering began this project with an audit to identify and design the best lighting solutions to meet Rolls-Royce’s unique lighting needs. Specifically, Rolls-Royce needed to ensure that the lighting system could withstand the extreme wind, heat, and vibration characteristics of an engine testing facility. Additionally, Rolls-Royce required lighting for their office spaces. While this interior lighting system had less demanding requirements, the retrofitted LED system still needed to be outfitted with occupancy and motion controls to regulate and reduce unnecessary light output.
The primary components of this lighting retrofit involved removing T8 fluorescent fixtures that were hot, inefficient, and produced poor light from the production areas, offices and exterior lighting, and replacing them with new energy-efficient LED lamps and ballasts. The longer-lasting LEDs were cooler and required less maintenance, as a result, Rolls-Royce not only saved on energy costs, but they were also able to find modest savings in both maintenance costs and lower air conditioning expenses.
This project will help Rolls-Royce continue to deliver on their drive for sustainability. energy savings and coupled with utility incentives from The Port of Oakland, will achieve a financial payback in 1.6 years.
• Annual Energy Demand Reduction:805 kW
• Annual Energy Consumption Saving: >687,000 kWh
Coupled with utility incentives from The Port of Oakland, Rolls-Royce will receive financial payback in 1.6 years.
- > $137,000 in savings in reduced energy use and maintenance cost avoidance are forecast for the first year.
The longer-lasting LEDs were cooler and required less maintenance, as a result, Rolls-Royce not only saved on energy costs, but they were also able to find modest savings in both maintenance costs and lower air conditioning expenses.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum and hall of fame located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie. The museum is a multistory, iconic structure made up of galleries that document the history of rock music as well as the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have influenced its development.
The unique seven-level building, designed by I.M. Pei and dedicated in 1995, required updates to several important infrastructure systems. Both Spectrum Energy and Evans Energy were engaged to recommend specific improvements and upgrades. Like most museums, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame relies on both public and private funding to maintain their facilities. This means funding budgets are tight, requiring mechanical upgrade projects to have a strong ROI. As a result, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame intended to use the energy savings from their new LED lighting system to help offset the longer-term payback upgrades.
Eco Engineering was selected to design a turnkey lighting system upgrade for the non-gallery areas of the museum, including all common areas, offices, mechanical rooms, storage, and workshops where gallery displays are constructed. We replaced fluorescent tubular and PL lamps in existing fixtures in these areas with LED technology.
The energy savings that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame received from their new lighting system was equivalent to removing 22 combustion engine passenger cars from the road annually
- Demand Reduction: 34 kW
- Annual Consumption Savings: 124,656 kWh
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s investment in new lighting would save them over $10,000 every year in energy and maintenance costs.
- Saved $831 in monthly energy costs
- Saved $277 in monthly maintenance expense
- The total annual savings will exceed $13,200 per year.
The unique seven-level building, designed by I.M. Pei and dedicated in 1995, required updates to several important infrastructure systems.
The Kuehne + Nagel Group (K&N) is a global transportation and logistics provider based in Switzerland, with more than 1,000 offices in over 100 countries. Throughout their 120-year history, K&N has evolved from a traditional international freight forwarder to a leading global provider of innovative and fully integrated supply chain solutions. The company is committed to offering environmentally sound, sustainable, and innovative supply chain solutions that continually reduce their impact on the environment. They consider energy efficiency to be a cornerstone of their green strategy.
Kuehne + Nagel was interested in identifying new ways to reduce energy consumption while improving the quality of light for added safety and security in their McDonough, GA distribution center facility. They put forth specific goals with respect to energy savings and project payback with an aggressive implementation timeline in a competitive bid request.
After conducting an engineering-grade audit, Eco Engineering identified that K&N needed more than just a one-for-one fixture upgrade. The audit led to a comprehensive plan to re-design the lighting, thereby eliminating unnecessary fixtures to maximize energy savings while also meeting all lighting quality and safety criteria. We used T5 fixtures to better distribute light in the narrow aisleways of the facility. Additionally, our design incorporated occupancy sensors in specific areas to reduce the operating hours of fixtures during non-occupied periods . The audit, design, and implementation phases were performed by Eco Engineering – on-time and on-budget.
The project energy savings regarding energy demand and consumption over the first year exceeded expectations.
- Energy Demand Reductions: >1,247 kW within first year
- Forecasted Annual Energy Consumption Savings: 1,003,776 kWh
K&N’s aggressive timeline, allowed them to receive credits from their local energy provider and a substantial tax deduction under the federal EPA act, allowing them to reach their required energy savings by within the first year following the renovation.
- Energy Savings Within the First Year: $99,132
The audit led to a comprehensive plan to re-design the lighting, thereby eliminating unnecessary fixtures to maximize energy savings while also meeting all lighting quality and safety criteria.
The Kellogg Company has long been committed to doing what’s right for the environment and society. Over recent years, they have been working on multiple fronts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and waste, this includes finding ways to reduce the energy and water used throughout their worldwide operations. The company has set aggressive goals across several sustainability metrics and has consistently met or exceeded their targets, earning Kellogg numerous accolades in the field of energy conservation.
The Kellogg food processing facility in Zanesville, OH was experiencing challenges associated with expensive, inefficient, poor-quality lighting. While flickering lamps, ballast failures, and maintenance issues suggested a simple re-lamping or ballast replacement project was in order, Kellogg wanted to use this opportunity to drive toward their sustainability goals and increased energy savings objectives. This led to a complete upgrade to new, energy-efficient lighting technologies.
Eco Engineering started this project by auditing the entire facility to lay the foundation for the design. The new design we created incorporated highbay LED fixtures that improved the quality of light output in the production area, reduced maintenance needs, and used far less energy than the previous fixtures.
To meet the stringent USDA standards for a food manufacturing facility, we used special, shatterproof lamps to encapsulate the office fixture linear lamps. This is a precautionary measure required by the USDA to prevent shattering in the event of a fixture explosion. In addition to shatterproof lamps, we installed occupancy sensors to reduce the operating hours of fixtures in non-occupied areas of the facility.
While this project is forecasted to deliver exceptional results from both an energy savings and cost perspective while improving the overall quality of lighting within the facility, there are other, tangential benefits from the upgrade as well. First, the new LED fixtures produce less heat than the old fixtures, putting less strain on the air conditioning system and further reducing their energy consumption. Additionally, the new system requires substantially less maintenance than the old system.
Kellogg Company understood early that this project had the opportunity to deliver substantial energy savings, and thus they set (and reached) aggressive goals for this project.
- Energy Demand Reductions: 148 kW per month
- Energy Consumption Savings: >100,000 kWh per month
The lighting portion of the electricity bill was reduced by approximately 65%. Over the next 10 years, the new lighting system will make a sizable contribution to the overall sustainability goals at the Kellogg Company.
- The project will yield more than $1 million in savings over the next 10 years
The new design we created incorporated highbay LED fixtures that improved the quality of light output in the production area, reduced maintenance needs, and used far less energy than the previous fixtures.
JBG Companies is an active investor, owner, and developer in the Washington DC metropolitan area’s real estate market – one of the most dynamic markets in the world. Their diverse portfolio encompasses millions of square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail spaces, and includes many of the region’s most distinguished properties. JBG’s sustainability efforts are centered around creating value through the strategic design, development and management of properties that result in energy efficiency, resource conservation, and waste reduction.
JBG links sustainability to the core business of creating and preserving real estate values. The Renaissance Arlington Capital View, which opened in 2011, is a 300-room, full-service hotel located in the heart of Crystal City’s dining and business district in Arlington, Virginia. The hotel is Gold LEED-certified and boasts award-winning architecture inspired by motion and enhanced light. Despite the impressive energy efficiency of the property itself, the property’s parking garage needed to upgrade the outdated lighting system. This would not only yield operating savings with a direct impact on real estate value, but it would also add to the significant environmental impact JBG deems a priority.
The energy efficient lighting project incorporated new LED canopy fixtures to replace more than 270 metal halide fixtures. Additionally, almost 100 four foot fluorescent fixtures were replaced with new reduced wattage T8 lamps and electronic ballasts. LED wall packs were installed on the parking ramps and the lighting for the entire garage facility was standardized to maximize energy savings and reduce maintenance costs. Careful design and planning was undertaken to account for the traditional challenges associated with a lighting retrofit in an indoor parking facility – insulated ceilings, mechanical rooms, ancillary spaces, loading docks and the need to work around the potential issues of reduced parking capacity during installation.
Both the design/audit and implementation phases were conducted by Eco Engineering.
This project exceeded expectations regarding reductions in annual monthly demand and consumption.
- Annual Demand Reductions: > 480 kW in the first year
- Annual Consumption Savings: > 350,000 kWh per year
When coupled with the incentives from local energy provider, Dominion Utilities, the entire project was able to achieve a projected payback period of four years, meeting all financial criteria established by JBG.
- The lighting portion of the electricity bill was reduced by more than 70%.
- The project generated more than $32,000 in savings over the first year.
“The solution was custom designed based upon an engineering grade audit conducted prior to project implementation to insure all lighting, safety and healthcare requirements were met.”
Milton Austin, Facility Owner
One of America’s largest municipalities, the city of Cincinnati is steeped in tradition and history dating back to the 1790s. The city is home to some of the most unique architecture in the country, and preservation has long been a Cincinnati hallmark. In recent years, Cincinnati has turned to using modern technology to improve the overall community.
A community-wide green initiative was endorsed by the city council and a comprehensive contract was awarded to Honeywell Energy Services to design and implement energy savings projects among city-owned properties. Outdoor lighting, especially street lighting, was quickly identified as a significant opportunity to save energy, and with it came the potential to reduce city maintenance expenses. Beyond that, improved lighting quality also carried strong safety implications for the community.
Honeywell partnered with Eco Engineering to audit, design, and implement the outdoor lighting system. We retrofitted nearly 50 different types of outdoor lamps, using only 12, standardized LED technologies. This project included developing customized street lamps and components to fit historical, antique, and decorative fixtures throughout the city. The lighting project spanned parks, recreation centers, and overpass/underpass lighting. This aspect presented a notable challenge given that many of the spaces that needed new lighting systems were “always on,” and implementations needed to cater to that environment.
The LED solution deployed lamps rated for over 100,000 hours of use, with 10-year warranties that guaranteed enhanced brightness and more consistent performance from street lights over a longer period of time. The resulting maintenance savings were significant.
This project for the City of Cincinnati resulted in impressive energy savings that equated to removing 4.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere.
- Forecasted Annual Demand Reductions: > 9,017 kW in the first year.
- Annual Consumption Savings: 3,126,204 kWh
The new lighting system offered substantial financial benefits for the city, resulting in hundreds of thousands saved annually
- Forecasted $13,000 energy saved per month
- $4,000 maintenance expenses saved per month
- Total annual energy savings >$204,000
This project included developing customized street lamps and components to fit historical, antique, and decorative fixtures throughout the city.
Adidas is working hard to find new and better ways to reduce their carbon footprint. As a result, they have made major investments to improving the energy efficiency of their facilities and buildings. Understandably, after finding success with lighting projects in many of their facilities, they wanted even more.
Most people know Adidas as a sporting goods and apparel company, but what they don’t know is that in the background, Adidas is driving their business toward sustainability and energy efficiency. Adidas has taken on several projects to improve the energy efficiency of their lighting systems throughout many of their facilities. After seeing tremendous success with these projects, Adidas was interested in doing even more. They wanted to implement new lighting technologies that would help them continue to reduce their carbon footprint while also improving the lighting within their facilities. They decided to kick this project off in their Brantford, Ontario facility, with the aim to improve the energy efficiency, working conditions, and safety and security of the facility, and they came to Eco Engineering to get the job done.
Eco Engineering designed and implemented the primary solution for this lighting project, LED high bay fixtures. These fixtures are not only energy efficient, but they are designed to better distribute light at a lower operating cost while also utilizing advanced lighting control with wireless intelligent sensors. These unique sensors used data to help create optimized light profiles for various locations throughout the facility. They captured lighting, energy, and facility data and sent it to a central control module. This model was then used to interpret the data and create specific light profiles for each fixture in each work area. Additionally, the system was connected to the network, allowing for local and remote access to alter the lighting and energy profiles. Once the installation was complete, Eco Engineering trained the staff on the lighting control system and profiles.
After implementing and refining the profiles established in the lighting control system, actual energy savings surpassed initial estimates as light output was reduced by as much as 40% while still meeting facility light level standards.
- First year forecast: more than 570 kW demand reduction
- Annual Consumption Savings: over 2.1 million kWh annually
- Estimated to conserve 57% energy with fixtures operating at full light output
The project easily achieved the ROI metrics Adidas established. They coupled these savings with credits from the local utility provider, Hydro One, adding even more value to their project.
- Exceeded annual savings projection of $373,00
- Forecasted to deliver a minimum of $2.5 million in total energy savings over the next 10 years