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San Diego, California – Brummitt Energy Associates (Brummitt), a leader in energy modeling for new and existing buildings, announced today that David Peery will lead the project development for the firm. This is a new position for the company, which will expand its services in the growing energy sustainability industry.
In his role, Mr. Peery will support marketing and business development activities and provide his expertise to Brummitt’s team of energy modeling experts on a variety of projects, including measurement and verification (M&V) services.
Mr. Peery received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. He began his career as a Field Energy Analyst for Portland Energy Conservation, Inc., the country’s first energy conservation agency (now CLEAResult®). He advanced to Program Manager and facilitated multiple energy efficiency programs for a wide variety of commercial buildings. During this time, he chaired the Energy and Sustainability Committee for the San Diego Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and received their Associate Member of the Year award in 2012. Mr. Peery frequently shares his knowledge and insight at seminars and facilitates round table events on energy efficiency and sustainability.
Mr. Peery’s experience brings a valuable and intelligent perspective to Brummitt’s projects and clients. In his role, David will help to create, nurture and maintain relationships with the firm’s clients to better understand their needs, communicate services and launch new projects. As a spokesperson and representative of Brummitt’s mission to transform buildings to promote sustainable prosperity, he will participate in professional and civic organizations.
“David’s expertise and enthusiasm in building sustainable and healthy environments will bring tangible value to our clients and partners,” says Beth Brummitt, Founder and Principal of Brummitt Energy. “We are excited to welcome David to the Brummitt team!”
About Brummitt Energy Associates, Inc.
Brummitt Energy provides Energy Performance Planning for new and existing buildings. Their mission is to transform buildings to promote sustainable prosperity. Their proven process and expert energy modeling makes it easy for clients to make informed decisions about complex energy issues. An industry leader, the firm assists building owners, developers, architects and general contractors on all facets of energy efficiency and performance for Zero Net Energy, LEED, tax and utility incentives and state and federal energy codes. They have assisted more than 160 projects to achieve LEED certifications by the U.S. Green Building Council, over 60% of which are Platinum or Gold. To learn more about Brummitt Energy’s services and projects, visit their website at brummitt.com.
Meeting the Minimum Energy Performance Prerequisite in LEED v4 is achieved by demonstrating energy cost savings versus ASHRAE 90.1-2010, but projects in California can opt to use Title 24-2013 in lieu of ASHRAE. While this used to be a convenient exception to exploit because it allowed the energy model created for the building permit to be reused for the LEED
submittal, this is no longer the case because:
The increased demands of a LEED v4 energy performance submittal affects all projects—not just those in California. And it’s not just the documentation that has become more comprehensive, but the process the design team is expected to utilize as well. The Minimum Energy Performance Prerequisite now requires a narrative describing how energy modeling was used to make design decisions throughout the project delivery process and an additional point can be earned under the Integrative Process Credit for performing pre-schematic energy and water analyses.
Whether your project is in California or not, LEED v4 requires a greater breadth and depth of knowledge than ever before. Who better to tackle the challenge than specialists like us?
On November 4, 2016, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP21) went into force. It was adopted by at least 55 nations representing at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Including the US and China, 110 countries have now the adopted COP21, with the goal of limiting the world’s rise in average temperature and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Building on this momentum, COP22 convened in Marrakesh this November, with the goal of driving the Green Economy while bringing clean energy to the masses.
California has shown courage and innovation in being a leader in energy efficiency, and it’s success was an important factor in the Paris Agreement. While we maintained our electricity use even per person, we grew our energy-intensive, high-tech industries and our economy faster than the national average.
Since California’s energy code began–Title 24 started in 1978–our State has diverged from the rest of the United States. We’ve maintained our per capita electricity consumption while the rest of the country continues to use more. Since 1997–the earliest data available–we’ve maintained an average GDP per capita that is ~9.5% higher than the rest of the Country.
Projects using LEED 2009* must be registered with USGBC’s Green Business Certification Inc. by October 31, 2016. Projects registered after that date will be required to use the new LEED Version 4. LEED 2009 will continue for projects registered prior to the deadline.
Here are some important LEED v4 changes to be aware of:
To reduce you project expenses and ensure your LEED target will be achieved, bring the Brummitt team on board early in Schematics.
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LEED registration close and sunset dates.
Alpine Library is First Zero Net Energy Building Built by Local Government
San Diego, California [July 12, 2016] Brummitt Energy, an energy modeling company and expert in Zero Net Energy (ZNE) planning, has been selected by the County of San Diego’s Energy and Sustainability Program to provide energy modeling analysis for its buildings starting July 2016. The State of California has mandated that state agencies take measures towards achieving ZNE for at least half of their existing buildings by 2030. For the ZNE planning of the County’s portfolio of 1,000 buildings, Brummitt Energy will collaborate with the Center for Sustainable Energy.
Brummitt’s recommendations will help the County to find huge energy cost savings, for new and existing buildings, while reducing the strain on the state’s electrical grid and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “The County of San Diego is really stepping up by beginning to implement ZNE for its new buildings, while planning for their whole portfolio. By starting now, they will enjoy the benefits sooner,” said Beth Brummitt, president of the company.
Zero Net Energy, or ZNE, occurs when the annual amount of energy produced by renewable energy is equal to the amount of energy consumed by the building. Working with the SDG&E Savings By Design program, in 2007, Brummitt Energy helped to develop the first ZNE Commercial Case Study in California.
One example of the County’s proactive ZNE approach is the new 13,500 square foot Alpine Library, which opened in May 2016. It is the first Zero Net Energy project built by the County of San Diego. Through thoughtful design and early energy modeling, the library’s energy consumption was cut nearly in half, while construction costs stayed within the project’s 10-million-dollar budget. The Alpine Library was a design-build (D-BE) project in which the architect and general contractor perform as a single entity. The team included C.W. Driver, Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects (FPBA) and Manuel Oncina Architect. Brummitt Energy served as the County’s specialist for ZNE planning and modeling.
Brummitt prepared concept-modeling studies to identify the feasibility of the project to attain Zero Net Energy. The results gave the County the confidence to include ZNE in its Request for Proposal (RFP). It also assisted the D-BE team to understand what its energy targets and strategies would need to be prior to design, as well as provide appropriate roof space for the PV and solar water heating systems. The SDG&E Savings By Design program funded Brummitt’s initial pre-RFP ZNE feasibility modeling study.
In the final ZNE design, the project utilizes a solar panel system spanning its long south roof, angled to take advantage of the sun’s rays. The solar panels are expected to produce about 108,500 kWh per year. The library’s windows also take the sun’s position into consideration, as many of them are located on the north-facing side, which allows more light with less heat gain and glare. Philip Pape, Executive Vice President of FPBA, recently stated “With building construction and operations accounting for nearly half of the nation’s energy consumption…it is our professional responsibility to design buildings that not just respond to immediate needs of first generation users, but symbiotically connect with the global environment across a building’s lifespan.”
“Initial cost is important, but compared to the lifetime savings in energy consumption costs, it pales. By being a ZNE building, we are not increasing the demand on the existing electrical grid,” noted Andy Feth, P.E. and Project Director for C.W. Driver, who worked closely with Brummitt Energy throughout the construction process. Susan Freed, who is a project manager for the Energy & Sustainability Program for the county, believes “there’s a difference between whole-building modeling and merely modeling for code-compliance. The whole building energy modeling that Brummitt produced for the library shows how all the building’s components work together. And that’s how you reach ZNE in the smartest way.”
About Brummitt Energy Associates, Inc.
Brummitt Energy provides Energy Performance Planning for new and existing buildings. Their mission is to transform buildings to promote sustainable prosperity. Their proven process and expert energy modeling makes it easy for clients to make informed decisions about complex energy issues. An industry leader, the firm assists building owners, developers, architects, and general contractors on all facets of energy efficiency and performance for Zero Net Energy, LEED, tax and utility incentives, and state and federal energy codes. They have assisted more than 140 projects to achieve LEED certifications by the U.S. Green Building Council, over 60% of which are Platinum or Gold. Learn more about Brummitt Energy’s services and projects by visiting brummitt.com.
This is a third article in the Brummitt Energy Series, written by one of the nation’s top energy modeling experts. These articles offer valuable insight to everyone involved in the building industry who either have an existing commercial building or is planning a new one. A strategic energy plan will guide you in how and when to put strategies in place that will optimize your financial investment.
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INSIGHTS TO HELP GUIDE YOUR BUILDING’S ENERGY PERFORMANCE
Whether you have an existing commercial building or are in the planning stages of a new one, a strategic energy master plan helps you save money and meet your goals. Compliance is the law, yet going beyond the law and achieving buildings with persistent high-performance adds tremendous value to the property, its occupants and our environment.
Beth presented the first subject of the series, From Idea to Reality, in September at UCSD. If you missed her presentation, the article is here. The second article, Today’s Strict Energy Code: What Options Do You Have?, addresses how to choose the best route for Title 24-2013 energy compliance and what’s coming down the pike from now until 2030. Watch for our third article in this series next month on energy master planning.
The Daily Transcript
The Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, after undergoing an energy performance analysis by San Diego’s Brummitt Energy Associates Inc. and implementing targeted energy upgrades. The NOSC (pictured above), a 32,000-square-foot facility that includes a drill hall, staff offices, administration areas, medical unit spaces, classrooms, and a physical fitness room, is the first LEED Platinum certified building at Luke Air Force Base and the third Platinum building within the Department of the Navy. The project, completed in March, cost more than $9.9 million to develop. The energy suite of LEED credits for the project, managed by Brummitt, resulted in more than 20 percent of the LEED points earned. “We are especially proud of our contribution on this project,” said Charles Christenson, senior project manager for Brummitt Energy Associates, in a statement. “Starting the energy analysis early in the design development phase ensured that the energy performance targets were successfully met.” The design-build team was led by A&D General Contracting Inc. Other design team members included project architect Tectonics, SC Engineers Inc. and Epic Consulting Engineers Inc. LEED consulting services were provided by Green Ideas Inc.
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“When we are helping to translate energy performance into asset value and tracking a building over time, then sustainable profits come from happier people and lower energy costs,” according to Beth Brummitt, featured in the Environmental Innovation section of San Diego’s top business daily, the Daily Transcript.
Beth has been a pillar of San Diego’s green building community since she formed Brummitt Energy Associates in 1998. James Palen’s interview with Beth covers her history in the industry, our current focus on demonstrating increased property valuation through energy efficiency, and her vision for the future.
Congratulations to Beth for this high-profile recognition of almost 15 years of great work!
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