At RTM Engineering Consultants, we offer comprehensive services to address the changing demands in an environment of growing energy costs. As a sustainable design leader, RTM works with building owners to provide a well-researched strategy with an emphasis on the economic value through detailed payback analysis.
Many utility companies offer energy incentive programs aimed to offset building owners’ start-up costs for government-mandated green initiatives, and reduce the need for installing new systems. While these programs can provide significant financial benefits to owners, they’re often complex and difficult to navigate.
“RTM does extensive research to stay current on various programs, educating clients and assisting them with their applications,” said RTM Associate Marcin Jakubowski. “We advise our clients regarding which incentives they qualify for and help prepare documentation and applications for these programs that will save them money.”
LEED & Green Globes Administration
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes are certification programs that verify the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings. Facilities earn a rating level based on energy and resource usage, water efficiency, innovation and other sustainability features.
“We’re proud to be a part of a global initiative to reduce energy usage,” said RTM Principal Mitesh Smart, P.E., CxA. “The Green Globes- and LEED-certified projects we work on continue to have a positive impact long after the project is completed.”
While program requirements for each differ, certification for both offers benefits such as lower operational costs, increased marketability and recognition, and qualification for tax credits and incentives. Enlisting an engineering professional with comprehensive experience in applying for both LEED and Green Globes certifications will ensure owners find the best fit for their building type, location and overall sustainability goals.
Energy Star Portfolio Administration
Managed by the EPA, the Energy Star program certifies new and existing buildings that meet strict performance guidelines, helping businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment. Eligibility is restricted to 21 different types of facilities, which must earn a rating score of at least 75 on a scale of 1 to 100.
To apply for certification, a licensed professional is required to verify that the standards are being met and reported accurately. Enlisting the assistance of an engineering professional throughout this process will help lower a building’s utility and maintenance costs and reduce its carbon footprint while also increasing property value, rental rates and allowing owners to lease to federal tenants.
Download our latest whitepaper, Sustainable Design Priorities for Energy and Cost Savings, to learn how RTM can assist you with these utility incentive and rebate programs.
Interested in achieving sustainable and energy-efficient builds? Click here to request a free sustainability consult with an RTM engineering expert.