Managing Complex Retrofit Projects for Fortune 500 Companies

Lynn Hawkins | Nov 11, '19

Think about how many lights are required to illuminate the work of a large corporation. We’re talking about multiple campuses scattered throughout the country, each with several buildings, and a total of over 100,000 employees. The number of light fixtures can stretch to half a million.

Now think about the management challenge of replacing all those fixtures with efficient LEDs on time, within budget, and without disruption to business operations – oh, and let’s outfit them with smart controls tied to a centralized IoT platform.

It’s a staggering undertaking. And at Sustainable Turnkey Solutions, that’s precisely what we do.

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IoT, IoE, Lighting, and the Triple Bottom Line

Danny Krueger | Oct 15, '19

Most people have heard about the “internet of things” (IoT). It’s a term that refers to interconnected everyday objects – essentially, machines talking to each other. Fewer people have heard of the “internet of everything” (IoE), but I believe it’s a concept that’s far more relevant.

IoE casts a wider net by adding in people, processes, and data. It’s about exploring ways we can use the data and connectivity of IoT to improve our work, our lives, and our world.

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Why I Chose to Get Retrofit Certifications (and You Should, Too)

Professional certifications aren’t about bragging rights. They’re about gaining superior technical knowledge, applied skills, and “street cred” with your customers.

I’ve put in the time and effort to get some of the most difficult certifications in the lighting and energy industry because the process simply makes me better at my job. Certifications make me more valuable to the company I work for, help me serve my customers better, and differentiate my skills and experience from the competition.

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How Retrofit Certifications Can Supercharge Your Career and Your Company

Have you (or a member of your team) ever shown up to perform a lighting audit of a building, and as you were signing in at the guardhouse or reception desk, noticed some of your competitors had been there to do the exact same thing just a day or two before?

It’s not unusual for an organization to welcome multiple auditors into their facilities as they search for a lighting retrofitter. As a retrofitter, you’re constantly up against stiff competition. The challenge is to differentiate yourself.

Retrofit certifications can help.

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How Retrofit Labor Outsourcing Can Help Small Companies Manage Large Projects

Tim Donovan | Sep 11, '19

There is no shortage of work for lighting retrofitters. Labor, however, is another matter.

The demand for retrofits – whether individual lighting projects or as part of broader energy conservation initiatives – is growing by 9 percent annually as LED technology becomes more efficient and cost-effective. And yet, 91% of contractors, construction managers, builders, and trade contractors struggle to find skilled workers – and half expect the problem to get worse.

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Thinking Beyond Energy Savings: IoT Design and the Occupant Experience

Brian Vaughn | Sep 6, '19

A lighting retrofit isn’t just about trading outdated bulbs for efficient LEDs. Nor is it just about saving energy.

A lighting retrofit is a perfect opportunity to optimize environments.

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Business Growth Strategies for Retrofitters: Tips for Scaling Your Company

Jeff Seifert | Aug 28, '19

The global market for lighting retrofits is growing at a staggering annual rate of over 9%. Analysts predict it will reach a value close to $5 billion by 2026.

It’s easy to understand why. LED technology is only getting more efficient and longer lasting. Companies, hospitals, schools, and other large organizations see lighting as a key to a complete energy transformation that will save electricity and money sooner, rather than later.

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New Client Onboarding Tips for Retrofit Companies

Reg Cook | Aug 22, '19

The value of strong client relationships is immeasurable for any business, but particularly in the retrofit industry. Most of our clients have limited budgets to spend each year on retrofit projects, and so our business thrives when we’re asked back year after year.

How do we get invited back? By making our client champions look good.

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Best Practices to Help Your Next Retrofit Audit Run Smoother

Nicole Amos | Aug 13, '19

Every successful retrofit project begins with a great audit. But great audits don’t just happen by accident! A lot of work goes into the audit process.

After spending the last two years at StreamLinx in multiple roles – including quality assurance, customer success, and onboarding and training – I’ve had the benefit of working with some amazing auditors. I’d love to share with you some of the audit best practices I’ve learned along the way.

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Should You Collect More Data in Your Retrofit Audits?

Lewis Hughes | Aug 7, '19

The first step in creating a lighting retrofit proposal is to conduct an audit of the facility in its current state to understand the existing lighting strategy and identify opportunities for cost and energy savings.

Most auditors bring their own personal approach to conducting audits. However, in my experience, auditors typically focus on collecting three buckets of information:

  1. The types of fixtures present, along with their locations.
  2. The number of fixtures.
  3. The average burn hours for each fixture.

These data points will drive all the calculations that will go into the retrofit proposal and will ultimately translate into factors that clients care about, such as energy savings.

But is this enough to tell the whole story?

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