The Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR) is where it all starts. Ambient Energy assists our client by documenting the energy efficiency measures including the building envelope, building operations, building automation requirements, training requirements, as well as sustainability requirements for the project. Documenting and understanding the design intent as it relates to the energy using systems keeping in mind the operations is a key factor to achieve the energy goals of the project.
"Ambient [Energy’s] willingness and ability to integrate with both the design and construction teams were crucial to helping us achieve aggressive sustainable building goals, fast-track scheduling, and high-quality construction standards on the Lane Center project.”
- Stan Rivera, Project Manager, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Commissioning, Audits, Measurement & Verification Ambient Energy combines cutting edge tools with our depth of knowledge to examine buildings and building systems to determine if they are working to their full potential. There is always an opportunity for a building or systems to operate more efficiently. Let us show you how and save you money! As the building owner’s advocate, we work with the design team and contractors to ensure that the commissioned systems are installed and operate in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, industry best practices, and that the O&M staff is adequately trained in the operation and maintenance of these systems. Through the commissioning process, we help the Owner maximize the energy efficiency that was intended with the design. Our existing building services maintain long term building performance.
Get it right the first time! New Building Commissioning allows owners and operators to feel secure that the building is performing to its greatest potential. Starting early in the design phase Ambient Energy assists our clients by defining the project energy and operational goals. We continue with reviews of the design documents, equipment submittals, site visits, coordination with the controls contractor, functional testing and more. Our process complies with ASHRAE Standard 202 The Commissioning Process, LEED, California Title 24, and CalGreen.
Existing Building Commissioning can help reduce operations costs and increase net operating income. Ambient Energy’s commissioning team can help your facility’s operations team improve and optimize overall building performance through a detailed assessment of the HVAC and lighting systems. Our process can often identify problems that have developed throughout the building’s life, and cost-effective measures to reduce energy use and costs. We work diligently with the owner and their operations team to help address these operations and controls issues, and implement energy saving measures.
‘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.
Ambient Energy works with clients to track and report controls systems issues by monitoring the BAS trend data with SkySpark software. SkySpark is an analytic software package that allows us to analyze the trend data from the building automation system. Ambient Energy develops specific ‘rules’ that are unique for the project. The ‘rules’ monitor the key energy use parameters for the project. The analysis of trend data helps to understand the building operations and determine when the system is not operating within the design parameters.
When systems are not within the design parameters, they increase operating costs because of increased energy consumption. When operating parameters are not within the intended design and operating parameters, we notify the O&M staff and assist with resolving the issues. All parties will be able to clearly see the duration of issues and historical trend logs so they can understand the root cause of the issue, fix the issue, and keep the building operating as intended.
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’s Sustainability Team and Commissioning Engineers provide indoor air quality testing services to achieve LEED or LEED Dynamic Plaque certification requirements. Our professional IAQ consultants use the most up-to-date testing equipment and tried and true laboratories for our IAQ tests, thereby providing our clients with the most useful information regarding their indoor air quality, baseline parameters, and options to improve current conditions.
The HVAC system of a building is only as good as the envelope that surrounds it. If the building is leaking or is not adequately insulated, the HVAC system works harder and increases energy use. In addition, indoor comfort levels and environmental air quality may not be achieved. Thermography in combination with Bower Door Testing helps to document and understand if the envelope of the building has been installed as intended and meets the design performance criteria.