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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.

Energy Services Agreements by Marketable Engineered Projects

Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP” assists our commercial, educational, healthcare and municipal customers with energy service agreement services. An Energy Services Agreement (ESA) is a contract that permits energy efficiency to be packaged as a service that building owners pay for through savings, and that generally requires no (or minimal) upfront cost to the owner. It is an alternative to using equity or a traditional loan to retrofit a building.

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It 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, it must contain the following elements: savings guarantee, scope of work, savings calculation methodology and financing terms.

In addition to providing a way to retrofit a building without putting up capital, ESAs can solve specific problems that often make investing in energy efficiency difficult for various types of real estate owners.