What is Energy Engineering?
Energy engineering consists of the application of a mixture of engineering disciplines. It is an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes all aspects of engineering with a focus on electrical and mechanical engineering. Energy engineering aims to optimize energy efficiency, energy services, facility management, plant engineering, environmental compliance, and alternative energy technologies.
What is Energy Design?
Energy design, on the other hand, is generally the design of a structure that involves the energy efficient performance of the building envelope, fuel, and power consumption for heating, cooling, and lighting. Significant consideration is given to HVAC, lighting, and refrigeration systems due to their greater potential to reduce energy loads and to increase the efficiency of current systems. The ultimate goal of energy engineering and design is energy minimization, all the while tackling worldview energy problems as well. With the fossil fuel supplies depleting and the global climate changing, energy engineering and design are crucial elements in the battle for an energy efficient future.
Whole Building Integrated Design
High performance buildings utilize designs that improve energy consumption and incorporate many sustainable design practices that are recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council. These buildings often make use of whole building integrated design to analyze energy consumption and performance of equipment operating in the facility. The process may also involve a Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) of the building to understand the cost of ownership. The design process is iterative, with continuous improvements needed to ensure rising value. Continuous commissioning and monitoring are essential in maintaining energy performance.
Associated Renewable’s Energy Engineering & Design services provide clients with an in-depth analysis of existing facilities & equipment and points of improvements. Our experts will ensure that your buildings use less material more effectively, require less maintenance, capture natural energy flows and are overall more durable than other comparable ones. We offer our clients the most efficient, cost-effective solutions possible that will yield the greatest ROI. Associated Renewable’s commercial energy solutions help to create buildings that respond to increased demands for energy efficiency and carbon accounting while balancing their energy goals with economic constraints.