Our Energy Group specializes in:
Pathfinder can help your project’s design process by providing valuable design performance modeling services specific to your energy goals.
Sustainable building design is maturing and evolving. We are increasingly aware of the environmental footprints of buildings throughout their lifetimes. Pathfinder helps design teams achieve exceptional performance under the latest and most stringent green building certification programs, such as the Living Building Challenge and Passive House.
Representative Project: Binghamton Unversity Nuthatch Hollow
Net Zero Energy & Zero Carbon
When your building project has to meet the most stringent energy requirements with the smallest environmental footprint, think ZERO. There are many ways to achieve zero. However you define it, Pathfinder helps you achieve it. We know what it takes to minimize energy consumption at the design stage and help buildings achieve it in operation using on-site renewables, BMS controls, energy monitoring, and purchases of green power.
Deep Energy Savings
Perhaps you want to achieve 50% reduction in energy consumption of your existing building. Or you want to stretch current code by 30%. Both of these approaches provide deep energy savings for your building and Pathfinder can help evaluate different system approaches and quantify your energy and carbon savings.
LEED Energy Modeling
Nearly half of Pathfinder’s technical staff are LEED Accredited Professionals. The energy modeling team has provided energy modeling services for over 45 LEED certified buildings. Pathfinder was on the design team for New York State’s first LEED certified building at SUNY Binghamton MountainView and provided energy modeling services for New York State’s first LEED Platinum building SUNY Cortland Dragon Hall.
Code Compliance Energy Modeling
New York State requires that your proposed design energy costs are reduced by at least 15% relative to a reference IECC2015 baseline building. Our project at SUNY Brockport New Dormitory exceeded this goal with a calculated 31% energy cost savings relative to an IECC2015 reference building. Consider a code compliance model to meet code compliance and demonstrate to the community your commitment to energy savings.
Representative Project: College at Brockport Eagle Hall
Commissioning is a multi-step process that ensures a facility and its systems perform as designed. Each step of our process is carefully planned and documented in accordance with ASHRAE Standard 202P and ASHRAE Guideline 0. These documents contain performance criteria and goals to assure adherence to the owner’s operational expectations and engineer’s design intent. Design intent includes criteria for the facility, equipment and systems.
Representative Project: Koffman SouthernTier Incubator
In addition to the directives of New York State, key agencies further the State’s goals to build upon high-performance and sustainable goals. Pathfinder can provide a variety of design and analysis services through our term agreements with DASNY, SUCF and OGS.
SUNY Zero Net Carbon Sources
SUNY plans to source 100% of its electricity from zero-net-carbon sources, including renewables and energy storage, as soon as possible. Furthermore, all new SUNY buildings will be designed to achieve zero-net-carbon emissions. Existing buildings, which are on average 47 years old, SUNY will invest in deep-energy retrofits and energy efficiency while performing critical maintenance. See how Pathfinder is working with DASNY, SUCF, OGS, and directly with SUNY Campuses to reach these goals.
Executive Order 88: This Order directs State Agencies and Authorities to Improve the Energy Efficiency of State Buildings. By 2020, the energy reduction target of this Order aims at reducing the average Energy Use Index (EUI) in State-owned and managed buildings by at least 20% the baseline average EUI of such buildings of 2010/2011. As of 2016, state facilities have reduced source EUI by 8.8% since the baseline year.
Executive Order 166: The Order redoubles our State’s ambitious efforts to combat economic and environmental threats posed by climate change and affirms the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Executive Order 166 calls for reducing the carbon footprint of state agencies by 40 percent and sourcing 50 percent of New York’s electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030 (relative to 1990 levels).
DASNY finances and builds health, education and scientific facilities, and strives to increase energy efficiency in public buildings and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Dozens of DASNY projects have earned LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. We are proud that Pathfinder provided engineering and modeling services for the first DASNY dormitories to achieve Certification – back in 2004. Since then, many of our projects for DASNY – whether design or modeling – have achieved various levels of Certification – often exceeding the Silver-level minimum requirement.
DASNY’s sustainability approach promotes Design Performance Modeling (DPM) with goals to include energy efficiency, zero net energy, renewable energy, water use and greenhouse gas reductions, green procurement, reduced toxins in the built environment and landscaping, green innovation and resiliency/adaptation to climate changes. DPM is used for early and often comparative analysis of different design and system strategies that are extremely useful during the early stages of any design process.
Many facilities are considering critical maintenance upgrades on their campuses. During this process, the facilities are reaching out to Pathfinder to replace the existing systems with more energy efficient upgrades. By implementing energy efficient upgrades, you can reduce your annual energy costs to help pay for future capital improvements to your buildings.
SUCF requires that major renovation and new construction projects be designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification by the USGBC. In addition, it requires compliance with Executive Order 88. Its own Directive 1B-7 also requires a computer model that shows compliance with LEED Version 4 (V4) Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance. This is based on ASHRAE 90.1 2010.
Directive 1B-2 Net Zero Carbon New Buildings and Deep Energy Retrofits of Existing Buildings has significant performance goals for net zero carbon “capable” buildings.
- Classroom Building – 50 kBtu/sf/year
- Office Building – 50 kBtu/sf/year
- Laboratory Building – 150 kBtu/sf/year
- Residence Hall – 32 kBtu/sf/year
- Deep Energy Savings
SUCF has the following performance goals for deep energy savings:
- 50% reduction of the building’s current annual site energy consumption
- 25% reduction of the building’s current annual site carbon emissions
NYS Energy Code
- ASHRAE Compliance Path
- Prescriptive Compliance Path
- Performance Compliance Path
Pathfinder recognizes all three paths to meeting New York State’s energy standards. Pathfinder’s energy team is dedicated to helping design teams and owners meet and in most cases exceed the energy conservation code in an effort to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.
Pathfinder provides energy services under the following NYSERDA Initiatives:
- Flexible Technical Assistance (FlexTech)
- Commercial New Construction Program – BUFFALO WORKFORCE TRAINING CENTER
- Multifamily New Construction Program
- Low-rise Residential New Construction Program
- Commercial Tenant Program
Representative Project: Hutchings Psychiatric Center Building 8 Upgrades
As a NYSERDA FlexTech Consultant, Pathfinder has the expertise and experience to provide assistance for a broad range of projects, including:
- REV Campus Challenge technical assistance for Roadmaps
- General feasibility studies
- Technical support/clean energy activities
- Industrial and process efficiency analysis
- Data center efficiency analysis
- Combined heat and power, distributed generation, storage, and renewable generation
- High performance buildings
- Energy advisor services
- Agricultural technical assistance
- Colleges and Universities
- Hospitals and Healthcare
- K-12 Schools
Additionally, NYSERDA’s New Construction Initiatives allows us to provide:
- Energy Modeling & Analysis
- Building Commissioning
- Advanced Clean Energy Building Facilitation
Calibrated Energy Modeling
Pathfinder can help you evaluate energy and cost savings associated with lighting, envelope, and mechanical system upgrades. Depending on your project, the results can help you make go, no-go decisions on high impact energy improvements versus capital improvements. Pathfinder has worked with various building types including higher education, primary K-12 schools, healthcare, as well as institutional and municipal buildings.
ASHRAE Level II energy audits
An audit report includes an inventory of your existing equipment, a summary of your building’s current conditions and energy use, as well as a list of recommended no-cost, low cost, and capital improvement (long-term) energy conservation measures (ECMs). Each ECM will be evaluated with an opinion of probable cost to consider economic paybacks. ASHRAE Level II energy audits can help your team create long-term energy master plans for your building or campus.
ReCharge New York Energy Efficiency Audits (EEA)
ReCharge NY requires an energy efficiency audit every five years. In addition to the typical lighting, envelope and mechanical upgrades, Pathfinder has considered unique and custom applications for energy savings including process refrigeration, waste-water effluent heat recovery, and machine-factory motor upgrades.
Measurement & Verification (M&V)
Depending on your BMS capabilities, data collected during the M&V process can provide feedback on peak power and scheduling of lighting, mechanical equipment, temperature setpoints, plug loads, central plant, pumping and fan energy. M&V is a quantifiable approach to finding your highest energy users and evaluating ways to improve your current operation.
Representative Project: Monroe County Crime Laboratory