We help our commercial clients transform the way energy is used in their facility. Control energy use and operating costs, increase profits year after year by reducing energy waste 10-40% through cost-effective comprehensive energy efficiency and sustainability solutions. Our focus is correcting inefficiencies in the building operating systems (MEP) specifically addressing optimization, operational and preventive maintenance concerns and solving problematic issues within those systems.
Energy efficiency is key to ensuring a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system for the future. It is the one energy resource that is in abundance and is the quickest and least costly way of addressing energy, environmental and economic challenges. The global picture and consequence of taking action is reducing the environmental impact.
“Improving the efficiency of our nation’s buildings presents one of our best opportunities for cutting American's energy bills and slashing greenhouse gas emissions,”
-Former Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz. (July 19, 2016)
HVAC&R contributes to almost 40% of the energy used in your building. Therefore, design and optimization are essential. There are many inexpensive components that can be added to the HVAC&R systems that improve energy efficiency while meeting the current needs of the facility. In situations where equipment replacement is necessary, we will provide analysis and the Return on Investment (ROI) detailing the efficiency of the recommendation. Mechanical equipment must be maintained in order to perform at optimal efficiency. Regularly scheduled preventative maintenance programs are essential.
Most commercial kitchen appliances are energy intensive. Restaurant appliances consume 35% of a buildings energy use and 5-7 times more energy per square foot. Therefore, proper maintenance is critical. Cutting idle time can reduce energy use significantly. Do not leave ovens, refrigerators, and ice makers open and walk away. Have equipment serviced and calibrated once a year by trained professional. When purchasing new equipment think Energy-Star qualified and the life-cycle cost of the appliance, not just the purchase price.
There are four areas of focus when evaluating your lighting requirements.
Incorporate natural light with the lighting design.
- De-lamp areas that are over-lit. A lighting power density analysis will help with this evaluation. This will directly affect the HVAC system.
- Lamp replacement with energy efficient type bulbs
- Lighting controls such as occupancy and vacancy sensors, motion detectors, photocell, dimmers, timers, automatic day-lighting controls, etc., is a proven strategy to reduce energy use.
Energy Optimization is finding the most cost-effective alternative or highest achievable performance under the given constraints. We optimize the existing HVAC, refrigeration, lighting and commercial hot water systems to attain their maximum efficiency and design intent and seek cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities. This may require a qualified test and Balance Contractor and an Automatic Temperature Controls Contractor to set up and calibrate the HVAC&R equipment.
We evaluate the building operations to identify potential savings by eliminating the unnecessary use of existing equipment and critique operating and occupancy schedules which will result in less maintenance and operating cost for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems (MEP).
BBEC programs focus on energy savings resulting from changes in individual or organizational behavior and decision-making policies. We will design, implement and manage a comprehensive organizational behavior-based energy conservation program intended to reduce energy and water consumption any company can implement. It takes commitment and follow through. Research shows that operations and management best practices can reduce energy bills by 5% to 20% without investing significant capital.
A Plug Load is the energy used by products that are powered by means of an ordinary AC plug. This is typical in an office environment but can pertain to other areas in a facility as well. Plug loads can be an energy hog. Computers, copiers, CAD machines, clocks, radios, lamps, printers, fans, heaters, etc., that are used or left on after hours consume energy. They can be controlled by an advanced plug load strip or controller and monitored by an energy management system.
We have assembled a list of energy efficiency measures (EEM's) that most businesses can afford with a simple payback (ROI) of two years (2) or less. Many of these strategies can be facilitated by your maintenance personnel. We can assist you with our project management services to facilitate the upgrades and ensure proper installation.
Thermal energy storage (TES) systems shift cooling energy use to non-peak times. TES systems chill storage media such as water, ice, or a phase-change material during periods of low cooling demand for use later to meet air-conditioning loads. Operating strategies are generally classified as either full storage or partial storage, referring to the amount of cooling load transferred from on-peak to off-peak. TES is one solution to address utility demand response.
TES systems are applicable in most commercial and industrial facilities. Certain criteria must be met for economic feasibility such as high demand charges, and a significant differential between on-peak and off-peak rates.
Battery Storage Systems support a host of applications that offer clients greater control, efficiency and reliability. Reduce demand charges and a solution to utility demand response.
Load shifting, by shifting energy consumption from one point in time to another to avoid paying high energy prices, demand response to alleviate peaks in the system load. Battery storage systems can also be used in solar applications and emergency backup plan.