Energy Savings by Design
We turn existing buildings into smart buildings!
The initial design plan is the most important part of gaining control of your energy usage. Energy efficient buildings do not happen by chance, they are designed.
Data collecting is the most important tool in analyzing energy usage. There are two main approaches in designing an energy plan; the whole building approach and the systems approach.
This is the preferred method of achieving energy savings because it is the most complete method.
By utilizing the whole building approach method including data collection we provide a complete evaluation of your mechanical & electrical equipment. Our team analyzes many different factors: building materials, thermal and air barriers, building pressures, air balance, duct air flow rate, HVAC, solar load, make up air mixture, equipment operational loads, refrigeration equipment, window R-value, and lighting. A mechanical / electrical / building envelop blue print of energy usage is documented and saved for years. With continuous energy modeling you will always be able to review your energy program with a click of a mouse.
This approach encourages owners to look at the systems of a building rather than the whole building. Each building system can be designed to achieve greater efficiency as a whole rather than as a collection of components. However system approach is faster and less expensive. Smaller businesses can benefit by system approach rather than whole building approach. A 5000 square foot commercial building has less equipment to evaluate. Evaluation of several pieces of electrical equipment that is outlined for using the most energy is conducted.
Consulting is offer by our company in order to help evaluate your building needs. Once our evaluation has been completed we will help design a whole building or systems approach.
Your Savings representative can help you identify system options, quickly estimate the associated potential savings, and identify which systems qualify for incentives depending on project size. .
Our Savings By Design Program
- Building envelope visual inspection
- Recommendations on whole building or system approach
- Testing of mechanical & electrical systems
- Implementing our energy management platform software / hardware
- Data collecting
- Continuous energy monitoring
Whole Building Approach
- Type of building materials used
- Check insulation in walls and ceiling. All thermal & air barriers should be in place.
- Doors, windows R-value.
- Occupancy during working hours.
- Electrical motors: Amp draws per device.
- Boilers & hot water heaters: Age, gas, electric, oil. Efficiency, stack temperatures, CO, CO2 & oxygen levels in flue gases, flue drafts are also measured.
- Restaurant Equipment: Gas fired appliances should be calibrated once per year. Refrigeration units thermostats should also be checked for accuracy.
- Lighting. A light count of fixtures and wattage's.
- Duct systems: Measure air flow & temperatures from the supply and return. We also measure static pressures. Duct leakage will result in building pressure changes and energy loss.
- HVAC-R systems. We conduct an inspection of HVAC equipment. Test compressor amp loads. In some cases we use digital meters to review super heat and line temperatures. Check evaporator and condenser coils. Document temperatures of refrigeration walk-ins, reach in's. Check seals, box leakage.
- Building pressures: We measure pressures per building, per room. Negative or high pressures will increase energy usage. Could also effect health and safety.
- Air balancing per office / room. We measure each room's air flow and temperatures.
We will guaranty our program will save 18% to 35% in energy usage.