Our energy modeling experts can evaluate your existing model to assist in resolving issues or they can provide start-to-finish energy modeling for your building projects. Familiar with all of the ASHRAE requirements, if an energy model is required for your LEED project, or you need to meet the International Green Construction Code and California Title 24, our modelers are ready to help.
Our modelers use Energy Modeling tailored to your project’s needs and can simulate multiple options for your building, to determine the cost-effectiveness of a proposed strategy, from mechanical systems to wall construction, or to provide an estimate in the reduction of energy use based on design options or energy efficiency improvements.
ASHRAE Level 1, 2, & 3 Energy Audits
Our energy specialists can provide an energy assessment of your building to identify opportunities to reduce energy use and help reduce your overall carbon footprint. The process begins by conducting an energy usage analysis. Typical analyses require a review of 36 months of utility data to determine energy usage patterns and trends. This review will allow for a comparison of the property being analyzed to similar facilities nation-wide using the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data. Based on this outcome a recommendation will be made as to which type of audit should be performed. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) provide standards for 3 different types of audits through the ASHRAE 211 standard:
ASHRAE Level 1: WalkThrough Analysis/ Preliminary Audit
ASHRAE Level 2: Energy Survey and Analysis
ASHRAE Level 3: Detailed Analysis of Capital Intensive Modifications
Utility Bill Audit
Billing errors and changes in rates and plans can go unnoticed for much longer than they should. This results in over-spending on utility bills. The expert team at 3R will conduct a thorough analysis of your utility/energy invoices to uncover errors and help you discover rate plans that may generate further savings. Through analyzing the history of water and energy bills, normalizing consumption errors with typical usage patterns, and determining the billing calculation methods used by the utility company, 3R can help ensure you are not being overcharged by your utility company and identify past overcharges that can be used to recover overpayments.
WELL Performance Evaluation
2030 Districts & Pittsburgh’s Benchmarking Ordinance
As a 2030 District sponsor and local sustainability consultancy, 3R Sustainability is proud to be among and support Pittsburgh’s leading organizations in the largest 2030 District. The District members’ commitment to driving measurable progress toward the 2030 reduction goals will result in a more sustainable, resilient, and prosperous region.
Pittsburgh is our home and we are committed to making the city an even better place to call home! 3R can assist you in reporting and reducing your energy and water usage with Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager as a part of the requirements of the benchmarking ordinance for the city of Pittsburgh. The ordinance broadens the voluntary program, known as the Pittsburgh 2030 District, which aims to cut energy and water usage by half by the year 2030. The gallery of images to the left shows the Pittsburgh 2030 District, that have voluntarily committed to reporting. Buildings that are now required to report include non-residential buildings of 50,000 SF or greater within Pittsburgh city limits. Contact 3R today if you have questions or need assistance reporting!
Arc is a building utilities analysis tool in which buildings can input their data to benchmark themselves and improve performance. Arc is for LEED certified buildings and for projects that are not yet certified but looking to improve sustainability and human health and take steps toward earning LEED certification. Ultimately, Arc will eliminate complexities and barriers that will enable you to make smarter decisions. The 3R team can assist with data input and can help you develop strategies based on performance.
The 3R commissioning experts bring years of experience in design, new buildings, and retro commissioning. Our team can verify that your Owner’s Requirements and the Basis of Design are followed to ensure your building performs to the optimum level of your design in either Fundamental Commissioning and Verification or Enhanced Commissioning plans.