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Optimizing Energy & IEQ

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CONTACT DETAIL
  • 1930 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072
  • (716) 926-6007 x 701
  • (716) 818-6868
  • (844) 937-8633
  • davidg@greenbldgpartners.com
  • Mon – Fri: 9:00 – 5:00

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. We are committed to helping our commercial building clients take advantage of New York State’s ambitious climate protection act, and associated incentives to:

  1. Lower operating costs and improve bottom line profits
  2. Improve occupant wellness and productivity
  3. Enhance your corporate reputation, and ESG contributions
  4. Realize potential for competitive advantage

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 – for example, taking advantage of new NYS incentives for off-site renewable energy.

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.

Our experience in working with environmental sensors since 1993 and directly with NYSERDA’s Real Time Energy Management program gives us first-hand knowledge for tailoring solutions that will work for you.

WE ARE YOUR GATEWAY TO UTILITY INCENTIVES

LEADING THE NATION IN CLIMATE CHANGE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s New York State’s Green New Deal is the most ambitious climate change program in the nation and puts the State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy. The Governor’s program also establishes a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any state in the nation. The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates several of the Governor’s ambitious Green New Deal clean energy targets, including the installation of six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025.

For example, we have helped small businesses, multi-unit residential facilities, and religious institutions qualify for a 10% credit on their electric bills under NYS Bill S.6599.

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.

INNOVATIVE SENSOR PLATFORMS FOR SMART 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 aerosols (1). 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.
(1) ASHRAE Position Document on Infections Aerosols HVAC systems, April 2020

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.

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Conventional single-location CO2 sensors are now obsolete. Maintaining sensor accuracy over a building’s life cycle  is now far more practical and affordable with a centralized DCV platform. Ventilating large spaces in proportion to occupant and/or environmental parameters is not new. Getting it done cost effectively is. More

Only 10 -15% of small to medium sized commercial buildings have automated energy management systems to control lighting, HVAC, and plug loads. Utility savings can range from 20 to 60%. Thanks to reliable and secure wireless network systems, light switches, thermostats, and plug outlets can be easily automated to respond to occupancy. Measure and store real time power consumption. Manage peak demand and enable demand response. More 

According to the US Department of Energy, A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study found that the leakage rates of commercial buildings exceed the ASHRAE recommended classes by an average of 20 percent. Why condition the ceiling plenum? This wastes energy and may significantly effect comfort. Now leaky ductwork can be cost effectively sealed from the inside using an aerosol sealant? More

Retrofit existing pneumatic thermostats in minutes. Wireless technology provides DDC functionality at a fraction of the cost. Saves energy, improves comfort for tenants and lowers maintenance costs of legacy pneumatic HVAC systems. More

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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