For Rahim Dadani, White Paper’s Vice-President and General Manager, moving forward with Kambo’s energy efficiency project at their Delta head office “just made sense”: “One, it’s a good capital investment with a short payback, two, it was the right thing to do, and three, it enhanced productivity in the warehouse”. Founded in 1990 by three young entrepreneurs, White Paper Co. has grown to be one of Canada’s largest office consumable suppliers, distributing copy paper, printing services, office products, and promotional products throughout Canada.
The Energy Assessment
During the initial energy assessment at White Paper’s Delta head office the Kambo team discovered their 22,000 sf warehouse had inefficient lighting distribution. While the warehouse lighting had been updated within the last five years, it did not align with the layout of their shelving system. After analyzing White Paper’s energy data and modeling different lighting options, Kambo redesigned the warehouse lighting layout to match their shelving system and avoid wasted, inefficient light. To further reduce energy consumption, Kambo installed fixture-mounted motion detectors on a portion of the warehouse lights, this ensured some emergency lights remain on 24/7 while all others only come on as needed.
Improved Warehouse Efficiency
Dadani projects the warehouse staff will really notice the impact of the new lighting come winter. “The cascaded colour of the old lights was horrible, now it’s much easier for the team to pick orders in the mornings as there are no shadows with the new lighting”. The team also appreciate the fixture-mount motion control sensors that light up wherever they go in the warehouse.
The T5 high bay industrial fluorescent lights Kambo installed use approximately 52% of the energy of the original metal halide lights – resulting in significant energy and financial savings. Simply put, Kambo did what made sense, the new layout worked out to be more efficient and will deliver higher long term savings than a one-for-one lighting retrofit.
As a distribution company, the warehouse is fundamental to White Paper’s operations, to avoid interfering with White Paper’s busy operations Kambo completed the project over two weekends and made the installation as pain-free as possible.
Carbon Neutral Since 2012
In 2010, White Paper made the strategic commitment to become carbon neutral and has since implemented a number of sustainable initiatives in addition to the project they completed with Kambo. One of the primary strategies being used in achieving this was through the installation of solar panels on the roof of their 50,000 sf branch in Markham, Ontario which was completed in January 2012. The electricity generated powers the Markham facility and also helps generate power for other businesses in the surrounding area, thus reducing the overall impact on the environment.
White Paper now enjoys lower energy bills and improved light-levels and is looking towards implementing new sustainable projects in other areas of the business.