Engineering Economics, Inc. (EEI) has provided energy-related services to hundreds of clients for nearly three decades. We are dedicated to helping our clients find energy-saving solutions and implement energy conservation measures, and we bring this commitment to all our projects. EEI’s goal is to maximize the performance and energy efficiency of building systems, which leads to the conservation of energy resources and the decrease of facility operating costs.
Making the Case
Energy costs represent nearly one-third of a building’s operating expenses and most facilities have energy-saving potential. Decreasing energy costs by increasing energy efficiency is not only good for the environment, it makes good business sense. Reducing energy costs increases net operating income and also increases a building’s appraised value.
Given the multitude of variables affecting energy usage, maximizing energy efficiency is an art, as well as a science. Common sense and close attention to actual performance (system-wide) is the key. While many facility owners and managers have installed energy-efficient equipment, this is just one step in improving a facility’s energy-related “bottom line.” The efficient equipment must be properly integrated into the existing systems, controlled and adequately maintained for the facility to maximize the energy savings. One of the most significant challenges facing a project team is determining the most cost-effective means of saving energy while generating a truly high-performance facility.
Energy Audit/Assessment Services
Most of EEI's energy services begin with an energy audit. Our team's extensive building commissioning experience makes us ideally suited to “testing” the functional performance of the building as part of this audit.
Energy audits provide a better understanding of how energy is used in specific buildings and identify opportunities for energy savings. “Energy audits” commonly refer to a broad spectrum of energy studies. In its basic form, the energy audit may be a quick walk-through of the facility, identifying and examining specific problem areas. In its long form, the energy audit may include a comprehensive analysis and study of the facility’s various systems with detailed recommendations for energy cost-saving measures. EEI works with clients to pinpoint their particular objectives and develop a detailed scope of services for the project, so that we can provide solutions that meet those objectives.
Using the data collected from the audit/assessment, EEI’s energy professionals, many of whom are Certified Energy Managers, will analyze the data and formulate recommendations that increase system performance and create energy savings. Where system modifications are needed, EEI has the internal expertise needed to not only recommend, but also design energy-efficient solutions. As part of its analysis, EEI may include the following services:
- Alternative energy source evaluations
- Energy modeling
- Daylight modeling
- Life-cycle costing
- Economic evaluations
- Energy certification (i.e., LEED-EB, Energy Star)
- Carbon footprint analysis
- ASHRAE Preliminary Energy Use Analysis (PEU)
- Annual Energy Benchmarking Services
The final report will present our findings, as well as our recommendations, with a detailed financial analysis for each energy conservation measure, based on implementation cost estimates, site-specific operating cost savings and the customer's investment criteria.
Energy Audit/Implementation Services
Due to the firm’s extensive facility management and construction experience, EEI can also assist the client with the implementation of the recommendations, implementing minor tune-ups with our own team, or managing larger modifications through others on the client’s behalf. Once the system and procedural modifications are completed, EEI can provide the client and its team with training on the new systems and/or procedures.
Energy Audit/Measurement & Verification
As a final step, EEI can also provide measurement and verification services, which measure the energy performance of the completed project to determine the energy savings achieved. As a building commissioning services provider, EEI is uniquely qualified to test, measure, document and verify the functional performance of building systems.
Other Energy Services
EEI's other energy-related services include:
- Energy master planning
- Peer reviews
- Energy conservation/efficiency training
- Metering (electric, gas, water and steam)
- Billing and management oversight
- Construction management
- Value engineering
- Performance contract review/consultation
- Building commissioning/LEED commissioning
- Water conservation
- Renewable/alternative energy evaluations
Contact EEI today for a free consultation to explore how we can help your organization increase its energy efficiency.