Efficiency Measure Analysis

Sun Tower

Client/Architect: Environmental Works
Project Size: 95,000 sf

Services

  • Utility Bill Analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • On-site Performance Assessment
  • Energy Metering
  • Model Calibration
  • Efficiency Measure Analysis

Sun Tower is a 200 unit, affordable senior living and assistance community located in the sunny heart of Washington State.  The developer and architect team, inspired by some of the work presented on the success of the Green Communities Project, engaged 360 Analytics to help identify and prioritize energy and water efficiency updates as part of a major renovation.  360 Analytics completed a site assessment, including a robust sampling of ventilation and water fixture flow rates.  Two years of energy, water, and solid waste utility bills were compiled, and degree-day regression models were developed to identify the heating, cooling, and base load energy flows.  Using the site measurements and energy monitoring data from past projects, the models were further refined to identify other end-use flows, such as elevators and hot water heating.  The analysis gave the owners and design team a better understanding how utility dollars were being spent, and is being used to prioritize retrofit funds. In addition, 360 Analytics design review led to identifying a suitable heat pump HVAC replacement option, available for a negligible additional cost over the electric resistance option.

 

HUD RAD Conversion Feasibility Study

Client: RMC Architects
Project Size: 434,000 sf (13 Properties)

Services

  • Utility Bill Analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • On-site Performance Assessment
  • Efficiency Measure Analysis

For this project, 360 Analytics assisted the architect and contractor in completing green physical conditions assessment and energy audits, an important component of the HUD RAD Conversion process. 360 Analytics completed on-site surveys, compilation of utility data, identification and modeling of green (efficiency) measures, and reporting in accordance with HUD program requirements. The project involved assessment and analysis of '12' different properties, comprised of over 450 units, most of which were individually metered. The tight timeline of completing all audits in 3 weeks required close coordination with the contractor and other team members. Independent of the Conversion, the owner now has a comprehensive assessment of their portfolio and a prioritized list of efficiency measures and anticipated costs.

Arbora Court

Image © Weber Thompson Architects

Image © Weber Thompson Architects

Client: Bellwether Housing
Architect: Weber Thompson Architects
Project Size: 125,000 sf

Services

  • Utility Bill Analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • Model Calibration
  • Informing Design
  • Efficiency Measure Analysis
  • Seattle Energy Code Compliance

The Arbora Court Apartments is a project being realized by Bellwether along with University Christian Church (UCC). It is a new, 133 unit affordable, housing project planned for the bustling University District of Seattle. Leveraging a grant from Enterprise Green Communities, Bellwether Housing assembled a robust team of consultants, designers, and a contractor, Walsh Construction, to develop and evaluate a large package of energy, water, and waste saving strategies early in the design. 360 spearheaded the utility bill analysis of two, recently built, similar buildings in the owner’s portfolio, and used the existing building information to inform and tune the occupant dependent loads assumed for the UCC design analysis. The eQUEST energy model developed by 360 for the project was used to calculate the savings of over 30 different efficiency measures, bundled into multiple packages. 360 worked closely with Bellwether and Walsh to compile the construction costs, utility costs savings, and utility incentives into a comprehensive financial analysis.

North Country SPCA

Photo Credit: North Country SPCA

Photo Credit: North Country SPCA

Client: ARQ Architects
Architect: ARQ Architects
Project Size: 5,000 sf

Services

  • Efficiency Measure Analysis

The North Country SPCA is a high performance animal shelter for homeless animals in Essex County, New York.  High ventilation rates are critical to the health and happiness of building occupants, human and animal alike, but present a unique challenge in the extreme New York climate.  High efficiency heat recovery ventilators, radiant floor heating, efficient lighting and solar hot water heating all contribute to this highly efficient animal shelter.

Lyon Building

Sector: Non-Profit
Client: Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC)
Project: 67,000 sf

Services

  • Utility Bill Analysis
  • Benchmarking
  • On-site Performance Assessment
  • Informing Design
  • Efficiency Measure Analysis

The Lyon Building is a historic landmark, as well as a hub for housing and community services in downtown Seattle. The building includes two stories of office and clinic space for the DESC organization, as well as common space and 64 apartments for formerly homeless men and women affected by HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and addiction.

360 Analytics worked closely with the contracting team to identify and analyze a range of energy and water efficiency measures that could be incorporated during a major renovation. By analyzing utility bills, 360 illustrated to the owner and design team where resource costs were being expended. From there, using past experience and information gleaned form site surveys, packages of good, better, and best retrofit improvements were developed. 360 modeled the costs savings for each measure, and when combined with the contractor’s cost estimating, the design team was able to make informed recommendations to the owner. Major renovations were completed in 2016.