Facility managers at warehouses, distribution centers and industrial buildings are facing more pressure than ever to decrease cost of operation. With the ever-increasing utility rates, improving energy efficiency has become a top priority for facility, operations, and sustainability professionals. Considering that Lighting is the biggest energy expense for a non-refrigerated warehouse, replacing existing lights with more energy-efficient lighting sources such as LEDs is one of the easiest ways to reduce this massive pool of energy use. Savvy companies have responded by installing efficient lamps, occupancy sensors and stand-alone controls at their facilities. However, these measures, although a step in the right direction, can deliver only incremental savings of around 20%. An even greater level of energy reduction comes from turning off lights when not needed, optimizing light levels with task tuning to suit occupant needs, day light harvesting, and reducing overall demand for lighting energy. Improving system-wide control over lighting is the best way to ensure that lighting consumption is automatically reduced as much as possible. Some of the network control solutions, based on wireless technologies, have expanded applications to include HVAC and Plug-Load Control and are proven to reduce facility energy consumption in commercial and industrial buildings by up to 90%. Advanced wireless network building control solutions offer comprehensive controls that go beyond Lighting and include HVAC, Demand Response, Plug-Load Control, Fault Detection, Remote Monitoring and more applications. These next generation solutions leverage powerful control strategies and are available at a fraction of the cost compared to conventional wired solution. Available as an on-premise or Cloud-based deployment model, these solutions are designed to meet the security, scalability and applications needs (e.g. BMS integration) of all types of industrial facilities that range from a few thousand square feet to one million square feet with multiple locations across the country. High ceiling facilities such as warehouses are prime candidates for wireless control systems due the high cost, complexity and inflexibility of traditional hard-wired systems. Commercial and industrial buildings that embrace Wireless Network Control (WNC) will see dramatic energy savings, become code compliant and transform into future-proof connected buildings ready to take advantage of the promise of the Internet of Things. This white paper introduces the features and the benefits of WNC and describes how warehouses, distribution centers and industrial facilities can benefit from advanced control solutions.

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