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AMEL Technologies, Inc. provides green building design consulting services, including:
HVAC and plumbing design consulting
Our services include study, planning, design, construction documents preparation, and cost estimates for commercial and residential HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection systems. We specialize in providing resource conserving HVAC and plumbing designs that meet, or exceed, the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating systems.
Building energy use modeling
With buildings comprising 40% of total U.S. energy consumption, creating energy efficient buildings is critical. Energy modeling is a useful, cost-effective tool for predicting the energy use of a new building design or for evaluating the effectiveness of energy conservation measures to be implemented in existing buildings. An energy model can help projects earn up to 10 credits under the LEED NC v2.2 rating system.
Energy feasibility studies
Typically, there are many different measures that can be taken to increase the operating efficiency of an existing building. These measures result in different energy and cost savings. An energy feasibility study provides an evaluation of existing building HVAC, plumbing and lighting systems to identify and prioritize energy conservation measures.
Energy benchmarking is a method of evaluating building performance relative to similar buildings in similar climates. When a building is found to consume more energy than its peers, we identify and recommend cost-effective measures to reduce building energy consumption by predicting the potential energy savings from equipment upgrades.
Energy audits are typically conducted as a precursor to energy feasibility studies or benchmarking. An audit determines the current energy use of an existing building, providing insight into where energy is being used. This in turn allows for the identification of feasible measures that will provide the greatest energy savings.
Life-cycle cost analysis
In the past, the building industry was concerned with the up-front cost of construction. A more sustainable, modern approach is to consider the operating cost, in addition to the construction cost, over the life of the building. Life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) is an economic methodology to determine the total cost of construction and operation over a building lifetime. LCCA can be performed for a whole building or for individual building systems, and can help identify the most cost-effective means of reducing building energy consumption. We offer LCCA both as a stand-alone service and in combination with our other services.
In addition to consulting, we conduct research related to building systems to push the boundaries of existing technologies and provide clients with current, innovative design alternatives. Go here for more information about our research endeavors.