Renewable Energy Systems for Contractors, Builders, and Architects
The US residential construction industry has been in a downturn for the past five years. Unfortunately, no one can accurately predict when the industry will recover. The new construction slump does, however, provide an exciting opportunity for retrofitting existing buildings with renewable heating and cooling systems.
Energy Environmental Corporation believes the highest impact a design professional can make on the energy performance, comfort, and safety of the homeowner is to take a holistic approach to integrated architecture. Building professionals design, implement, and maintain affordable renewable technology systems into building designs in the planning stage, under construction or retrofit. These holistic systems deliver high energy efficiency, superior indoor air quality, and unparalleled occupant comfort. As a partner in the integrated design/build team, EEC mitigates the risks associated with environmentally responsible projects. EEC’s participation can increase a client’s top line through increased scope of sales, and improve the bottom line by value engineering the most cost-effective solution to meet client needs.
EEC’s employees have delivered “High-Performance Systems for Low-Energy Homes” seminars to hundreds of design and construction professionals throughout the United States. These seminars provide valuable industry knowledge and insight to architects, engineers, and contractors.
Benefits for Professionals
Key benefits of Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs):
- Simultaneous heating of the building shell and cooling of the core.
- Very quiet – most occupants cannot hear the system operating.
- Easily designed multiple zones—with each room having its own temperature control.
- More flexible building designs that allow a 50-80% smaller mechanical room.
- Minimal outside equipment which reduces vandalism and eliminates roof-top units.
- Maintenance-free ground loop pipes with 50-year warranties by pipe manufacturer.
- All-electric utility service.
- Reduced maintenance and higher reliability for boilers and chillers.
GSHPs save money as a result of:
- Competitive up-front costs and lower lifecycle costs than conventional HVAC systems.
- Lowered energy consumption by 25-50%.
- Lowered peak demands which lower operating costs.
- Water-heating using waste-heat recovery which incentivizes extreme temperatures.
- Significantly increased ROI from attractive tax credits, rebates, and accelerated depreciation.
Green environmental benefits of GSHPs:
- Carbon off-setting through the absence of fossil fuels.
- Minimized ozone layer destruction from maintenance-free sealed refrigeration systems.
- Heat transference through ground loops without external venting or air pollution.
- The use of renewable energy to provide over 70% of the energy for heating and cooling.