Our energy master planning service guides energy performance and sets the stage for utility cost management. We identify site energy resources, bio-climatic strategies, benchmark to similar buildings, and key features to enhance energy performance. As regulations required improved energy performance, energy master planning facilitates project success.
Building Performance Services
"The Pavilion is a living lab that demonstrates sustainability in action. Everything from the bike repair shop to the living wall to the katabatic tower serve as educational tools that engage our students. The Pavilion has become a 24/7 space that meets our students’ desires to spend time in facilities that are not only environmentally-friendly but also inviting with natural daylight, indoor/outdoor areas, comfy hammocks to study in, and fun gathering spaces for social events.”
- Rick Pott, Colorado State University, Housing and Dining
Guiding clients to achieve the best ROI while lowering utility risk. Ambient Energy is leading the way in performance design assistance using the latest software and BIM technology. We can examine your design in real time to make sure you are producing the most energy efficient, comfortable, and will daylit space. Utilizing Ambient Energy’s expertise not only saves you money but can also enhance occupant well-being, increase rent and market value rates, and provide a significant return on investment. Client’s appreciate our timely insight as we move at the speed of design.
Whether a single building or a district, Ambient Energy provides comprehensive guidance to achieve zero net energy design and operation. We identify holistic combinations of strategies to achieve zero net energy, best value for the lowest investment, and track performance during operation.
Through early energy models, Ambient Energy provides insight to reduce loads and meet sustainability goals focused on site conditions, massing and orientation, envelope, lighting, thermal comfort, plug and process loads, and programmatic and operational parameters along with mechanical and renewable systems.
Ambient Energy’s team of expert modelers use state of the art analysis tools to evaluate a full suite of high performance building strategies including load reduction, thermal mass, daylight harvesting, natural ventilation, energy recovery, radiant heating and cooling systems, ground source heat pumps, district energy loops, photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, energy storage, and many more. Our energy modeling consulting contributes to success for every phase from planning to operations. We provide energy consulting for LEED, Architecture 2030, and Living Building Challenge as well as existing buildings deep energy retrofits.
Excellent daylight is fundamental to occupant well-being and energy efficiency. We provide expert analysis and design consulting for a daylight experience that delights the occupant and enhances architecture. Our consulting informs the daylit scene and energy it evokes, the lighting system and controls, and LEED version 4 requirements for spatial daylight autonomy and annual sunlight exposure.
To answer the question of what type and how much renewables are best for a project, Ambient Energy compares photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind, hydro, and other site-specific strategies for the energy production profile and financial proforma to determine the best mix of renewable energy systems.
Ambient Energy provides comprehensive life-cycle cost analysis to determine the most cost-effective option among alternatives to purchase, own, operate, maintain, disposal.
Utilize Ambient Energy’s expertise to document code compliance using the performance path of IECC, IGCC, and 90.1 energy codes.
‘You can’t control what you don’t measure’ is a theme that is important to long term energy performance for a building. This final step in the construction of a building starts with the M&V Plan. In the plan, Ambient Energy defines the owner’s goals to measure and monitor energy use in the building. We work with owner to make adjustments to control sequences and equipment to maximize energy efficiency. Through this type of documentation, the owner is able to verify that the building is meeting the intended energy performance. ASHRAE Level I, II, and III Energy Audits
Ambient Energy conducts technical energy audits using the established ASHRAE guidelines. Our audit process and results will help your team understand opportunities for cost savings, improved occupant comfort, improved environmental performance and will help you develop the necessary capital plans needed to implement findings.
As the old adage goes, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Ambient Energy can help you track and measure a single building or your entire portfolio’s energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions. Forty percent of all existing buildings in the U.S. have already started tracking utility data using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, making it clearly the industry standard for tracking and measurement of utility data. Ambient Energy’s experience with Portfolio Manager’s interface allows your team to focus on building operations while we provide you the answers you need to make smart decisions about energy and water use.
Ambient Energy has repeatedly proven themselves to be a solid, trustworthy partner in this endeavor. Their analysis is thorough and objective. They are willing to go the extra mile to see that our clients’ objectives are exceeded. And they are a pleasure to work with. It is no mystery why Ambient Energy is our energy modeler of choice.—Principal and President, Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects