Sustainability Energy Master Planning

To help a client achieve its sustainability goals, Luthin employs a holistic approach to develop a robust master plan that manages all aspects of a client’s efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction initiatives. Through in-depth consultation with clients, a roadmap is created to establish goals in a logical path, rather than performing piecemeal one-off projects.

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A master plan developed by Luthin focuses on sustainable energy solutions that reduce a facility’s energy use, peak demand, and carbon footprint. To do so, we analyze your facility’s energy-related costs and operational resilience. As part of that effort, we assess existing air quality and the work environment with an eye to improve it for all who work, study, or teach at your facility.

Unlike others’ efforts at master planning that focus solely on energy conservation measures (ECMs), Luthin goes a step further by reviewing energy supply opportunities. The end result is a set of achievable initiatives that offer the best returns on investment for accomplishing your facility’s’ goals.

The components of that effort include:

  • Create a step-by-step sustainable energy master plan.
  • Develop your facility’s energy baseline and carbon footprint.
  • Review and recommend improvements to:
    • Energy procurement methods and strategies.
    • Demand Response (DR) opportunities and revenue.
    • Funding options (including grants, incentives, and financing).
    • Operational resilience during utility outages.
    • LEED involvement and/or scoring.
    • Combined Heat and Power (CHP) options and operations.
    • Fuel arbitrage and switching.
  • Managing Level 2 energy audits and retro-commissioning that adhere to standards of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). These audit findings are then ranked according to payback period or your facility’s goals. The audit’s ECMs are then incorporated into the master plan. To help fund those improvements, Luthin helps secure funding from your local utility, state and city agencies [New York Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), New York City] and federal incentives, if applicable.

The end result is a document that will guide your facility as it seeks to cut its operating costs and grow its footprint to meet future sustainability needs.