Examining various sustainable programs to achieve energy efficiencies and occupant satisfaction

RTM Engineering Consultants hosted the first webinar in a series of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education monthly broadcasts aimed at educating the architecture community on new engineering processes and best practices. The session, led by RTM Principal Mitesh Smart, P.E. and Project Engineer Kelvin Chang, Ph.D., examined various sustainable programs that achieve energy efficiencies in new construction and existing buildings to help architects who are striving to meet and exceed sustainability goals.

Since energy utilization is expected to increase another 5 quadrillion Btu (that’s equivalent to 8 million homes being powered) between 2015 and 2035, energy modeling —virtual simulation of a building with focus on energy efficiency—is becoming even more crucial in achieving sustainable building designs.

Participants gained insight on how to achieve best results leveraging Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) & Green Globes Administration, both certification programs that encourage sustainable design.

The session included an overview of commissioning and retro commissioning, a requirement to obtaining a LEED certification. RTM expert engineers provide both commissioning and retro-commissioning services to clients in various market sectors to improve operations and reduce operational costs in new and existing facilities. As the opportunity for potential savings is the greatest in the beginning of a project, it’s advisable to onboard commissioning authorities early on in the design to ensure the certification process goes smoothly.

The presenters closed out the broadcast with a review of some emerging technology and design ideas including:

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) System: Offers maximum flexibility for zoning and temperature control, cooling only

Thermal Storage: Uses cooling equipment, plus an energy storage tank to shift all or a portion of a building’s cooling needs to off-peak, nighttime hours

Microturbines: Offer a small power plant at your building and utilizes a variety of gaseous or liquid fuels

Solar Energy: Solar PV panels are becoming more affordable and efficient


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