Your building’s energy systems are critical to employee productivity and their work environment; customer, employee, patient and student comfort and health and how effectively your business functions. If you are paying high utility rates, seeing escalating equipment repair costs, or are hearing negative internal or external feedback about your buildings, it’s probably time to consider a retrofit.
Here are the key pieces of equipment to assess:
Lighting Systems, Controls & LED IoT
Since about 40%-60%* of the energy costs of office buildings and warehouses are from your lighting system, if your system is nearing 10 years or older, you have less efficient systems that are producing uneven or poor light, or if you're starting to see electrical ballast failures, then it’s definitely time to switch to LED lights.
As much as 50% of lighting energy savings can be achieved with lighting controls.
(*Office Buildings: 43%; Warehouses: 60%; Grocery Stores: 18% - *Source: US Energy Information Administration)
The proper LED Lighting system offers tremendous savings over traditional lighting and has been shown to improve worker performance and satisfaction, patient comfort, student learning retention, and customer satisfaction. Coupled with the proper controls you can control, predict and significantly improve safety, facility resources, and usage.
Our team of energy auditors, energy consultants, financial consultants, lighting architects, project managers and electricians will handle all of your project's details from initial energy audit and assessment, retrofit or replacement design & recommendations to installation, warranty support and M&V followup to verify projected savings.
Our Lighting Team and Process
Lighting Auditor: Our Auditor will perform a detailed survey of your facility taking into account the age and condition of your current lighting system, infrastructure, ceiling type & height, available daylight, lighting use, hours of operation, and existing controls (if any).
Lighting Architect: Using the Lighting Audit, Photometric Modeling and Recommended Illumination Levels, our Lighting Architect will determine what the best LED-lights and lighting controls would be for your facility and will prepare a multi-solution (Re-lamp, Retrofit, or Replace) proposal.
Financial Analyst: We'll prepare a detailed Return on Investment Analysis taking into account any rebates, tax incentives, environmental impact, life cycle, warranty and financing options.
Project Manager: Once you've approved the project you'll be assigned a Project Manager who will be your primary point of contact for the duration of the project and will keep you apprised of project progress and status. Your Project Manager will collaborate with you on timing of the project and hours of operations. They will also provide continuous feedback through the process. Project managers are entrusted to oversee staff, safety plans, appropriate disposal or recycling of equipment and bulbs, any project changes, and ultimately a quality implementation.
Rebate Administration: Many utilities have a rebate program that you've likely been paying into for years that's available for LED Lighting projects. Your Project Manager will handle the application and review process with your local utility and the rebate check will be mailed to you directly. Depending on your utility's program, rebates can be substantial and cover a significant portion of your project costs.
Warranty Support: Our state of the art fixtures and controls have a 5-20 year warranty, specified in the project proposal. We can answer any questions or provide any assistance with any warranty claims.
Certified Electricians: Installation will be by one of our teams of licensed and experienced electricians. Installation will generally begin 3-4 weeks after contract signing and proceed for the next 1-2 weeks. The PM will maintain constant communication between you and our electricians, providing continuous updates as they become available. Should any issues arise the PM to promptly get all parties involved and swiftly resolve the situation. Avalon will provide all supervision, labor, materials and equipment necessary to install new LED fixtures and controls (where applicable) at all contracted locations.
What is Connected Lighting?
Our connected lighting solutions convert your buildings into smart assets through LED Smart Technology controls. With access to real-time, smart energy data we take you beyond lighting into strategic solutions for the most common problems, like workplace and school safety, facility resource optimization and energy savings.
- Motion sensors track movement and space occupancy trends.
- Sensors can trigger lights on or off based on occupancy usage.
- Automate and predict energy usage and savings based on time of day worker schedules.
- Crowd flow data for more effective space allocation and safer emergency evacuation plans.
Daylight harvesting, or daylight response, is an automatic lighting control strategy in which interior electric lighting adjusts to maintain a target level, reducing energy costs. It is most effective in areas that consistently receive ample daylight, such as lighting adjacent to windows or near skylights.
- Tune-able lights that dim and change color to ensure lighting is consistent and safe throughout the day and night
- Automate & predict energy usage and savings based on time of day and seasons.
Backup and Emergency Generators
Whether caused by Mother Nature, a "Rolling Brownout" or accident, few businesses can operate without electricity. Protect your business with a backup generator. Our Engineer, Project Manager and Support Team will handle your entire electric generator installation from design to start-up thru maintenance including:
- Designing a custom natural gas or diesel powered electric generator system to suit your needs.
- Assisting with financing and/or grants and incentives.
- Obtaining necessary local permits.
- Installing and maintaining Electric Generator System with 24 x 365 Emergency Response so you don't have to worry about losing power.
- Office Buildings
- Nursing Homes
- Call & Data Centers
- Refrigerated Warehouses
- Manufacturing Plants
Generator & UPS Maintenance
- Complete emergency power system inspection
- Repairs & replacements
- Fluid levels checked and topped off
- Transfer switches inspected
- Existing batteries checked for fluid levels and capacity
- Battery chargers checked and adjusted for correct charging rates
- System(s) cleaned and vacuumed
Generator, ATS, UPS Start-up Engineering
- Equipment/installation inspection
- Field engineering start-up supervision
- Calibration & testing
- Rigging/construction management
- Remote annunciator installation
- Ethernet monitoring and network management
- Software integration services - TCIP, SNMP
24 x 365 Emergency Support
Upon inspection, problems will be repaired as a service to you. If there are and additional services and repairs needed or recommended, we'll explain them and quote you a price so that you can make an informed decision. We offer a full lineup of products and services that will keep your emergency generator system in optimum condition. Our services include:
- Load Bank Testing
- Oil Testing
- Power Factor Correction
- Uninterruptible Power Systems
- System Upgrades
If you've got a rooftop HVAC unit in the 15 to 20-year old range, it's probably time to replace it. These systems are out in the weather and can leak, letting in excessive cold or hot outside air. New ones are much more efficient. Taking into account degradation, a new unit can be up to twice as efficient as your old degraded units, cutting energy use in half. Many RTU manufacturers have begun incorporating energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) for pretreating outside air, savings energy and improving indoor air quality. Variable speed drives can cut fan energy in half during periods with light loads.
Boilers and Chillers
Boilers and chillers are large, expensive pieces of equipment, and need careful analysis. The useful life will vary depending on its design and use, but it’s probably in the 15-25 year range. Low efficiency indicators include spending money on parts and labor, downtime and higher energy bills. Large college campuses, for example, are finding savings by replacing aging steam systems with more efficient lower temperature hot water systems.
Steam chiller- any age
In the past, some facilities installed steam or hot water driven chillers that used natural gas and reduced peak electrical demand. These devices, called adsorption chillers, are inefficient. A modern electric chiller is 7 times more efficient than a steam chiller. Look into energy costs and why that chiller was put in in the first place. You may find savings with a replacement.
Building Management Systems (BMS)
If you haven't installed a new software system in the last five years, you probably need an upgrade. If you haven't done much with the system in 10 years, you may need to replace parts like sensors or buy some more advanced equipment. The newest BMS are much more advanced and easier to use than older systems.
Consider the costs, including the cost of delay
Financially, do a quick cost-benefit analysis of upgrades. This includes assessing: 1) the initial upfront cost of new equipment; 2) annual energy and non-energy savings associated with the upgrade, 3) the cost of keeping your old inefficient equipment running, including service contracts, in-house labor, parts, maintenance, emergency calls, or even downtime; and 4) the cost (or lost savings) from delaying or pushing out the implementation of key upgrades into the future. When all of these factors are assessed, investing in energy efficiency upgrades can make a lot of sense. One added critical financial piece to consider is the potential advantage of bundling upgrades—particularly lower-cost upgrades like LED lights and controllers with longer payback items like a new chiller—for efficiency gains. If you have challenges obtaining sufficient internal capital to implement your upgrades, or can’t get enough internal funding because the return on efficiency upgrades don’t meet your internal hurdle rates, consider our financing options or a "Lumens as a Subscription" Agreement (LaaS). A LaaS will help you overcome the financial and implementation obstacles that may be preventing your buildings from reaching peak efficiency while maximizing financial gain.