Energy Decisions

The energy models we build reliably predict actual energy performance within 1-2%. We do this analysis first, so it can actively inform the project's design to achieve the best results given your goals and budget.

Freeing Energy Dollars for Higher Use

Screenshot of B3 benchmarking

According to the US Department of Energy, colleges and universities nationwide spend $14B on energy costs every year. By reducing greenhouse gas emissions through portfolio-based efficiency improvements, millions of energy dollars can be redirected back into education where they can positively impact student learning and development. Our work with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) demonstrates the value B3 benchmarking can help deliver. We identified $13.6M in savings across MnSCU's 22 campuses.

Energy Research
Exterior facade of MetLife Building

MetLife Reimagined

New York, NY

Workplace

Innovative envelope systems can transform both appearance and energy performance of existing as well as new buildings.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Feigenbaum Center for Science & Innovation

North Adams, MA

STEM

Educating tomorrow’s workforce in biotechnology, nanotechnology, engineering, and health care is of vital economic importance.

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College of Saint Rose

Centennial Hall

Albany, NY

Student Life

Performing at 39% below energy code, this residence hall is more efficient than 77% of the dormitories we're monitoring.

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Middle Tennessee State University

Science Building

Murfreesboro, TN

STEM

Tomorrow’s leaders in science education are testing experimental learning spaces today.

Latest Publications

The Value of Early Energy Analysis

by Jason Steinbock

Savings potential for new buildings increases when energy analysis is used early in the design process. In The value of energy analysis from design day one, featured in The New England Real Estate Journal, we show how our real-time energy modeling approach can increase energy savings for new buildings by 15%.

Energy Modeling as Sketching

by Chris Baker

Energy Modeling, like sketching, should be used throughout the design process to inform and shape the design. Just like a sketch can allow you to explore some detail without knowing all the other details, an energy model can let you see the impacts of different design choices. This allows promising ideas with strong potential energy savings to be incorporated early, but just as importantly, it allows ideas that have less savings potential to be considered, and abandoned early, letting the team focus on the ideas that will have the greatest cumulative savings, an attractive return on investment, or whatever other goal they are pursuing for the project. The true value of this approach is—when used early during design—we are able to find the optimal combination of strategies in real-time, during design meetings.

Benchmark Before You Audit

by Jason Steinbock

We’re seeing a growing trend in cities throughout the nation: mandating energy benchmarking as a way to achieve aggressive energy and carbon emissions reduction. We applaud the use of energy benchmarking as a way to prioritize buildings that have the most potential for improvement – in fact, we’ve been benchmarking buildings since 2004. In our experience, however, we have seen returns superior to those published in a report recently issued by the New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability.

Energy Decisions publications