Can improving your energy efficiency actually advance your business objectives? Absolutely. There are many ways, both direct and indirect, in which energy efficiency can help your business reach its goals.
Business objectives related to energy efficiency include:
- Improved operational efficiency
- Reduced operating costs
- Improved product quality
- Improved air quality
- Improved tenant/occupant satisfaction
- Improved employee productivity
- Improved contribution to environmental protection & sustainability
- Improved corporate image
Benchmarking energy use in existing buildings is the first step to evaluating opportunities for reducing energy use and costs. Our Energy Engineers start by using the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool or Trane’s Energy Analyst software tool to determine a building’s Energy Use Intensity (EUI). The building’s EUI can then be compared to a database of similar buildings in the same climate region. Knowing that a building uses more energy than the majority of similar buildings is a convincing indicator of available energy savings.
A physical inspection, or audit, is the best way to identify opportunities for improving a building’s energy efficiency. The energy auditor looks for valuable information about building systems, operations and construction that may be opportunities for improved energy performance. The energy audit may be simply observing and taking notes during a “walk-through” (ASHRAE Level 1 audit) to identify rough costs and savings for Capital Energy Improvement Projects. Or, it may be as complex as electronically logging data on actual building performance, building an hourly simulation of energy use and providing a detailed analysis (ASHRAE Level III audit) for making investment-grade decisions.
Our energy engineers use Trane’s industry standard Trace 700™ software tool to simulate the effects of various Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) on a building and predict savings goals. In the hands of our factory trained and experienced energy engineers, the modeling tool applies hourly, regional weather data and utility rate data to detailed building models to provide accurate results.
LEED™ requires energy modeling to assess the energy use of a building and to quantify the savings. Energy modeling is also used to establish energy baseline data for our Boland BuildingLogiX energy dashboard applications that display real-time energy use versus energy performance targets.
Maintaining high-performance buildings requires ongoing data collection and analysis. Boland has over 25 years’ experience designing, installing and servicing building automation systems. Combining that experience with a collection of analytic software tools allows Boland to provide expert analysis of building performance. Such analysis will support the investment in and maintenance of LEED™ building certification and Energy Star scores.
Boland’s analysis arsenal includes:
- EnergyPrint™ – A web-hosted, cost-effective utility monitoring and analysis tool
- EcoRate Pro™ – A web-based dashboard featuring real-time, weather-sensitive energy performance predictions
- EnergyLogiX™ – A web-based dashboard providing real-time monitoring and targeted performance
- TrendView™ – A building automation system-enhanced trending and database tool. Think of it as “TIVO™ for your BAS”
- BACBone™ – A building automation system-enhanced trending and diagnostic tool
- Building Performance – A continuous analysis by automated system analytics and performance-driven recommendations and actions used for ongoing commissioning
Energy Solutions require an understanding of a facility’s energy use for heating and cooling, lighting and other uses. With the client’s objectives as a guide, an “Energy Solutions Plan” is developed to address energy upgrades and optimization of all building systems, including: lighting, building envelope, domestic water system, cooling, heating, and all plug loads. Once the Energy Solutions Plan is in place, Boland provides a comprehensive solutions proposal to facilitate implementation while achieving a positive impact on the client’s bottom line.
Working closely with our clients, Boland’s Project Development Team of experienced engineers provides cradle-to-cradle solutions for improving and maintaining building performance. These solutions may be simply programming and monitoring a modification to an energy management system, or developing a complex Performance Contracting solution. By choosing from a variety of Contract Vehicles and Project Financing options, performing expert Energy Engineering analysis and teaming with established industry partners, our Project Developers can engineer complex, comprehensive Energy Solutions projects for Project Implementation.
Your project will be handled from beginning to end by a single project manager with direct responsibility for adding value and completing the project on time. Boland project managers are technical experts in their fields, specializing in comprehensive solutions, complex mechanical turnkey and building automation systems.
Each project manager serves as the single point of contact for all things project related – communicating regularly about project scheduling, scope of work to be fulfilled, value added services, project quality and project safety. Our project managers are evaluated on project quality to ensure a flawless project experience for our clients.
Each project is assigned a project engineer who is responsible to validate that the client’s intent for the project will be met with the energy conservation measures, HVAC equipment, building automation system sequences of operation, and other value-added services proposed in the project scope of work. Boland project engineers are technical experts in their fields, specializing in mechanical systems design, energy optimization strategies, complex HVAC equipment and applications, energy management, building automation systems programming and systems integration.
Field Technical Specialists
Service is a people business, and our team of field technicians is critical to the success of each project. Our field technical specialists serve as the face of Boland at project sites, and provide expert installation, maintenance, retrofit and repair solutions.
Energy Management System Graphics Development
The Energy Management System is a window into the operation of your facility. Custom graphics help you to see and control the data that is important to you in real time. Our team of custom graphics developers can present your facility’s data according to your preferences. Standard 2D and upgraded 3D options are available.
“Energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest, and largest untapped solution for saving energy, saving money, and preventing greenhouse gas emissions.”
– U.S. EPA Energy Star website for Buildings and Plants
Retro-commissioning looks for energy efficiency opportunities by a detailed, systematic evaluation of HVAC, lighting, and electrical systems.
Any building, old or new, can operate inefficiently. Equipment might need to be serviced or replaced. Energy management systems may be outdated and not maintained. Building use may have changed from the original design. New buildings, after only a year or two of operation, might find equipment running when not needed or that temperature setting overrides have been forgotten. Benchmarking a building’s energy use intensity is a good indicator that retro-commissioning will pay off.
The retro-commissioning process begins with interviews of key personnel about the building operations, an examination of system documentation, and an Energy Audit of building systems and the building envelope. An optional detailed audit records measurements of building operating indicators. The findings from this information are presented in a formal report with recommendations for no-cost/
low-cost improvements and capital-investment improvements. During the Project Development phase, some or all of the recommendations are fulfilled by Boland’s Project Implementation team. To ensure the resulting performance improvements are not lost, Boland Analytics provides for ongoing commissioning.
Performance Contracting is a means to provide building improvements on a financed basis without a budget increase. The savings cash flow is typically structured to cover the amortized cost of construction, but service costs can also be included. Boland guarantees the energy and operational savings, and provides measurement and verification services to ensure that the projected savings are being achieved.
We can help you find the best way to finance your facility equipment or energy upgrade with our extensive network of financing options and providers.
Boland will work with you to evaluate financing options such as:
- Allocating utility savings to finance energy upgrades without increasing your budget
- Whether to use available capital funds or finance a project over time
- Applying for financing vehicles available to private, non-profit and governmental entities
These financing vehicles include:
Federal, State and Utility Incentives
Boland can help you apply for incentives that can pay up to 50% of a project, reducing the required capital outlay or financing required.
Federal and State Energy Efficiency Upgrade
We’ll investigate which tax credits may apply for your equipment/energy upgrade project, including Building Automation Upgrade projects.
Qualifying Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs)
An option for governmental and non-profit entities with bond issuance authority, QECBs are qualified tax credit bonds in which the bond issuer only pays back the principal (face value) of the bond and the bond holder receives a federal tax credit.
Our experienced bank partners are knowledgeable in the facility/energy efficiency arena and can help you explore numerous financing options, including:
- Tax Exempt Lease Purchase Agreement (maybe off balance sheet, depending on accounting regulations final outcome)
- Regular Lease Purchase Agreement
- Capital Lease
- Operating Lease
- Revolving Loan Funds
• General Services Administration - Federal Supply Schedule (GSA) This contract includes HVAC maintenance and repair; professional services including Project Engineering, Project Management and Project Administration, and supplying parts.
For more information on GSA contracts contact Marcy Jimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA’s) Boland has several BPA’s in place that allow for construction and service work. The benefit is that these contracts include cooperative purchasing provisions that allow for other municipal clients to benefits from these contracts, thus enjoying efficiency in procurement.
For more information on BPA’s contracts email Steve Beatrice at email@example.com.
Through our affiliation with Trane, Boland is able to provide our government, education, and healthcare clients preferred pricing through the contract methods below:
• The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) We are excited about our renewed partnership with TCPN. School districts now have additional opportunities to purchase world-class equipment and services, while taking advantage of the collective purchasing power of TCPN membership.
For more information on TCPN contracts email Patty Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
• Healthcare Group Purchasing Organizations (GPO’s) Through Trane, Boland has access to key GPO associations including MedAssets, Premier, and Novation.
For more information on GPO contracts email Steve Beatrice at email@example.com or visit: http://www.trane.com/commercial/north-america/us/en/markets/healthcare/industry-affiliations.html.