For nearly 20 years, Eco Engineering has supported Siemens Building Technologies (SBT) by providing energy-efficient lighting system upgrades as part of more than 50 of their energy savings performance contracts nationally. West Virginia University is a long-tenured SBT client, working with them across a range of mechanical system projects, including lighting. Eco Engineering has designed and installed multiple lighting system upgrade projects for Siemens at West Virginia University. The most recent was at the Health Sciences campus and other ancillary buildings in Morgantown, West Virginia.
The Health Sciences campus in Morgantown is the largest concentration of health care, research, and health professions resources in the state of West Virginia. It is home to more than 1,000 faculty members and 4,000 students. The University was seeking multiple avenues to make the WVU Medicine hospitals, clinics, and research labs at this campus more energy efficient. Similarly, they wanted to reduce energy costs in a set of facilities on the Evansdale and Downtown campuses by upgrading the lighting systems. In total, 12 facilities across the three campuses were targeted for energy improvements.
The project was initiated with an investment-grade audit of the lighting systems primarily at the Health Sciences campus in Morgantown. The design and installation strategy entailed maximizing the energy savings by upgrading the lighting systems to LED technology using new fixtures, retrofitted components, and occupancy controls. Siemens Building Technologies partnered with Eco Engineering for the audit, design and implementation phases of the lighting system upgrade and used these energy savings to fund other, necessary and more costly mechanical system upgrades.
The energy saved from installing the new lighting system is the equivalent of removing 1,048 cars from the road annually. Other benefits from the new lighting system include:
- Equal or better color rendering for increased visual clarity and comfort
- Created a more pleasing and productive work environment
- Eliminated fluorescent ballast noise and lamp flickering
Over the next 10 years, the lighting portion of their energy bill will be reduced by 62%.
- Forecasted Energy Savings: $5,700,000 over the next 10 years.
The design and installation strategy entailed maximizing the energy savings by upgrading the lighting systems to LED technology using new fixtures, retrofitted components, and occupancy controls.
Westview School Corporation is a highly-rated, public school district located in Topeka, IN. Across 5 core educational buildings in the district, approximately 2,200 students are enrolled in grades K-12. Through a transparent, competitive selection process, the school corporation awarded a multimillion-dollar energy savings performance contract to Performance Services, an energy services company (ESCO) based in Indiana.
The district wanted to implement an improved visual experience across their facilities while also reducing energy and maintenance expenses. Performance Services, who had implemented an energy savings project for the district in the past, sought out Eco Engineering to assist with the lighting system upgrade. The Performance Services team called upon our team to design and install a lighting system that would meet the needs of Westview School Corporation within the budget allocated.
The energy efficient lighting project converted existing interior and exterior lighting to LED technology in the district’s junior-senior high school, four elementary schools, and administrative facilities. Full dimming controls were installed in classrooms to provide an enhanced learning environment for the students. Similar controls were deployed in the gymnasiums to enable settings that matched the range of events held in that type of venue. Additionally, occupancy sensors were installed in bathrooms, hallways, conference rooms, offices, and other areas to reduce lighting usage when the areas are unoccupied. The energy savings and reduced maintenance costs objectives for this project were realized, and the overall quality of light across these district buildings was enhanced.
In addition to improving the quality of the lighting throughout each of the upgraded buildings, the system was responsible for significant energy savings for Westview School Corporation.
- Reduced Energy Consumption: 1,519,389 kWh in the first year.
The project met all detailed requirements needed for qualification of a substantial rebate from NIPSCO and LaGrange Country REMC, the local utility providers. The $92,000 rebate reduced the district’s payback period on the lighting investment
- Annual Energy Savings: $85,100
- Sustained Annual Maintenance Savings: $16,500
The energy savings and reduced maintenance costs objectives for this project were realized, and the overall quality of light across these district buildings was enhanced.
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.
The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, also known as the Lima Army Tank Plant (LATP), is a tank plant located in Lima, Ohio. It is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility currently operated by General Dynamics Land Systems. Built in the 1940’s, this premiere industrial facility is capable of manufacturing, repairing, refurbishing, and testing a full spectrum of combat vehicles and defense systems.
As the largest energy consumer in the United States, the U.S. federal government is working hard to reduce energy usage in its facility portfolio. Similarly, the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center sought to reduce the energy consumed at its campus in Lima, OH. The objective for this project was to source and address areas that were operating inefficiently, and Siemens Government Technologies was enlisted to design and implement energy savings projects involving all forms of energy consumption. Facility lighting was included in the scope of this project as it presents a significant opportunity to reduce both energy consumption and maintenance expenses. Additionally, it was generally agreed upon that the entire complex needed improved lighting quality.
Siemens Government Technologies partnered with lighting specialist Eco Engineering to audit, design, and implement phases of the lighting system. In this project, installation was challenging given the need to upgrade lighting systems in an active production environment. Our design for the energy-efficient lighting replacement system primarily incorporated LED high bay fixtures. These fixtures were designed to better distribute light at a lower operating cost while utilizing an advanced lighting control system with wireless intelligent sensors. The sensors were equipped to gather, interpret, and distribute lighting & energy usage data to a central control module. The control system constructed specific light profiles for each fixture in each work area and allowed for local and remote access for altering the lighting and energy profiles.
The upgraded lighting system delivered exceptional results in terms of energy savings. The system itself saved enough energy to be equivalent to removing 15.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere.
- Annual Demand Reduction: >17,000 kW
- Estimated Annual Consumption Savings: 10,135,223
The financial benefits of the new lighting system are significant and will save hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.
- $48,142 in reduced energy costs
- $5,718 reduced maintenance cost
- Total annual energy savings $577,000