Our energy engineering services will keep your building operating at peak performance!
Good energy management begins with an understanding of how a building uses energy. This “big picture” perspective gives a solid foundation for more detailed analyses on building systems and components. A building’s energy overall consumption profile is measured and documented during the benchmarking process. Our engineers can benchmark and compare all buildings in your property portfolio based on total energy and heating, cooling and baseload energy usage. This screening highlights the buildings in most need an energy assessment and efficiency upgrades.
Our team can monitor the energy performance of your buildings, providing fast feedback about whether or not they are meeting predicted performance expectations. If not, we will figure out why, and recommend corrective action to achieve the energy saving threshold required for program incentives.
Measurement and verification (M&V) of energy and energy cost savings is playing an ever increasing role in helping building owners secure funding from financial institutions for energy efficiency projects. Studies show that less than 75% of predicted energy savings are achieved through traditional energy audits without M&V tracking. Our engineers verify that energy efficiency predictions were met, allowing owners to evaluate the actual return on investment from energy consumption reduction measures.
Let our staff of certified measurement and verification professionals (CMVP) help you on your next project.
TREAT, our award-winning energy modeling software, is approved by the US DOE for use in weatherization in all residential building stock - from mobile homes to multifamily buildings. Our engineering team offers advanced support for this tool, including remote modeling, mentoring, and quality control.
Let our energy simulation certified staff help you on your next project.
PSD engineering staff can survey all building equipment, such as elevator motors, air handlers, and pumps. We will assess the condition, offer advice on time to replacement. Additionally, we can and recommend the new equipment and an estimate of savings to offer the best payback for your investment.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) defines three levels of audits:
- Level I - includes a walk through audit, an analysis of consumption figures and documents, and a list of possible energy conservation measures.
- Level II - an in-depth quantitative analysis to verify results found in the Level I audit, and also includes a full energy audit, measurements and a list of measures for funding and implementation.
- Level III - this detailed engineering analysis gives owners a detailed evaluation of the costs and benefits of upgrades for informed capital improvement decisions.
- New York State Professional Engineers
- AEE BESA Certification Chair
- Certified Existing Building Commisioning Professional
- Certified Energy Manager
- ASHRAE recognized Building Energy Audit Professional (BEAP) Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)
- Subject matter expert on ORNL’s review panel for the new “Technical Guidelines for Multifamily Building Energy Audits” for the Department of Energy (DoE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).
- Technical lead to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for their national field evaluation of the DoE WAP
- Co-authored the ANSI/BPI-2400 standard (qualifcation of energy savings estimates)
- RESNET Accredited Trainer
- EPA ENERGY STAR Partner Trainer
- Advanced Energy Certified Contractor Trainer
- RESNET Quality Assurance Designee
- Selected by NREL to perform OpenStudio training
Multifamily & CommercialOur engineers are uniquely qualified to provide training for building managers and owners. We are one of the few companies to be selected to offer energy assessment training to government personnel at federal sites, and to offer training on advanced energy modeling for commercial buildings.
April – November 2017
The purpose of this course is to introduce building staff and management to the primary systems in commercial buildings that use energy. This course will explain how the HVAC, lighting, and building envelope operate, interact, and use energy. The attendees will learn examples of and good practices for energy efficiency opportunities, overview and tools for making sound economic decisions related to energy efficiency upgrades, and understand when to use nationally recognized energy efficiency tools and their expected level of effort and cost.
- Onsite operations and maintenance (O&M) staff looking to increase their knowledge of building science and how to identify energy savings opportunities
- Building management seeking to become more familiar with how their buildings operate, which variables have the biggest influence on energy costs, and how and when to make energy efficiency upgrades that meet their economic criteria
- High-level descriptions of and understandings of the following topics:
- Building envelope
- HVAC systems
- Lighting systems
- Plug load management
- Building automation systems (BAS)
- Building metering with tariff analysis
- Specific examples, rules-of-thumb, and energy efficiency opportunities for each of the systems described above. These will focus on energy end-use strategies to minimize energy costs, energy demand charges, and overall energy usage.
- Overview and tools for economic decision making process to include local efficiency incentives available and the application process.
- Demonstration of the importance and use of nationally recognized energy efficiency tools. Understand when to use each of the tools and the expected level of effort and cost for each.
- EPA Portfolio Manager
- DOE Energy Asset Score
- LEED-EBOM process
- Have a general knowledge of the primary energy end-use systems of commercial buildings, and how they operate.
- Know at least two energy conservation measures (ECMs) for each primary system
- Know which energy efficiency screening/documentation tool is best for a given energy upgrade scenario
The purpose of this course is to help operations and maintenance (O&M) staff learn how to operate buildings more efficiently, reduce operating cost, and provide energy savings. This course will provide prescriptive best practices for maintaining good operations, and an overview of the re-tuning process using building automation system (BAS) trend data. Attendees will learn how to look for and optimize the control strategy for many of the common energy saving opportunities such as occupancy scheduling, temperature and static pressure control, and economizer function. Attendees will also learn basic principles of preventative maintenance, electrical diagnostics, building commissioning, and demand response.
- Onsite O&M staff responsible for day-to-day building operations
- O&M staff management looking to integrate the re-tuning process into their O&M procedures
- Offsite contractors (retro-commissioning agents or control vendors) hired to improve a building’s energy efficiency
- Basic understanding of commercial building systems (e.g. air handling units, VAV boxes, boilers, chillers)
- Familiar with basic functions of building automation systems (BAS)
- Prescriptive best practices for good building operations
- Overview of the re-tuning process using BAS data
- Actionable guidance on how to look for and optimize the control strategy of each of the following re-tuning measures:
- Occupancy Scheduling
- Discharge-Air Temperature Control
- Discharge- Air Static Pressure Control
- Air-Handling Unit Heating and Cooling
- Air- Handling Unit Outside/Fresh Air makeup
- Air-Handling Unit Economizer Operation
- Zone Conditioning
- Central Plant Optimization
- Basic principles of the following topics and when they are most applicable:
- Preventative Maintenance and Troubleshooting
- Electrical and Mechanical Diagnostics
- Building Commissioning
- Demand Response Techniques
- Be able to list five low/no-cost prescriptive O&M measures that may apply to your building
- Be able to describe the basics of the re-tuning process, and some of the benefits
- List at least three examples of poor operations that can be found through the re-tuning process