NORESCO's Sustainability Services group is comprised of our sister companies Architectural Energy Corporation (AEC) and Dome-Tech, Incorporated. (Dome-Tech).

Founded in 1982, AEC is a leading energy engineering and sustainable design consulting firm, providing clients with peak building performance over the life of their facilities. AEC is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with additional locations in San Francisco, CA; Fairfax, VA and Springfield, MO.

Since 1989, Dome-Tech has been providing world-class energy engineering and professional consulting services to help its clients optimize performance of building systems, reduce energy consumption and emissions production, manage energy expenses, and improve overall efficiency and operational sustainability. Dome-Tech is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, with offices also located in New York City and Mount Laurel, NJ (serving the PA/MD/DE region).

Sustainable Design and LEED Consulting Our sustainable design consulting services identify and integrate viable sustainable design strategies into projects to optimize overall energy and environmental performance. We offer breadth and depth of expertise and experience, the ability to work collaboratively with all stakeholders and project team members, and exceptional energy and daylighting analysis capabilities. We promote an integrated sustainable design process starting with a sustainable design workshop / charrette. Bringing all primary stakeholders and team members into the planning and design process early sets the stage for the effective integration of sustainable design principles and strategies into all aspects of a project. Read more.

We provide the full spectrum of sustainable building services to carry a project from pre-design through design, commissioning, LEED® certification, and measurement and verification of energy savings. We customize our scope of work to fit project needs and offer cost-saving efficiencies by keeping multiple scopes under one roof.

LEED® Consulting
With decades of experience in sustainable design consulting, we bring more to the table than just our knowledge of LEED® credits. We go the extra mile to ensure you get a high-performance building of enduring value, while achieving LEED certification.

Our sustainability group has collaborated on more than 250 LEED certified projects worldwide. We have in-house experts in order who offer a full package of LEED services including LEED certification consulting, sustainable design charrettes and consulting, energy modeling and analysis, daylighting modeling and analysis, both fundamental and enhanced commissioning, and measurement and verification. Keeping multiple LEED-related scopes of work under one roof offers our clients greater efficiencies through clear lines of communication and less time needed for coordination between consultants.

We identify and integrate viable sustainable design strategies into new construction and existing buildings. We advise and work with building owners and design teams each step of the way from pre-design through construction, and we organize the preparation and online submittal of LEED documentation to obtain LEED certification. We offer sustainable design/LEED charrettes at the outset of a project. These charrettes are a collaborative process for design professionals and building owners and managers to establish project goals for sustainable design and energy efficiency, and provide a preliminary assessment of the project using the LEED rating system. By engaging our clients from early in the design process, we are able to provide sustainable design guidance to project teams to optimize energy and environmental performance.

We have experience with all LEED rating systems and numerous project types. The current LEED 2009 rating systems include:
  • LEED® for New Construction & Major Renovations
  • LEED® for Core & Shell
  • LEED® for Commercial Interiors
  • LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
  • LEED® for Schools
  • LEED® for Homes and LEED® for Homes Midrise Pilot
  • LEED® for Retail: New Construction
  • LEED® for Retail: Commercial Interiors
  • LEED® for Neighborhood Development
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Modeling and AnalysisEnergy Modeling & Analysis
Energy modeling allows design teams to evaluate alternative energy-saving solutions to find the best fit for each project.

We take into account the complex interactions between building components and systems using an integrated whole-building modeling approach through the energy modeling process. We identify and evaluate architectural, mechanical, and electrical energy-saving design strategies. We help design teams weigh alternative strategies for improving building performance; reducing operating costs; and complying with energy-performance goals, local or state energy requirements, or LEED® credits. Read more.

Our Sustainability Services group uses state-of-the-art building energy analysis software, including DOE-2, EnergyPlus, and IES-VE. Working from 2-D or 3-D CAD or Revit files, we create a model of the proposed building design using the most suitable software tool depending on project objectives and technical details.

First, we create an initial baseline model for comparison. Then, alternative design solutions are simulated by changing building attributes including building orientation, envelope insulation levels, wall and roof construction, glazing properties, shading strategies, lighting system designs, mechanical system design, and other variables that influence the energy performance of the building. Modeled energy performance and life cycle cost analysis can then inform the optimal building design solution.

Daylighting Modeling & Analysis
We successfully integrate innovative daylighting techniques and strategies into buildings to reduce electrical and mechanical energy consumption and enhance the visual environment while creating a healthier, more productive building for its occupants.

We use TracePro and Radiance software, two of the most advanced lighting/daylighting analysis tools available, to evaluate and refine daylighting design solutions. Working from 2-D or 3-D CAD or Revit files provided by the design team, we create a geometrically accurate representation of the space including glazing properties, surface reflectance, furniture layout, shading, and light distribution strategies.

Using local weather data, the daylighting model is simulated under varying conditions and times of the year. Animations are performed to illustrate how daylight interacts with the building over a specified period of time. Daylighting analysis results include average illuminance throughout the daylit space, illuminance on work surfaces, and surface luminance ratios renderings of the daylit space design team determine whether the daylight and lighting design criteria have been achieved, and whether further design refinements are necessary.

Our daylighting services provide support for LEED® certification credits.

Electric Lighting Design
In addition to daylighting modeling, our sustainability group can also visualize and refine electric lighting system design. We incorporate the electric lighting system into the daylight model using the fixtures' photometric files to accurately represent light distribution characteristics. The model calculates the integrated daylighting and electric lighting performance under both daytime and nighttime design conditions.

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CommissioningCommissioning is an essential element of a high performance building.

Recognizing each project's unique requirements, we tailor the commissioning process to our clients' needs, providing services ranging from simple operational checkouts to complete integration with the design team on sustainable showcase facilities. Our commissioning approach relies on forming a cooperative commissioning team involving the building owner, the design team, and the construction team to design and deliver a reliable and efficient building. Read more.

The commissioning process begins with owner project requirements and continues through design, construction, acceptance, and warranty phases to verify and document that building systems are installed and operated as intended. Our focus is always on working proactively to prevent problems and implement solutions. As a result, our clients obtain buildings that operate at their peak performance, resulting in lower energy and maintenance costs, as well as more productive and healthier building environments.

For projects seeking LEED® certification, we provide LEED prerequisite and LEED enhanced commissioning, as well as measurement and verification plan preparation and implementation to assist in achieving the full potential of a LEED certified building.

We typically commission:
  • HVAC equipment
  • Lighting systems
  • Building automation and controls
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Distributed generation
  • Refrigeration
  • Commercial kitchen equipment
  • Electrical service / distribution systems
  • Other building systems can also be commissioned as required and requested
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Measurement and VerificationMeasurement and Verification (M&V) is a formal, systematic process for determining the functional and energy saving performance of a building's energy-using systems.

Our engineers are experts in developing and implementing M&V plans in support of performance contracting, utility-sponsored energy efficiency and demand-side management programs, and LEED® projects. The M&V procedures we use include site inspections, interviews with facility personnel and operations contractors, detailed energy modeling, and short to long-term monitoring of selected system components and sub-systems. The industry accepted International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) is used as a framework for these services, and a customized M&V plan is developed according to the most appropriate IPVMP option. Read more.

Measurement can - in some buildings - be accomplished through trending, using the existing building automation system (BAS). For buildings where the BAS is inadequate for measurement purposes, we have developed an innovative suite of tools to efficiently and effectively perform on-site building measurements. Our engineers are also system diagnostics specialists. These skills integrate effectively into the M&V process, allowing us to quickly identify the points that need to be monitored, and efficiently perform the diagnostic testing to establish a system's operational and energy performance baseline from which to verify savings.

The goal of verification is to verify the savings calculations used in the original energy conservation analysis. The variables and assumptions used in the savings calculations are verified through measurement, performance data trending, system diagnostics, and utility bill analysis. By comparing the estimated savings from the energy model to the data collected through measurement, the verified or true energy savings realized by the project can be defined.

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