Prologis Commercial Building Partnerships Energy Upgrade

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This ProLogis warehouse reduces energy use by using both daylighting and energy-efficient fluorescent lighting.
Credit: ProLogis
Photo of the outside of the building at dusk
The Prologis facility in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Photo courtesy of Prologis

General Information

Quick Facts

Location

Olive Branch, MS

Operating Hours

24/7

Building Type

  • Warehouse and Storage
  • Distribution or Shipping Center

Project Information

Project Owner

ProLogis

Occupant Type

Corporation, for-profit

Prologis is a global provider of distribution facilities, with more than 600 million square feet of industrial space in North America, Europe, and Asia. The Prologis Commercial Building Partnerships energy upgrade project improved lighting efficiency at an 800,000-square-foot unconditioned warehouse leased by retailer Sears in Olive Branch, a town in northern Mississippi. The lights, which are on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, represented the best opportunity for energy savings.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's lighting research group used lighting power density calculations to determine that a lighting retrofit alone would result in more than 30% energy savings compared to existing use and more then 51% savings compared to ASHRAE Standard 90.1. Actual savings compared to pre-retrofit utility bill analysis were just over 41%.

Indoor Spaces

  • 100% Warehouse

Outdoor Spaces

  • Parking

Location Details

Address

8640 Nail Rd., Olive Branch, MS

Site context/setting

Suburban

Occupancy

Owner Occupied

Yes

Owner Type

Corporation, for-profit

Building Hours of Operation

24/7

Building Details

Scope

GENERAL FLOOR AREA

Total Gross Floor Area 800,000 ft²

BUILDING

Building unit or complex: Described project is a single building
Number of Stories 1
Percent Renovated 100%

COMPLETION

DATE OF OCCUPANCY/COMPLETION

October 2010

Process

Lessons Learned

Discuss goals that were met and goals that were not achieved, and the reasons for these outcomes

Relatively simple light power density calculations showed the effectiveness of replacing traditional HID with T-12 fluorescent lamps.

It's an easy win-win situation when the owner and lessee agree to using Tenant Improvement money to improve lessee operating costs as well as tenant retention.

Many building leasing arrangements make it challenging to do even easy energy savings. Property owners need to reach out to tenants and share building and energy consumption information to the benefit of both.

Finances

Details

Estimated payback time of any investment in measures needed to reach zero net energy

Estimated payback time for this project is 11 months.

General Energy

General

Energy Use

A lighting upgrade to T-12 technology resulted in a more than 41% energy savings in annual electric energy use intensity.

Design for no more than 1.0 watts/square foot
Use high-efficacy T-5 fluorescent lamps
Use T-5 high-bay fixtures in high-ceiling areas
Use occupancy sensors

Energy Datasets

Dataset NameYearTypePurchased Energy (kBtu/ft²)
Pre-Retrofit Metered Use2010Base case: Other (specify)19.40
Post-retrofit use2011Actual--end-use metering11.40

People

Project Team

Aaron Binkley
Prologis
Director, Sustainability Programs
Other
prologis.com
Jennifer Leitsch
Prologis
Corporate Responsibility Manager
Other
Michael Sheppy
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Other
Robert Guglielmetti
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Other
http://www.nrel.gov
Greg Stark
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Other
http://www.nrel.gov

Site Information

General

Building Footprint Area

800,000 ft²