New Building Construction
In the new construction design role, 8760 is not only able to bring a depth of experience of design of new buildings, but also, provide our clients with the benefit of our experience in preventing the common and uncommon pitfalls that plague other design engineers. Our approach is a practical one. We want to provide systems that meet the owner’s needs while balancing the first cost and operating cost. We have substantial experience in quickly modeling energy performance so that energy conservation measures can be quickly evaluated. We also have the practical, hands on experience to know what kind of energy conservation measures work long term.
Energy Master Planning
Our approach to energy master planning is similar to our approach on other engineering assignments – to begin with the fundamentals. Energy master planning, particularly for large campuses with multiple buildings served by central plant facilities, can appear to be a daunting task. Our engineers breakdown each energy master plan into three key parts:
- Central Plants (the supply)
- Infrastructure (the distribution)
- Buildings (the demand)
Through proprietary software, developed by our engineers, we can build a complex energy model for each component of the energy master plan. With the energy model we can then develop unique energy solutions for our clients and perform detailed energy economic calculations. Our goal in the end is not to simply write good reports – as an elegant solution to a facility energy master plan is not complete until it is implemented.
Energy Program Management
Energy consumption has long been considered a fixed cost. Some of our clients, however, have come to the realization that energy is a variable cost, a variable cost that can be managed and reduced. We have been engaged in extremely successful long-term relationships with several clients to manage their energy consumption. Each energy program management has four key steps that work in a continuous loop:
- Benchmarking – establishing a baseline and developing the data reporting required to maintain a benchmark.
- Analysis – develop an energy master plan and detailed energy consumption simulations.
- Implementation – perform energy retrofits and other measures to eliminate simultaneous heating and cooling and ultimately reduce base energy consumption.
- Monitor – install advanced metering to continuously monitor energy consumption and trends.
8760 Engineering is in the forefront of helping clients reduce energy consumption, and one of the first features we look towards in successfully reducing energy usage is developing an understanding of the entire facility and the systems serving it. Energy studies are a multi-step, tedious process, but are well worth the time and investment to audit energy usage and to find methods to decrease it. We approach energy studies with a team that is known for their outstanding skills and extensive experience designing and maintaining facilities. Every energy study we produce includes on-site data collection, a custom built 8760 hour energy simulation, multiple energy conservation measures with detailed cost estimates and finally parametric analysis of each conservation measure to ensure the client pursues the most efficient financial investment.
Our firm is skilled in the design and commissioning of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems for new buildings and for the retrofit of existing facilities. The engineers of 8760 have been serving our clients with these services for many years and are always striving to meet the highest of expectations. Our passion in design engineering has always been to find the optimal solution for our clients; not just good solutions but the elegant solutions that perfectly meet our clients needs. We believe that energy conservation should permeate every aspect of our mechanical and electrical system designs. We do this for the benefit of our clients today and for the benefit of future generations who will be sustained by the energy saved through these efforts.
Peer review engineering is a service we have performed for a number of clients, for a variety of reasons and with multiple goals in mind. Chief among these goals are to create a building mechanical and electrical design that:
- Fully addresses the Owners design intent
- Contains constructible and maintainable operating systems
- Eliminates, to the greatest extent possible, substantive design changes required during construction or thereafter
- Matches the energy input with the energy required to support the mission of the facility
To our engineers, peer review engineering is a process by which a proposed design is evaluated and improved through the interaction and critique of an acknowledged expert in the design discipline reviewed.
Building Automation Systems
The performance of any building can be evaluated through two main aspects: occupant comfort and energy efficiency. The building automation system (BAS) is the single most important component that affects both occupant comfort and energy efficiency. Our engineers have designed, revised, implemented and programmed building automation systems on almost every platform available. We have provided continuous monitoring of several systems and have several engineers that can provide point-of-use programming. Our experience with these systems allows us to develop cost-effective solutions for our clients whether they want to retrofit an existing system or install a brand new
Our goal in commissioning is to ensure that a fully functional, mechanically correct and efficient MEP system is installed; a system that matches the design intent and wishes of the owner. No commissioning effort is either complete or successful without involvement from the schematic design phase through the first year of occupancy. Having nationally recognized design engineers on staff we understand the complexity of MEP design and the challenges faced during construction. Our commissioning team combines that design experience with years of MEP system management. We perform commissioning as a professional service and believe in working with all stakeholders. Our efforts will be focused on making the designer’s job easier while obtaining the best possible outcome for the owner.
The goal of any RetroCx project is to reduce the energy burden of a given building through low-cost and no-cost implementation measures. Our engineers have proven themselves exceptional at matching the “current” HVAC infrastructure to serve the “current” building operations. Oftentimes building operations change from an original design intent or HVAC systems are never installed properly, all leading to excess energy consumption. 8760 has time and again reduced our clients energy burden, increased building occupant comfort and reduced on-going maintenance by:
- Eliminating simultaneous heating and cooling
- Repairing broken mechanical equipment
- Matching HVAC airflows to the actual cooling load requirements
- Re-programming DDC systems
Supply side utility audits have become a key tool for any facility in analyzing their energy cost burden and planning for the future. We believe a proper supply side audit should have a full 8760 cost simulation for all of the utilities serving our client. From there we can break down each cost component for the various utilities, analyze rate tariffs to determine the most suitable rate for our clients and provide recommendations to reduce utility expenses. Understanding the utility cost structure is essential for any energy retrofit projects and we pride ourselves in being able to identify the cost of every single BTU of energy consumed.
Our approach to HVAC retrofits begins with the fundamentals. We are committed to a deep understanding of the physics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics of the systems we analyze. We understand energy and power and we understand how to analyze our clients needs so the we can optimize their use. Utilizing custom software, developed in house by our engineers, we can develop a retrofit solution that not only satisfies the current heating and cooling loads but also optimizes the energy consumption of retrofit system. Extra analysis is always important to ensure retrofit systems enhance the overall performance of any building; and help reduce the on-going maintenance of the HVAC system.
Automatic Fault Detection
One of the fastest emerging parts of the HVAC industry, our engineers are on the leading edge of Automatic Fault Detection (AFD). We have worked with corporate, healthcare and industry clients to design an AFD program that empowers clients to monitor and continuously improve system performance. We believe that AFD programs should be a tool that is used daily by the end user and requires minimal input from our engineers. With years of experience in designing and installing meters, building automation systems and MEP systems, we understand what a proper AFD program should entail.
Real-Time Energy Monitoring
8760 Engineering offers a state-of-the-art metering service which records, analyzes, and summarizes energy consumption. The system requires very minimal resources on the client’s end and is connected over the internet to our servers for quick and accurate analysis. Weekly reports contain sections for each zone (floors, buildings, campuses, etc.) with the following information:
- Usage per day for the current period
- Cost per day for the current period
- Percent difference from the previous period
- Comparison to the previous year’s respective period
- Weekday range comparison
- Weekend range comparison