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Optimizing Energy & IEQ

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WHAT WE DO

In reality, green buildings are a balancing act, and not all about energy. While energy is important, the concept of “green building” includes healthy people as well. Our solutions for both decarbonization and well buildings help you achieve your sustainability goals.

Since ventilation plays an essential role in both energy consumption and indoor air quality, one of our specialties is providing options for measuring, controlling and reporting outside air ventilation rates. After all, you can’t manage what you don’t measure!

Another specialty is helping our clients take advantage of utility incentives and other state programs that support efficiency measures and renewable energy alternatives. In New York state for example we have helped facilities save 10% off their electric bills through enrollment in community solar projects. Click here for assistance with enrollment.

HOW WE DO IT

It starts with a discussion. Right of the bat we’ve discovered many buildings can start with no-cost, low-cost measures.

It continues with an understanding of where you are in the process of your energy efficiency goals. We focus on ventilation effectiveness – which is your ticket to both energy efficiency, and occupant wellness and productivity. The latter being especially important in our new era of heightened awareness of health concerns.

To optimize your results we partner with your engineering, HVAC, and electric service providers, as well as your HR and IT teams. We believe this collaboration is key to successful implementations.

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HEALTHY BUILDINGS MEET ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The strategies below are frequently implemented due to code requirements or specified as part of green building compliance. The question is not so much “if” the strategy apples, but rather how it is implemented for the best return on your investment.

ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR PLATFORMS FOR HEALTHY BUILDINGS

How do you quantify healthy indoor air? How do you assure occupants the air they are breathing is healthy and safe? How can you control dilution ventilation so just the right amount is provided for both healthy air and energy efficiency? What are the parameters authorities say we should pay attention to? What types of sensors are most efficiently deployed to measure these parameters? What are the sensor maintenance and calibration requirements and how will these be handled? How can a sensor platform integrate with an existing building automation system? Can I actually get incentives by monitoring IAQ parameters? What type of returns should I expect from deploying sensors?

IoT SENSORS AND AUTOMATION IS HERE TODAY

One of the great challenges for smart buildings is managing the exponential increase in relevant data points. NYSERDA approved Real Time Energy Management platforms address this issue with requiring the latest in software analytics, graphics and reporting capabilities. Wireless technology is essential to flexible, efficient building automation at minimized installation time and system cost. HVAC and lighting controls, metering, IAQ, and Smart Grid solutions can now be operated from a single, secure platform.

HVAC – MORE ATTENTION ON DESIGN, OPERATION & MAINTENANCE

According to ASHRAE HVAC systems can have a major effect on the transmission of infectious aerosols1. Measurement and visualization of dilution ventilation rates, mechanical filtration, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI), and humidity control are essential parameters for occupant assurance. Continuous monitoring of the delivered performance of the HVAC system through the effective application of environmental sensors will become a mainstay for healthy buildings. (See link below for source).

OFF-SITE RENEWABLE ENERGY SUBSIDIES

The playing field here is dynamic and exciting. Under NY’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act commercial buildings can receive credits on their electric bill through participating with distributed solar generation (aka community solar & “roofless solar”). Some programs offer these bill credits with no upfront costs or changes in existing supplier contracts. Your job is to explore this clean and renewable cost reduction opportunity that provides substantial benefits for our climate, our health and economy. Our job is help you qualify, match up with the best program, and assist with the paperwork.

Smart Sensors

In many cases, the most immediate and high-yielding results come from demand-based control of plug, lighting, and HVAC loads. This means controlling energy at the point of use through effective sensors.

Smart sensor applications require three critical attributes:

  1. Quality sensors for accurate measurement with low life cycle costs*,
  2. Efficient integration for control
  3. The ability to gather information for future improvement, ongoing energy savings, and indoor environmental validation

New energy codes call for demand-based control of energy, yet most buildings are not taking advantage of innovative sensor platforms that optimize savings and information for future improvements. This is where we come in.

green building partners
1233

Metric Tons of CO² Saved/Year

921

Sensor Areas Served

338

Energy/IEQ Reports Generated

2.9

Avg Project Payback in Years

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