Energy modeling allows you to simulate a building’s energy use through a typical year and identify general trends. Energy modeling is also a component of the LEEDTM certification process and can be used as a tool to evaluate alternative design approaches and their impact on energy use.
EH&E’s engineers are trained in the use of sophisticated energy modeling programs (e.g., DOE2) used to predict building performance. EH&E is experienced in analyzing the simulation output data to identify areas that present the greatest opportunity for cost savings. Working with architects and engineers, we provide building design recommendations (e.g., building orientation, alternative energy sources, selection of systems and building materials) presenting alternative design approaches and their impact on energy usage. This information will help you make decisions regarding which design modifications will provide the best return on your investment.
With the constant rise in energy costs, energy consumption remains a critical issue for building owners and managers. Conducting an energy benchmark of your building can help you identify ways to reduce your energy usage and costs. Using the building’s energy load data and billing history, EH&E can develop an “energy use profile” of your building. We can rate your building’s actual energy use by comparing it to buildings of similar size, age and type using regional or national data sources such as the Department of Energy (DOE). Based on this energy use profile, EH&E can work with you to provide recommendations for a plan to target ways to improve energy efficiency and systems performance, which will result in cost-savings.