360 Engineering considers energy efficiency and sustainability on every project we design. Whether the goal is optimizing the long-term total cost of ownership, highlighting building sustainability for tenant marketing, achieving net zero energy use, or reducing energy consumption within a tight budget, we have the tools and experience to achieve it. And with energy codes becoming stricter every year, good energy design practices are no longer optional. Our LEED and WELL Accredited Professionals, commissioning authorities, and ASHRAE-certified High-Performance Building Design Professionals (HBDPs) provide a range of energy-related services and evaluations including energy audits, energy modeling, commissioning, retro-commissioning, and building envelope material performance comparisons.
When approaching a new project, we first work to understand and help define the energy goal(s). Based on the specific goals, we develop a strategic, holistic approach for accomplishing them. Our team works closely with the architect, other design team members, and the contractor to make the entire facility energy efficient — not just the mechanical system.
One of the most impactful decisions early in design is the selection of the mechanical system. While specifying more expensive mechanical equipment often results in increased efficiency, there is much more to consider. Sometimes this best choice is obvious, based on project location, use, and goals, but more often it is not so clear-cut. Drawing on our team’s extensive experience across a wide range of markets and climates, 360 Engineering walks each client through the pros and cons of a variety of options, from packaged rooftop units to geothermal heat pumps. In as much depth as each client desires, we present differences clearly, covering first cost and energy efficiency, as well as comfort, performance, and maintenance.
Acting in the building owner’s interest, 360 Engineering offers commissioning services, from pre-design through construction and into occupancy, or retro-commissioning, working to improve the efficiency of your existing building’s equipment and systems. Our diverse commissioning options range from minimum code requirements to LEED Enhanced, and many levels in between. Leading communication, documentation, and verification, our commissioning agents will coordinate with the owner, design team, and contractor, following a structured quality assurance process resulting in a building that meets the owner’s requirements.