Services


  • Comprehensive Energy Audits

    Comprehensive Energy Audits

    The engineers at ERI have performed hundreds of energy audits for all types and sizes of facilities. We specialize in assessments of medium to large office buildings and take pride in helping our clients identify and implement cost effective energy solutions.

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  • Strategic Energy Management

    Strategic Energy Management

    Goal setting, teamwork, and continuous improvement forms the basis for ERI’s approach to Strategic Energy Management. Our team provides the tools and knowledge to facility staff, creating a culture shift within commercial and industrial facilities to allow deep understanding of how energy is used and how to manage it.

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  • Targeted Energy Assessments

    Targeted Energy Assessments

    ERI conducts focused assessments on specific equipment and processes. Our team will optimize the existing configuration or provide a comprehensive action plan to upgrade components for energy efficient operation.

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  • Building Energy Modeling

    Building Energy Modeling

    ERI provides modeling of building energy consumption to identify where and when energy is being used. Energy usage is broken down and quantified, allowing for extensive analysis of conservation opportunities. Energy efficiency measures can be modeled individually or altogether, allowing for customizable projections of energy savings.

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  • Renewable Energy and Storage

    Renewable Energy and Storage

    ERI will work with you to understand the self-generation and energy storage options available to enhance your energy reliability. When assessing self-generation options, we clearly assess the goals and challenges of each situation to develop a holistic energy and demand management approach.

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Energy Services

Comprehensive Energy Audits

The engineers at ERI have performed hundreds of energy audits for all types and sizes of facilities. We specialize in assessments of medium to large office buildings and take pride in helping our clients identify and implement cost effective energy solutions.

Obtaining a professionally performed energy audit is the crucial first step to a holistic approach of cost management for the operation of building, campus, or facility. Energy Resources Integration performs comprehensive energy audits which are tailored to each customer’s needs.

Each energy audit begins with a discussion to assess the owner’s and/or manager’s needs, and a conversation to understand the facility’s operation and identify any crucial areas. Then a detailed technical evaluation of the site and its energy consuming equipment is performed. After a discussion with key stakeholders of the potential no-cost, low-cost, and capital-intensive energy conservation measures, ERI professionals develop an audit report with a detailed description of the recommendations and their evaluation.

Focus

  • reducing the energy spend
  • reducing the energy usage
  • mitigating the carbon footprint
  • improving the building performance
  • identifying operational and maintenance enhancements
  • improving tenant satisfaction, operational and/or manufacturing conditions

Strategic Energy Management

Strategic Energy Management creates a culture of continuous energy improvement. This starts with company goals and management support, and is ultimately achieved by staff members as part of an energy team. Improvements are realized in various forms, from productivity to operational improvements across commercial and industrial facilities.

Elements of Strategic Energy Management that promote both short-term (O&M savings) and long-term (infrastructure development, capital savings) accomplishments include:

  • Data collection to obtain information needed to drive decision-making
  • Education & Training through workshops, activities, and hands-on projects
  • Measurement & Verification to quantify progress and confirm savings
  • Build upon achievements for continuous improvement

Strategic Energy Management gives participants the skills, tools, and motivation to find ways to address non- energy goals while at the same time saving energy. Understanding these non-energy benefits and framing the approach to address them is crucial in overcoming barriers. The cycle of continuous improvement (shown below) is driven forward by collaboration, ideas, engagement, and change.

Successful implementation of SEM is hinged upon empowering participants, driving change, and rewarding results.

ERI utilizes a dynamic workshop model with guest coaches, industry representatives, and subject matter expert speakers, to provide individual support for site activities. The ERI team consists of SEM experts (CP EnMS), M&V specialists (CMVP), industrial energy engineers (PE, CEM, DOE certifications), EM&V advisors, and education professionals.

ERI’s strategy includes key elements from Lean Six Sigma, such as the define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) approach, thus breaking complex problems down into simpler questions and forming steps to achieve progress. By integrating components of Lean Six Sigma with ISO 50001, change management techniques are coupled with energy coaching to emphasize energy and cost savings results.

The philosophy behind ERI’s SEM implementation model is:

  1. Make it simple: From workshop locations to the collection of data, the ERI team makes it simple for participants. This means that they do not have to figure the technical details out on their own.
  2. Make it engaging: ERI will provide a forum for them to discuss their ideas, questions, and challenges amongst their peers. Facilitation of this conversation is critical and will be achieved
    through various group activities, games, and collaborative assignments.
  3. Provide the tools: The tools are provided in the form of valuable information from guest speakers,
    learning materials, excel-based tools, and data collection / measurement tools.
  4. Hold team members accountable: The energy team is expected to make use of the resources provided, convert plans to action, and achieve savings targets. Regular one on one check-ins help to keep things on track: individual coaching provides added motivation, identifies areas for improvement, and highlights successes to build upon.

Targeted Energy Assessments

Obtaining a professionally performed targeted energy audit is the first step to determine the benefits, costs, trade-offs, and impact of an already identified improvement. Energy Resources Integration performs targeted energy audits, incorporating measurement and verification as necessary, which are tailored to each customer’s needs and specific goals:

  • Technology feasibility evaluation
  • Side-by-side equipment performance comparison
  • Life cycle cost analysis
  • Operational enhancements and controls changes
ERI conducts focused assessments on specific equipment and processes. Our team will identify optimization strategies for existing equipment configurations or provide a comprehensive action plan to upgrade components for energy efficient operation. Some examples include:

  • Chilled water systems
  • Boilers, hot water, and steam systems
  • Pumping systems
  • Compressed air systems
  • Refrigeration systems
  • Fans and blowers
  • Lighting

Building Energy Modeling

Building energy modeling provides a visual representation of building energy consumption to identify where, when, and how much energy is being used. Energy usage is broken down and quantified, allowing for extensive analysis of conservation opportunities. Energy efficiency measures can be modeled individually or comprehensively, allowing for customized projections of energy savings. Any proposed retrofits or controls modifications are analyzed to weigh the costs and benefits of such modifications.

The engineers at ERI have extensive experience with whole-building energy modeling for both retrofit and new construction projects. ERI staff work daily with building codes and bring this knowledge of design procedures to the design team. ERI has modeled a wide range of energy consuming systems including building envelope, HVAC, controls, lighting, motors, variable speed drives, transformers, insulation, windows and other building systems. All energy models are calibrated within 3% of the historical energy use for the building to ensure accuracy in the model. In addition, ERI ensures that all energy models are subject to an internal peer quality control review to allow for a consistent and thorough approach. After a baseline is established, the model is used to investigate various energy efficiency measures (lighting upgrades, HVAC retrofits, controls, building envelope, etc.) and cost effectiveness of projects is thoroughly evaluated.

Building owners and designers benefit from energy modeling by understanding the options available for optimizing building design to achieve energy savings and carbon reduction. The information provided by accurate energy modeling assists decision makers with a strategic energy reduction approach to pursue investments that have the greatest impact.


Renewable Energy and Storage

Our unique position in the energy sector enables us to provide unbiased guidance to a variety of organizations. We are able to undertake feasibility studies, strategic reviews, and provide planning advice to individuals, businesses, utilities, and developers.

ERI will work with you to understand the self-generation and energy storage options available to enhance your energy reliability. When assessing self-generation options, we clearly assess the goals and challenges of each situation to develop a holistic energy and demand management approach.

Our services include:

  • Renewable Generation Analysis
  • Onsite Generation Studies
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Renewable Impact Study
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Battery Storage Analysis
  • Thermal Energy Storage Analysis
  • Request for Proposal (RFP) Development
  • Bid Proposal Assessment and Review
ERI assesses viability for renewable technologies for both existing and new build sites. These include:

  • Solar photovoltaic panels
  • Solar thermal
  • Wind turbines
  • Ground source heating and cooling
  • Air-source heating and cooling
  • Hydroelectric power
  • Biomass boilers and stoves
  • Combined heat and power
  • Combined cooling heat and power