Early and often is the mantra of our experienced energy modeling practitioners.
Given the growing focus on sustainable design in many of our market sectors, we are increasingly doing energy modeling at the earliest stages of conceptual development, often before a building envelope has been defined.
Whether the goal is reducing energy costs, lowering total energy consumption, or achieving a particular energy utilization index (EUI), energy modeling and analysis is ultimately a way to focus on where the greatest impact can be achieved for set of project requirements.
Wood Harbinger routinely performs energy and economic analysis and studies in execution of our project work. These analyses often take the form of Value Engineering exercises, Life Cycle Cost Analyses (LCCA) for energy conservation opportunities (ECO’s), or Cost Benefit studies on major building or utility infrastructure systems.
We have developed a proprietary Energy Conservation Measures Toolkit to facilitate early design team discussions about various building elements. Design elements and conservation measures can be quickly evaluated for dismissal or further evaluation.
Our analysis software tools are up-to-date and include an internally developed LCCA spreadsheet, WINLCCA and eQuest (DOE-2 Thermal energy model). For specific project types, we also utilize other software tools such as EnergyPro and Trane Trace.
- Life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) and energy life cycle cost analysis (ELCCA)
- Enercy conservation measures (ECM) analysis
- Cost benefit studies
- Benchmark testing
- Energy audit
- Whole building energy simulation (ASHRAE 90.1)
- Conceptual energy modeling
- “Shoebox” energy modeling