e have a philosophy to keep it financially clear. We make a complex process simple. Every building is different and we understand that, so the first step is to understand your current energy and water usage and how your operations affect consumption. Initially, we Energy Star Benchmarking your building and perform our usage analysis and our onsite audits. We recommend energy efficient retrofits that are supported by assumptions that make sense and are understandable. Our analyses provide Payback Periods, Net Present Value and Return on Investment results that are supportable.
Energy Efficiency retrofits need to make financial sense, we show you that they do.
Our goal is not only to save you energy and save you money, but to control the energy demand and meet all Title 24 requirements. Our lighting retrofits meet efficacy requirements and are appropriate for the environment based on the Color Rendering Index (how well you can see colors – the higher the better for schools, lower for parking lots) and its Correlated Color Temperature (a measure of color of the light – warm colors, reddish are in the 1,500 kelvin, while cool colors, blueish are in the 7,000). We represent various Energy Management Systems (EMS), including
We are fussy about the products we use and about the partners we keep. We search for the lowest price and we make sure the products we use come with strong warranties. Our sub-contractors are screened to meet our strict guidelines.
We investigate the building's peak cost of energy demand (KW) and the rate at which these costs continue to rise. Demand Response (DR) is going to be the way of the near future. Utilities are going to expect you to reduce your demand during peak time, or you will be penalized.
We believe in fine tuning existing systems. In some cases, simple Retro-commissioning can go a long way in getting your systems back on track.
Benchmarking energy use is a first step to assess energy performance and to measure ongoing progress. Using the EPA’s ENERGY STAR
Portfolio Manager, a building can bebenchmarked and compared against similar buildings across the country. The software considers physical and operational characteristics and normalizes for weather patterns. It provides key metrics such as energy intensity and costs, water use and carbon emissions. The ENERGY STAR score is a benchmark that indicates how efficiently buildings use energy on a 1-100 scale. A score of 50 indicates that energy performance is average compared to similar buildings, while a score of 75 or better indicates top performance and means your building may be eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR label.
Energy Bill Analysis -
What is actually going on with the energy consumption in your building? We help you understand what your energy bills are telling us. We help you understand how your utility is charging you. High Peak Demand Charges are important to understand.
Energy Audits - Level 1 and 2
– Our Energy Audit Level 1 includes an onsite visit and identifies potential energy improvements (low hanging fruit or retro-commissioning of existing equipment), documents the general building configuration, and defines the type and nature of the energy systems in the building. We also inspect the building's main water consumer. Our Level 2 Audit evaluates the building’s energy systems in detail to define a variety of potential energy-efficiency improvements. This Audit is more in depth in analyzing the building envelope, heating and ventilation systems, domestic hot water, plug loads, and other onsite machinery.
We make recommendations that make financial sense.
EED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, means that buildings are built or modified to a certain sustainable criteria. LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies.
At its core, LEED is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and then must earn credits to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for the project.
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