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Big Energy Savings at New Warehouse In Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center

Oct 13, 2014

Energy sipping LED lights, along with an abundance of skylights and motion sensors that automatically switch off the lights when they aren't needed - referred to in the energy industry as "daylight harvesting" -  are expected to reduce annual energy costs by about $110,700 at one of the newest warehouses in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center east of Sparks.

The 524,800-square-foot warehouse, large enough to accommodate 9 football fields, is located along USA Parkway in Storey County. It was developed by SJS Commercial Real Estate, a company based in Deerfield, Illinois, and completed in the spring of 2014. Because of the building's energy efficiency and other environmentally-friendly features, SJS hopes to achieve LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The building is occupied by Randa Logistics and serves as a distribution center for Randa Accessories, the world's largest men's accessories company. Randa sells men's belts, wallets, neckwear, luggage, backpacks and fashion items. Randa Logistics has about 150 employees at the new warehouse.

Energy efficient LED lights and sensors are expected to reduce Randa Logistics' electricity use by nearly 1.4 million kilowatt hours per year. That's enough energy to power 150 homes in northern Nevada for a year, and reduces the building's carbon footprint by about 1,000 tons annually.  

SJS also received a rebate from NV Energy's Sure Bet Program for investing in energy efficiency. The program provides technical assistance and financial incentives to commercial customers who retrofit existing facilities or outfit new buildings with energy efficient lighting and motor controls. Incentives are also available for custom measures that will reduce energy usage.  

"Early involvement in the design process is key to achieving energy savings and it's the least expensive way for a building to be green and sustainable," said Pamela Hilts, an efficiency and conservation program manager at NV Energy.

Marc Siegel, president of SJS Commercial Real Estate, said his company had originally planned on installing fluorescent lights in the building but after discussions with NV Energy decided to switch to LEDs and to install daylight harvesting and motion sensors in order to achieve greater energy savings.

"We took a hard look at all of the components, and while the technological advancements in LED lighting have been significant, the price was still high," Siegel said. "The Sure Bet incentive helped bridge the price gap and made our decision to go with the more efficient LED lighting."

Siegel said the energy efficiency features are appealing to potential tenants looking to hold down expenses.

"In keeping with our philosophy of 'Developing Excellence,' we want to develop energy efficient buildings with truly energy efficient features which save resources and tenants' money," he added. "In my mind that's what it's all about."


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