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.

The New York City Greener, Grerater Building Plan (PlaNYC) has set a goal of achieving a 30 percent reduction in the city's annual greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030. Read more...

Building Commissioning

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.

Energy Benchmarking

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.

Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment. Whether you own, manage, or hold properties for investment, Portfolio Manager can help you set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance.

Energy Efficiency

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).

Is your HVAC running efficiently?
Replacing 10 year old HVAC equipment can cut energy costs in half.

Energy Efficiency Solar Energy LEED

Is your building envelope efficient?
Infrared imaging can reveal energy loss from the building envelope.

Energy Efficiency Solar Energy LEED Energy Efficiency Solar Energy LEED

Energy Audits

An Energy audit focused on LEED™, Energy Star™, and ASHRAE standards to establish a baseline for energy usage, the following will be identified:

  • The annual utility costs and energy usage for the building(s), including electricity, natural gas, and other energy loads such as propane, oil, and other fuels.
  • The annual water usage and cost for the building(s).
  • A comprehensive list of recommended equipment including detailed specifications.
  • Projected financial and environmental benefits of recommended improvements.
  • Anticipated costs and return on investment (ROI) break-even payback calculations.

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.

ASHRAE Certified

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:

  • Walk-through Assessment: Analyze energy bills and a brief visual survey of the facility. The subsequent report identifies no-cost and low-cost opportunities.
  • Energy Survey and Analysis: A more detailed analysis is conducted, including a breakdown of how energy is used within the building. Recommendations are provided based on an owner's operations and maintenance, constraints, and economic criteria. Potential capital-intensive opportunities are identified in the final report for further research and analysis. This is the typical level of audit.
  • Detailed Analysis of Capital-Intensive Modifications (Investment-grade Audit): This analysis focuses on capital-intensive opportunities and provides a higher degree of monitoring, data collection, and engineering analysis. The report includes detailed cost and savings information with a high-level of confidence sufficient for major capital investment decisions, and may include a reasonable timeline for implementation of each recommendation.