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MEP Services — July 2017 Newsletter

2017-EPA-ENERGY-STAR Partner-of-the-Year

Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP” is pleased to announce the promotion of Daniel Moore to Sustainability Manager. Daniel has been with MEP for over 2 years now, beginning as an intern and then as a Project Associate. During his time with MEP Daniel has expanded his role from running company social media accounts and data entry to completing ENERGY STAR applications and assisting our Principal Engineer Glenn Tanner with Energy Audits and Property Condition Assessment building inspections.

Daniel’s interest in sustainability goes back to his youth, but his expertise began when he attended Chapman University where he earned his B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy. He started at MEP in 2015 and has become an important team member. Daniel has streamlined our ENERGY STAR certification process, freeing up Principal Engineer, Glenn Tanner, to tackle design projects and our Principal Business Development, Lisa Tanner, to focus on client relationships, business strategy, and developing new projects.

Daniel has become an expert at the EPA’s ENERGY STAR tool Portfolio Manager and has completed well over 400 building applications. In May 2016 Daniel attained the designation of LEED Green Associate and will be assisting with any future LEED projects. Daniel also writes monthly blog articles that can be found on the company website at the following link : http://mep-llc.com/blog.html. His articles cover a wide array of sustainability related topics from Net-zero energy buildings to energy benchmarking policy and even the future of our utility infrastructure.

Whether he is in the field inspecting rooftop HVAC equipment or in the office crunching numbers in Microsoft excel for an energy audit, Daniel’s contributions to the company are invaluable and we look forward to seeing him grow in his new position.

This Blog article has been posted by Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP”, a mechanical engineering firm located in Torrance, CA. For information on Sustainability Services including: ENERGY STAR utility benchmarking and award certification, California AB802 Compliance, City of Los Angeles EBEWE Compliance, our Utility Data Management Software dashboard, ASHRAE energy audits, LEED, and energy conservation/green Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing systems and equipment design, please give us a call at 310-782-1410 or visit our website at www.mep-llc.com

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ASHRAE Level I & II Expert Energy Audits California

Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP” has assisted in excess of 1,000 commercial, educational and institutional customers with their ASHRAE audits over the past 25 years, which equates to well over 1 Billion square feet of audited real estate performed by our company. We are GSA certified for energy audits (contract # GS-21F-052AA), and are often hired by other sustainability consultants to assist them with their audit needs due to the technical requirements of ASHRAE Level & II audits, which require the superior expertise and knowledge that we can offer due to our many years of audit facility experience.

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ASHRAE Level I Audit
The Level 1 audit alternatively is called a “simple audit”, “screening audit” or “walk-through audit” and is the basic starting point for building energy optimization. It involves brief interviews with site operating personnel, a review of the facility’s utility bills and other operating data, and an abbreviated walk-through of the building. The ASHRAE Level-1 audit is geared toward the identification of the potential for energy improvements, understanding the general building configuration, and defining the type and nature of energy systems. The audit should result in a preliminary, high-level, energy-use analysis for the entire facility, and a short report detailing the findings, which may include identifying a variety of recognizable efficiency opportunities. Usually this report does not provide detailed recommendations, except for very visible projects or operational faults.

ASHRAE Level II Audit
An ASHRAE “Level II – Energy Survey and Analysis” includes a more detailed building survey and energy analysis than the cursory Level I. A breakdown of energy use within the building is provided. A Level II energy analysis identifies and provides the savings and cost analysis of all practical measures that meet the owner’s constraints and economic criteria, along with a discussion of any effect on operation and maintenance procedures. It also provides a listing of potential capital-intensive improvements that require more thorough data collections and analysis, along with an initial judgment of potential costs and savings. This level of analysis will be adequate for most buildings and measures but is less comprehensive than Level III, which includes more detailed analysis often with annual hourly load computer modeling.

Visit our website at http://www.mep-llc.com/sustainability-ashrae-level.html

Popular Services of Maximum Energy Professionals

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At MEP we aim to provide customized energy efficiency and engineering design services to building owners and managers that allow them to save money on their utilities, while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint and becoming better stewards of the environment. We offer a wide array of services that range from providing construction defect expert witness to engineering design services. Our employees keep up to date on upcoming legislation like California’s AB 802 and Los Angeles’ Existing Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency mandate “EBEWE” to help our customers comply without having to bury themselves in research. We help building owners and operators understand and improve their buildings, enhancing the workspace of thousands. Here are just a few of the most often requested ways in which we do just that.

Construction Defect Expert Witness
MEP offers Construction defect expert witness services. Our experienced Principal Engineer, Glenn Tanner, has been assisting our commercial, industrial, shopping center, multi-family, medical, educational and hospitality customers as a construction defect expert witness since 1990. He serves as a construction expert witness, and testifies on many facets of the construction process, including issues involving construction maintenance, construction defects, and construction management. We write reports that cover construction mediation, construction scheduling, construction standards of care, and construction cost estimates. We also testify on forensic construction investigations, construction defects, general contractors, licensed contractors, and construction disputes, as well as other issues.

AB 802 and EBEWE
MEP keeps up to date on California’s energy benchmarking legislation. From AB 802 to Los Angeles’ Existing Buildings Energy and Water Efficiency Program “EBEWE”, our staff researches new laws and ordinances to ensure our clients know how to comply with the often complicated and sometimes changing policies. In AB 802’s case our employees have attended webinars and followed the drafts’ changes via e-mail updates to be able to ensure our clients would have the most up to date information possible. We walk building owners and operators through the process and assist them with using ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager to benchmark their buildings energy usage. Transparency and benchmarking laws like California’s AB 802 are growing increasingly common so if you are not already required to comply with one, it is possible that you will have to soon. Contact MEP today to see what transparency and benchmarking laws there are in your neck of the woods.

ESA Los Angeles
An ESA or Energy Services Agreement is a contract that allows energy efficiency to be packaged as a service that building owners pay for through savings, and that generally requires no (or minimal) upfront costs to the building owner. An ESA is an alternative to using equity or a traditional loan to retrofit a building. An ESA serves as a written agreement between a housing authority and an energy services company outlining the work to be done under a performance contract. For housing authorities, the ESA must contain the following elements: savings guarantee, scope of work, savings calculation methodology, and financing terms. Aside from retrofitting buildings without putting up capital, an ESA can solve specific issues that typically make investing in energy efficiency difficult for various types of real estate owners. MEP assists commercial, educational, healthcare and municipal customers with their ESA needs.

ASHRAE Level I & Level II Energy Audit
In the past 25 years MEP has conducted over 1,000 ASHRAE Energy Audits on commercial, educational, and institutional customers. That adds up to well over 1 billion square feet of audited real estate. Our company is frequently hired by other sustainability consultants to help with audits due to the rigorous technical requirements of ASHRAE Level I & II audits. ASHRAE Level I & II audits require superior expertise and knowledge that we are able to provide due to our many years of audit experience. Energy audits help building owners understand their energy use and identify problem areas to target for energy use reduction and savings.

Engineering Design Services
MEP offers a wide spectrum of engineering design services. Our company performs mechanical and plumbing system design, electrical system design, and green building design. MEP has over two and a half decades of engineering design experience. We have provided engineering design services to a broad array of clients including commercial, educational, healthcare, and municipal projects. Our engineering design services extend into our sustainability work as we assist customers with the adoption of California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) in their design approach. We provide specialized energy conservation consulting all the way from feasibility studies through design and preparation of construction documents and the construction phase.

Property Condition Assessment
MEP has been performing Property Condition Assessment services involving the sale and financing of properties all across the United States and even internationally since 1990. We have over 2,000 Property Condition Assessments to our company name and have assessed and reported on over 3 billion SF of property. We perform Property Condition Assessments on all sorts of property types including commercial, industrial, shopping center, multi-family, medical, educational, and hospitality. We inspect mechanical-electrical-plumbing and fire life safety and create all report documents associated with Property Condition Assessments.

Whether you need help with an expertly performed ASHRAE Level II energy audit or require a construction defect expert witness MEP has the expertise for the job. Check out the rest of our website at http://www.mep-llc.com to view some of our other services like LEED certification and ENERGY STAR. Contact MEP today for more information or to begin your project today!

Maximum Energy Professionals Earns 2017 Energy Star® Partner Of The Year Award

Torrance, CA, 4/6/17– Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP” has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Service and Product Provider Award winner for its outstanding efforts to increase energy efficiency within commercial, institutional, and industrial markets. MEP’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017.

MEP, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2001, will be honored for outstanding efforts in integrating the ENERGY STAR program into every facet of its energy conservation consulting and engineering design firm. MEP is thrilled to be honored as ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the second year in a row!

“ENERGY STAR’S benchmark is the first way to find out where you are. You can’t make improvements if you haven’t measured where you are”, says Glenn Tanner, Principal Engineer, in 3/1/17 Huffington Post article.

Article Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-energy-star_us_58c2e96be4b0ed71826c70ef?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion dollars on their energy bills, while achieving broad emission reductions.

For a complete list of 2017 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.

About Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP”
MEP is a nimble, responsive, Torrance, CA based energy conservation consulting and engineering design firm that helps building owners and managers optimize energy efficiency through energy audits, LEED, ENERGY STAR benchmarking and certification, property condition assessments, and innovative mechanical-electrical-plumbing design.

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions—including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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This Blog article has been posted by Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP”, a mechanical engineering firm located in Torrance, CA. For information on Sustainability Services including: ENERGY STAR utility benchmarking and award certification, California AB802 Compliance, City of Los Angeles EBEWE Compliance, ASHRAE energy audits, LEED, and energy conservation/green Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing systems and equipment design, please give us a call at 310-782-1410 or visit our website at www.mep-llc.com.

Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP” in the News!

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Glenn Tanner PE, Principal Engineer at Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP” was interviewed by the Huffington Post regarding potential changes in the ENERGY STAR program.

“There are three stages of a project: Where are you now? Where do you want to be? And what steps do you have to take to get there?” said Glenn Tanner, principal engineer at a Torrance, California-based green engineering design firm called MEP. “Energy Star’s benchmark is the first way to find out where you are. You can’t make improvements if you haven’t measured where you are.”

Please read the entire Huffington Post article at:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-energy-star_us_58c2e96be4b0ed71826c70ef?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

This Blog article has been posted by Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP”, a mechanical engineering firm located in Torrance, CA. For information on Sustainability Services including: ENERGY STAR utility benchmarking and award certification, California AB802 Compliance, City of Los Angeles EBEWE Compliance, ASHRAE energy audits, LEED, and energy conservation/green Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing systems and equipment design, please give us a call at 310-782-1410 or visit our website at www.mep-llc.com.

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Energy Star Is Cheap, Popular And Saves Billions Of Dollars. Trump Wants To Gut It

Privatizing the $57 million program could upend entire industries and kneecap cities’ efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Over the past 25 years, the federal government’s Energy Star program has become a valuable marker for all kinds of industries. Real estate agents upsell buildings that have been Energy Star-certified as energy efficient. Homeowners seek out its blue logo on electricity-guzzling appliances and devices.

But the White House has proposed eliminating funding for Energy Star and instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to “begin developing legislative options and associated groundwork for transferring ownership and implementation of Energy Star to a non-governmental entity,” according to a draft budget the energy news service E&E News obtained this week.

The cuts come as part of President Donald Trump administration’s effort to channel federal spending away from a variety of other programs and toward a $54 billion military buildup. But Energy Star helps save even more than the $57 million that the federal government spends on it each year, according to more than a dozen business executives, building consultants and energy advocates The Huffington Post interviewed this week.

 Energy Star is a voluntary initiative that has a number of different aspects. It includes a certification program for appliances, electronics and lighting; an evaluation system for rating the efficiency of homes and buildings; a program that trains engineers in energy efficiency; and an award series for eco-friendly small businesses. Nine major cities and a handful of states require landlords to report energy and water efficiency per Energy Star standards as part of their building codes.

 

Energy Star has slashed $430 billion off utility bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2.7 billion tons since its inception, according to 2015 estimates.

“It’s such a win for our economy and such a huge return on investment of federal dollars,” said Kateri Callahan, president of the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy. “It’s penny wise and pound foolish to look at reducing funding, let alone defunding the program or stopping it completely.”

For builders, Energy Star provides a standard to measure the energy efficiency of their properties. For landlords and building managers, free Portfolio Manager software launched under the initiative helps monitor energy and water use and shave hundreds off utility bills. For engineers, the program offers guidelines on indoor lighting, plumbing, ventilation, heating and cooling, ensuring that their structures waste as little electricity, heating gas and water as possible.

“There are three stages of a project: Where are you now? Where do you want to be? And what steps do you have to take to get there?” said Glenn Tanner, principal engineer at a Torrance, California-based green engineering design firm called MEP. “Energy Star’s benchmark is the first way to find out where you are. You can’t make improvements if you haven’t measured where you are.”

Please read the entire article at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-energy-star_us_58c2e96be4b0ed71826c70ef?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004 via @HuffPostPol

This Blog article has been posted by Maximum Energy Professionals, a mechanical engineering firm located in Torrance, CA. For information on Sustainability Services including: ENERGY STAR utility benchmarking and award certification, California AB802 Compliance, ASHRAE energy audits, LEED, and energy conservation/green Mechanical-Electrical- Plumbing systems and equipment design, please give us a call at 310–782- 1410 or visit our website at www.mep-llc.com.

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What is California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)?

GREEN BUILDING DESIGN

Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP” assists our customers with adoption of California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) in their design approach. We offer specialized energy conservation consulting services, from feasibility studies through design and preparation of construction documents and construction phase services to assist our customers in all phases of green building design. As part of Title XXIV (24) and CALGreen, commissioning is now required in the state of California for all new non-residential projects over 10,000 square feet. Maximum Energy Professionals offers commissioning service that helps customers comply with these regulations.

Green Building

Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages.[1] The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.

California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)

The California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) is Part 11 of twelve parts of the official compilation and publication of the adoption, amendment and repeal of building regulations to the California Code of Regulations, Title XXIV (24), also referred to as the California Building Standards Code. The purpose of this code is to improve public health, safety and general welfare by enhancing the design and construction of buildings through the use of building concepts with a reduced negative impact or an increased positive environmental impact and encouraging sustainable construction practices in the following categories:

1. Planning and design
2. Energy efficiency
3. Water efficiency and conservation
4. Material conservation and resource efficiency
5. Environmental quality

Title XXIV (24) Compliance

The California Energy Code, part 6 of the California Building Standards Code which is Title XXIV (24) of the California Code of Regulations, also titled The Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings, was created by the California Building Standards Commission in 1978 in response to a legislative mandate to reduce California’s energy consumption. The standards are updated periodically by the California Energy Commission to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods.