Headquartered in Hicksville, LI, Sleepy’s is the market leader in the retailing of mattresses with over 700 stores and 2,500 employees in 13 states. Steel Equities is a premier Long Island developer that is involved with the acquisition and renovation of many large parcels of land and industrial properties in the New York Tri-State area. Sleepy’s and Steel Equities partnered to construct a new facility that would modernize Sleepy’s distribution process; the planning team was committed to developing the facility with sustainability in mind and to ensuring that all cost-effective energy efficiency measures were implemented.
Long Island Power Authority worked with the Sleepy’s-Steel Equities team on the design of the 450,000 square foot facility in order to reduce the electric demand and annual energy usage of the building. At the end of the design process the team included six cost-effective energy conservation measures in the comprehensive energy model including:
- Improved Building Envelope
- Optimized Lighting Power Densities
- Occupancy Sensors
- Energy Management System
- Improved Office Walls
- Efficient HVAC System
In total these measures save approximately 1,100,000 million kWh annually with a reduction of $187,000 in annual utility bills (electric and gas). The improved building envelope design, the implementation of optimized lighting power densities with occupancy sensors and the installation of an energy management system account for over 90 percent of the total savings. From an energy standpoint the focus of the project was to comply with and exceed the requirements of the N.Y. State energy conservation code; the final product exceeds the energy code by 24 percent.
As a result of the success at the Long Island facility Sleepy’s is now considering applying the same sort of efficiency philosophy to the retail portion of its business. Steel Equities has been and will continue to incorporate energy efficient measures into the design of new projects whenever possible.