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      For about two years Building Energy Helper has been providing high quality consulting services working on projects ranging from a few thousand square feet to hundreds of thousands of feet in size. We pride ourself on fast & reliable service at an unbeatable price. Our efficiency, passion, expertise, and very focused service listing all factor into our ability to offer services at such ultra competitive rates.
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FIND THE PAYBACK AND IMPACT OF YOUR PLANED TENANT IMPROVEMENT OR RETROFIT BY RUNING A LEVEL II (TWO) ENERGY AUDIT.

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Available: We are currently taking new projects, though space is limited.

  • Full energy simulation run with an industry leading software.
  • Building retro-commissioning ( using utility data to very accurately model your specific building)
  • Energy model saved file included in results.
  • We'll look for other hidden savings in your building.
  • Buildings with 6 months of utility data or older
  • If prescriptive method can be taken cost may be greatly reduced.
  • 5 Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) included for free, and each additional EEM is only $50 per building
  • Offices, Schools, Retail, Warehouses, Hospitals, and more

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Performance base compliance package deal. May change at any time.

  • Companies & Firms that are ordering for the first time, get an additional 50% off or up to $500 the price of a project. Just mention "FirstFifty" after order.

Service Details

Performance base compliance package deal. May change at any time.

Commissioning

Using your building's utility data we can create highly accurate models of how your building is using energy. This means we can get very reliable information about how well any of your upgrades will pay off. Also it means with a little more searching (included) we can uncover any hiding opportunities for savings with high ROIs.

High Quality Reports

Though most of our clients like to be in the loop throughout the project, they often find our summarized final reports can dramatically increase the value they provide to their clients. We can provide unique reports with information tailored to your needs. Reports are also generated for code specific necessities, so you have everything you need to ensure you'll pass the energy code.

Service Tailored To You

Often clients will have unique needs or concerns they need us to address. Our process has baked in flexibility so you get a product and service built around your projects requirements. Not only is our product flexible, but even the way you want to work with us is determined by to you. Want a hands off quick approach, no problem ( Take a look at our quick start page ). Or maybe you want a service were we work together through the project with full communication, great ( share your email with us or just send us one- contact@beplr.com ). 

Value On A Budget

We like to boast about our prices, because they are extremely competitive ( And they really are), but they are not low because we sacrifice quality of the product, or service. There are two reasons we are able to offer such low prices; first and foremost we are passionate about energy analysis, and want as much work as we can get, second is we have one of the most efficient processes out there for completing projects.

Features

  • Full energy simulation run with an industry leading software.
  • Very accurate models by retro-commissioning using real utility data.
  • included: 5 energy efficiency measures ( EEMs)
  • EEMs can be run on countless items such as roof & wall insulation, windows, lighting, HVAC, Building Shading, and more. They can uncover hidden savings potential, sometimes with terrific ROIs.
  • A high quality report of project's findings for both proposed and reference buildings as well as all EEMs & upgrade tests.
  • Flexible criteria and testing based on your concerns.
  • A high quality report of project's findings.
  • All finished models files set to you.
  • Dedicated & Educated person working on just your project.
  • All produced excel files, models, documents provided.

Service Description

We work with building owners, and or architects to find the best ways to complete their goals. Often clients will bring a proposed project for an upgrade to the building, and want to be sure its worth wile before they begin construction. Projects are typically things like, improved roof insulation, new or improved skylights, improved windows, a new HVAC system, and many more.
After we have received the necessary information about what their looking to do, and about the building itself, we begin. Using an industry standard energy analysis tool we model the basics of your building. After the base model is done its time for the utility data. By working backwards in a way we are able to calibrate our model to how you building actually uses energy. The result is that we get a very accurate predictor on how any changes to the building or usage will impact energy usage and cost.
Your proposed building change gets explored in-depth and we can deliver a variety of insights so you can make the most informed decision. The process can be very flexible, so we arrive at a simple yet affective solution. 

Technical Details

General aspects about this service

ItemValue 
Experience (sf)1,000,000+
Code expertiseASHRAE 90.1IECC
Software UsedeQuest
Reports generatedYES
Simulation Model GivenYES
Number of EEMs Included5
Refrence building modeledYES
Local Utility UsedYES
Professional Insurance$1,000,000
General Insurance$1,000,000

Frequently Ask Questions

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  • 1. How long does a typical energy code analysis project take?
     

    General Analysis Time -

    A small typical building energy code timeframe takes about a week (or 5 days). This can vary depending on what information is available. This process starts with you just contact us to get it started! 

    When Time Is Critical -

    Customer Projects are queued up as they are ordered, so if there is a large rush on your project its best to immediately, and start the process. If this is the case we would suggest checking out our quick start option (button below) as it can greatly improve project speed, AND can save you a lot of $$$$!

    Many Thanks,

    Brad

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  • 2. What is needed from the architect to complete a energy code analysis?
     

    General things that may be needed to complete a energy code analysis

    A typical energy code analysis for a commercial building needs the architect to supply information so the building can be simulated & modeled properly. There normally other ways to gather this information, but it is normally most efficient for the architect to supply it. Information comes as a document (DWG or a PDF), but could also come from the architect simply telling the energy consultant. A few things that are need is listed below, though not comprehensive, it contains most of the major items we need.

    Building energy code analysis needed information:

    • Floor Plans (PDF or DWG)
    • Sections (PDF or DWG)
    • Elevations (PDF or DWG)
    • Building Schedule (when it will be operated once its open)
    • HVAC info (Type, Sizing, and Efficiency)
    • Window properties ( Product name, or SHGC/U-value/VT)
    • Site Location
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  • 3. What are these different paths for passing energy code all about?
     

    Getting started - Understanding the paths to pass building energy code.

    Ok, so when dealing with energy code we keep hearing about these different paths or approaches for how our building can pass, but what are they talking about? We hear people say "Prescriptive" or "Performance" or  "trade-off".
    In general these are three different ways you can typically choose to pass the energy code. Yes, you get to choose which of the paths you go, but choose wisely! There are many trade-offs depending which route you go, especially on cost.

    Let's start with the most basic (and easiest to understand)

    The "Prescriptive" path is simply making sure all your building components are better then the minimum quality stated by code for your building type, construction, and location. Let's look at an example. Suppose your design had a insulation on the roof at R-20 (decent, but not great). Then you went and looked up what was required by the local energy code you found that your types of buildings needed a roof with R-30 or better! Using the "Prescriptive" path, you now need to upgrade the roof insulation for your design (and drawings) to R-30. Ok, now that, but for windows (SHGC, U-value), walls, doors, lights (interior & exterior), HVAC, and more.

    Next up, math!

    The "Trade-off" path is geared toward the shell or exterior of a building. It works as a giant summation where all parts of your design must be equal or less than all parts of the code minimum. So you may have worse insulation than the code says is the minimum, but if you have awesome amazing windows, you might be able to pass anyway. This is a pretty good path if not for two things. First is that collecting all that information to add up is not easy. Second is that most of the time we find the shell/exterior of the building is exactly where design are failing

    Technology to the rescue!

    The "Performance" based path is one that looks at your design as a whole building, and then says if we made a version of this building exactly to code, would it be better or worse? The key here is this allows for an efficient building component (say lights) to compensate for a totally different competent (say wall insulation). There are many, many ways to find efficiencies in a design. This approach lets designers uncover those potentials, so they can design the building they want to, while also helping the planet. Often this path requires a computer to simulate how the design will use energy.

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  • 4. The Difference between IECC and ASHRAE90.1
     

    So what is the difference between the IECC & ASHARE90.1?

    Well... not much in truth. Actually, the IECC often references ASHRAE90.1 by name. While there are sometimes subtle differences, If you have one under your belt, then you can probably tackle the other. 

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  • 5. What Happens If Our Design Wont Pass?
     

    Uh Oh! The Design Doesn't Pass Energy Code! Now What?? -

    This happens quite often. Energy usage is a complex matter with a lot of things impacting each other, as well as overall energy usage. After our full building energy analysis it becomes quite clear where the building stands. The GOOD NEWS however is that once we have run that analysis we can now easily go back and run tests to find the worst contributors as well as hidden opportunities. In almost every case a original design has failed, we have been able to find a relatively minor adjustment(s) that can make huge impacts. So don't worry, we are in this with you, and will make it our mission to find the best path forward for you & your design.

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