BRIGHT IDEA: DULLES ELECTRIC SUPPLY CORP GOES GREEN IN NEWER, LARGER FACILITY
When one of the D.C. metropolitan area's most successful and fastest growing purveyors of lighting
fixtures and electrical supplies decides to relocate, people take notice.
Dulles Electric Supply has been serving homeowners, builders and contractors across Northern Virginia
and the D.C. area for nearly a quarter of a century, remaining successful throughout the economic slump
by providing the largest and most diverse inventory in the region, complemented by consistent and
effective customer service.
"We have done it the old-fashioned way", says John Milotte, General Manager. "With great customer
service and total dedication to our customers who have helped make all of this possible." Milotte,
who has been with the company since it opened in 1985, manages a sales staff averaging more than
15 years in lighting design experience.
While the customer service may be old fashioned, Dulles Electric's brand new facility certainly is not.
According to Appian Realty Advisors, the realtor marketing the space, the new flex office building is
one of the first of its kind in Northern Virginia.
Dulles Electric leased nearly 50,000 square feet of the 85,570-square-foot building, nearly doubling
in size from their previous location.
The new Dulles Electric features 25,000 square feet of warehouse space, a 5,000-square-foot electrical
supply counter, and a 12,000-square-foot lighting design center. The new showroom is twice the size
of the old one.
But while Dulles Electric is expanding in size, it is reducing its energy costs and impact on the
environment. The new facility has many "green" features not generally found in multi-use facilities,
including an energy-saving roof with room for solar panels, bio-filters to process site water run-off
and pollution to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and advanced energy-efficient HVAC units.
The energy-saving roof has an R-value (the measure of its resistance to heat) of 41.1, a value much higher
than most conventional roof installations. The result is a projected 58 percent savings in energy costs
and the reduction of 4.6 tons of carbon emissions per year.
The HVAC units also both save energy and help the environment, with air quality monitoring systems that
monitor temperature, and automated systems for startup and temperature set backs. Additionally, the units
use the EPA-recommended R-410 refrigerant, as opposed to the ozone-depleting R-22.
Dulles Electric is taking even greater strides to go green, supplementing the buildings green features
with their own energy-saving systems, including the Watt Stopper, a motion sensing and time clock management
system controlling lights and wattage. Even their business sign uses energy-efficient LED bulbs.
The new state of the art design center is scheduled to open Fall 2009.