The best way to decrease energy costs and reduce carbon emissions is to use energy efficiency.
It is fast, easy, and inexpensive compared to any technology available today. Also, SEP takes full advantage of the generous rebates that are available through states, cities, and utilities for energy efficiency improvements.
SEP works with building owners, developers, and architects interested in improving their buildings energy efficiency. We establish a baseline of energy usage by performing an energy audit.
SEP performs commissioning services to improve building integrity. Building commissioning is a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying, and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems, and assemblies meets defined objectives and criteria.
Building commissioning is the systematic process of ensuring that a building’s complex array of systems is designed, installed, and tested to perform according to the design intent and the building owner’s operational needs. The commissioning of new buildings will be most effective when considered throughout the planning stages and as early as schematic design.
Comparing the energy and water usage for a portfolio of buildings can provide valuable insight for property managers. You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Benchmarking provides a simple and effective tool for owners and potential purchasers alike to compare buildings’ energy consumption with similar buildings, to start to understand how efficiently it is running.
SEP uses inhouse benchmarking models to compare any types of buildings. Portfolios of properties can be organized into the EPA's ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool.
Energy efficiency is the most cost effective way to reduce energy costs. We typically see a break-even payback of less than 3 years on energy efficiency improvements. We identify and map the use of energy in order to establish a baseline. The next step is to identify and develop strategies to reduce the energy loads (e.g., Insulation, use of day lighting, lighting fixtures and controls, high efficiency HVAC, controls and water conservation measures).
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An Energy audit focused on LEED™, Energy Star™, and ASHRAE standards to establish a baseline for energy usage, the following will be identified:
With the information gathered on site and the energy usage data, SEP will develop a list of recommendations for energy efficiency improvements. These recommendations will take into account any available financial incentives (rebates from utilities and/or government entities) for efficiency improvements.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) identifies three levels of energy audits. SEP can provide different levels of detail for an energy audit, such as: