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Pre-Project Preparation

When taking on an energy efficiency project turnkey for a client, we have learned that it is imperative that we and the client explicitly understand the goals of the project and EKG understands what their deliverables are at the endgame. We usually find that there has been "much" misinformation presented to the client for the benefit of selling a product service. EKG's approach is that we represent the client by being hardware and service neutral, i.e., we are not selling a specific brand of equipment or service. For this reason, we will have multiple conversations with the prospect client before starting a project and, depending on the complexity of the project, visit the facilities.

After discussing the project goals and deliverables, the next step is to develop a common sense Scope of Work (SOW) and provide you with a proposal. We will ask for a list of all the buildings to be included in the project and pertinent data for each building and for a minimum of 12-months of all utility bills and/or a historical consumption dataset from the utility company serving each building. From this starting point, EKG will build a proposal for your review, negotiation and acceptance.

Once committed to the SOW, we ask that you respond to a detailed pre-project checklist. The list is a compilation of questions about logistics, requests for blueprints and building layouts, operating times, schedules of equipment, etc. There are also several administrative questions such as points-of-contact, building access, secure areas, use of cameras, etc. We have found that if we address these issues and questions prior to beginning the project, the work flow and coordination is significantly enhanced making the project success much easier to achieve.

TEAM Implementation

Now it is time to begin the core effort of the project by implementing our TEAM (Total Energy Action Model) methodology. Years of experience are behind this simple, yet flexible common sense approach that will systematically reduce utility and operations costs in your facilities. The TEAM approach implements a series of organized phases based on sound energy engineering principles and strategies.

Phase 1 Develop a Scope of Work (SOW) so all goals and deliverables are 100% understood by everyone. Review, negotiate and commit to the SOW under a contractual agreement.
Phase 2 Complete pre-project checklist. Interview all staff and management to gain a complete understanding about how the facilities are operated.
Phase 3 Obtain 12+ months of utility bills to establish a benchmark for each building using the Energy Use Indices (EUIs) kBtu/ft2 and $/ft2. Install our overlay data system to determine how well each building is "performing" by evaluating each building's interval load profile graphs.
Phase 4 Complete the applicable ASHRAE energy study concurrent with an EBCx evaluation and assessment. The level of ASHRAE energy study will be determined when developing the SOW.
Phase 5 Begin the methodical EBCx process which will start bringing your building back into calibration while decisions are being made about which Energy Reduction Measures (ERMs) are economically viable to implement or install.
Phase 6 Implement Energy Reduction Measures (ERMs) and opportunities determined most economically viable.
Phase 7 Install the appropriate EKG data system to ensure long-term measurement and verification (M&V). To achieve this goal, the building will be monitored and alarmed (M&A) so the building does not "creep" out of calibration and depart from the new, lower benchmark established by completing the EBCx methodology and implementing the selected ERMs.