NCAT energy engineers can help ensure that your construction plan is as energy-efficient as possible.
We can work with your architect, engineers, and contractors to facilitate your energy project.
We do this by reviewing your design providing feedback regarding different systems or equipment that may meet your needs as they pertain to energy efficiency, operating and maintenance costs, and construction costs.
Our recommendations may include consideration of a different type of mechanical or electrical system, a modification to the planned system, or an upgrade of selected equipment to a more energy- efficient model. Our review typically occurs approximately halfway through your design phase.
Case Study – Missoula, Montana YWCA
NCAT assisted a family shelter housing project improve their design and reduce construction costs. The initial design included furnaces with economizer cooling, and NCAT provided a cost/benefit analysis of adding heat recovery ventilators. The results were surprising. Based on our models, the most cost-effective design included furnaces without economizers. We also counseled the building owners to change their original lighting design so that they are eligible for an additional $1,000 in local utility rebates. In total, we’ve identified and will help facilitate $28,000 in incentives for this facility.