Integrated design-build energy-efficiency projects mean long-term energy savings and improvements for your commercial, industrial or institutional facility's energy infrastructure. Our staged approach to integrated energy-efficiency projects accounts for the interaction among all the energy flows in a building and produces a systematic plan for upgrades that increase energy savings. Each stage includes projects that will affect projects in future stages; the overall process results in the greatest possible energy and cost savings. SmartWatt's unique approach extends to K-12 school and Community College projects in California under Proposition 39. To learn more, click the button below.
The first stage of our building upgrade process is typically retrocommissioning, because it provides an understanding of how closely the building comes to operating as intended. It helps our teams identify improper equipment performance, what equipment or systems need to be replaced, opportunities for saving energy and money, and strategies for improving performance of the various building systems. In some situations, we'll leave the monitoring equipment from the retrocommissioning process in place to allow for ongoing diagnostics. The retrocommissioning process can lower building operating costs by reducing demand, energy consumption and time spent by management or staff responding to complaints, often via low or no-cost measures. It can also increase equipment life and improve staff satisfaction by increasing the comfort and safety of the building's occupants.
SmartLighting Projects: The Right Light, at the Right Place, at the Right Time®
The easiest way to save energy is to replace energy-guzzling fixtures with ones that do the same job with less. By making sure you're using the right type of lighting when and where you need it, we can help you dramatically reduce the amount of energy you use.
As the single most effective way to achieve dramatic energy savings in commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, SmartLighting upgrades are key to SmartWatt Energy's second-to-none integrated energy-efficiency projects. Simply replacing inefficient lighting and adding lighting controls can offer lighting energy savings of more than 90 percent.
Our industry-leading lighting upgrades range from re-lamp and re-ballast projects to fluorescent and LED lighting replacement projects. Signature features range from basic motion controls to state-of-the-art wireless mesh network control systems that are scalable across all types of lighting and facilities.SmartWatt's SmartLighting Benefits:
- Maximum energy savings from high-efficiency lighting and controls
- Fully integrated lighting control systems with occupancy sensors, time scheduling, daylight dimming, bi-level switching and demand limiting technology
- Improved working conditions
Mechanical Projects: Upgrades That Pay Off
Whether you replace equipment or add more efficient components, upgrading your mechanical systems—heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC), energy management systems, variable frequency drives (VFD), electronically commutated motors (ECM), steam traps, heat reclamation, Combined Heat and Power (CHP)—will have a significant reduction on your costs.
More than 30 percent of the energy consumed in commercial, industrial and institutional buildings goes to HVAC, making these systems an important component in reducing operating and energy costs. We identify and eliminate inefficiencies in HVAC equipment, such as chiller systems, boilers, furnaces, rooftop units, air-handling units, ventilation, exhaust systems and duct-work.
Energy Management Systems and Controls
A building that is not occupied 24-hours per day does not require continuous heating, cooling and ventilation. By adding an energy management system and controls, you can produce trend analysis, annual consumption forecasts and facilitate energy usage management across facilities. The automation and control of energy-consuming equipment, through equipment scheduling, demand-limiting technology and other methods, significantly lowers energy costs and reduces unnecessary wear and tear on equipment, reducing maintenance costs.
By using VFDs, you can automatically control motor speed to achieve desired output. This results in a more efficient use of fans and pumps, including compressors, circulating pumps, dust collection systems, ventilation systems, evaporator fans, ventilation fans and cooling towers.
With an ECM, power is pulsed on and off electronically with semi-conductor devices. By varying the timing and duration of pulses, you benefit from speed control while maintaining high torque at start and over a broad speed range.
Approximately 15 to 25 percent of steam traps in existing facilities are leaking, representing opportunities to save hundreds to thousands of dollars on energy and water at a single site annually. In addition, optimizing steam traps offers a considerable potential for improving the steam usage for heating and other energy needs in a facility, further cutting energy costs.
Industrial ovens and equipment produce substantial amounts of waste heat during normal operation. This waste heat is typically released into the environment. But we can implement systems to recover it, allowing you to use it for space heating or preheating certain pieces of equipment. That's another way we can save you heating energy costs.
CHP systems are an efficient on-site power system that burns natural gas to generate a portion of a facility's power. The power produced by these systems can be delivered through various mediums, from hot water for space heating to hot water systems or steam for industrial uses.
Our Triple-Win Approach
We bring together all the necessary criteria—best-in-class engineering, state-of-the-art technology and customer-focused project management—to develop a new operations paradigm. Our adherence to best practices delivers a triple-win of maximum economy, functionality and sustainability.