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.
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 Dalton Convention Center, in Dalton, Georgia, is a multi-use regional facility. It features elegant ballrooms, versatile meeting rooms, and a lecture hall, as well as the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Dalton Convention Center even includes the Mashburn Arena, home court of the 2015 NAIA Champion Dalton State Roadrunners men’s basketball team.
The Dalton Convention Center was operating with incredibly outdated lighting technology, and the impact was starting to show. Their bookings started to drop, and they began hearing complaints from their patrons about buzzing ballasts, flickering lights, and dimmer issues. The problems weren’t localized to one section of the convention center – they prevailed throughout the entire facility, including the arena. In fact, the light quality in the arena was so poor that it was insufficient by TV broadcasting standards. In addition to the mechanical issues, energy costs for this system were high and system maintenance was significant.
To help Dalton Convention Center address this large undertaking, Eco Engineering designed and implemented a three-phase approach. This approach was based on comprehensive engineering-grade audits of the arena, banquet halls, and meeting spaces. The first phase addressed the meeting spaces. They were converted to reduced-wattage LED fixtures with improved color rendering. Eco Engineering connected the fixtures to occupancy sensors, dimmer controls, and a complete data dashboard to facilitate metered savings. Once the meeting rooms were complete, the banquet halls and arena soon followed.
The control panels for each of these lighting systems not only allowed for verification of energy savings, but they also enabled the pre-selection of up to a dozen different “scenes” for occasion-based lighting effects. The scenes were accessible by any internet-enabled device, allowing convention center personnel to address lighting throughout the center remotely. By the time the project was complete, the new lighting system quadrupled the light output at less than half the energy.
The project reduced the lighting portion of electricity needs by 77% and gave the Convention Center a state-of-the-art facility which increased the number and variety bookings. The significantly improved quality of light now meets NCAA standards for national TV broadcasts.
Annual demand reductions: >1,740 kWh in the first year
Annual consumption savings: >461,000 kWh per year
The new lighting system impacted more than the energy efficiency of the lights throughout the facility. Since the new lights produced less heat than the original lighting fixtures, the convention center was able to spend less on air conditioning. Additionally, the newer system allowed them to lower their maintenance expenses.
- Forecasted energy cost savings: more than $200,000 in the first five years.
- Forecasted total project savings: more $275,000 over five years.
The problems weren’t localized to one section of the convention center – they prevailed throughout the entire facility, including the arena.
Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE:DRE) owns and operates approximately 139 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical space, in 18 major U.S. cities. As a leader in energy management strategies for the facilities industry, Duke has implemented energy efficiency programs across more than one-third of the firm’s 300+ office buildings.
The Towers of Kenwood, a multi-use office complex located in Cincinnati, had previously undergone basic lighting retrofits involving newer technologies. However, despite the relatively modern lighting system, Duke’s financial analysis showed that there was even more room for improvement. By implementing lighting controls, more efficient LED fixtures, and standardizing lamp types, The Towers of Kenwood would significantly reduce energy consumption and operating costs.
Eco Engineering put together a plan and financial projections based on a detailed, engineering-grade audit of the office complex. Both the design and the installation of this project faced two major hurdles:
First, the project had to account for highly customized, multiple-tenant needs related to lighting.
Second, within the Towers, there were sensitive areas, like stock trading floors or 24/7 radio stations – these were difficult to access.
We started this project by planning for those logistical challenges in the beginning. Next, we used energy efficient lighting throughout most of the office complex, specifically using ultra-efficient, low-wattage LED lamps and troffers. Then we selected and installed the appropriate LED technologies to replace stairwell fixtures, exit signs, and egress fixtures. Additionally, we incorporated various types of occupancy sensors throughout the entire facility, providing a customized framework for reducing the operating hours of fixtures on a space-by-space basis.
The project met both lighting quality and financial expectations. Additionally, forecasts estimated they payback period would be 2.2-years, with a 46% ROI aided by a substantial incentive from Duke Energy.
- Annual Demand Reductions: 2,156 kW
- Annual Consumption Savings: Over 1,108,760 kWh
This lighting project projected substantial energy savings within the first year, resulting in significant energy savings and a rapid ROI.
- The project is expected to deliver total energy savings of $127,848 for the first year.
We incorporated various types of occupancy sensors throughout the entire facility, providing a customized framework for reducing the operating hours of fixtures on a space-by-space basis.
EMD Millipore, a division of Merck, produces fine chemicals and additives for a variety of applications in the life sciences industry. As a global leader in Environmental and Social Responsibility, EMD Millipore is in the midst of a multi-year effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and divert a substantial tonnage of waste from landfills or incineration. They continue to develop and grow the industry’s leading Green Chemistry platform.
In its 20-building campus in Cincinnati, EMD Millipore has been updating its light fixtures on an as-needed basis. While this method has been mostly sufficient, it has also created occasional lighting failures resulting from old fixtures or blending different products. As a result, EMD was keenly aware that the entire campus, including exterior lighting areas, was in need of a new comprehensive lighting plan. They wanted to use new technology to maximize energy savings while providing a standardized framework to reduce operating expenses.
Eco Engineering based the entire design and accompanying financial projections on a detailed engineering-grade audit we performed of the EMD Millipore complex. The audit revealed that the spaces throughout the facility had diverse needs. As a result, we opted to use a variety of LED technologies to meet the specialized requirements for each of these unique spaces. Additionally, we used occupancy and motion controls to create a customized framework that would reduce the operating hours of fixtures on a space-by-space basis. We also installed special explosion-proof Class 1 LED fixtures in sensitive production areas.
In the exterior areas surrounding the buildings and parking garages, we upgraded their lighting system to long-lasting, energy-efficient LED products, helping to improve safety and lower maintenance costs.
The design and installation for this project were conducted in two phases to ensure there were no disruptions to production areas. Additionally, all old lighting was disposed of using the strict EPA standards to ensure the project was as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.
EMD Millipore’s project met the rigorous standards they set forth for lighting quality, safety standards, sustainability objectives, and financial expectations.
- Annual Demand Reductions: 1,031 kW
- Annual Consumption Savings: Over 414,150 kWh
The project is estimated to deliver total energy savings of $38,652 for the first year following the renovation. Over $235,000 in savings is forecast over the next five years.
- Estimated energy savings in first year: $38,652
- Estimated energy savings in five years: >$235,000
- Duke Energy rebates: $32,000