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.
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