Building Energy Modeling (BEM)
This versatile, multipurpose tool can be used for retrofit or new building design, green certification, code compliance, and qualification for tax credits and utility incentives building control. BEM is used in large scale analyses to develop building energy efficiency codes and inform policy decisions. Harris Energy Solutions LLC also offers ResCheck and ComCheck modeling capabilities. The majority of HES experience is within the multifamily sector as well as residential, retail remodel, and multi-use building renovations and new construction projects. HES has performed over 50+ models over the past two years. HES is also a proud participant of the Austin Energy Green Building. HES is in the process of becoming a qualified energy consultant for Austin Energy, pay for performance partner for BPU and NJ Clean energy program.
Renewable Energy Consulting
With the continuing rise of energy costs in the U.S., renewable energy applications, including solar, wind, and biomass technologies, are the driving market to the commercial, industrial, and residential industries. Utility and State incentives, combined with the federal government’s renewable energy tax credits, make solar PV a viable alternative to creating electricity in most states.
HES’s energy professionals have ten years and over 40 megawatts of experience with renewable energy projects in New Jersey and New York. HES’s certified energy managers offer the following renewable energy consulting services:
- Renewable Energy Feasibility Study
- Prepare RFQ and/or RFP for the implementation of a renewable energy system
- Prepare RFQ and/or RFP for a Power Purchase Agreement for a renewable energy system
- Review proposals and recommend to the client the energy provider(s) who has the resources necessary to implement the renewable energy strategy
- Monitor renewable energy systems on an ongoing basis
To properly take advantage of the restructuring of the electric industry, public and private entities need to create an Energy Master Plan. A facility-wide Energy Master Plan is an essential component of controlling energy costs in the deregulated energy market. The creation of an Energy Master Plan begins with understanding and knowing your facility. HES’s energy efficiency analysis services create a win-win solution on multiple fronts for our clientele. It can save businesses money, increase employee comfort, and protect the environment.
HES provides energy efficiency audit services for a variety of building types and industries. Along with the audit services, staff members are experienced in evaluating existing equipment and building systems and recommending energy efficient alternatives. We are also familiar with a variety of rebate and incentive programs available to the building owner.
Commissioning Services provide building owners with an assurance that what they pay for is exactly what they are getting. Our Certified Commissioning Agents work to ensure that our clients receive an unbiased, objective view of the building system’s installations, operation, and performance. Our commissioning process will deliver an assurance that the mechanical systems have been installed per the contract documents and operate within the energy efficient performance guidelines set out in the Owners Project Requirements and the Basis of Design.
Greenhouse Gas (GHG)
As a subset of air permitting services, HES also performs evaluations of a facility’s GHG profile. In that profile, all equipment and processes of the facility and its occupants are reviewed, and all sources of GHG are measured and calculated against a baseline year with recommendations on “greener” practices to reduce GHG emissions. Direct emissions are those created onsite, like running a boiler. Indirect GHG emissions are made elsewhere, but on behalf of the facility, such as the emissions created when the electricity used at a facility is generated.
Benchmark today and save for tomorrow! HES can assist through benchmarking by identifying underperforming buildings to target for efficiency improvements. As long as your building systems are running, it might seem wasteful to repair or replace working systems. But benchmarking can reveal if your building is using a lot more energy than similar buildings — and wasting energy and money in the process. Benchmarking can help identify best practices from efficient buildings. Benchmark to find out which buildings in your portfolio are the most efficient, and then work with the teams at those buildings to replicate energy-saving practices at underperforming buildings. In addition, HES will help set investment priorities. HES recommends using the built-in financial tool within Energy Star Portfolio Manager allows you to compare cost savings across buildings in your portfolio. Use it to help decide how to allocate capital and maximize financial returns in energy efficiency.
In addition, HES’s president is also a HERS Rater and National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Verifier.
In the modern world, businesses are being held accountable more than ever before for their social and environmental impact. But as people become more aware of this growing need to develop environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts in their business practices, many questions remain unanswered; namely: “How do I maintain the value of my company while minimizing any negative impact it has on people and the planet?” Or even better: “How do I increase my company’s profits while actively benefiting the world at large?” The Harris Energy Solutions LLC team brings years of collective experience in consulting for a wide range of business operations: from strategic planning to competitive market research to designing optimal solutions for synthesizing sustainability goals with growth and innovation. With previous work advising in both the public and private sectors, we are confident that we will be able to help your organization reach its next level with respect to both profits and meaningful impact on the planet. Together, we can find solutions that work for you in the face of some of the biggest challenges that the global community is facing.
Understanding the energy industry and technical components associated with reducing one’s carbon footprint is only half the battle. The other significant challenge that most utility providers and buildings owners are facing is spreading this information to the people who need it most. Harris Energy Solutions LLC is adeptly experienced in providing specialized training services to end-users of all backgrounds: from utility partners to building owners and operators to residential and commercial contractors. HES associates have provided training for key stakeholders in large municipalities such as New York City and New Orleans and we recognize that no effort to communicate the importance of energy management and how to effectively do so is too big or too small. Our experience has included: teaching homeowners how to cut down on their energy spending, instructing building operators on how to use newly commissioned equipment, and guiding key municipal decision-makers on the best practices for maximizing their budget and cutting their carbon output.