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.
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