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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!

HVAC System Design Services in Los Angeles by MEP

Maximum Energy Professionals “MEP” has assisted our commercial, educational, healthcare and municipal customers with expert HVAC, mechanical, and plumbing design services since 1990.

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Our HVAC, mechanical, and plumbing design projects include:

  • Central plant upgrades: chillers, boilers, and cooling tower systems
  • Tenant Improvements: Interior HVAC modifications and new construction
  • Building automation controls and energy management systems
  • Alternative HVAC supply
  • Commercial tenant “after-hours” and “over-standard” cost evaluations
  • California OSHPD healthcare HVAC projects
  • California DSA educational facilities HVAC projects

All About Los Angeles’ Existing Building Energy & Water Efficiency “EBEWE” Ordinance

Energy benchmarking and disclosure laws are popping up across the nation, but Los Angeles building owners are going to be pulling double duty. California’s AB-802 and Los Angeles’ Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance (EBEWE) are both going into effect. We have covered AB-802 in previous blog articles so here we focus on Los Angeles’ EBEWE. You can find our most recent article specifically covering AB-802 at http://mep-llc.com/AB-802-ENERGY-STAR-and-YOUR-Building.html

EBEWE was unanimously adopted by the LA City Council on December 14, 2016. The ordinance is a part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainable City plan and is geared toward reducing our buildings’ energy and water consumption. The aim is to reduce energy consumption 30% by the year 2035.

Before performing your building benchmark your building must be registered with the LADBS (Los Angeles Department of Building Safety). This can be done by visiting www.ladbs.org/ebeweregistration and entering the building ID# specified in the letter received from LADBS or from BIO (Building Information Online). There is also an annual disclosure compliance fee of $64.66.

The EBEWE benchmarking process is easy if your building has already received an ENERGY STAR certification in the past year. This is because the ordinance uses Portfolio Manager to benchmark subject buildings. The only thing that you will have to add if you have completed an ENERGY STAR certification recently is your water data. However, if you do not have a Portfolio Manager profile it will take your property a few more steps to comply.

Anyone who has completed an ENERGY STAR application for a multi-tenant building knows that one of the most difficult parts of the process can be getting energy bills from all of their tenants. Thankfully, this will no longer be an impediment since AB-802 requires utility companies to provide full building data upon request. As it stands LADWP is conducting pilot engagements to test new data aggregation systems that will allow them to provide full building data to building owners. This is projected to be fully launched sometime during April 2017. Likewise SoCal Gas is updating their data aggregation process. Their new request form is expected to launch in April 2017 as well.

The EBEWE will first affect owners of buildings >100,000 square feet. Note that this value includes parking structures. Building owners will or have already received letters from the LADBS. The compliance deadline for these buildings is July 1st, 2017. Buildings of different sizes will be required to comply by different dates. For buildings of 50,000 to 100,000 square feet the compliance deadline is April 1st, 2018. For buildings of 20,000 to 50,000 square feet the compliance date is April 1st, 2019. Once a benchmark has been completed covered buildings will need to complete their annual energy and water benchmark every April 1st thereafter.

There are specific situations in which a building does not need to comply with EBEWE, such as when it has been vacant for an entire year with no Certificate of Occupancy, a Demolition permit has been issued, or no energy or water service was provided for an entire year. Single family homes, duplexes, residential hotels, sound stages, TV and film production facilities are also exempt from the EBEWE Ordinance.

Further out are the compliance dates for Energy Star certification and water audit completion and submittal. These are scheduled to begin as early as 2019 and these reports will be required to be completed and submitted every 5 years. Every 5 years thereafter buildings must achieve either an ENERGY STAR certification or have a CA licensed engineer certify they have reduced their Energy Use Intensity by 15%. If this standard is not achieved the building must perform an Energy Audit. For water use intensity the reduction standard is 20%. Subject buildings must either complete a water audit every 5 years starting in 2019 or have a CA licensed engineer confirm that their building has reduced Water Use Intensity by 20% compared to 5 years preceding.

Each benchmark requires building owners to report a full year of energy data (electric, gas, etc.) as well as a full year of water use data. Compliant buildings will have their annual utility consumption data posted to an LADBS database, which will be made public.

You can review the compliance instructions on the LADBS website at the following link: https://www.ladbs.org/services/green-building-sustainability/existing-buildings-energy-water-efficiency-program/how-to-comply-with-ebewe-program

Benchmarking is easier now than it ever has been. Increasing legislative and demonstrative fiscal incentives make it hard to see the downside to performing an energy benchmark.

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.

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.