RTM Engineering Consultants continues to make sustainability a top priority. The firm delivers sustainable and energy-efficient designs to clients in varying markets by leveraging in-depth expertise to build the most efficient systems possible and recommending the most sustainable solutions.
To strengthen its commitment to green building, RTM has created a Sustainability Studio that focuses specifically on providing clean, efficient solutions to owners. The studio features a team of thought leaders in the engineering industry who possess the expertise and knowledge to consult on and design for sustainability in projects. This studio will help accommodate building needs as it comes to the changing demands in an environment of growing energy costs.
Partnering with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Energy Star®, RTM is dedicated to being a sustainable design leader.
RTM’s full range of sustainability services include:
Energy Modeling: Energy modeling is the virtual simulation of a building or facility that focuses on energy consumption, utility bills and life cycle costs of various energy-related items such as air conditioning, lights and hot water. When implemented, energy modeling helps building owners evaluate payback of green solutions like solar panels and photovoltaics, wind turbines and high-efficiency appliances. One key benefit is that it simplifies the design process and assists design teams in viewing the life cycle impacts of design changes, while comparing various design schemes.
Building Energy Quotient (bEQ): bEQ is a rating program based on American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air–Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) methodologies and standards with direct focus on building energy consumption. It provides building owners with strategies for improving a building’s operational and financial performance, while keeping the comfort of occupants at top priority. By using this program, building owners gain an understanding of intended building performance to objectively compare different buildings and to understand if a building is achieving its full designed potential. They also can discover new, unique, and cost-effective investment routes to help save money.
Commissioning: Commissioning is a cost-effective and risk-management strategy for reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings today and is a requirement to obtain a LEED certification. When working on a new project, the early involvement of a commissioning agent is vital to help ensure the inclusion of energy-efficient and operationally-based systems in the design phase. This aims to avoid costly maintenance or safety issues from surfacing in construction or occupancy. For existing buildings, a retro-commissioning process is carried out to identify systems with less-than-optimal performance and determines upfront costs versus operational savings for upgrading or enhancing these systems to increase performance.
LEED & Green Globes Administration: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes are certification programs for new and existing buildings that use a point and scorecard system. A project receives points if it adheres to a range of credits that focuses on water efficiency, energy usage, innovation, resource usage, and additional sustainability measures. Based on the number of points earned, a project achieves a corresponding rating level. The programs share an overall goal of achieving greener, more efficient buildings.
Energy Star Portfolio Administration: Through energy-efficient technologies and strategies for new or existing buildings, the program helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment. For a facility to earn the ENERGY STAR certification—achieved by scoring a 75 or higher on a 1 to 100 scale—a licensed professional is required to verify energy efficiency standards are being met and the building characteristics and functionality are reported accurately. Benefits for owners include lower utility bills, increased property value and the ability for owners to lease to federal tenants, who are required to lease only in ENERGY STAR-certified buildings.
Utility Incentive & Rebate Administration: RTM facilitates the process of implementing and providing knowledge to building owners about the existence of programs that support green initiatives and energy consumption reduction. These programs, offered by varying city, state and federal governments, aim to reduce the burden on utility companies. The team at RTM can determine all of the incentives for which a client qualifies and help prepare documentation and applications for each program. This in turn, reduces the high up-front costs associated with implementing certain energy strategies.
Are you trying to keep pace with the changing demands in an environment of growing energy costs? Call us at 847.756.4180.
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