Energy Performance Contract (EPC) Services
Energy Performance Contracts (EPC)
Having been implementing energy efficiency projects for over 25 years, we are a highly qualified engineering and architectural team that is fully committed to providing you with exceptional design, implementation guidance, energy-efficient solutions, innovative technologies, and carbon footprint reduction applications.
What Is An Epc?
An agreement for the provision of energy services, including, but not limited to, electricity, heating, ventilation, cooling, steam or hot water, in which a person agrees to install, maintain, and/or manage energy systems or equipment to improve the energy efficiency of, or produce energy in connection with a building or facility in exchange for a portion of the energy savings or revenues.
What Is An Epc In Plain English?
An agreement that allows the School District to take the dollars that would typically have been paid to your electric, natural gas and local fuel oil suppliers, and through the energy savings, invest that money back into the District’s buildings and infrastructure.
Typical Advantages Of An Epc
There are numerous advantages and benefits that an EPC may bring to you and your operations. Some of these include:
Guaranteed 18-year or less blended payback
Self-funding from a portion of the energy savings
Measurement & Verification to ensure guaranteed savings
Better control over contractors and sub-contractors
More control over product being installed
No Construction Manager typically required
No Change Orders typically
Improvements are considered “Contingent Expenses” – not subject to voter approval
Systems commissioned by the Energy Services Company (ESCO)
Extensive SED review – governed by NYS Energy Code
Most attractive when energy costs are higher
Reduced maintenance on new systems
Can save the District one third (1/3) or more on energy costs
Creates a positive cash flow via State Aid reimbursements
No out-of-pocket expenses to the District
Shows the public that the District is committed to reducing their carbon footprint.
Typical Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs)
- Lighting / Lighting Controls
- Condensing Boilers
- Gas Service Upgrades
- Burner Control Systems
- Domestic Water Heater Replacements
- Steam Trap Replacement
- DDC Temperature Controls / Demand Control Ventilation (DCV)
- Unit Ventilator (UV) Reconstruction/ Replacement
- Building Envelope Improvements
- Roof-mounted Solar Panels (PV)
- Carport / Canopy-mounted Solar Panels
- Wind Generation
- Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems
- Roof Insulation/Replacement
- HVAC Unit Replacement
- Window & Door Replacement/Window Film
- Chiller Replacement
- Computer Controllers
Perform a preliminary energy audit of the District
Prepare a Request for Proposals (RFP) tailored to District needs
Conduct a mandatory pre-RFP conference
Issue any required addenda / clarifications
Analyze RFP responses
Review proposals with the District and the Energy Services Company (ESCO)
Develop an Energy Savings Plan and negotiate scope
Provide weighted comparisons
Provide a recommendation letter to the Board of Education
Meet with the Board of Education to review findings
Prepare design documents for submission to SED
Prepare SED paperwork
Provide Construction Administration services
Conduct final punch-list inspection / Certificate of Substantial Completion
Supervise Measurement & Verification (M&V) process.
Is An Epc Right For You?
Evaluate your facility needs – and their potential for energy improvements – “Are your energy-saving opportunities enough to interest ESCOs?”
Decide what’s important to you. Based on the RFP process, ESCOs’ offers and services may vary considerably (project scope, financing, staff training, technical support).
Assemble a team – include maintenance, financial, legal, procurement staff – AND your current Engineer/Architect who knows your facilities well, in order to make informed decisions/selections and interact with SED on your behalf.
An Epc – Why Now? What Bbs Brings …
You are our long-term client = We protect your best interests
Knowledge of your District, staff capabilities and condition of your buildings
Vast experience with SED
Extensive LEED / CHPS experience
Fees paid for by guaranteed energy savings
Interest rates at historical lows (less than 3.00%)
Construction costs are very competitive currently
We are Mechanical & Electrical Design Engineers
Our Record With EPCs
“In our entire history of performing EPCs, we have never had a project where the client did not realize the energy savings guaranteed by the ESCO. The only instance where we have encountered a shortfall was when an ESCO was not able to secure the total amount of the guaranteed rebate, and had to write the District a check for the difference.”
Fred Seeba, PE, LEED AP, NCEES
Managing Partner / Director of Engineering