Our proven process provides the right information at the right time to help the team optimize project goals. Goals might be Zero Net Energy, LEED, specific energy targets, or how to meet the stringent energy codes. Design flexibility and keeping construction costs down are always in style!
A high-performance building is more comfortable, costs less to operate, and is poised to support a higher asset value. It doesn’t just have efficiency components like “better windows” or a “high-efficiency mechanical system.” Instead it integrates components and systems to find the optimum solutions:
- Glazing: Provides valuable daylight, but also brings glare, heat gain, and heat loss. Size, placement, shading and speciﬁcations of windows and skylights should be carefully integrated.
- Lighting: The full energy savings from efﬁcient lamps and ballasts are only realized if the layout is optimized, the system is integrated with daylighting zones, and has the right controls.
- Mechanical: Systems can be down-sized if a variety of heat gains are reduced, but only if the team has the information early enough in design. Passive efficiency may change the optimum system type
- Photovoltaics (PV): Increasing the energy efﬁciency of a project allow a smaller and less costly PV system to provide the same amount of renewable offset. Understanding potential output of various systems helps integrate both overall performance and aesthetics.