03/28/2014

Energy Calculations Made Easy

Simplified calculations streamline feasibility analysis

 

Building owners have inquiring minds – they want to know the exact return on any potential energy investment. And consulting engineers are perfectly happy to be paid for exhaustive calculations. But are these necessary in the feasibility stage?

A simple “no” is the answer of engineer Richard Vaillencourt, author of Simple Solutions to Energy Calculations (233 pages, Fairmont Press). The book provides simplified calculations to streamline feasibility analysis so that readers can answer another question: Should I drop this project or dig deeper?

Key topics include the walk-through audit, lighting, pumps, fans, motors, insulation, fuel switching, heat recovery, HVAC, and sample energy calculations. The fifth edition includes new material on how to evaluate energy service companies (ESCOs) and their performance and savings guarantees.

As the book points out, some energy calculations are quite easy, while others are extremely difficult. The trick is knowing which you need based on the stage of decision making. The author readily advises readers not to “bet your job on the exact value of the savings calculated from these equations.” But if you want to simplify without oversimplifying – and avoid paying a consultant $200 per hour for feasibility work – this book may provide the tools for you.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Yaskawa drives offer quality performance for air handlers and cooling towers on the roof to secondary chilled water pumps in the basement

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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