Dalkia https://www.dalkiasolutions.com Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:15:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-site-icon-32x32.png Dalkia https://www.dalkiasolutions.com 32 32 What Does Energy Efficiency Mean? https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/what-does-energy-efficiency-mean/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:15:27 +0000 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/?p=12482 What does energy efficiency mean? It means reducing your carbon footprint by making current energy sources more effective. We're here to help your business implement a path to sustainable energy moving forward.

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Picture of five lightbulbs to accompany blog: What Does Energy Efficiency MeanEnergy efficiency. It’s probably a term you’ve heard tossed around as an idea to improve your facility’s bottom line and CSR, but what does energy efficiency mean? Essentially, it means using less energy to perform the same task. In this case, that means reducing fossil fuels and reducing your business’ carbon footprint by making current energy sources more effective.

According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective ways to clean the air we breathe while simultaneously reducing energy costs. Dalkia is here to help your business accomplish both tasks, by helping to implement a path to sustainable energy.

Reduce energy costs by making your business energy efficient

It’s not just about going green; it’s about saving you some “green,” too. Making the energy transition to a more sustainable solution pays off in the long run for multiple reasons, not the least of which is reduced energy expenses. In fact, some of our customers have found that greening efforts end up paying for themselves, dramatically lowering operating costs and increasing a facility’s value.

An added bonus to investing in the sustainable future of your business is that your brand image among consumers will be positively affected.

How your business can achieve energy efficiency in 2021

Dalkia offers multiple services to help achieve energy efficiency goals:

  • Digital services like building controls can assess real-time data for more efficient operation of your facility.
  • Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, uses natural gas to produce heat and electricity more efficiently than traditional central power plants.
  • LED lighting and controls can lower your electricity bills by using more efficient bulbs, and incorporating sensors to shut off lights when rooms or areas aren’t being used.
  • HVAC systems are often the largest energy consumer in an industrial building, but upgrades can address and solve efficiency problems in refrigeration, boilers and ventilation systems.

Dalkia is here to help your business

Do you think your business is ready to achieve energy efficiency in 2021? We’re here to help. Our customers span a variety of industries, including:

No matter your field, our team will conduct a thorough building energy assessment for your facility. We can act as an expert consultant to rank the energy savings options available to you. We can also perform full turn-key installations for building upgrades.

At Dalkia, our offerings are always tailored to your goals and requirements. Contact us to start a no-pressure conversation regarding an energy analysis today.

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Lidl invests in MERV 13 Filtration https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/merv-13-filtration/ Tue, 24 Nov 2020 21:30:26 +0000 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/?p=12471 Grocers are implementing MERV 13 Filtration to combat COVID-19. Could this technology help keep your customers and employees healthy?

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A Grocer Achieves A New Level of Freshness

grocers are implementing MERV 13 Filtration to combat COVID-19Lidl US knows a thing or two about fresh produce. Operating over 11,000 stores across 32 countries, freshness is at the core of their business model. Now, by integrating some new technology, customers will experience a new level of freshness: air purity. And given the implications of COVID-19, the MERV 13 filtration solution will allow all involved (customers, vendors, employees) to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

The Background

In the early spring months before much was known of the novel coronavirus, experts from leading health organizations came forward to stress the importance of wearing face masks. One thing was clear: the virus was spread through the air. They said that social distancing aside, filtering the air, by way of a face mask or other technology, could significantly reduce the number of reported cases and infected individuals.

Healthcare facilities, including hospitals, were understandably the first type of facilities to implement or update their air filtration devices to protect staff and patients, with other B2B facilities following suit.

HEPA filters are rated to filter many common viruses from the airstream, but MERV filtration can stop particulates as small as nanomicrons—precisely the size of the coronavirus. Understanding just what was and continues to be at stake, Lidl made the decision to invest in MERV filtration technology across its store locations.

Of the decision, Johannes Fieber, Lidel US CEO, shared, “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have worked diligently to protect the health of everyone in our stores by meeting or exceeding CDC guidelines, and this measure to create cleaner, healthier air is no different. Customers and team members in Lidl stores can breathe easier knowing we have an added layer of protection against COVID-19.”

Read more about Lidl upgrading its ventilation system here.

The Solution

As low-margin businesses, grocery and retail stores have an added incentive to keep staff healthy. Keeping regular employees on-staff helps, in turn, keep regular and repeat customers. Not only do MERV 13 filters help to maintain the health of staff, but they also help contribute to the health of the building, with HVAC upgrades addressing and solving efficiency problems in refrigeration, boilers and ventilation systems.

Are you a grocer who is interested in following suit? Or do you operate a different type of business that is ready to implement new air-filtering technology? If an HVAC upgrade is on deck, now might be a wise time to consider MERV 13 filtration. The reality is, our collective new normal will, for the foreseeable future, include COVID-19. MERV 13 can help keep it at bay. Ready to start the conversation? Contact us today.

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Healthy Buildings: Improved Ventilation for Healthier (and Happier) Workers https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/healthy-buildings/ Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:28:15 +0000 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/?p=12438 Workers emerging from home offices and going back to work may wonder if they’re returning to healthy buildings. Learn how improved ventilation can help.

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In times of COVID-19, improved ventilation and air quality will give peace of mind while helping workers breathe easier.Take a deep breath. Now, take another, but this time, pretend you’re on an airplane in coach. And again, but this time, you’re walking through a casino. Last one: imagine you’re in a meadow having a picnic. If we did a good job of sparking your imagination, you can surmise the central theme of this blog: air quality. A concern of many workers emerging from home offices making the return to their places of employment is the air quality of their offices and how ventilation could affect the spread of COVID-19. Here, we’ll dive into ways to create healthy buildings that will make them—your workforce, customers and visitors—breathe easier.

Up in the Air

As we learned earlier this year, SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease) is transmitted through aerosolized droplets. While the pandemic has created an awareness of the importance of proper ventilation to dilute virus concentration and reduce the probability of infection, some industries, like airlines and gaming, have long recognized how airflow can affect their customers. Airplanes circulate cabin air through HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters, and as anyone who has traveled on a plane with a malfunctioning system can attest, stale air can significantly negatively affect the travel experience. Casinos ensure that air is being filtered and refreshed, to encourage guests to continue gambling for extended periods of time.

COVID-19 will only accelerate these trends and introduce best practices into industries and businesses previously unconcerned with upgrading or enhancing their ventilation. At a minimum, facility professionals will be more cognizant of timely filter replacements. Going more extreme, some businesses will audit their system holistically, seeking ways to make sweeping improvements.

Ventilation for Healthy Buildings

Ventilation is something we know a thing or two about. Many of our energy-saving solutions fall into the category of HVAC: boilers, RTUs, chillers, air handling units, split systems and heat pumps. Working with our customers, we consider building type and operating characteristics among other factors when recommending solutions to achieve energy efficiencies, cost savings and healthy buildings.

Rather than suggesting equipment replacements, we often focus on and recommend ways to modify and improve controls to improve efficiency while delivering a return on investment. For instance, RTUs can be retrofitted with intelligent controls for energy-performance improvements, and even modest changes to ventilation-system controls can significantly impact energy consumption and increase equipment life.

If you have questions about your ventilation system, or are looking for ways to offer your workers, customers and visitors a healthy building, we hope you’ll contact us.

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Facilities Have Many Paths to Energy Efficiency https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/facilities-have-many-paths-to-energy-efficiency/ Tue, 06 Oct 2020 20:31:57 +0000 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/?p=12385 The creators of Energy Efficiency Day remind everyone that pursuing energy-efficiency is a year-round effort, with a goal to “Save Money. Cut Pollution. Create Jobs.”

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Reach Your Goals During COVID-19 and Beyond

How is your facility’s energy efficiency?

It’s a question many building managers and owners are wrestling with. The necessity to cut carbon emissions and energy consumption has obvious global impact now, with plenty of pressure and encouragement on facilities to respond.

The creators of Energy Efficiency Day, for one, remind everyone that pursuing energy-efficiency is a year-round effort, with a goal to “Save Money. Cut Pollution. Create Jobs.” Fortunately, this goal can still be reached, even in these unpredictable times.

Energy Efficiency During COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has spread plenty of uncertainty throughout virtually every aspect of public and private life, including the current and future uses of commercial buildings. The future of facilities may depend on our reaction to the pandemic. Can you plan for success?

The creators of Energy Efficiency Day point out that building owners could turn this period of transition to their benefit:

“To retain tenants or keep the current size of tenant spaces, building owners could offer energy-saving retrofits. The retrofits will provide a healthier and more secure physical work environment and simultaneously drive down operating costs. With many buildings still mostly empty, now is an excellent time to access and retro-commission building energy efficiency to inform building retrofits.”

You Have Energy-Efficient Options

Energy-efficient upgrades can be made to facilities in a number of areas:

  • Digital services like building controls can analyze, assess and leverage energy consumption and real-time or periodic data for more efficient building operation.
  • LED lighting and controls can cut energy consumption, lower electricity bills and provide a safer and more productive workplace. Recent advancements in Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology can go further, providing actionable data for a wealth of benefits.
  • HVAC upgrades can address and solve efficiency problems in refrigeration, boilers and ventilation systems. Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) customize controls to manage the speed of motors throughout the HVAC system.
  • Solar and storage can generate and store reliable energy onsite, cutting carbon emissions and stabilizing your facility during grid outages.

These are just a few of the energy efficiency solutions that facility owners can take advantage of during the pandemic and beyond. Other cost-saving ideas include combined heat and power (CHP), Electric vehicle (EV) charging and intelligent load management.

Smarter Energy, Smarter Buildings

Energy efficiency is a concern that’s here to stay, with potential for facilities to cut both costs and consumption at the same time. We work with our clients to first assess their facility’s energy consumption and needs, identify areas and technologies that could help and design turnkey solutions that make their building more intelligent and efficient.

What’s more, we provide robust financing programs like Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) or lease structures that bring these upgrades within reach. Ready to start? Contact us today.

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The Climate Pledge: Achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2040 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/the-climate-pledge/ Tue, 29 Sep 2020 19:11:29 +0000 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/?p=12378 The Climate Pledge, created by Amazon and being emulated by other industry leaders, calls for achieving net zero carbon by 2040. Learn how you can do your part.

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The Climate Pledge: Achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2040. Are You Doing Your Part? We Can Help.Are You Doing Your Part? We Can Help.

Earlier this summer, we learned of The Climate Pledge after reading this blog from Amazon discussing the internet giant’s intent to reach net zero carbon by 2040, a full decade ahead of the Paris Agreement. An ambitious goal for sure, but after we stopped to consider how swiftly the company rose from being an online bookstore to the megastore and distribution center it is today, we realized that the timeframe and goal may not be too lofty of a feat after all.

Recognizing the importance of the green movement, and understanding that perhaps some of our technologies may not be widely known, we looked inward to find ways to educate readers of our blog of our services. After all, every day, we help facilities reduce emissions, cut their energy consumption and boost cost savings. So, to an extent, we’ve taken a similar climate pledge. If you are interested in joining Amazon in the movement, we want you to have all the resources you need to do so. Read on.

Renewable Energy

One of Amazon’s incremental goals is to run its operations with renewable energy by the year 2030. This is an area where we shine (pun intended.) Let us illuminate some of the benefits of our solar technology. Once bulky and cost-prohibitive, solar panels now are surprisingly compact and affordable.

Having the generation of electricity in-house creates efficiencies. And from the perspective of The Climate Pledge, solar not only helps lower carbon emissions, but it can also help lower a facility’s energy costs. For these reasons, we hope you’ll agree that solar is a bright idea. And, taking things one step further, our partner, EDF Renewables, can help integrate another renewable: wind.

Electric Delivery

Another of Amazon’s pledges is to integrate electric vehicles into their fleet. While we aren’t in the business of producing cars, we do have a unique way to deliver heat and power: cogeneration. Typical centralized power plants can waste upwards of 55% of their energy through discharged heat or electrical losses.

When produced on-site, energy efficiencies are realized; our cogeneration systems, also known as CHP, or Combined Heat and Power, see 85% operational efficiency. You can learn more about the systems and the benefits they could bring your facility by visiting our partner Aegis’ website.

Making the Pledge for a Better Tomorrow

Really, The Climate Pledge is more than just the promise to reduce emissions; it’s a shift in one’s way of thinking, a topic we covered in our last blog [link to healthy buildings blog] and something we try to live every day, through our sustainability work with charitable organizations and our employee-led social impact program. It may sound cliché, but together, we truly can make a difference. Won’t you let us help you achieve your sustainability goals?

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Upgrade Now: 179D Tax Deduction Program Extended through 2020 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/upgrade-now-179d-tax-deduction-program-extended-through-2020/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:49:20 +0000 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/?p=11569 The 179D tax deduction program, has now been extended through 2020. Do you qualify?

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179D tax deduction program for commercial building energy-efficiency upgrades

Are bottom-line concerns holding you back from making energy efficiency upgrades to your facility? Knowing and understanding all of the available federal and local incentives for sustainable upgrades is a crucial factor in that decision-making process. One such incentive, the 179D tax deduction program, has now been extended through 2020.

What Is the 179D Deduction?

The Energy Policy Act, signed into law in 2005, was originally aimed to curb energy usage and address energy independence concerns. It was later amended and given the name, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. The legislation promotes sustainability, encouraging energy efficiency upgrades for new and existing buildings and includes a tax deduction, known as the Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction or “179D”.

In December 2019, Congress passed a budget agreement that included a number of tax energy extenders, including 179D, through December 31, 2020. This enables building owners and businesses to claim a tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for qualifying upgrades to HVAC, lighting systems and building envelope: up to $0.60 per square foot for HVAC systems; up to $0.60 per square foot for lighting systems; and up to $0.60 per square foot for building envelope.

179D can be applied towards improvements made in many commercial building types, including:

  • Retail
  • Industrial
  • Hospitality
  • Residential buildings with 4 or more floors

How Much Can You Deduct?

Our chart breaks it down for you.

Summary of Savings & Tax Deductions

Fully Qualifying Property Partially Qualifying Property
Envelope HVAC and Solar Hot Water Lighting Interim Lighting Rule
Savings Requirements 50% energy and power cost savings 10% energy and power cost savings 15% energy and power cost savings 25% energy and power cost savings 25%–40% lower LPD (50% for warehouses)
Tax Deduction Cost of qualifying property up to $1.80/ft2 Cost of qualifying property up to $0.60/ft2 Cost of qualifying property up to $0.60/ft2 Cost of qualifying property up to $0.60/ft2 Cost of qualifying property up to $0.60/ft2 times applicable percentage

Dalkia can assist you in determining your 179D eligibility, and maximize your deduction by helping you complete the required certifications before the program’s expiration. Varying maximum and partial deductions can be claimed based upon your project scope.

We have a long track record of helping customers take advantage of federal and local incentives, and delivering both energy efficiency and cost savings to customers. Contact us today to get started!

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Reflecting on a Year That Reenergized—and Generated an Era https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/reflecting-on-a-year-that-reenergized/ Thu, 26 Dec 2019 15:15:51 +0000 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/?p=11564 October 2019 marked the formal introduction of Dalkia Energy Solutions (formerly Groom Energy), the U.S. division of Dalkia, a subsidiary of France-based energy giant EDF Group—defining a year of excitement and historic evolution.

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A year that reenergized For the first official time, here it comes… Happy New Year from Dalkia Energy Solutions! We are extremely proud to ring in 2020 with a greeting that, well, has a pretty great ring to it. October 2019 marked our formal introduction as the U.S. division of Dalkia, a subsidiary of France-based energy giant EDF Group, defining the excitement and historic evolution we experienced over the course of 2019—a year that reenergized us for more to come.

What’s in a name?

Since its founding in France in 1937, Dalkia has focused on delivering efficient, cost-effective solutions and services for managing building energy systems, quickly earning a solid reputation for reliability and expertise. Having become part of the internationally renowned EDF Group in 2014, Dalkia today is the flagship of EDF’s energy services around the world.

Meanwhile, as an industry leader here in the states, Groom Energy also was busy delivering comprehensive building energy solutions for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities. In 2016, Groom joined the EDF family as Dalkia’s U.S. division, forging a beneficial new relationship that would allow us to bring access to even more energy partners. Though we’ve been doing just that ever since, our recent renaming serves to solidify our new union—bringing with it a stamp of global industry excellence.

The power of partnership

In 2018, Dalkia had further expanded its reach and product offerings in the U.S. with the acquisition of Aegis Energy Services, another Massachusetts-based energy efficiency leader. Already the top manufacturer and supplier of combined heat and power (CHP) systems to commercial and residential customers in the Northeast, Aegis is now the exclusive provider of CHP solutions to Dalkia customers in North America.

Aegis has proven more than a welcome addition to the EDF family; specializing in one of the most valuable energy solutions available, Aegis provides a key piece of Dalkia’s comprehensive service offerings. Together, we are able to tailor smart solutions for each building, each city, each territory and each industrial site to help our customers meet the challenge of a total energy transition.

Highlighting the effectiveness of this integrated, collaborative approach, we recently completed a large-scale project for Great Wolf Lodge New England in Fitchburg, Mass., a popular family resort that sees an estimated 650,000 visitors annually. Having already implemented energy solutions in nine other Great Wolf Lodge resorts throughout the country, Dalkia Energy Solutions developed an end-to-end building energy plan for the New England location, implementing and providing support for a range of facility-wide energy improvements. These included building energy software, LED lighting improvements, water conservation devices, HVAC upgrades and, with Aegis’s expertise, on-site electricity generation with a CHP unit.

Once these improvements were in place, Great Wolf Lodge New England immediately began to realize savings on electricity, natural gas and water bills, savings that will inherently continue with each year. This success story, which we showcased at VERGE 19 in October, epitomizes the incredible possibilities that come with partnerships that work.

Now and next

With our new name and structure came the launch of our new website, through which we look forward to providing thorough, easily accessible information and tools in the new year and beyond. As you explore the site, we invite you to check out our recently produced, which offers an engaging and insightful overview of our unique enterprise.

Nothing about our passion, forward-thinking strategies or longtime dedicated service has changed; we’re simply stronger for our energy partners. We continue to research, innovate and plan, fully embracing the new relationships that will allow us to offer more impactful sustainability projects than ever before. There’s no better time than the start of a year to begin your more resilient energy future—and ours starts today.

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Save Energy in Your Warehouse or Distribution Center in 4 Easy Steps https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/save-energy-in-your-warehouse-or-distribution-center/ Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:31:20 +0000 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/?p=11551 We understand the considerable planning and heavy lifting that goes into achieving operational efficiency. That’s why when it comes time to evaluate ways to save energy in your warehouse or distribution center, we’d like you to leave the heavy lifting to us.

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Save energy in your warehouse or distribution center without heavy lifting Whether you’re in the business of making or distributing widgets, raw materials, food or consumer goods, there inevitably is some heavy lifting involved. We understand the considerable planning that goes into your operational efficiency. That’s why when it comes time to evaluate ways to save energy in your warehouse or distribution center, we’d like you to leave the heavy lifting to us.

Step 1: Getting to know you, getting to know all about you (over the phone)

The first step toward saving energy in your facility is what we call an intake meeting, often held by phone. To make the most of our time together, we suggest you have at the ready copies of your utility bills. The more data we have to evaluate, the better.

We’ll also look to compile a full list of your physical operational assets including the different pieces of machinery and the types of motors being operated and when. Ultimately, we’re looking to paint a picture of what you do and how you do it. Understanding what systems and machines you are running and how much energy you consume will help us to create more accurate savings projections.

Step 2: Come together

After we’ve evaluated your data and identified potential efficiencies, we’ll schedule a cursory walk-through of your facility. During this meeting, we’ll collaborate with a point-person, often a mechanical engineer or an operations or maintenance manager, to start a more thorough and robust data collection process.

Step 3: It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution, it’s a one-size-fits-you

After our call and in-person meeting, we’ll go back to our office to develop a custom proposal. This document, typically returned within two to three weeks after the site visit, details observations and recommendations with regards to your systems and processes, in addition to an overview of available financial incentive programs for new energy solutions.

But that’s not all. Remember back in step 1 where we talked about understanding what you do and how you do it? We’re always looking for ways to improve current systems whenever possible. That compressed air system you’re using? Maybe you don’t have to buy a new compressor anymore due to the opportunities for efficiencies found in your existing layout. Maybe upgrading to a new model would be more efficient. These are the types of observations that you can expect in your well-rounded, personalized report and proposal.

While no two reports are the same, they do have similarities in that they offer personalized recommendations. And they’re especially thorough. We want you to have all the tools you need to make an educated decision.

Step 4: This one’s on you

The last step requires a thorough review of the proposal and consideration of your options. We understand that you must weigh upfront capital expenditures, anticipated long-term cost savings, greening initiatives and more, and we’ll be happy to answer questions and to provide case study examples of comparable client projects, if they’re available.

If you’ve made it this far into our blog, you must be interested in finding ways to save energy in your warehouse or distribution center. When you’re ready to talk, we’d love to hear from you.

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Connectivity is the Future of Building Management https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/connectivity-is-the-future-of-building-management-groom-energy/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 18:32:57 +0000 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/?p=11391 Additional features in technologies like LED lighting are wielding a broad new range of advantages, and proving that connectivity is the future of building management.

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Cityscape showing that connectivity is the future of building managementCutting the energy consumption of a facility while increasing energy savings is the new standard of building management, rather than the exception. Over the last several years, n technologies have emerged to meet those goals, such as LED lighting and controls, which can cut energy bills by more than half while improving the quality and safety of the facility. But there’s so much more. Additional ROI-boosting features in LED lighting and other technologies prove that connectivity is the future of building management.

What is a Connected Building?

Connected buildings are smart buildings, supported by a network of devices using Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities. Sensors and sensing technologies in LED lighting, for example, can track the movement of people and assets. These devices, and the raw data they collect, can be leveraged for actionable insights.

People’s behavior and actions produce data. Wherever there are people, there is lighting. So new LED technologies are perfectly positioned to gather that data via tags, badges, beacons and various sensors. They transmit the data into the cloud, to be used by mobile and web-based software solutions to save the facility more energy and labor, improve safety and productivity, prevent theft, streamline operations and increase ROI.

A few examples of connectivity:

Connectivity Unlocks Opportunity

These just scratch the surface of a connected building’s possibilities. The IoT technologies not only conserve energy, they improve the results of the business that occupies that building. This transforms the building from an energy-efficient, productivity-driving asset.

According to Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research vice president at Gartner Inc., “Especially in large sites, such as industrial zones, office parks, shopping malls, airports or seaports, IoT can help reduce the cost of energy, spatial management and building maintenance by up to 30 percent.”

Christina Halfpenny, executive director of the DesignLights Consortium, points out that the number of connected buildings is projected to grow by a third by 2024. As Halfpenny puts it, “…it’s impossible to overstate the importance of the non-illumination, data side of lighting.”

Companies now can—and should—take advantage of these new connected technologies. They can go beyond energy savings and outperform their competitors with the endless possibilities, generating positive results to their ROI.

Taking advantage of a connected building’s technologies and putting them to their best use requires expertise. We partner with lighting manufacturers like Acuity, Eaton and others when designing our turnkey solutions for clients across a broad range of industries.

And lighting is just one aspect of our overall strategy for energy managed services—we tailor the technologies that will most benefit your facility, and provide the financial expertise to take advantage of all suitable rebates, incentives, finance and pricing models.

For example, an innovative business model gaining traction is energy as a service (EaaS), where the service provider maintains ownership of equipment and the customer pays for the services provided by the equipment, usually based on the energy savings realized on utility bills. The provider designs the project scope, finances the costs and monitors performance. The EaaS solution (with an energy savings potential up to 25-50%) enables organizations to implement energy and water efficiency projects with no upfront capital expenditure.

We can discuss with you all pricing models, like pay-for-performance contracts, energy savings performance contracts, power purchase agreements and on-bill financing, to help determine which works best for your facility.

There’s no better place to learn about these and other opportunities than the World Workplace conference, hosted by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). “Take your facility and career to new heights,” and on your way up, stop by booth #1053 to learn about our services and turnkey installations. We’ll be there as Dalkia (Groom Energy Solutions), October 16–18, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Check out the conference site for full details.

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4 Energy Challenges Facing Grocery Managers and Considerations to Overcome Them https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/4-energy-challenges-facing-grocery-managers/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:40:50 +0000 https://www.dalkiasolutions.com/?p=11385 With so many energy challenges facing grocery managers, having help with a thoughtful, integrated plan is key to balance satisfaction and profitability. Here, we offer four considerations.

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Energy Challenges Facing Grocery ManagersAsk anyone how they’ve selected their go-to grocery store or stores, and they’ll likely list off a menu of reasons: proximity to their home or place of work, product selection, available discounts, store aesthetics, overall comfort or experience. As a consumer yourself, you choose where to do business based on these same factors. But as a facilities professional, you know what stores need to add to their recipe to make it a good one for employees and shoppers alike. Here, we offer four energy challenges facing grocery managers and considerations to overcome them:

1. Keeping your cool when dealing with HVAC and refrigeration: how to prevent food (and profits) from melting away

Energy is among the largest costs store operators must budget for and manage each month, right after real estate and payroll expenses—and it’s a sizeable line item. According to ENERGY STAR®, the average 50,000 square foot store uses more than $200,000 in electricity and natural gas each year.

While each of the aforementioned requires a substantial capital investment at their time of purchase, they also require lesser expenses during both routine and unplanned maintenance. But what is the break-even point? When does a system replacement make prudent financial ‘cents?’ And how do changes to federal and state mandates affect the viability of the replacement you’re considering? All are important factors that should be weighed when making energy decisions for your store or stores. The savings potential is sizeable if the right ingredients are mixed into your plan.

2. Finding the right shade of green: balancing CSR and costs

Of course, system selection doesn’t come strictly down to what balances the budget. Other factors, including corporate social responsibility, and namely, sustainability, are important factors to conscious consumers. Shoppers’ tolerance for things like plastic bags is diminishing; incorporating green energy solutions can help perpetuate a favorable brand and culture. Looming refrigeration mandates also make the case for going green.

The best energy options are those that can help your store go green while simultaneously helping you save green, especially now, as the spotlight shines on environmentally friendly options across many industries, including grocery.

3. To repair or replace, that is the question: knowing when and how best to manage and maintain HVAC and refrigeration systems

Cooling systems are designed for continuous operation, driven by the need to store food at safe temperatures. When the system goes down, there is no other option than to bring it back up into operation. The quick fix is the repair. After all, downtime equals a dip in profits and decreased customer satisfaction, a lose-lose situation.

A replacement, while seemingly a daunting task, may be the more prudent option in the long run. Oftentimes, when discussing replacement options, we recommend customers consider energy incentives available to them that might make a rollout of new systems feasible across multiple stores. A prudent strategy may even help to address points one and two, as well.

4. LED lights are a bright idea: understanding when and how to roll out a retrofit

Considering the attractive investment payback of energy-efficient LED lighting, most grocers have already begun retrofitting their stores, even if, in part, in back-of-store preparation and storage areas. Once operators see for themselves the corresponding increase in both lighting levels and energy savings, they advance outward toward front-of-store spaces: refrigerated display cases, the shopping floor and parking lot areas. This is but one piece of the pie. A thoughtful, integrated plan will incorporate this, and the aforementioned, for optimal operation and profitability.

While business priorities tend to focus on the customer experience, savvy operators realize that every dollar saved on energy goes directly to the bottom line. This is why—considering the grocery industry’s high-volume low-margin operational model—many cost-conscious owners have already begun actively investing in energy efficiency upgrades. Are you ready to do the same? We’d love to hear from you.

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