Energy & Water Services

MEASUREMENT & VERIFICATION

Deploying an interactive utility Measurement and Verification (M&V) technology solution provides an organization with the ability to track, capture, assess, manage, alert and predict the energy consumption of their equipment and buildings. According to “The Carbon Trust”, implementing an energy M&V solution can reduce your energy consumption by at least 5% by identifying and verifying efficiency improvements. These technologies are key to a building’s life-cycle-management and continuous re-commissioning and can provide a return on investment in less than 18 months.

With the ability to manage the data captured, M&V technologies can provide early warning alerts for unexpected excessive consumption caused by equipment malfunctions, maintenance errors and other equipment abnormalities. In addition to savings realized through a reduction in consumption, additional benefits are realized with improved preventative maintenance measures that ensure the preservation of equipment and other building assets. This also adds to your bottom line by reducing/avoiding equipment maintenance and replacement cost and ultimately increasing your organization’s asset value. For building owners/operators and businesses there are other intangible outcomes that also add to your building’s bottom line. Smarter buildings improve building dynamics resulting in better indoor comfort and overall occupant well-being.

THE ENCOMPASS GROUP M&V and related services permit your organization to reduce energy consumption and cost through:

  • Automated electricity load control in response to electricity price spikes
  • Energy waste identification
  • Co-gen operations management
  • Advanced budgetary, energy consumption and cost reporting
  • Utility bill verification and error identification by linking your consumption to competitive and contractual energy prices
  • Power procurement and utility contract management

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENTS

Thomas L. Friedman stated in his book

We cannot continue the business as usual path. We need a green revolution and we need to focus on ET – Energy Technology -, based on renewable energy production and energy efficiency.

Energy and water management, itself, refers to the means to monitor, understand, control and reduce energy and water consumption. At Encompass we understand we are in a new era of resource efficiency – in fact, this new era is so critical to the way of life we know today that to do nothing would be catastrophic to future generations.

Utility management continuous improvement seeks to apply the same model that was successfully used, by industrial firms, to create a culture of continuous improvement in their quality and safety practices. The Encompass Group uses a systematic process to help our clients with their energy and water management continuous improvement goals, allowing them to achieve ever increasing levels of sustainability. Our process is modeled after the ISO and LEED “Plan-Do-Check-Act” (PDCA) standard – an integrated approach to sustainable operations and buildings. This standard provides a proven method for integrating resource efficiency into existing organisations and answers a key question for energy and water management practitioners – what framework will provide the best case for successful resource management within the organisation, achieve the desired buy-in at top management level, and implement a successful EnMS and Water Management System (WaMS).

It is critical to understand that the framework is not static in nature but that identifying energy and water usage and consumption, where it is wasted and where any resource saving measures can be maximized is a continuous process. The key feature of this model is that it is owned and fully integrated as an embedded management process within an organization. Energy and resource management consequences must be considered at all stages of the development process of new projects, but more importantly, these implications must be part of the change control process to ensure continuous improvements.

An energy management standard is needed to influence how energy is managed in an organization, thus realizing immediate energy use reduction through changes in operational practices, in support of EE technologies. Some of the supporting components of the Encompass Group PDAC process include:

  • Building Automation Systems
  • HVAC operations, maintenance & balancing
  • HVAC and air handling equipment
  • Thermostatic Control Systems
  • Electrical and mechanical equipment assessments & maintenance standards
  • Lighting upgrades
  • Refrigeration & Chiller Systems
  • Renewable Energy systems
  • Waste to Energy Systems

INSTALLATION & EXECUTION

As part of Encompass’ end-to-end project life cycle process, we ensure that our recommended energy and water management solutions are deployed, commissioned and accurately integrated into your existing infrastructure.

Whether it’s a simple retrofit project or a major initiative we can provide all the necessary services for your energy and water mechanical & electrical design-build, execution and project management requirements:

  • Mechanical & electrical building systems installations
  • Building controls & automation systems
  • Energy and water management systems
  • Energy load performance assessments

Evaluation

In order to clearly understand and identify the optimal energy and water efficiency solutions for our clients, our engineers must first conduct a detailed audit of the facility and match our findings with organizational energy and utility management objectives. The data and information gathered during the detailed audit and diagnosis of your energy and water infrastructure will form the foundation for developing a usage and consumption baseline. During this process, we will conduct an exhaustive analysis of the data collection systems and Energy Management Systems (EnMS). All systems will be cataloged, reviewed for their completeness and a data list will be generated to determine existing capabilities with identified data collection shortfalls.

Data collection must be granular to perform proper quantitative analysis to:

  • Maximize organizational interaction into real-time data capture
  • Provide accurate validation and verification for any new energy initiatives
  • Provide predictive alerts and modeling mechanisms to create an accurate decision-making matrix
  • Audit utility billing to validate consumption trends

Key outputs from this detail audit and data gathering process will include:

  • Documentation of all automated and manual collection systems.
  • A complete energy and water consumption and Intensity profile for your equipment and building.
  • Benchmarking energy and water operations and their direct relationship to cost and the impact it has on your organization.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Energy and water management, itself, refers to the means to monitor, understand, control and reduce utility consumption. So from a behavioral perspective, the collection of data and information provides input to raise awareness on the impact poor utility management has and will continue to have on your business or building. And although awareness deals with the behavioral component of energy management rather than the hard or capital-intensive aspects, nevertheless it is an important aspect of energy and water management – it shifts consumption from being a technology-only solution to one that attaches a level of ownership and personal responsibility and accountability to everyone within the organization.

From a behavioral perspective, energy and water efficiency usage are directly related to the conservation aspects of sustainability. In order to raise awareness and encourage behavioral changes, we must first establish an understanding of the baseline metrics – where is our starting point? Armed with this data and information, organizations will have a better understanding and awareness of the process and need for utility management and can turn their efforts to being more vigilant in their conservation management efforts.