Article:LED lighting gaining traction in commercial retrofits
February 06, 2013
Once thought to be too costly for commercial buildings, LED lighting is increasingly popping up in warehouses and commercial facilities as part of energy retrofit projects.
Atlas Box, a Massachusetts-based manufacturer of protective packaging for electronics and heavy equipment, has embarked on a plan to reduce energy consumption by 55 percent in two facilities by installing LED lighting systems. The two-year retrofit project for installing lighting controls and other energy efficiency measures got underway thanks to a no upfront cost financing program set up by the local utility, National Grid.
Energy efficiency retrofits can produce big savings for commercial building owners with little upfront costs
Energy, of course, remains a significant cost for buildings and facility managers and “anything we can do to manage and control energy costs gives us a competitive advantage,” said Frank Tavaras, global process engineer with Atlas Box and project leader.
Atlas worked with Groom Energy to perform building energy assessments to map savings opportunities. Tavares said he considered the warehouse’s machinery and power cutting equipment as using the most energy in the three-year old facility. “But we were wrong, lights use more and gave us the opportunity to target something right away” to save energy.
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