Tag: ENERGY STAR

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

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

Is Green Building and Design the Right Fit for Your Building?

There remains a wide range of concepts and practices that people define as ‘Green Building’. The term can mean anything from a building project that has a net positive environmental impact to a building project that is simply less environmentally detrimental in comparison to other buildings. The main goal of green building is to execute your construction and design project in such a way that it maximizes efficiency and minimizes disruption of land, water, energy and resources. In some cases green building projects can actually be regenerative for the land on which they are built. The health and well-being of the construct’s occupants is also considered even during the preliminary stages. What follows is a brief overview of what green building and design is and why you should be considering it.

In a green building and design project the most important stage is the beginning. Without proper planning, materials, and coordination the economic feasibility of a green design project can be put in jeopardy even before ground is broken. With deliberate action, concerted vision, and the right team, green design can be an excellent option for contractors and property owners alike. By considering and utilizing the natural setting around a project one can take advantage of variables that would be overlooked in other design projects such as sunrise and sunset, locally available materials, nearby water sources, and other benefits allotted by the site’s surrounding landscape. A green building design project takes a construct’s entire lifespan into consideration. This means many of the positives afforded (and drawbacks avoided) by green building continue well past the construction stage and on through the structure’s entire existence.

There is a pervasive misconception that green building projects cost more than their counterparts. While this may be true in some cases, there are many instances where green design can cost the same or even be cheaper than standard building activities. This is particularly so when one considers long-term costs like future utility expenses, the possibility of remediation projects, and other disbursements incurred by ignoring ecological and environmental factors during the construction and design process.

New laws and regulations like CALGreen make green building and design an even more incentivized option. While green building offers its own benefits, policies like CALGreen reward those already involved in green building and design while simultaneously encouraging more to adopt the practices. The CALGreen building code is abided with ease when green building design is properly implemented. The policies align with the practices of the industry, allowing green building vets to comply with these recent regulations with ease.

At MEP, our team of professionals assists our clients not just in complying with policies like CALGreen and Title XXIV, but finding the right green building design project for you. From our specialized energy conservation consulting services, to feasibility studies, and through design and preparation of construction documents and construction phase services, MEP assists customers in all phases of green building design. Services offered by MEP like LEED certification, LEED commissioning, feasibility studies, ASHRAE Level I and II Audits, Green Property Needs Assessments, and ENERGY STAR Benchmarking and Certification can keep your building’s green improvements increasing after your green design project is complete. Contact MEP today to find the right fit for your project and start reaping all the benefits this burgeoning industry has to offer.

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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AB 802, ENERGY STAR and YOUR Building

Since CA AB 802 requires participants to use the same online tool to report building gas and electric energy use as ENERGY STAR, it is likely that we will see a further increase in the number of buildings applying for ENERGY STAR PE award certification. AB 802 requires commercial building owners to benchmark their properties using Portfolio Manager, so the buildings will already be halfway done with their certification process if they are at or above the 75-point threshold.

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The new mandate, AB 802, is also expected to enable more accurate, efficient, and timely energy efficiency measures. The Assembly Bill (AB 802) will do this by breaking down the barriers between building owners and operators and their full-building utility data. AB 802 requires utility providers to respond to requests for full building utility data within 4 weeks. The gathering of utility data for Multi-tenant buildings has been problematic both for ENERGY STAR certification and for AB 802’s predecessor benchmarking law, AB 1103, due to the frequent difficulties posed by obtaining a year of bills from however many tenants occupy the building. AB 802 should go beyond enabling easier benchmarking, and in addition will open the door to an easier ENERGY STAR certification process for managers in buildings that suffer from this problem.

AB 802 is also likely to prompt energy efficiency retrofits as managers and owners will now be competing against other buildings on this new level with energy efficiency transparency in California’s real estate market. Once owners become engaged in their energy use they begin thinking of ways to save and often make changes to building operations. Hopefully, once property owners have benchmarked for the first time the result will be the similar to building owners’ reactions to ENERGY STAR.

75% of ENERGY STAR participants stated that they would recommend the program to others. ENERGY STAR certified buildings use on average 35% less energy than non-certified buildings of a similar type. Additionally, an EPA study found that benchmarked buildings reduced their energy use by about 2.4% every year. This means ENERGY STAR certified buildings cost less to operate than their non-certified counterparts. On top of this ENERGY STAR certified buildings often have higher rent rates and tenant satisfaction.

California AB 802 is creating accountability and transparency in conjunction with ENERGY STAR’s recognition and reward. Together the two will change California’s approach to energy efficiency, minimize waste, and spread awareness and engagement with our energy infrastructure.

MEP has performed ENERGY STAR certification on thousands of buildings. In 2016 MEP was named Energy Star Partner of the Year with over 240 buildings certified. MEP also regularly performs building benchmarks. Contact MEP today for benchmarking assistance be it mandatory or voluntary, and for more information on our Utility Data Management Software program, ENERGY STAR, LEED, Energy Audits, and Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing energy efficiency engineering design at http://www.mep-llc.com or call us at 310-782-1410.